4x4 Fea­ture

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Belfast Telegraph - NI Carfinder - - Front Page -

THE SUV seg­ment has con­tin­ued to ex­pe­ri­ence growth, and so does the range and qual­ity of ve­hi­cles that qual­ify as 4x4s.

From large, proper off-road­ers to ‘cross­over’ sa­loons to com­pact SUVS (Sports Util­ity Ve­hi­cle), there is al­most lit­er­ally a car to suit ev­ery­one these days.

If you add to­gether the new and used mar­ket, there are lit­er­ally mil­lions of ve­hi­cles to choose from.

It can seem strange, but it is of­ten the very fea­tures that 4x4s evolved to help them out of muddy tracks that have en­deared them to fam­ily buy­ers in our towns and cities.

Par­tic­u­larly ap­peal­ing is the high driv­ing po­si­tion, loads of in­te­rior space and in­ge­nious cubby holes, and other de­sign fea­tures that make them very us­able.

Then, for the ones with proper grunt, there’s also the added ben­e­fits of large tow­ing ca­pac­i­ties, and sig­nif­i­cant off-road abil­i­ties.

There has been sig­nif­i­cant evo­lu­tion in the so­phis­ti­ca­tion of this mar­ket. Once, for ex­am­ple, fuel econ­omy was fairly far down the list of man­u­fac­tur­ers’ pri­or­i­ties.

How­ever, these days, mpg and emis­sions are never far from mind, and con­se­quently 4x4s are much cheaper to run these days.

Back in the day, the 4x4 seg­ment was dom­i­nated by lum­ber­ing gi­ants – the Range Rovers, Toy­ota

Land Cruis­ers and Mit­subishi Shoguns of this world.

And while they are still stan­dard bear­ers of the genre, the mar­ket has grown sig­nif­i­cantly more com­plex since. Not only has it headed down­wards in terms of size – it even goes right down to smaller crossovers like the Fiat Panda Cross.

But there’s been an ex­plo­sion in terms of the num­bers of smaller cars – think the Audi Q2 and the new BMW X2 – and at the top end, too, since BMW’S X5 blazed its trail.

Even Bent­ley has piled in with the Ben­tayga, Lam­borgh­ini with the Urus and next year we’ll even see a Fer­rari SUV as the Pranc­ing Horse brigade waves the white flag and joins the 4x4 world.

There’s also been an ex­plo­sion in the safety and so­phis­ti­ca­tion of SUVS, and not just the in the luxiry class ei­ther.

For Subaru can you men­tion new XV and Im­preza have been rated “Best in Class” for safety by Euro NCAP both scor­ing max­i­mum rat­ings in the new tougher test­ing regime. Eye­sight driver as­sist tech­nol­ogy is be­ing in­tro­duced across the Subaru range this year and in a 2017 Subaru Europe sur­vey of Eye­sight equipped Out­backs

As we said, SUVS come in a range of sizes, so we’ve picked 7 of our best, in roughly as­cend­ing size, in a range of cat­e­gories.

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