From small SUVs and crossovers to larger seven-seaters, it can be hard to choose the right 4×4. With so many different models available, we’ve picked out the 20 best models for a range of needs and budgets.
- Volvo XC90
- Range Rover
- Nissan Qashqai
- Range Rover Sport
- Jaguar F-Pace
- Audi Q7
- Skoda Yeti
- Bentley Bentayga
- Land Rover Discovery Sport
- Kia Sorento
- Mazda CX-3
- VW Tiguan
- Mercedes GLC
- SEAT Ateca
- Hyundai Santa Fe
- Renault Kadjar
- Kia Sportage
- Fiat Panda 4×4
- Dacia Duster
- Mazda CX-5
1. Volvo XC90
The Volvo XC90 is arguably the best all-round 4×4 on the market. With handsome looks, a vast boot and a third row of seats that can fit adults, it’s a practical and comfortable place to spend time. The interior is plush and well-equipped with lots of advanced tech to keep passengers entertained.
It’s refined and poised on road, but is also a capable off-roader too. All models come with all-wheel drive as standard, along with various driver aids for a variety of terrains and driving situations. While it is quite pricey, the XC90 represents good value for money – priced from around £46,000, it undercuts several similar rivals.
2. Range Rover
The standard Range Rover comes with serious kerb appeal, but it’s also just as comfortable off-road as it is on it. The premium 4×4 gets very close to beating the XC90 thanks to its off-road prowess, spacious interior, classy looks and an impressive amount of equipment as standard.
There’s also a huge amount of interior space, although there’s no seven-seat option. Four-wheel drive is standard on all models and the car puts that to good use, with strong off-road ability and performance figures for a chunky SUV. Considering the amount of space and luxury on offer, £76,000 for the base model means it’s quite competitively priced.
3. Nissan Qashqai
The Nissan Qashqai features a mix of SUV practicality and hatchback styling, with a high driving position too – making it ideal for family car duties. Its interior isn’t the most stylish in the class but feels well built and should stand up to the rigours of family life.
It’ll seat four comfortably or five at a squeeze, and there’s more than enough room for a big food shop or trip to Ikea. It isn’t the most capable car when it comes to off-roading and only the top-of-the-range diesel comes with four-wheel drive. On the road, however, it’s perfectly refined and exceptionally comfortable.
4. Range Rover Sport
The Range Rover Sport is considerably cheaper than the standard Range Rover but mixes similar levels of luxury with the same strong off-road credentials. It also gets the added extra of a third row of seats that fold into the floor to create a vast boot space.
The interior is plush and spacious, while equipment levels are generous too. It’s best suited to motorway cruising but, despite the Sport’s size, it’s surprisingly agile in the corners. The toughest of off-road situations present no problem thanks to all models coming with all-wheel drive as standard.
5. Jaguar F-Pace
The Jaguar F-Pace is one of the classiest and most elegant 4x4s on the market. It isn’t just style over substance, however, because the F-Pace backs up its looks with strong on-road handling and decent off-road abilities. Most of the more expensive versions come with all-wheel drive as standard.
Considering it’s Jaguar’s first go at an SUV, the F-Pace is impressively refined and comfortable. The interior is packed with equipment and there’s a good amount of space for five and their luggage. Prices are competitive too, with models costing from just more than £35,000.
6. Audi Q7
The Audi Q7 is a good match for Range Rover, with smart looks and a typically plush Audi interior. Cabin space is vast and even the third row of seats will be suitable for adults on shorter journeys. With the back seats folded down, there’s a huge boot too.
It comes with a range of engines, all with punchy performance. It’s comfortable on-road and does well off-road too, with all models coming with four-wheel drive. There are also optional assists such as four-wheel steering to make the car more agile and easier to move around town.
7. Skoda Yeti
With the Skoda Yeti, you know you’re going to get a sturdy, practical car with plenty of standard equipment. The small SUV rivals the Qashqai and Kia Sportage, offering up plenty of passenger and luggage space, as well as solid interior quality.
The Yeti Outdoor model comes with more off-road credentials, increasing ride height and coming with four-wheel drive as standard. Despite its boxy shape, the Yeti performs admirably off-road and is pleasant to drive on the road as well. Priced from just more than £17,000, it’s a great value small SUV.
8. Bentley Bentayga
The Bentley Bentayga is arguably the most luxurious 4×4 you can buy. It has somewhat divisive looks, but it more than makes up for that in terms of interior space and quality, as well as unrivalled performance for a large SUV.
Powered by a monstrous 6.0-litre W12 engines and with permanent all-wheel drive, the Bentayga is comfortable both on and off road. Future models will even be offered with a comparatively economical V8 diesel. The levels of performance, luxury and equipment come at a price though – this spacious 4×4 costs from £161,000.
9. Land Rover Discovery Sport
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is a strong all-round family car, which offers up incredible versatility and practicality. The seven-seater has a spacious and well-built interior, with a huge boot and plenty of cubby holes for the usual knick-knacks. It also looks pretty smart too.
On road, the car handles well and can tackle both motorways and twisty country roads with ease. Due to its short overhangs and four-wheel-drive system, it’s also one of the best off-roaders in its class. Priced from £31,000, the Discovery Sport is a functional yet versatile small SUV.
10. Kia Sorento
The current Kia Sorento is a vast improvement over its predecessor, with more grown-up and stylish looks and an interior that feels solid and of a high quality. The large 4×4 offers up seven seats, a large boot when the third row of seats is folded down and the usual generous amount of standard equipment found on a Kia.
