4x4s have always been a staple of British motoring life, but have recently seen something of a renaissance as the range of models and manufacturers has increased.
Despite a long-standing emphasis on utilitarian comfort in favour of off-road capability, the most popular modern 4x4s are equipped to an incredibly high standard whilst still being fantastic in rugged rural settings. With the huge popularity of modern 4x4s, ALA GAP Insurance has put together a list of the top five 4×4 cars available today.
Audi Q Range
The Audi Q range is one of the best-selling groups of vehicles in the United Kingdom. The Q range, a practical choice of body type that suits a variety active lifestyles, provides the usual dose of high-quality Audi performance mixed with fantastic off-road capability. There’s even a hybrid version! The vehicle features include an impressive safety record, high ground clearance and a huge number of options – designed to maximise everything from space to comfort to off-road ability.
The four different models in the range each have a distinctive size and level of trim available, all boasting a stylish coupe appearance and generous luggage space – up to 540 litres – making them ideal for both city and rural living.
BMW X Range
Originally debuting in 1999, the BMW X range is one of the greatest rivals to the dominance of the Audi Q series. Designing comfortable, fast vehicles that emphasise the brand’s focus on powerful fun hidden behind a restrained exterior, these 4x4s are extremely popular, and surprisingly capable off-road for a vehicle with such a high top speed.
The X5 and X3 are both particularly popular crossover vehicles originally benefiting from Land Rover technology and components, and providing various levels of safety and off-roading capability.