What's the best small 4x4 with the lowest fuel costs?

I live in the depth of the countryside and now have to travel 65-miles (round trip) to work on a variety of roads. I'm currently driving a 1.2 petrol SEAT Ibiza (2010 model) which is eating through fuel as it struggles with the hills a bit. I need something that has capability to handle slightly adverse weather and roads but still has a degree of comfort and not too thirsty. Am I asking for too much? I've started searching online and wondering if Rav4/Jimny/Panda might be worth considering?

Asked on 21 November 2018 by Emily Gordon

Answered by Andrew Brady
It sounds like a small 4x4 like the ones you've suggested would work well for your commute, but they will be thirstier than your current Ibiza. I'm a big fan of the Suzuki Jimny but the old model will get tiring for 65 miles a day, and the new one's not much better in that respect. Have you considered the Suzuki Ignis? It's a small car rather than a 'proper' 4x4, but it is available with a frugal hybrid system and 4x4, which should help on rural roads in poor weather conditions.
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