Top 5 Winning Winter 4x4s for just £2,000

November 8, 2013 | By | In Advice

You might have read our report this morning on the Highways Agency’s concerns about British motorists’ readiness for winter.

Well, winter certainly is on the minds of some road users – British Car Auctions has already said that 4×4 values are on the rise as people look to the extra traction they offer ahead of the winter months.

But don’t worry – even if you haven’t got a king’s ransom to spend, you can still find a sensible, solid 4×4 for a very reasonable price these days.

Just £2,000 is enough to buy some very highly-respected models – and we’ve compiled a list of five of our favourites for you.

Honda CR-V

Launched in response to Toyota’s vaunted RAV4, the CR-V brought Honda’s values of reliability, practicality and build quality to the small ‘soft-roader’ sector. And while £2,000 can buy you a high-mileage version of the second-generation model, we’d instead plump for a nice, tidy example of the first generation. The 2.0-litre petrol engine offers a great combination of dependability, fuel economy and performance, and a top-of-the-range Executive model like this one comes with plenty of equipment.

Nissan Terrano II

Of course, if you need the economy of a diesel combined with that famed Japanese reliability, the oft-overlooked Nissan Terrano II is a great bet. A facelifted example like this one will give years of reliable service, and while its on-road driving dynamics are certainly dated in 4×4 terms, it isn’t a bad thing to drive by any means. What’s more, an enormous boot and plenty of rear seat space make it a practical winter companion.

Daihatsu Fourtrak

The Fourtrak was never the last word in on-road performance, with a sluggish diesel engine and crude driving dynamics. But if off-road ability is paramount, there isn’t much better out there for £2,000. It’s beloved of farmers across the country for a reason – it’s compact, light, nimble, and sturdy. Look for a tidy example like that hasn’t been abused – this one looks like it’d do the trick.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

America’s take on the luxury 4×4 wasn’t the most refined or, indeed, the best built. But it did come with several things that endear it to many owners: plenty of kit, a huge engine, and lantern-jawed looks. A 4.0-litre petrol like this one will offer plenty of grunt – but if you value your fuel economy, your best choice is probably to stick with the slower, if more frugal, 2.7-litre turbodiesel.

Isuzu Trooper

But if you really do need a proper, full-sized SUV with a diesel engine, may we recommend a look at the Isuzu Trooper? It’s a little utilitarian inside compared with the Jeep, but this one can still boast air conditioning and, according to the advert, heated seats. What’s more, you get a towbar and space for seven people – in other words, this really is a do-it-all winter machine. And the Trooper’s renowned as a rugged old bus – so as long as this one’s been well looked-after, it should get you through anything winter can throw at you!

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