SUVs and off-roaders are big and not just in size terms. These extremely popular autos have really come to prominence in the last decade. Once only popular with those looking to drive across rough terrain; the SUV is now just as at home on the side of the street as battling down off-road tracks. So, let’s take a look at some of the most practical off-roaders available.
Land Rover Freelander 2
The little Freelander is quite an improvement on the previous version and there is a real contrast in quality. A lot of the criticisms of the original have been taken on board and fixed with this one and it’s a very capable off-roader that is also at home on the road.
The German auto manufacturer has created this refined SUV and it really impresses. It may not be as rough and ready as the Land Rover, but it handles like a car and feels like an A4 if we were to be honest. It’s sharp, responsive and also looks great and we’re very fond of it.
The low cost Sorento has really punched above its weight since it was introduced in 2010 and the car is neat, tidy and affordable and also a good 4×4 if the truth be told. It also comes in at a quite low price tag for what it is. Inside it’s quite refined and the handling is good, while the engine is powerful and also relatively quiet.
The Touareg is VW’s hungry off-roader and it fortunately looks a lot different to the previous model. This time it’s a lot sleeker and also a lot more modern and as you would expect it has a glorious finish. Inside, it’s very well fit-out and really has a great quality feel. Our pick of the bunch is the 3.0l TDi version, which is quite highly priced compared to the other models here.
Hyundai Santa Fe
The Santa Fe is a great SUV and like the previously mentioned Kia, it has really improved on the previous version. It still has all the things that made it good, but also is well built and great value for money. It is far more stylish than the previous model too and it offers a lot of quality for not that high of a price and it’s good off-road too.
These five SUVs are fantastic quality machines that mix up the preconception of what an off-roader is all about.