2014 SUV’s worth considering

SUVs are back in fashion for UK car buyers. More people are signing up for the 4×4 driving experience, which offers trendy looks, the ability to cope in all weather conditions, and now surprisingly efficient engines. Interestingly, some of the SUV models have dropped the high cost tag associated with running them. We are going to look at 3 of the top ones you should consider. None of these are on the list of the most stolen cars in the UK, which is good for your insurance premiums too!

Hyundai Santa Fe

Are you still on the fence about the capabilities of Korean forged vehicles? This is the car designed to help you make up your mind. It is high quality and very desirable. The stylish lines on this vehicle are a sharp departure from the boxy feel of the 2001 version. Hyundai moved into the premium market forcefully with the emergence of this car.

The Santa Fe is a practical family car, and with the intelligent 4WD system, you get a car that feels very secure in slippery conditions. It has hill descent control that helps you stay in control, while the 4WD lock also boosts the off-road experience. With its Trailer Stability Assist, the Sante Fe feels the same whether you are driving with the full 500kg load allowance, or driving empty.

There is a seven-seat option but the smaller model is the more acclaimed option.

Dacia Duster

The Dacia Duster is the way to go for if you are intent on braving 4X4 conditions on a tight budget. This Romanian model has caused quite a stir since it hit the UK shores early this year due to it bargain-basement price and the low running costs.

You will be forgiven for thinking that this car will offer very little in terms of true value, but you will have yourself to blame if you miss out on the model because of that erroneous assumption. This car has a no-nonsense exterior styling that was developed by Nissan. It also comes with a four-wheel drive system that you can turn on and off. For the majority of driving conditions, the efficient front-wheel-drive mode can do the job. When the weather dictates, you can deploy the total traction system via a switch on the exquisite dashboard. There is a locking centre differential as well if you ever need it.

The direct steering and soft ride ensures the Duster performs wonderfully well on the tarmac.

Jeep Cherokee

The new Jeep Cherokee is undoubtedly one of the best-driving small jeeps around. It doesn’t matter if you are a newcomer or purist; this car is guaranteed to please. This SUV is solid, not featherweight, and has good on-road dynamics.  At present, only a 2 litre turbo diesel engine with either 140 or 170hp is available in the UK . The latter is the better option if you are looking for all-wheel drive and towing capability. It also offers a nine-speed automatic gearbox for motorway cruising.  The technology, materials and finish found in the cabin rival those in the Grand Cherokee!

Range Rover Sport

The hybrid between the Range Rover and the baby Evoque is the Range Rover sport. Its hybrid nature makes it an SUV that offers mud-plugging ability, as well as luxury cruising whenever you need it.

This SUV can comfortably take 5 people but there is a seven-seat option as well. Before shelling out for the seven seat option, keep in mind that the last seat on this version is rather cramped and may not suit  an adult. Whichever version you go for you will be pleased with the powerful off-road experience of the Range Rover Sport.

With the Terrain Response system, you get the standard air-suspension for tarmac, gravel, snow, mud, sand and rocks. The beautiful TFT displays and optional wade depth monitor keep you informed of the Range Rover’s movements.

You can’t go wrong with any of these SUVs.


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