One of the most popular classifications of car today is the 4x4. Whether for their size, off-road capacity, or style, sales of these cars have soared over the years.
The sector has been around for over 60 years so there is a vast selection of sturdy workhorse or stylish family cars to choose from. Here are some pointers to consider when looking out for a used or second-hand 4x4 Ute.
What Car Has the Best Safety Considerations?
Most of the modern cars have plenty of safety features, such as:
- All-round airbags
- Traction control
- ABS braking
- Stability control
- Seatbelt pretensioners
What Size 4x4 Should I Look For?
The size of 4x4 will depend on the type of driving you intend doing. If you are transporting goods or stock over broken ground, then a large 4x4 is ideal. However, should you be looking for a strong, safe urban car to look after the family, then a crossover will be better.
What Should I Look for on a Used 4x4?
The condition of the car will depend on how it has been used and how well it’s been cared for. Check the bodywork for dents, scratches, and holes, and look out for signs of rust. Listen for any strange squeaks or rattles. This is particularly true if the car has been used off road a lot.
What Type of 4x4 Should I Buy?
The market in 4x4s has changed a lot over the last 20 years, and there are now many different types of vehicle to consider. The best one for you will depend on how you want to use it, and there are a number of different names that the classification covers, such as:
- Soft roaders
- 4WD or 4-wheel drive
- AWD or all-wheel drive
What’s the Difference Between Them?
The 4x4 or ute is a hard-wearing, strong vehicle, made just for travelling across rough terrain. It is the typical workhorse of the sector.
Crossovers are lighter AWD cars that combine the strength and high seating position of the 4x4 with the styling and comfort of a family car. They are designed more for urban use and have some limited off-road qualities.
Soft roaders are 2WD cars with enhanced traction but they are not as responsive as a true 4x4 over tricky ground. They are good for driving over poor roads and around town, and they have a higher ground clearance than normal family cars.
Which Have the Best Fuel Consumption?
For cheaper running costs, a diesel engine is always better but they sometimes lack the speed or acceleration of a petrol engine. Modern crossover cars tend to be designed with fuel economy in mind. Traditional 4x4s are sometimes petrol thirsty vehicles.