Brits love to get behind the wheels of 4-wheel drives, with models like the Kia Sportage and Nissan Qashqai some of the best-selling cars in the UK. These tough and capable vehicles offer a huge range of benefits, from extra boot space to increased traction in dangerous driving conditions.
Thinking about making the upgrade to a 4WD? Read on as we spotlight the main benefits of 4-wheel drive cars and how they can drastically improve your on-road experience.
Gear up for off-road adventures
4-wheel drives take you beyond the city and unlock access to off-road tracks and trails. As well as improved grip and traction that helps you plough through challenging terrain, four-wheel drives can still power ahead when only one wheel is touching the ground. This is a huge benefit when you’re attempting to navigate rugged terrain that leaves one or more wheels off the ground.
If you’re looking for the ultimate adventure-ready vehicle, there’s no looking past a 4WD. The Land Rover Defender is a classic choice, with an iconic boxy design and serious off-road capabilities. Tough and capable, it will have you powering through soft sand, splattering through mud and splashing through river crossings with ease. Of course, if you plan to take your 4WD off-road it’s important to have the skills and knowledge you need to stay safe while you explore. Signing up for a basic 4WD course is a great way to gain confidence behind the wheel and learn how to safely navigate tough terrain.
Extra space and capacity
One of the biggest benefits of a 4-wheel drive is increased space and capacity. Models are generally larger and more spacious than regular 2WD cars, with many offering extra seats in the back to increase capacity to seven people. You’ll also enjoy more leg room and head space than smaller models, giving them an inherently luxurious feel. 4WD boots are practically cavernous, with models like the Range Rover Evoque offering a huge 591-litre capacity, increasing to 1383 litres with the rear seats down. If you want the flexibility to move furniture, throw the bikes in the back or load up the car with camping gear, there’s really no substitute for a 4WD.
Low fuel consumption
While 4-wheel drives tend to harbour a reputation as gas guzzlers, newer models are surprisingly efficient. In fact, thanks to new engine technologies many new 4WD models offer better fuel efficiency than older 2WD models.
Upgrade to a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and you’ll unlock a whole new level of efficiency. The Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the best-selling PHEVs in the UK and boasts fuel economy of 139.7mpg, CO2 emissions of just 64g/m and an irresistible price tag. The Volvo XC60 T8 is another excellent choice, with great eco credentials and a more luxurious build.
Four-wheel drives aren’t just for off-road use, with many models designed with urban driving in mind. Sure, some people love the power and grit of models like the Mercedes-Benz GLS but you’ll also see some excellent compact choices on the market that offer all the benefits of a 4-wheel drive without the bulk.
For example, cleverly designed models like the MINI Countryman combine compact urban-friendly styling with 4WD grunt. High suspension and an optional four-wheel drive system mean this model is just as comfortable on the motorway as it is off-road.
The grippy all-wheel drive system of the Fiat Panda transitions from the city to the countryside with ease, with models like the Mazda CX-30, Suzuki Ignis and Jeep Renegade offering similar compact 4WD appeal. Depending on the model and manufacturer, there may also be the option of switching between 2WD and 4WD. This ‘on demand’ system allows you to customise your ride depending on the terrain and driving conditions.
Improved traction in tough conditions
Generating power from all four wheels improves traction and control in challenging driving conditions like snow and ice. This makes 4WDs a popular safety upgrade for families with young kids. If you live in an area with lots of winter snowfall or often find yourself navigating icy roads, four-wheel drives can be a great way to stay safe year-round. 4-wheel drives are generally heavier than their 2WD counterparts which translates to better grip on the road in wet or icy conditions.
Elevated driving position
4WD vehicles are taller than their 2WD counterparts which means you’ll enjoy an elevated driving position. This improves visibility on the road and can help make you feel safer and more comfortable behind the wheel.
As well as featuring larger builds, 4-wheel drives generate power from every wheel which significantly increases towing capacity. If you’re looking for a vehicle that’s powerful enough to tow a trailer or caravan, a 4WD is a natural choice. Models like the Land Rover Defender, Mitsubishi Shogun and Jeep Grand Cherokee offer some of the most impressive towing capacity credentials on the market and can easily tow caravans weighing more than 3500kg.
Try the benefits of 4-wheel drive for yourself
Ready to make the upgrade to a 4WD? At My Car Credit we specialise in securing finance for applicants of every calibre. Whether your credit rating is excellent, lacklustre, or somewhere in between, we have the knowledge and expertise to secure you the best car finance deals in the UK.
With access to one of Britain’s biggest lending panels, we have the flexibility to match you with the best loan for your unique needs. So, whether you’re looking for a top-of-the-range model or a budget-friendly option, let us help you upgrade to a 4WD.
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