KEEP ON ROLLING: AS THE 4x4 MAR­KET EX­PANDS, THERE’S A MODEL FOR EV­ERY­ONE

The SUV sec­tor con­tin­ues to grow, fu­elled by in­creas­ing in­no­va­tion and clear cus­tomer de­mand. But which type suits you?

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THE end­less march of SUVS and 4x4s keeps on rolling – in fact the mar­ket has con­tin­ued to grow as more and more man­u­fac­tur­ers add new mod­els.

From large, proper off-road­ers to ‘crossover’ sa­loons to com­pact SUVS, the choice can ap­pear end­less these days.

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.

There is ba­si­cally a 4X4/SUV to suit ev­ery­one these days: whether that be large, small, new, ap­proved or used.

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4x4s haven’t al­ways had an en­tirely free ride. Par­tic­u­larly in the early days of pop­u­lar­ity, they were mocked as gi­ant gas-guz­zlers. Much of this was based around size, whether it’s in terms of the ac­tual size or en­gine ca­pac­ity.

Like much pol­i­tics, it didn’t re­flect the com­pli­cated re­al­ity of the sec­tor.

Nowa­days, if you want a huge off-roader with pa­thetic ur­ban fuel econ­omy it is pos­si­ble to get one, but most peo­ple don’t, and that’s why the ma­jor­ity of SUVS sold now are from the com­pact sec­tor.

These com­pact SUV ‘soft-road­ers’ typ­i­cally take-up no more space on the road than the av­er­age fam­ily saloon and have mod­est en­gines.

Most are more com­fort­able on tar­mac than with any se­ri­ous mud-plug­ging, but gen­er­ally they do have at least some off-road abil­ity par­tic­u­larly if they are four wheel drive rather than 2WD.

Some SUVS have be­come very ef­fi­cient, us­ing hy­brid and even elec­tric tech­nol­ogy, and all have all the mod cons of their nor­mal sis­ter car, of­ten with some ex­tras added.

WHICH TYPE IS FOR YOU? The mar­ket is quite com­plex and is in­creas­ingly de­fy­ing sim­ple clas­si­fi­ca­tions.

How­ever can be bro­ken down into some fairly gen­eral seg­ments, and within each seg­ment you will find the usual range from bud­get to lux­ury choices.

Crossovers/com­pact SUVS:

The small­est type of SUVS, these are es­sen­tially based on su­per­mi­nis like the Peu­geot 208, which spawned the Peu­geot 2008 crossover. Other ex­am­ples would be the Suzuki Ig­nis, Kia Stonic, and Hyundai Kona – but all man­u­fac­tur­ers of­fer them.

Mid-sized SUVS: Again, an­other class of car that has ex­panded mas­sively and all man­u­fac­tur­ers of­fer mod­els in this very pop­u­lar class, based upon tra­di­tional fam­ily sa­loons. Ex­am­ples in­clude the Skoda Karoq, Seat Ateca, Subaru XV, Nis­san Qashqai, Kia Sportage and Vaux­hall Grand­land X. Only a few, like the Land Rover Evoque, have se­ri­ous off-road abil­ity.

Large Suvs/4x4s: There’s no short­ages of these ei­ther, with the Volk­swa­gen Touareg, Mit­subishi Shogun, BMW X5, Mercedes M- Class, and sev­eral Range Rover mod­els all com­ing to mind. From this level up, you’ll start to no­tice that off-road ca­pa­bil­ity is greatly im­proved and most ve­hi­cles are well able to tackle what­ever na­ture can throw at them.

Lux­ury Suvs/4x4s: The Porsche Cayenne, Maserati Le­vante, Lam­borgh­ini Urus – take your pick. Some like the Cayenne and Le­vante are af­ford­able for rea­son­ably wealthy peo­ple, oth­ers, like the Urus, are into the su­per­car seg­ment.

Pick-up trucks: The big­gest ve­hi­cles to come un­der the 4x4 um­brella are pick-up trucks, which tech­ni­cally come un­der the ‘ light truck’ le­gal clas­si­fi­ca­tion – which can be handy for busi­ness use as there can be sav­ings. Big names here in­clude the Volk­swa­gen Amarok, Isuzu D-max, Mit­subishi L200, Ford Ranger, and Nis­san Navara. Big pick-ups like these are kings of the rough stuff, but the good news is that cab­ins have be­come in­creas­ingly com­fort­able and car-like.

