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With the cold weather ahead, now is a great time to think about investing in an Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) to help make life easier on the roads.
Hpi experts have revealed this week a selection of great performing SUVs perfect for Britain’s wintery road conditions.
The company has looked at a wide variety of factors ranging from the car’s performance to the total cost of ownership, to find the top SUVs offering the best all-round experience for motorists looking to deal with the toughest of road conditions.
Mark Bulmer from hpi said: “The SUV market continues to grow with the ‘all year round lifestyle’ appeal showing no signs of flagging. Practicality, presence and efficiency have ensured that SUVs have become the vehicle of choice for families, easily meeting the demands of everyday life. However it’s during the winter months where SUVs can really prove their worth.”
Below, Trusted Dealers takes a look at hpi’s top 5 SUV suggestions for this winter:
The Land Rover Defender remains one of the most popular 4×4 cars on the road, and dues to ts continued popularity both home and abroad, residual values of the vehicle remain high. Buyers can benefit from a 4×4 with all the rugged capability, coupled with the premium stamp of the Land Rover brand, ensuring both interior and exterior quality remain second to none. With prices starting from around £5,000 up to £75,000, there’s something for even the most discerning of budgets.
The RAV4 has been on the market for many years, but regardless of its age, the car’s excellent design and built continue to set the standard among much newer rivals. The RAV4 is known for its reliability and longevity meaning depreciation of the car is low, especially as it ages. 4×4 models do hold their value best, but every model will prove to be a solid investment. Despite not being the best off-road vehicle or the best motorway car, the culmination of both makes it a great all-rounder with real versatility.
A relative newcomer to the SUV market, the Porsche Macan will appeal to those buyers seeking a luxury style SUV which still offers maximum capability in poor weather. For this reason, it has already gathered a following. High performance and GTi looks are the main attractions to this car, coupled with the strong residual values you’ll find on any used Porsches. If you’re looking for an SUV that stands out from the crowd, with sports car looks, the Macan is a great choice.
The Volvo XC70 estate car can sometimes be overlooked, but as SUVs go, it’s very well put together, and offers those who are not as keen on the full-on SUV looks, the choice of an estate car with great off-road capability. The XC70 is also great for towing and when driven off road it is sure footed and capable. The look of the XC70 might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the price tag might be, so it is well worth being considered.
The Dacia Duster has been around long enough to establish itself in the market and it has proven to be a solid investment, costing less than any other SUV on the road, but with low depreciation to boot. The 4×4 model in the Dacia range is highly sought after in both its petrol and diesel form. The car is well built and represents great value for money motoring with prices starting at £5,500 to circa £14,000. If you’re looking for an SUV with all the right credentials and a much lower price tag than many rivals, the Duster fits the bill.