• Monday, October 14th, 2013

It is inevitable that sales of 4x4s and SUVs will increase with winter just around the corner. They are defined by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) as dual-purpose vehicles, and with more snow seemingly falling every year, it is no surprise that they prove to be a popular purchase as the coldest months approach.

The SMMT has put together a list of the bestselling 4x4s so far this year, here are the top five.


5. Audi Q3
The baby model in Audi’s range of premium 4x4s, the Q3 represents a response to increased demand for small crossovers. Its success has no doubt been largely down its versatility, offering sound performance and a plush interior – all under the roof of a typically stylish exterior. The Audi Q3 starts from £25,270.


4. Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V is practical, reliable and affordable. There’s acres of space inside and it handles smoothly, making it an excellent vehicle for families. With the 1.6-litre diesel engine it delivers up to 63mpg and emits just 119g/km of CO2 – impressive for its size and weight. New CR-V cars cost between £21,505 and £33,215, however they don’t hold their value particularly well. On the plus side, bargains are to be had for people interested in used models. Listings are at


3. Land Rover Freelander 2
One quality which has stayed constant in all Land Rover vehicles over the years is their ability to travel off-road and over challenging terrain, and this gives the Freelander an advantage over some of its main rivals. It will have no trouble ploughing through snow on UK roads and the cabin is a comfortable one. Fuel economy is sound but CO2 emissions are fairly high. New Freelander cars start from £23,705.


2. Range Rover Evoque
The cheapest Range Rover currently on the market, the Evoque is a small 5-door 4×4 which is also available as a 3-door coupe. It is significantly more environmentally friendly than other Range Rovers, and delivers respectable fuel economy too. The Evoque boasts a luxury interior packed with equipment and consequently is a little pricier than rivals, with top-spec models costing in excess of £44,000. Leasing can prove a more financially viable option – deals are at


1. Kia Sportage
The bestselling 4×4 of 2013 to date is the Kia Sportage. It represents excellent value for money, starting from £17,495, and offers a spacious interior. The Sportage is attractively styled and comes with a host of safety features. Fuel economy and emission levels are average for the class, while insurance groups are low. With the Kia Sportage outselling all of its rivals, it would appear that customers in the 4×4 market are primarily motivated by price.

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