ISUZU have un­veiled the new Lim­ited Edi­tion D-max Fury early in North­ern Ire­land for the peak Jan­uary mar­ket, and ex­pect this lat­est new model to sell out in record time. With im­proved equip­ment lev­els and an even higher stan­dard spec­i­fi­ca­tion than the pre­vi­ous best sell­ing Fury first in­tro­duced two years ago, this lat­est lim­ited edi­tion will surely de­light the lengthy list of cus­tomers im­pa­tiently await­ing its ar­rival.

An ex­tremely strik­ing, com­fort­able and hard­work­ing pick-up with an ex­ten­sive range of unique fea­tures, the Isuzu D-max Fury truly makes a state­ment. With sport­ing head-turn­ing Magma Red paint fin­ish ex­clu­sive to the Fury, com­ple­mented by bold 18” gun­metal grey al­loy wheels and ra­di­a­tor grille with red Isuzu badge and stylish door graph­ics, Fury has a strong road­side pres­ence. The heated fold­ing elec­tric door mir­rors and door and tail­gate han­dles are gloss black fin­ish and set this dou­ble cab’s bold looks apart from ev­ery­thing else in the mar­ket.

The pre­mium cus­tom-de­signed in­te­rior has air con­di­tion­ing, re­vers­ing cam­era, 7” mul­ti­func­tion colour touch­screen, CD player, and front and rear USB ports to cre­ate a fun, ca­pa­ble and lux­u­ri­ous blend of un­com­pro­mis­ing and prac­ti­cal style. The stan­dard cloth up­hol­stery with dark grey in­te­rior has red over­stitch­ing on soft pad arm­rests and steer­ing wheel, and comes com­plete with Fury branded car­pet mats.

Work or play, Fury has it cov­ered. Newly re­designed rear sus­pen­sion re­duces un­sprung weight by 10kgs and ride com­fort is no­tice­ably smoother. Trailer sway con­trol is stan­dard fit on new Fury as is hill­start as­sist and de­scent con­trol – to­gether they re­ally un­der­line D-max’s class-lead­ing abil­ity to tow 3.5 tonnes all day, ev­ery day. Like all D-max mod­els, Fury is avail­able with ei­ther 6 speed man­ual or 6 speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, the auto box is sur­pris­ingly adept and “learns” driv­ing styles to max­imise fuel econ­omy and ef­fi­ciency. Isuzu man­u­fac­ture more diesel en­gines than any other com­pany glob­ally and not sur­pris­ingly such ex­per­tise de­liv­ers seam­less power with no Ad­blue re­quired, a big plus for all new D-max mod­els and a key main­te­nance, con­ve­nience and cost ad­van­tage over less ef­fi­cient com­peti­tors.

Fury also has a dis­tinc­tive two-tone black and red leather up­hol­stery up­grade op­tion, and a com­pre­hen­sive range of ac­ces­sories to truly per­son­alise your pickup. With an out­stand­ing 125,000 mile/5-year war­ranty (which­ever comes first) and 5-year Road­side As­sis­tance in the UK and Europe, Fury is a se­ri­ous con­tender. In terms of value for money the stand­out of­fer for VAT reg­is­tered users is the low £899 en­try and £239 monthly Con­tract Hire op­tion over just two years – an in­cred­i­bly com­pet­i­tive deal which is tes­ta­ment to Isuzu’s class-lead­ing resid­ual values, en­hanced by the un­doubted ad­di­tional ap­peal of a Lim­ited Edi­tion. If you’re in the mar­ket for a new pick-up, then don’t miss the Fury – demon­stra­tions are avail­able now at John Barr Cars Crum­lin, Eakin Bros Claudy, Western Cars En­niskillen, Gorm­ley Mo­tors Dun­gan­non and East­wood Mo­tors Lis­burn. Be sure to tell your dealer the Belfast Tele­graph sent you!

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