Cars for farmers

Looking for some tough and reliable new wheels for the farm? These cars are great for all seasons and all reasons

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Jul 25, 2022

Farmers expect a lot from their cars. They must be capable of dealing with all weathers, rugged enough to cope with rough roads and harsh conditions, utterly reliable and supremely practical. It can be tough finding a car that delivers on all fronts.

Yes, chances are that you have lots of existing farm equipment and machinery, but these cars are ideal for mixing business and pleasure. Cars that will look at home on the farm and be able to deal with bumpy tracks and a bit of mud but won’t be out of place on the high street or in a hotel car park.

There are eight cars on our list, from a small car that should be able to cope much further off road than you'd ever expect to a familiar favourite that has been a fixture of rural life for generations. Remember, there are tens of thousands of cars and vans available on BuyaCar, with prices starting at just £4,000, with great deals on offer until the cows come home.

Rather than focusing solely on the large SUVs and pick-ups favoured by many farmers, we’ve included a range of body styles, so there should be an option to suit your needs - whether you're after something capable off-road but still economical or something more road-oriented but very practical.

Best cars for farmers

1. Suzuki Ignis

Our pick Suzuki Ignis 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ5 Allgrip
Used deals from £10,100
Monthly finance from £220*

The little Suzuki Ignis is perfect for nipping into town for animal feed or squeezing through tight gates on the farm. All versions are powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine, but you may want to look out for models with the optional Allgrip four-wheel-drive system. It doesn’t offer the off-road ability of a Land Rover, but it’s surprisingly good at dealing with gravel tracks and slippery surfaces. And, as it's so small and light, it's less likely to churn up your grass and turn everything to mud.

Stick a set of winter or all-season tyres on a four-wheel-drive Ignis and you’re less likely to be cut off if the weather turns a bit wintry. The slight decrease in fuel economy that comes with the four-wheel-drive system is a small price to pay for the Ignis’s all-weather brilliance.

Allgrip is an option on the SZ5 trim, which includes the likes of electric rear windows, a leather-covered steering wheel, climate control, cruise control, sat-nav and automatic emergency braking.


2. Dacia Duster

Our pick Dacia Duster 1.3 TCe 4x4
Used deals from £10,399
Monthly finance from £198*

Launched in 2018, the current Dacia Duster is Britain’s cheapest SUV. Even a Duster with four-wheel-drive starts at around £20,000, which is the price of a mid-range Ford Fiesta. You’ll save even more money when buying used.

The raised suspension is great at dealing with the sort of potholes and ruts you find on a farm track, while the use of tried and tested Renault and Nissan parts should mean that repairs don’t cost the earth should the worst happen.

Inside, you’ll find a surprisingly robust cabin, with plenty of space for five adults and a large boot. The petrol engines are fine, but the extra pulling power of the 1.5-litre diesel engine will be welcome when you’re carrying a heavy load. Alternatively, take a look at the Bi-Fuel petrol/LPG version for excellent fuel economy. Just make sure that you have access to an LPG supplier relatively locally, as you won't get any benefit from this cheaper fuel otherwise.


3. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Our pick Mitsubishi Outlander 2.0 PHEV 4h
Used deals from £18,495
Monthly finance from £288*

Launched a decade ago, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was the first plug-in hybrid SUV. Buyers loved the combination of practicality, fuel economy - provided you charge the car regularly - and cheaper tax, not to mention its ability to cover a decent distance on electric power.

It’s best to look at versions built following the 2018 update, when the Outlander PHEV was treated to a new 2.4-litre petrol engine plus an updated battery pack and electric motor. You can expect up to 28 miles of electric range, plus fuel economy of 140mpg, provided you remember to plug it in regularly.

Time has caught up with the Outlander PHEV, with many other manufacturers launching their own plug-in hybrid SUVs. However, the Mitsubishi is worth a look for its practicality, reliability and long list of standard equipment and thanks to the availability of very affordable older models.


