LIFE IN A 4x4

Car (South Africa) - - MAIL -

You guys are al­ways try­ing to pro­mote sta­tion wag­ons and of­ten end road tests with the ques­tion: “Does one re­ally need an SUV?” I was smil­ing to my­self and think­ing about writ­ing this letter while read­ing your im­pres­sions of the Volvo V90 Cross Coun­try in the July is­sue. Then I saw Peter Palm men­tion­ing that some of his col­leagues are con­sid­er­ing the Mahin­dra XUV500 as a pur­chase based on its merit and thought, yeah, I will de nitely write this letter one day. But then I read the mov­ing letter by Danie Botha and thought this guy needs an im­me­di­ate fan club.

My wife and I have been say­ing this for 14 years: life is bet­ter in a 4x4. It just is. You can bust your brain try­ing to ra­tio­nalise it, but I’m too ex­hausted, too over­worked and don’t care enough to try any­more. We’ve owned ev­ery­thing from lux­ury cars to econoboxes and MPVS but life is bet­ter in a 4x4. More ac­cu­rately here in Gaut­eng, where 80% of our coun­try’s cars re­side, life is pos­si­ble in a 4x4.

Yes we do crave the dreams, the ad­ven­tures and the tran­quil­lity of the bush. We can’t imag­ine be­ing stuck in the third lane of the N1 with mo­tor­cy­cles roar­ing past us while sit­ting in a sta­tion wagon, even if it is AWD. That would be un­bear­able. It would be more than we can stand. Con­sid­er­ing we still need strength for an en­tire work­ing day to build an econ­omy, it can’t be risked. There’s too much at stake.

The age of the cow­boys has gone, but not the yearn­ing. The short ex­per­i­ment with vanilla avoured liv­ing has not re­sulted in a safer, wealth­ier or health­ier world, and if a dad wants to drive a 4x4 ev­ery day only to take his son on an epic camp­ing trip once a year, so be it; he de­serves it.

I would gladly nom­i­nate Danie for pres­i­dent, but I’m pretty sure he’s not the kind of guy who would be in the least bit in­ter­ested.

Thank you for a fan­tas­tic mag­a­zine, guys. ANONY­MOUS By email

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