If you live in a rural area or frequently face tricky weather conditions, a 4×4 will give you the peace of mind you need to get home without issue. Some leviathan off-roaders are very expensive but there’s also a range of cheap and affordable options on sale.
Here are the 10 cheapest 4×4 cars you can buy:
1. Dacia Duster – £11,495
The back-to-basics Dacia Duster has a certain charm to it, with rugged looks and impressive off-road abilities – especially when you consider its rock-bottom price. The entry-level Access trim is pretty bare when it comes to standard equipment – there’s no radio or electric rear windows standard – but the 1.6-litre petrol engine with four-wheel drive is economical and punchy, all for the price of a modest city car.
2. Suzuki Swift 4×4 – £12,499
The Suzuki Swift is a fun little supermini with enjoyable handling and a practical interior. Those not familiar with the model may be surprised to find this dinky supermini is offered with four-wheel drive. The cabin looks dull but feels solid, is well-equipped and offers a good amount of space. Allgrip four-wheel drive coupled with the 1.2-litre 92hp petrol engine and a 25mm increase in ride height over the standard model makes this a punchy little off roader.
3. Suzuki Jimny – £12,799
The Suzuki Jimny has been around for quite some time. While the archaic design, poor on-road handling and wheezy, inefficient 1.3-litre engine may let it down, the small off-roader has still aged fairly well. It’s pretty horrible to drive on the road but makes a brilliant off roader with a rugged, old-school four-wheel-drive system, short overhangs and immense grip. It’s also very cheap in basic SZ3 trim.
4. Suzuki Ignis – £13,999
The Suzuki Ignis is a quirky little part-SUV, part-city car with unusual looks and a surprising amount of space for a car with such small dimensions. The basic model with two-wheel drive can be had for less than £10,000 but, for better off-road handling, the optional four-wheel-drive Ignis can be had for £13,999 with a 1.2-litre petrol/electric hybrid powertrain.
5. Fiat Panda 4×4 – £14,445
Similar in size to the Suzuki Ignis, the Fiat Panda 4×4 is a little more rugged and chunky looking than its standard Panda sibling while still offering city-friendly dimensions and enough interior space for most users. It has a quirky cabin to keep things interesting but the 0.9-litre two-cylinder petrol engine with 85hp isn’t quite as exciting as you might hope.
6. SsangYong Tivoli – £17,500
The SsangYong Tivoli is a good alternative to compact crossovers such as the Nissan Juke. The four-wheel-drive mode is only available with the torquey 1.6-litre diesel engine. It may be cheap and not quite as refined as rivals but the interior feels solid, is spacious and well equipped – the cheapest four-wheel-drive trim, EX, comes with leather seats and a seven-inch touchscreen system.
7. SsangYong Korando – £17,750
The SsangYong Korando is another good value, accomplished and able off-roader from the Korean manufacturer. There’s plenty of space, a generous boot and a useful five-year warranty. It’s perfectly suited to tricky conditions and rough terrain, powered by its torquey 2.2-litre diesel engine. The cheapest Korando with four-wheel drive is the well-equipped SE trim, costing £17,750.
8. Suzuki Vitara – £18,549
If you want a great all-rounder in the mid-sized crossover class, the Suzuki Vitara is a great option. It features rugged styling, a well-built interior and a spacious cabin, with plenty of room for a growing family. The car feels good to drive too and is a capable off-roader, especially with the Allgrip four-wheel-drive system – cheapest in the Vitara’s SZ-T trim with a 1.6-litre petrol engine.
9. SsangYong Tivoli XLV – £20,000
The SsangYong Tivoli XLV is effectively the same as standard Tivoli with an extension behind the rear wheels giving it more space and practicality, as well as more road presence. The cheapest 4WD option is ELX trim with a 1.6-litre diesel engine costing £20,000 and including plenty of standard equipment such as a rear-view camera and leather seats.
10. Skoda Yeti Outdoor – £20,685
The Skoda Yeti Outdoor is a practical, small SUV with surprisingly strong off-road abilities. It’s easy and undemanding to drive while also being capable on rough terrain. Inside, it’s spacious, well-built and all models come with air conditioning and alloy wheels as standard. The cheapest 4×4 model is the S trim with a 2.0-litre diesel engine.
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