The UK’s Best Off-Road Cars
Here's a review of the top 5 off-road cars you can buy in the UK.
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Why do you love cars? We all have our own reasons: for some, it’s the sleek lines and beautiful design of an expensive sports car; for others, it’s the raw power and growling engine of an American muscle car. There are so many things to love about our vehicles, and today we’re going to bring our attention to those of us who like to go off the beaten track.
If you like a car that can get muddy, climb hills and explore the wild, keep reading: we’re going to take a look at the five best off-road and 4x4 vehicles you can currently buy in the UK.
Jeep took a page from the “if it ain't broke, don’t fix it” school of design in their approach to the Wrangler. Looking at it, you can still see elements of the original WWII Willys Jeeps peeking through, especially in the circular headlights and slotted grille.
This is a vehicle that does exactly what it says on the tin: it’s an off-road beast with unbeatable performance in harsh conditions. While some other vehicles are just as much at home on the road, the Wrangler is much happier in the dirt and mud. The Wrangler comes with a choice of a 200hp 2.2-litre diesel engine or a turbocharged 272hp 2.0-litre petrol, both with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. While the petrol engine is smoother and quieter, the diesel is cheaper to run. If you’re looking for a comfortable, safe 4x4 to take the kids to school or nip down to the shops, this isn’t the model you should go for. But if you’re looking for a vehicle for some serious off-roading adventure then you’d struggle to find a better car.
Toyota Land Cruiser
Another 4x4 that puts strength and power above comfort is the Toyota Land Cruiser. The Land Cruiser is a staple vehicle in countries where harsh conditions make reliability an absolute must, from the Australian outback to the deserts of the Middle East.
The Land Cruiser comes with body-on-frame construction and a 174hp, 2.8-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. Like the Wrangler, the Land Cruiser is a true off-road vehicle. It may not be as quiet or comfortable as a sports SUV, but it performs incredibly well in the wild, especially on slippery surfaces. In addition to lockable differentials, there’s a ‘crawl’ feature that works like an off-road cruise control. While the Land Cruiser is comfortable enough, it’s far from being luxurious, making it best suited to drivers who are looking for off-road capabilities above all else.
For something a bit more comfortable to drive, we have the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. The G-Class is an updated version of Mercedes’ G-Wagen, the offroad line that’s been around since 1979.
But it’s not just the name that’s been updated: the G-Class comes with a host of driving and tech upgrades that maintain its off-road capabilities while improving comfort and handling on the road as well. There are two models available in the UK: the G 350 d AMG Line and Mercedes-AMG G 63. The G 350 d is powered by a 282hp, 3.0-litre straight-six diesel engine, while the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 in the G 63 gives a massive 577hp. The only downside here is the price, with the diesel selling for around £94,000, and the G 63 weighing in at £145,000.