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Four-wheel drive cars have increased in popularity over the past decade, and there is now far more choice when it comes to affordable 4×4 cars to see you through the winter months.
The rise of the SUV has meant that motorists can now choose between a car with two-wheel drive (2WD), a car that has the option of all-wheel drive (AWD) or complete four-wheel drive capability (4WD), depending on a person’s lifetsyle.
Below, Trusted Dealers looks at 5 benefits to owning a 4×4 car.
Having some type of traction control in a vehicle is a safety feature that provides peace of mind while driving. Hazardous road conditions cannot always be anticipated, therefore it is reassuring to know that there is a feature built into your vehicle to help manage these types of situations. Whether you’re facing an icy road or a deep off road ditch, there is a type of AWD or 4WD that is right for every situation.
Four wheel drive cars tend to be larger than normal cars, although this isn’t always the case. Cars such as the Mini Countryman Crossover now offer 4×4 capacity when required, yet still fall into the bracket of a smaller car. However, if you’re looking for a larger car with plenty of additional space for the family, you’ll certainly find there are plenty of 4×4 cars available that will do just that. From luxury cars such as the Land Rover Range Rover Sport to more practical, but still appealing crossovers such as the Nissan Qashqai, there are 4x4s available to suit all sizes if family and all budgets.
The seating in a 4×4 car tends to be more versatile than other cars. Like MPVs, there are plenty of SUVs now offering a seven seat configuration, or the capacity to fit three car seats across the middle, catering to a larger family of five, six or even seven people. Some of the most popular seven-seater SUVs include the new Land Rover Discovery Sport and the new Volvo XC90. The seating position in SUVs is also much higher than in standard cars which adds to the safety element of the car and is an added incentive for children who can see so much more out the back.
In hazardous weather such as heavy snow or ice on the road, having a car with added traction can certainly be beneficial.
Cars without AWD or 4×4 capability are more susceptible to slipping therefore you’ll stand a better chance of staying on the road and avoiding an accident in a 4×4 car. Furthermore, 4×4 cars are sturdily built, ensuring you and your passengers are well protected in the event a car should skid into you.
If you’re looking for style and sophistication, 4×4 cars totally fit the bill. Cars such as the new Volvo XC90 or the Land Rover Range Rover Sport ooze class whilst commanding the road with their sharp lines and eye-catching exterior features. They may not be as easy on your wallet, but if you’re on a budget, there are plenty of other models which tick most of the boxes when it comes to the style stakes. The new Nissan Qashqai is one of the most popular SUVs on the road, or why not check out the stylish Kia Sportage which benefits from a class-leading 7 year warranty.