New 4x4s?

We have an old Suzuki Vitara for local and off-road use (which it does lots of) and we've been really pleased with it.

We need another car for some commuting and longer runs but we live at the end of a farm track across the moors so it needs good clearance and possibly a 4x4 option.

It would also be good to have something reliable and relatively cheap to run. Does such a thing exist? We have up to about £8,000 to spend.

Asked on 30 August 2011 by JP

Answered by Honest John
A later Vitara. They were hugely improved in 2006 and from then came in two lengths. But obviously no true 4x4 with a transfer box and low range can be anything like as ecponomical as a simpler car. A possible compromise is a Suzuki SX4 or FIAT Sedici 1.9 diesel 4WD. That's a car, with no low range. But it does have decent ground clearance. And is quite a good vehicle.
Dear Honest John,

Please help me choose my next car. I would like it to have:
    Select a few terms below
Similar questions
Please could you advise me of any cars out there that have a higher than average ride height, are economical, and have a decent track record. I have about £7500. A recommendation would also be helpful.
I have just sold my VW California and am looking to buy a roomy, comfortable car, but I live on an unmade road. The roads here on the Isle of Wight have got to be seen to be believed so it needs to have...
Not a terrible position to be in but I have the option of a new Freelander 2 XS as a company car (£270-80 per month tax at 40%) or a 5-6yr old Discovery 3 for 15-18k which would be paid for by the company...
Related models
All models originally had switchable four-wheel drive. Seats five. Good crash test ratings.
Reasonably spacious five-seater with a decent boot, strong and economical diesel, tidy handling in 4WD.
 

Value my car