Parkers Awards 2021 - Best Off-Roader

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In a car market that’s increasingly crowded with lifestyle SUVs that aren’t always what they seem, working out which cars can go off-road properly can sometimes be confusing. Our Best Off-Roader award champions the most capable four-wheel drive cars on sale today, marking them for ultimate mud-plugging ability, and overall value for money. Our three shortlisted cars combine all of these qualities and won’t let you down when the going gets tough.

Best off-roader - Dacia Duster

DACIA DUSTER

The Dacia Duster has established itself as a great-value off-roader that can handle the rough stuff anywhere in the world. It's as happy tackling the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert or the rocky roads of the Atlas Mountains as it is on the school run in Surbiton. The Duster is based on rugged Renault technology, is available with petrol or diesel engines, and the unusual option of LPG dual-fuel, too. You get all of this, plus a clever and effective four-wheel drive system, for a starting price of less than £12,000. What's not to like?

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Best off-roader - Dacia Duster

JEEP WRANGLER

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The Jeep Wrangler is an enduring icon – those round headlights flanking the instantly-recognisable seven-slot grille are known the world over. For the latest model, the Wrangler’s lost none of its historic prowess off-road, but has been re-engineered from the ground up to be much better to drive on tarmac, with interior refinement, technology and safety all taking a massive leap. You also get a sense of fun in the Jeep that’s missing in many of its rivals – the ability to remove its roof and doors means this is as much a convertible as it is an off-roader.

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Best off-roader - Land Rover Defender

LAND ROVER DEFENDER

Replacing the classic Defender has been one of the toughest gigs in the business, and Land Rover has done it with an all-new car, bristling with the latest technology, and a style that pays homage to the original, rather than slavishly following it. As befitting a car wearing the Defender badge, it's hugely capable off-road, but unlike its predecessors, it's also great to drive on them. Add in a roomy, rugged interior, and a range of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engine choices, and the Defender covers a huge number of options.

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