4. Isuzu D-Max

Our pick Isuzu D-Max 2.5 TD
Used deals from £16,859
Monthly finance from £402*

Need a tougher vehicle? Pop over to our vans section and take a look at the Isuzu D-Max pick-up. Launched in 2020, the current D-Max is a solid step forward from its predecessor, which proved to be incredibly popular. It won a legion of followers, from electricity companies to National Park rangers, and rural vets to builders.

The entry-level Utility is available in extended cab and double cab body styles, and it could be ideal if you’re after a no-frills workhorse for the farm. Other versions are more lavish, with a car-like interior and plenty of cabin space. All versions are powered by strong 1.9-litre diesel engines.

Buying a D-Max is just the start of the journey, because you can pick and choose from a range of accessories. The Agri pack consists of an under-rail bed liner kit, aluminium canopy, universal coupling, towbar with 13-pin electrics, 12v socket in load bed, rubber mat set, front seat covers and tailgate assist.

5. Toyota Hilux

Toyota Hilux front three quarters view

Our pick Toyota Hilux 2.4 D-4D
Used deals from £16,750
Monthly finance from £372*

The Toyota Hilux is a familiar sight on building sites, country estates and farms across the UK. It’s a pick-up truck that can mix work with pleasure, with a reputation for solid reliability and a surprisingly car-like experience on the road.

There are several different body types to choose from, including a Single Cab (two doors, two seats and a longer load bed), Extra Cab (which gains small rear doors and a rear bench), and the most popular Double Cab (with four doors, proper rear seats and a smaller load bed). Choose from two diesel engines: 2.4-litre and 2.8-litre.

The Hilux is great to drive on the road, but it’s also up to the challenge of getting down and dirty on the farm. Of the trim levels, we’d avoid the entry-level Active model, but the mid-range Icon covers most bases. As a bonus, the Hilux has a maximum five-star safety rating.


6. Skoda Octavia Estate

Our pick Skoda Octavia Estate 2.0 TDI Scout 4x4
Used deals from £11,450
Monthly finance from £205*

The Skoda Octavia Estate on sale from 2013 until 2020 is one of the most practical and honest estate cars you can buy. It shares its oily bits with the Volkswagen Golf, but you’ll pay less for the privilege of owning the Skoda.

Few cars of this size have such a large boot, with 610 litres of luggage capacity available with the rear seats up, which increases to 1,740 litres with the seats folded down. Think of all the farm equipment and dogs you can get in the back.

The chances are you’ve been visited by a farm vet in a Skoda Octavia Scout. Thanks to its four-wheel-drive system and raised ride height, the Scout is ideal for dealing with farm tracks or reaching stricken animals at the far end of the field.


7. Volvo V90 Cross Country

Our pick Volvo V90 Cross Country D4/B4 (D)
Used deals from £22,000
Monthly finance from £343*

The Cross Country is the all-weather version of the stylish Volvo V90 estate car. With prices ranging from £53,500 to £60,000, it’s not a cheap option when you’re buying new, but BuyCar prices start from around £25,000, making used models a far more affordable prospect.

A 65mm increase in ground clearance, standard four-wheel-drive and protective cladding combine to make this an ideal estate car for dealing with rough tracks and even rougher weather. There’s even an off-road setting for when the going gets tough.

But one of the V90 Cross Country’s greatest strengths is the feeling of opulence. The interior oozes class and sophistication, with a stylish dashboard design, an impressive media display and the most comfortable seats this side of a Rolls-Royce. So, if you want a practical car with some off-road ability and lots of comfort, this could be for you.


8. Land Rover Defender

Our pick Land Rover Defender 90 D250 SE
Used deals from £53,995
Monthly finance from £794*

We couldn’t conclude a list of cars for farmers without mentioning the Land Rover Defender. It gets incredibly expensive as you progress up the range if you're looking at new models, but few cars offer such an array of off-road talents.

Ain’t no mountain high enough or valley low enough to stop a Defender in its tracks, while a maximum wading depth of 900mm means it’ll keep going should you face the nightmare situation of rising flood water across your land. If you're used to the old model, this one is far more sophisticated and upmarket inside, without sacrificing its off-road ability.

It’s as great to drive on the road as it is off it, too, while the bold styling will turn heads whenever you venture into town. Choose from petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid versions, plus an array of options and accessories.


*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.


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