Four-wheel drive is a handy feature if you live in rural areas or regularly encounter tricky conditions. We’ve done some digging to find the cheapest vehicles around that power all four wheels. They might not go as fas as a high-end off-roader, but you’ll find some surprisingly capable vehicles for little more than many conventional alternatives.
Search for any of these 4x4s on our new car deals page to see how much carwow could help you save. Alternatively, check out our list of the best SUVs overall or our list of the best seven-seat SUVs if you need a little more space.
1. Dacia Duster – 1.6 115 4×4 – £11,495
The Dacia Duster’s rugged styling and surprisingly capable off-road abilities make it popular with a wide range of buyers. Basic Dusters are very sparse – there’s not even a standard fit radio – but higher trim levels aren’t that much more expensive. Even if you opt for the characterful and economical 1.5-litre diesel engine and desirable four-wheel drive, it’ll still set you back less than most rivals to buy and run.
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2. Suzuki Swift 4×4 – 1.2 4×4 – £12,249
Suzuki’s Swift is an entertaining supermini with a hidden trump card up its sleeve. Suzuki has been offering four-wheel-drive versions of its supermini for many years, and the latest is the best yet. It keeps the good handling and refinement of the standard car, but adds 25mm of ride height and a dollop of extra grip. It isn’t nearly as spacious as the Dacia, but makes up by offering a cabin that’s somewhat more upmarket and a lot better equipped. The 92hp 1.2-litre petrol has enough power to carry this relatively lightweight 4×4 wherever you point it.
Our Suzuki Swift deals page can help you grab the latest offers on your new car.
3. Suzuki Jimny – 1.3 VVT – £12,499
The Suzuki Jimny seems to have been around forever and, having originally gone on sale way back in 1998, it’s virtually an antique in terms of car design. Poor handling, an inefficient engine and rubbish refinement are all undeniable flaws, but there’s a certain charm some buyers find hard to resist. It has fantastic off-road abilities thanks to short overhangs and an old-school four-wheel-drive system. It’s cheap too, but the lower of the two trims does without air-conditioning.
Head over to our Suzuki Jimny deals page to find all the latest offers.
4. Fiat Panda 4×4 – 0.9 TwinAir 85 – £14,710
The Fiat Panda 4×4 offers impressive space, refinement and a quirky cabin. Unfortunately, both engines on offer are somewhat underpowered, but they provide good fuel economy and reasonable refinement. Those after a more hardcore version should check out the Fiat Panda Cross, but we feel that the standard 4×4 version has more than enough charm by itself.
Our Fiat Panda 4×4 deals page has all the latest offers.
5. Nissan Juke – 1.6 Xtronic – £17,060
The Nissan Juke is one of the cars that helped popularise small crossovers but still offers some limited off-road capability. The 1.6-litre petrol engine is the only one available as a 4×4 and, frustratingly, is only offered with a noisy CVT automatic gearbox. Elsewhere, you’ll discover that adding four-wheel drive reduces the Juke’s boot capacity from a competitive 354 litres to a slightly disappointing 251 litres – most rivals can do better. Still, it has a unique sense of style and is decent fun to drive.
Our Nissan Juke deals page can help you grab the latest offers on your new car.
6. SsangYong Tivoli – 1.6 D 4×4 – £17,100
The SsangYong Tivoli is the Korean brand’s first attempt to enter the popular compact crossover market. The Tivoli is easily its best effort to date and comes with an attractive interior and a high level of standard equipment. Four-wheel drive versions are only available in diesel form, which means plenty of torque and good fuel economy, but fit and finish isn’t quite up to the levels you might expect once you get to this price point. If you want plenty of space for the price, however, the SsangYong is a great value choice.
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7. Suzuki Vitara – 1.6 Allgrip – £20,299
The Suzuki Vitara is a chunky crossover in terms of appearance and size that features the brand’s expertise in off-road models. The Vitara is available for not much more than the average supermini, but adding the Allgrip four-wheel-drive system does raise the price a little. However, if you want a stylish and practical crossover that can also head to the hills, the Vitara is a great choice.
Check out our Suzuki Vitara deals page to save money on your new car.
8. Suzuki SX4 S-Cross – 1.6 Allgrip – £20,299
If you’re not sold on the chunky looks of Suzuki’s Vitara, the Japanese manufacturer has another option at an identical price. The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is a refined and well equipped model that’s worth a look if you need four-wheel-drive. Like the Vitara, the SX4 is available in cheaper guises, but you’ll need to breach the £20,000 mark to buy one with four-wheel drive. The low ride height and reasonably low power engines mean it won’t rival Land Rovers in the rough stuff but, with the right tyres, it should be more than capable for the needs of most owners.
Check out our Suzuki SX4 S-Cross deals page to save money on your new car.
9. Fiat 500X – 2.0 Multijet 4×4 – £22,565
The Fiat 500X is the biggest and most expensive member of the expanding 500 family. It’s an attractive looking crossover that shares its underpinnings with the Jeep Renegade so, despite its retro looks, it has some serious off-road credentials. The 2.0-litre diesel engine is economical and offers a reasonable turn of pace, although the turbocharged petrol engine available in two-wheel-drive models is arguably more fun. Good standard equipment and residual values round off an appealing package, but higher spec versions can be a little pricey.
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10. Mitsubishi ASX – 1.6 diesel 4WD – £23,684
The Mitsubishi ASX rivals the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar with chunky looks and a rugged four-wheel-drive system. Equipment levels are quite good and there’s plenty of room inside, but you might be a little disappointed when it comes down to the interior’s design and quality. The ASX is a decent alternative to more mainstream crossovers and four-wheel drive versions cost you what a basic two-wheel drive rival might.
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Save money on your next 4×4
Our new car deals page will find you the best discounts on any of the 4×4 vehicles featured on our list. Alternatively, if you’re struggling to decide what your next car will be, our car chooser is here to help narrow your search.