Plush, premium 4x4s are all the rage at the moment.
But what if you don’t have masses of cash to spend? Fear not because there are still plenty of options for those looking for the most affordable 4×4 by far. Diesel Car picks its Top 5 budget 4x4s.
The Duster is about as cheap as it gets, starting at a shade under £9,000. Its underpinnings are a combination of Nissan and Renault, so it comes with a decent diesel engine and rugged underpinnings. Add in a cavernous boot and the Duster starts to make an awful lot of sense.
SsangYong have something of a reputation for their rather, erm, unusual styling (especially the Rodius) but in the case of the Korando the Korean company has produced a neatly styled 4×4. It might be a little more expensive than the Dacia, but it marks a huge leap forward for the emerging carmaker.
Great Wall Steed
The first Chinese-built car to launch in the UK is also Britain’s cheapest pick-up truck and is available for a deposit of just £1. It might not be a traditional 4×4 like the others in the Top5 but with its double-cab layout, the Steed retains all that pick-up practicality while adding room for all the family.
With great looks the Sportage turns plenty of heads. It’s affordable, too, and comes with Kia’s top-notch seven-year warranty. The 4×4 Sportage only serves to heighten its already impressive practicality. Good looking, affordable and practical, the Sportage ticks a lot of budget 4×4 boxes.
Like its Kia brother, the ix35 is affordable, stylish and practical. It’s also rugged, not being afraid to swap the school run for the off-road rough and tumble. If you want a capable, practical off-roader with a heavy-weight warranty and light-weight price-tag, the ix35 is well worth a look.