LIFE IN A 4x4
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