Th­ese are SA’s cheap­est all-wheel drive cars

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3. Fiat Panda Cross - R249 900

The Cross ver­sion of the new Panda (also set for launch next week) is es­sen­tially the same as the base 4x4 de­riv­a­tive listed on the pre­ced­ing page but with a bit more ground clear­ance, some beefier black body­work, a metal-look skid plate and an ex­tra set of fog lights. It’s also a tad more pow­er­ful with 66kW in­stead of 63. 4. Suzuki Jimny - R258 400 Known in of­froad­ing cir­cles as the gi­ant-killer, Suzuki’s diminu­tive Jimny has been em­bar­rass­ing much pricier ve­hi­cles out on the 4x4 trails for years. Its very short wheel­base and nar­row track help it clam­ber up and over ob­sta­cles big­ger ve­hi­cles could get hung up on, and its se­lectable 4x4 trans­fer case with low range al­low it to con­vert from a city-friendly com­pact SUV to a rough-and-tum­ble boul­der-hop­per at the push of a but­ton. An auto ver­sion is also avail­able for an ex­tra R18 000.

Re­nault’s 1.5dCi Dy­namique 4WD Duster may be the most ex­pen­sive of five Duster de­riv­a­tives (the oth­ers are all fron­twheel drive), but it still slips into this list of the five cheap­est 4x4s in South Africa.

This sur­pris­ingly ca­pa­ble com­pact SUV bor­rows some driv­e­train bits from the big­ger Nis­san X-Trail, and gets three modes: 2WD for econ­omy, Auto for slippery con­di­tions and 4WD Lock for off-road trails when a per­ma­nent split of power be­tween the front and rear wheels is re­quired.

Suzuki Jimny eats of­froad trails for break­fast.

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