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Ford Kuga (08-12)

4 out of 5 4.0

The Ford Kuga may be a 4x4 but it's not meant to be a hardcore off-roader. Instead it is designed mainly for driving on tarmac - which explains the sporty rather than chunky styling. It's based on the Focus, one of the best small family cars around, so it's no surprise that the Kuga is good to drive with impressive performance and neat handling -... read more

PROS

Stylish looks, car-like handling, premium interior, refined and economical diesel

CONS

Restricted choice of engines, limited off-road ability, no clever rear seat folding system

Toyota RAV4 (06-12)

4 out of 5 4.0

The RAV4 has become one of the most successful small 4x4s since it was originally launched in 1994. So much so in fact, that it has inspired plenty of offroaders from other carmakers. With ever more competition, it has had to constantly improve and as a result it's now one of the best 4x4s on the market, helped by an excellent reputation for... read more

PROS

Well equipped, superb build quality and reliability, neat cabin layout, good to drive, available with two or four-wheel drive

CONS

Limited off road capability, limited engine choice

Nissan X-Trail (07-14)

4 out of 5 4.0

The Nissan X-Trail is one of the best family 4x4s around. This version - launched in 2007 - may look fairly similar to the previous model but it is actually very different with improved refinement, a higher quality interior and fresh engines.As before, it's smooth to drive, comes with a strong yet refined dCi diesel engine and has a versatile and... read more

PROS

Practical interior, well built, more than capable off-road, refined on road

CONS

Legroom is tight in the back, thirsty petrol engines

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