More efficient engines and an appetite for chunky styling in the UK have boosted the sales of 4x4s and SUVs a lot in recent years. The practical body shape, acceptable running costs and upmarket image these cars have mean theya re a sales hit - and we're here to help you find the one that's right for you.
Traditionally 4x4s and SUVs were used by farmers and landowners as working vehicles - but these days you're just as likely to seethem stuck in city traffic or on the school run. Not only that, but despite being called 4x4s some don't even come with four-wheel drive as standard.
Of course some still have very impressive off-road capabilities, like the Range Rover - but these models aren't exactly cheap to run. The Land Rover Discovery is a brilliant choice if you are actually planning on doing heavy off-roading, but it can barely top 30mpg. It's probably worth it if you need the capability to go anywhere, though.
If you are looking to save money, the Dacia Duster happens to be one of the UK's cheapest new cars - and it happens to be an SUV. The 4x4 model can handle tough terrain pretty well, too.
Having a car where all four wheels can power the vehicle means there is twice as much grip available - perfect for the slippery surfaces you'll find during an average winter.Winter tyres are a must, though - you might be able to speed up faster, but only winter tyres can help you stop faster - thanks to the increased traction they provide.
In the models that like going off-road the most, there is often a computer-controlled driving mode that improves grip on certain surfaces, and sets up the suspension to work better in adverse conditions. This can be turned off when you get back on the road.
If you're looking for a 7-seater car then a large 4x4 might be something you'll be interested in: they tend to be more desirable than MPVs and can offer a great deal of practicality. With their huge boot space, roof racks and towing capacity they make great cars for going on holiday, too.
Towing a caravan or trailer is a common use for these cars as well - and if that's your plan, the high torque of a large diesel engine is the best choice for load-lugging. Check out our review of the best tow cars in Britain to find out more.
To help you choose which 4x4 is right for you, we've rounded up 10 of the best. Click the links on the left or the next page link below to find out more.