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Take Your Pick of the Most Practical 4x4s

Take Your Pick of the Most Practical 4x4s

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Most cars are bursting with handy features, none more so than four-wheel-drive SUVs. We pick out some of the most practical 4x4s. Which one will you choose?

Take Your Pick of the Most Practical 4x4s

When it comes to 4x4s, practicality is quite a subjective thing. What one driver considers handy, another might not appreciate. Of course, the extra grip and stability provided by four-wheel-drive adds a good deal of practicality to any 4x4, but there’s so much more that can increase its usefulness.

So what exactly does make a 4x4 practical? Space, power, driver assistance, convenience or manoeuvrability. We’ve dug deep to find a few facts about some of the most practical 4x4s to help you decide whether they’re useful to you. Here’s what we’ve discovered...

SEAT Ateca

Size isn’t everything in a practical 4x4, especially when it comes to negotiating tight parking spaces, but if space is a priority, the SEAT Ateca 4Drive may surprise you with its practicality. The 485-litre boot is easily reached with hands-free operation via the Virtual Pedal, while wide-opening doors provide easy access to the cabin, which offers excellent headroom and more than enough legroom.

A relatively tiny turning circle and lighter weight helps with parking, as does the ultrasonic sensors and 360-degree cameras. Handy wireless mobile charging and synching, all managed from a 10.2” state-of-the-art LCD screen helps you to stay tuned without taking your eyes off the road. Carefully does it.

Stats
  • Length

    4,363 mm

  • Width

    2,078 mm

  • Height

    1,625 mm

  • Max WEIGHT (WITH DRIVER)

    1,589 kg

  • TURNING CIRCLE

    10.8 m

  • max towing capacity

    2,100 kg

  • boot space

    485 litres

  • Max ToRQUE

    340 Nm / 1,750 rpm (2.0 Litre TDI 4Drive)

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Jeep Grand
Cherokee

If it’s power you need to get you through your next off-road adventure, the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers a couple of very practical engine options in the form of a capable 3.0-litre 250 PS diesel and a whopping 6.2-litre 700 PS petrol.

With such a big, practical 4x4 to control, help is at hand with Park Assist and Lane Departure Warning. Kevlar-reinforced tyres, a wading depth of 508 mm and air suspension that raises ground clearance up to 274mm means that there’s very little that can get in the way. And if it does, the protected underside ensures that rocks and rubble are easily fended off. Bring it on!

Stats
  • Length

    4,875 mm

  • Width

    1,954 mm

  • Height

    1,802 mm

  • Max WEIGHT
    (WITH DRIVER)

    2,573 kg

  • TURNING CIRCLE

    11.6 m

  • max towing capacity

    3,500 kg

  • boot space

    782 litres

  • Max ToRQUE

    868 Nm / 2,000 rpm (6.2 Litre V8)

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DS 7
Crossback

Technology adds a good dose of practicality to most cars these days and the DS 7 Crossback is no exception as it combines the convenience of its E-Tense hybrid engine with practical 4x4 capability. As well as having a roomy boot with flat floor for easy loading, this largest DS SUV has electric tailgate and keyless entry for whenever your hands are full.

Active suspension scans the road ahead using a windscreen-mounted camera, and automatically adjusts suspension on uneven surfaces, improving the smoothness of every ride - equally convenient for sleeping babes and working passengers. Another camera is used to record pictures and video in the DS ConnectedCAM system which usefully stores images in case of accident. Better safe than sorry.

Stats
  • Length

    4,573 mm

  • Width

    2,098 mm

  • Height

    1,625 mm

  • kerb WEIGHT (WITHout DRIVER)

    1,825 kg

  • TURNING CIRCLE

    10.5 m

  • max towing capacity

    1,200 kg

  • boot space

    555 litres

  • Max ToRQUE

    300 Nm / 3,000 rpm (1.6 E-Tenso D 240PS)

Jaguar
F-Pace

A high ride and wide-opening doors make the Jaguar F-Pace one of the most easily accessible 4x4s for both passengers and cargo. This means back-saving loading and unloading of children into their car seats and more than enough room for prams, golf clubs, shopping bags or climbing gear in the 650-litre boot.

The 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats drop easily with optional remote release, allowing you to take advantage of the rubberised, easy-clean, reversible boot floor. All this comes with a fairly hefty torque that will give you all the oomph you need to cope with most terrains, along with Dynamic Stability Control that will keep this practical 4x4, and your temper, on an even keel.

Stats
  • Length

    4,731 mm

  • Width

    2,175 mm

  • Height

    1,666 mm

  • Max WEIGHT
    (WITH DRIVER)

    1,875 kg

  • TURNING CIRCLE

    11.6 m

  • max towing capacity

    2,400 kg

  • boot space

    650 litres

  • Max ToRQUE

    500 Nm / 1,500 rpm (2.0D 240PS)

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Peugeot
3008

Amongst the petrol, diesel and alternative fuel Peugeot 3008s, it’s the hybrid version that’s the most practical 4x4 in the range, pairing 4WD with a 1.6-litre petrol engine and two electric motors. A full charge takes as little as 2 hours and provides up to 36 miles of 100% electric motoring, proving very useful for short trips around town.

A relatively tiny turning circle and lighter weight helps with parking, as does the ultrasonic sensors and 360-degree cameras. Handy wireless mobile charging and synching, all managed from a 10.2” state-of-the-art LCD screen helps you to stay tuned without taking your eyes off the road. Carefully does it.

Stats
  • Length

    4,447 mm

  • Width

    2,098 mm

  • Height

    1,624 mm

  • Max WEIGHT (WITH DRIVER)

    2,330 kg

  • TURNING CIRCLE

    10.7 m

  • max towing capacity

    1,250 kg

  • boot space

    395 litres

  • combined Max
    ToRQUE

    520 Nm (HYBRID 300 e-EAT8)

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Find your practical 4x4 today!

Everyone needs something different from their 4x4. What seems like a great idea to one person might not be the next person’s cup of tea (or SUV). Pop down to your local Swansway dealership to examine every inch of some of the most practical 4x4s. Only you can decide which one is for you.