Mainstream finalist: HYUNDAI SANTA FE
Bravo Hyundai for coming up with a car that can cut it in the rough stuff without costing a fortune.
Residing comfortably in the sub-£30,000 price bracket here is an SUV that blends capability and value.
At the heart of the car is a well-proven and strong performing 2.2-litre CRDi engine.
It’s a crisply styled piece of kit with rugged reliability and it comes in both five and seven-seater versions.
If your lifestyle demands a 4×4 but you don’t want to pay a mint for it, the Santa Fe should be at the top of your list.
Commended: Kia Sorento
Premium finalist: LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 4
If this is not the most all-round capable car in the world, we honestly don’t know what is.
From city street to uncharted mountain top, the Discovery 4 is completely at home and competent in any circumstances, over any terrain.
It is the ultimate go-anywhere vehicle that is simply not fazed by whatever you throw at it.
Loved by families and adventurers alike, it is a car that makes the impossible do-able.
It is certainly not cheap, starting at nearly £40k, but it is exceptional in every way, a truly classy 4×4 that is a mobile grandstand for seven.
It’s the only car you’ll ever need.
Commended: BMW X3
Luxury finalist: RANGE ROVER
Not only is the Range Rover the ultimate in luxury on wheels, it is also better than ever in this new generation car.
Its brilliant Terrain Response system is now fully automatic so you don’t even have to dial in the surface you want it to tackle.
The car uses a combination of sensors and cameras to do it for you, and automatically sets all its amazing electronic wizardry to deal with whatever the terrain may throw at it. How clever is that!
Exquisite quality throughout and stonking performance from either a 3.0-litre SDV6 or 4.4 litre SDV8 engine completes an absolutely top-notch luxury package.
Commended: Porsche Cayenne
And the winner is…
LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 4
|Prices||£38,850 to £57,775|
|Trim Levels||GS, XS, HSE, HSE Luxury|