What car would be the most responsive over rough, mountainous terrain?

I wish to buy a family car with an automatic gearbox and I don't want an extra large car for various reasons. I don't do huge mileage, about 10,000 to 15,000 kilometres of mountainous and motorway roads. I often visit rough terrains, steep hills and downhill slopes. Roads here (Western Balkans) are pretty bad with potholes and bumps. It can be a petrol engine but I want it to be responsive enough with my wife and two kids in the car. What do you advise?

Asked on 23 March 2017 by Srdjan

Answered by Honest John
Your best bet is probably a new Dacia Duster 1.5 dCI EDC automatic. It's only 2WD, but the Duster is probably the most popular car of its type in your area. Big 60 profile tyres to shrug off rocks. In Montenegro, even the police have them.
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