Five of the best off-road crossovers

  • Selection of crossovers that do the off-road job too
  • From MINI Countryman to the Skoda Octavia Scout
  • Rundown of prices right through to running costs

Ah, the crossover - there's plenty of them: the sports/saloon crossover, the off-road/sports crossover, the estate/offroad crossover and the sports/estate crossovers. 

In this, our latest crossover special, we pick out the best off-road crossovers. Here's five to consider:

1. Infiniti EX

 

WHAT IS IT?

The EX is Infiniti's (the premium brand of Nissan) first car - a kind of compact 4x4 coupe with neat styling. It offers four-wheel-drive capability with premium build quality and potent performance with a 320bhp V6.  

VITAL STATISTICS

Price (new) - £35,975

Insurance Group - 19

CO2 emissions - 265g/km

Road tax/BIK band - M/35%

Fuel economy - 25mpg (petrol)/33mpg (diesel)

Power - 315bhp

2. Peugeot 3008

 

WHAT IS IT?

The 3008 is Peugeot's attempt at combining a hatchback, a people carrier and an off-roader. It might not be as stylish as something like the Qashqai but it has a practical interior, a large boot, a split tailgate and excellent road manners.

VITAL STATISTICS

Price (new) - £16,695

Insurance Group - 5

CO2 emissions - 159g/km

Road tax/BIK band - G/19%

Fuel economy - 40mpg (petrol)/ 57mpg (diesel)

Power - 120bhp

3. The Nissan Juke

 

 

WHAT IS IT?

The Juke is Nissan's attempt at finding another gap in the car market, and filling it. The Juke is a 'sporty 4x4/supermini' which gives the high driving position and styling of an off-roader, with small proportions, an economical engine and front-wheel drive. It's funky, cheap and good on fuel.

VITAL STATISTICS

Price (new) - £12,795

Insurance Group - 7

CO2 emissions - 147g/km

Road tax/BIK band - F/18%

Fuel economy - 44mpg (petrol)/55mpg (diesel)

Power - 115bhp

 

 

4. The Octavia Scout

 

 

WHAT IS IT?

The Scout is a pumped-up Octavia saloon, with four-wheel drive. It's designed to give you the practicality of an estate with the off-road, or poor-weather ability of a proper 4x4. Performance is good with a choice of petrol and diesel engines, and it's pretty capable on the rough stuff.

VITAL STATISTICS

Price (new) - £12,615

Insurance Group - 10

CO2 emissions - 173g/km

Road tax/BIK band - H/24%

Fuel economy - 36mpg (petrol)/44mpg (petrol)

Power - 140bhp

 5. Mini Countryman

 

 

WHAT IS IT?

The Countryman increases Mini's model line-up to four, and with a 4x4 it's a now a bona fide brand. The Countryman is half off-roader, half family hatch and comes with four-wheel drive as an option. There's plenty of space with a large boot, and the car comes with plenty of equipment like a DAB radio, Bluetooth, six airbags and air conditioning.

VITAL STATISTICS

 Price (new) - £17,000

Insurance Group - tbc

CO2 emissions - 116g/km

Road tax/BIK band - C/13%

Fuel economy - 47mpg (petrol)/57mpg (diesel)

Power - 88bhp