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Cheapest 4x4s of 2024

If you want to head off the beaten track, a 4x4 is a great option, because they are great at tackling rough roads or getting you out of a tricky spot in adverse weather conditions. Some luxury 4x4s can be very expensive, but there are plenty of options that won’t leave a big dent in your wallet.

Here, our expert reviews team has put together a list of the best affordable 4x4s, and a few that don’t have four-wheel drive, but do come with decent ground clearance and rugged bodywork that can stand up to a bit of a beating if required…

Skoda Karoq

1. Skoda Karoq

Skoda Karoq review
Skoda Kodiaq

2. Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda Kodiaq review

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Suzuki Vitara

3. Suzuki Vitara

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Suzuki Ignis

4. Suzuki Ignis

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Dacia Duster (2017-2024)

5. Dacia Duster

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Nissan Qashqai
Family Values Award
Highly Commended

6. Nissan Qashqai

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Kia Sportage

7. Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage review
Citroen Berlingo

8. Citroen Berlingo

Citroen Berlingo review
Dacia Sandero Stepway
Adventurer's Choice Award
Highly Commended

9. Dacia Sandero Stepway

Dacia Sandero Stepway review
Toyota Yaris Cross
Urban Living Award
Highly Commended

10. Toyota Yaris Cross

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Not only is the Dacia Duster one of the most affordable 4x4s, but it has also proven to be one of the most reliable too. It’s rugged construction and relatively basic interior are plus points when it comes to long term reliability.

A good tow vehicle needs to have ample low-down torque, good traction and not be too light. That last point is because the maximum towing weight is largely dependent on the vehicle’s kerb weight. Also, if a trailer weighs more than 750kg (or is more than half the kerb weight of the vehicle), it will have to be braked.

Right, so with that in mind one of the best cheap 4x4s for towing is the Skoda Superb Estate, thanks to its combination of grippy 4x4 system and powerful engine. The Skoda Kodiaq is another great tow vehicle.

Aside from your particular risk profile, a 4x4’s engine size and price are key factors in insurance costs. It stands to reason then that smaller 4x4s like the Dacia Duster and Suzuki Ignis will be cheaper to insure than something like a Mercedes GLE or Audi Q7.

Road tax is based on emissions levels, so the more efficient your engine, the lower the road tax. Hybrids in particular can benefit from lower road tax so hybrid SUVs like the Kia Sportage and Nissan Qashqai e-Power will have lower road tax charges than something with a big, powerful six- or eight-cylinder petrol engine under its bonnet. Four-wheel drive cars are also typically less efficient than two-wheel drive equivalents, so could be a bit more expensive to tax, too.