All Sorentos come with intelligent four-wheel drive giving it has decent off-road abilities. Some rivals are more fun to drive on the road and there’s only one engine to choose from, but it remains a good value SUV. Costing £31,000, it provides a lot of space and equipment for the money and also comes with Kia’s industry-leading seven-year warranty.
11. Mazda CX-3
The eye-catching Mazda CX-3 is a solid all-rounder in the small SUV sector. The car has striking looks and is generously spacious, with a good and accessible boot and room for five. The interior is well-built and there’s plenty of standard equipment too.
Mazda put a lot of focus into how the CX-3 drives and all the work has paid off, with poised handling and a peppy range of engines. All-wheel drive is only available in Sport Nav trim with the 1.5-litre diesel and 2.0-litre petrol but, even without it, the CX-3’s off-road abilities are decent. Costing from £17,595, it’s slightly dearer than rival small SUVs.
12. VW Tiguan
The VW Tiguan mixes attractive looks and cheap running costs with a spacious interior. The 4×4 offers up a large boot and a well-built interior, with typical VW quality and generous levels of standard equipment. The cabin is also refined and comfortable.
There’s a good range of engines available with four-wheel drive offered across a variety of versions. Off-road credentials are good but can be made better with the extra off-road pack that changes the bumpers to make it easier driving up and down hills.
13. Mercedes GLC
The Mercedes GLC is an attractive premium SUV with impressive off-road capabilities and smart looks. Four-wheel drive is available across the entire GLC range, with a number of driver aids as standard and an optional extra off-road pack for improved performance in all terrains.
The GLC has a limited choice of engines but the ones on offer are punchy and economical. Inside, there’s a good amount of interior and boot space, while there’s typical Mercedes luxury and plenty of standard equipment. It’s more practical and economical than its nearest rivals, making the base price of £35,580 seem pretty good value.
14. SEAT Ateca
The SEAT Ateca brings the Spanish brand’s flair to the SUV market. This sharp looking small 4×4 is a strong family car, with generous amounts of interior and boot space. As well as being practical, the cabin also feels well-built and there’s a good range of standard equipment including smartphone connectivity.
The Ateca feels a little sportier compared to rivals like the Qashqai, with refined handling and engines. It enjoys the same strong engine lineup as the closely related VW Tiguan and its off-road abilities are good, although four-wheel drive is only available as standard on higher end diesel models.
15. Hyundai Santa Fe
The Hyundai Santa Fe is a practical and smart looking 4×4, with a roomy interior and a large boot – perfect for growing families or dog owners. The interior can’t quite match the striking exterior design, but it’s well equipped with seven seats as an option extra.
The car is relaxing to drive, with a comfortable ride and good refinement. Whether motorway cruising or town driving, it’s a capable family car and the standard four-wheel-drive system makes it a strong off-roader too. The Santa Fe also comes with Hyundai’s reassuring five-year warranty.
16. Renault Kadjar
The Renault Kadjar is a well-priced, good value and stylish SUV. Priced from just less than £19,000, the Kadjar is positioned competitively in the bustling 4×4 market and is a strong alternative to the Qashqai and CX-3.
The French SUV offers a spacious, practical cabin and a wide range of equipment. On the road, the Kadjar drives like a normal family car, has a comfortable ride has decent off-road abilities with four-wheel drive available on top-line diesels.
17. Kia Sportage
The Kia Sportage is an unusual looking, family SUV with strong passenger space and luggage capacity. It’s one of the most practical and spacious cars in its sector. Kia’s improved interior quality continues in the Sportage, with solid materials and a wide range of equipment as standard.
There’s a good range of peppy petrol and diesel engines, with the latter producing impressive fuel economy. Four-wheel drive helps make the Sportage a good off-road machine, but it’s only available as standard on higher trim levels. The SUV comes with Kia’s unrivalled seven-year warranty.
18. Fiat Panda 4×4
The Fiat Panda 4×4 is a small but capable off-roader, with surprising abilities away from the road surface. It’s one of the cheapest SUVs on the market and the Panda 4×4 is also inexpensive to run as well, making it a great-value buy – if you can fit everything you need in it.
Considering its small dimensions, the Panda 4×4 is impressively practical too, with room for four people and a funky interior design. It’s priced from around £14,000 with four-wheel drive available on all models.
19. Dacia Duster
The Dacia Duster strips things down and takes the 4×4 platform back to basics with a simple interior, chunky styling and a good amount of passenger and luggage space. It’s a no-frills SUV, with little standard equipment especially on the lower trim levels. The incredibly low sub-£10,000 base price reflects that, however.
The Duster is reassuringly capable when it comes to off-roading, despite four-wheel drive being an expensive optional extra. On the road, it’s a relaxed car to drive and the interior is a pleasant place to be, despite the lack of luxuries. The amazingly low price makes it a brilliant value SUV overall.
20. Mazda CX-5
The Mazda CX-5 is the stylish, practical and refined big brother of the CX-3. The interior is roomy and feels well-built, plus there’s a generous amount of passenger space. The boot capacity is one of the best in class, too.
Like its younger sibling, the CX-5 is a fun car to drive thanks to sharp steering and limited body roll through the corners. The range of engines are peppy and perfectly powerful, while four-wheel drive is available on selected diesel models and trims.