Best cheap 4x4s for sale

Four-wheel-drives aren't just for those with castles. Take a look at some cheap 4x4s right here

Murray Scullion
May 23, 2018

Critics of 4x4s say that having the engine’s power sent to all four wheels is needless for most people, and it makes a car more expensive to buy, and run.

But, no matter what the critics say, it is reassuring to know that if things become snowy (winter) or very wet (summer), you’re less likely to hear tyres scrambling around for grip with a four-wheel-drive.

Mainstream cars like the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, and Volkswagen Golf use just the front wheels for propulsion - but 4x4s like the Land Rover Discovery, Mercedes G-Class, and the humble Dacia Duster, use all four. This aids traction on slippery surfaces, and is better for towing too.

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One of the inherent problems with 4x4s is the price. For instance, top of the 4x4 field is the Range Rover. This starts at £80,035, and rises all the way to a heady £177,000 for a top spec car.

All the 4x4s in this list cost less than £10,000 though, and will still get you up slippery village tracks in the winter.

Dacia Duster

Best cheap 4x4 for value

Our pick Dacia Duster Access
Used price £7,000-£8,500 Price from new £10,145

The Dacia Duster offers SUV size and off-roading ability for the price of a family runaround. It’s big and comfortable, and has a loyal troop of followers who love the basicness of it all. It’s also handsome in a rugged way, a bit like Bear Grylls.

And you can have one easily for less than £8000. That kind of money will get you a 2014-registered car with around 30,000 miles. You’ll be getting a 1.6-litre petrol engine that isn’t the quietest or the most powerful, but, you’re also getting a four-wheel-drive system and a useful amount of suspension travel.

Skoda Yeti

Best cheap 4x4 for simplicity

Our pick Skoda Yeti 2.0TDI Adventure
Used price £9,500 Price from new £21,215

The Yeti is practical and popular crossover that has proved to be a hit with buyers (in 2016, its last full year of sales, 13,654 Yetis were sold, the best-selling year of all).

It was replaced by the similarly sized Skoda Karoq in early 2018. There are plenty on the market in two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive flavour.

For less than £10,000, an Adventure spec car with the 2.0-litre diesel, and of course four wheel drive, can be bought.

Fiat Panda 4x4

Best cheap 4x4 for cute looks

Our pick Fiat Panda TwinAir 4x4
Used price £6,700 Price from new £14,055

Fiat’s plucky little Panda has a four-wheel-drive derivative, and it looks adorable. However, while it does look like Range Rover that’s been in the wash, it is pretty nimble off-road.

Its light weight means that it’s less likely to get stuck in the mud, while the raised suspension height makes it less likely to get stuck on rocks. Even if you won’t use it off-road, it’s unlikely to get stuck in a muddy field.

For below £7,000 you can pick up (not literally, but almost literally) a 2004-registered Panda 4x4 with around 50,000 miles on it, and a 0.9-litre Twinair petrol engine that’s zippy and sounds nice.

Suzuki Jimny

Best cheap 4x4 for reliving your summer holiday 

Our Pick Suzuki Jimny 1.3VVT SZ3
Used Price £11,750 Price from new £11,975

Not it’s not a cricket. And yes, you may well have driven one on a holiday in Corfu in the Noughties. This era of Jimny has been going since 1998, and only stopped production some 20 years later.

They’re a hoot to drive, and are very capable off-road too. Inside there are big, chunky buttons allowing you to switch between two and four-wheel drive - and not a lot else.

2016 cars with around 5,000 miles on the clock generally cost £11,000.

Nissan Qashqai

Best cheap 4x4 for families

Our pick Nissan Qashqai 1.6dci Tekna 4WD
Used price £9,995 Price from new £32,315

The Qashqai is a crossover, which means it blends SUV looks with regular hatchback running costs. Not all models had four-wheel-drive (and most aren’t) but some new buyers did cough up the extra cash for the system.

It’s not built for tackling mountains, but is beneficial if football ground car park gets waterlogged during a game. For sub £10,000 you’re looking at the old Qashqai. But a new-shaped Qashqai 4x4 can be bought for around another £3,000.

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