With plenty of space inside, outstanding all-weather ability and trendy jacked-up looks, 4x4s and SUVs are back in fashion in the UK, with buyers across the country choosing them. With engines getting more and more efficient, even these big, heavy models are getting cheaper to run, too.
Buyers these days are urban as well as rural, with many 4x4s and SUVs never leaving the tarmac. Potholes and speed bumps have replaced mud ruts and boulders for so many buyers that some models will struggle if it gets too rough.
Some 4x4s still have that incredible off-road ability, like the Range Rover, but these models tend to come at a price, and have high fuel costs as well. The Land Rover Discovery is another great example of a fantastic off-roader, but the engines are large, powerful, and will barely reach 30mpg in economy.
One of the cheapest cars around happens to be an off-roader, though - the Dacia Duster isn't the best on the rough stuff, but the low price and practical SUV body mean it's a great choice for some.
Four-wheel drive means that many of these cars, whether they're designed to take on mountains or just molehills, will be much better in bad weather. In snow you can expect much better traction when pulling away, but remember that a 4x4 drivetrain doesn't help stop the car - so some winter tyres are a must.
In some models the suspension, engine and transmission settings can be changed to cope with different terrain, with a setting for the car to automatically detect the conditions as well.
There's most likely going to be plenty of interior space in a 4x4, thanks to the large dimensions, and many models will also be available with a third row of seats in the back, making them solid choices as 7-seater cars. Large boots mean they're a popular choice for holiday trips, too.
Towing a caravan or trailer is a common use for these cares as well - and if that's your plan, the high torque of a large diesel engine is the best choice for load-lugging. Towing does still hamper fuel economy quite a lot, though.
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. Or, for an alternative review of the best 4x4s on the market today, visit our sister site Carbuyer.co.uk.