The top 3 4×4 cars of 2013
1. Range Rover
The Range Rover Vogue and the Range Rover Sport are the best 4×4 cars of 2013. The new versions look incredible, with narrow headlights, and the interiors are now as close to a Mercedes S Class as they’re ever going to get. The Vogue is an incredibly comfortable cruiser and off roader, and the Sport is a stylish powerhouse that eats up miles for breakfast.
Farnell Land Rover Bradford loves the new Range Rover. Prices for the Sport start from £51,550 for the TDV6 SE and for the Vogue prices start from £71,310 for the TDV6 SE. Autobiography is the top specification trim level across the range, and the 5.0 supercharged V8 is the most potent engine money can buy.
The new Range Rover is the best 4×4 because of its uncanny ability to be an exceptional car whatever the situation. It’s as comfortable as an executive saloon, as fast as an executive saloon, but it’ll stomp an executive saloon off road.
2. Hyundai Santa Fe
The Range Rover and Hyundai Santa Fe are worlds apart in what they offer motorists. Prices for the Santa Fe start from just £25,850, which is exceptional for the amount of car you get. The version you really want though is the Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi Premium 4WD, which starts at £29,470.
Hyundai Santa Fe
This version comes with so much standard equipment it’s unreal. Leather seats, dual zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers, satellite navigation, reversing cameras, front parking sensors, and much more make the Santa Fe fantastic value for money. There’s even a seven-seat option, which is sure to appeal to larger families.
The Santa Fe, then, is more of a family 4WD car than a premium 4WD car like the Range Rover. But, it still features an intelligent 4WD system that benefits from hill descent control and a 4WD lock which makes its off-road ability really rather good.
3. Fiat Panda 4×4
To look at the Fiat Panda is just like any other large city car, but don’t be fooled – the best version of the Fiat Panda has 4WD, and it’s really rather exceptional.
Fiat Panda 4×4
The Panda range starts from £8,945, but the 4WD range starts from £13,995. This makes it among the cheapest 4WD cars money can buy. The version you want though is £14,995. This has a strong 1.3-litre diesel engine that delivers fantastic economy at 60.1 miles per gallon combined and is smooth around town.
The 4WD versions of the Fiat Panda sit slightly higher than the 2WD versions and feature a higher centre console for an extra storage compartment. The interior is rugged and tactile, rather than soft and luxurious.
Buy this car new, and you get winter or snow tyres as standard, depending on the season.