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Most popular 4x4s

Most popular 4x4s

Saffron Wilson

Saffron Wilson

  • 09 December, 2019
  • 7 min read

If you live somewhere a little more rural or just love the sense of adventure that comes with off-roading, you may want a 4x4.

But if you don’t know where to start, looking for a 4x4 car might be a little overwhelming.

We’ve brought together the most popular 4x4s sold at CarShop over the past year (2018 and 2019) so you can start your search with the best!

Mitsubishi Outlander

One popular 4x4 that’s taken the roads of Britain by storm is the Mitsubishi Outlander. Inside, there’s plenty of room for you and the family (even on the long road trips), and you can put the weekly shop in the boot with ease! There is 463 litres of boot space with the back seats up, and 1,608 litres with them down – but this can vary depending on the specific model you go for.

The running costs for the Mitsubishi depends on which model you go for! You can find the Outlander as a diesel, a petrol and a hybrid – and chances are if you get a hybrid registered before 2017, it can be £0 to tax!

You can achieve over 50mpg with the diesel models, and the hybrids can achieve over 160mpg on average.

The Outlander can tackle off road and tricky terrain with ease – while its features keep your drive feeling comfy and convenient. Take a browse on the used market, you can find models with the likes of parking sensors and parking camera as well as heated seats for a little more comfort too.

Check out the Mitsubishi Outlanders we have in stock.

Ford Kuga

The Ford Kuga is high on the list for a perfect family car, and generally speaking, you’ll find plenty of models on the used market with 4 wheel drive too. This means you can handle adverse weather without a worry whatever family life throws at you – make sure you aren’t looking at the 2WD version though!

Inside, there’s lots of room in the cabin for everyone. The big bonus is the spacious boot, with a 406 litre capacity with the seats up and a massive 1,650 litres with the seats down – bear in mind that this is dependent on the model and you can find some Kugas with a little bit more.

Since it’s a Ford, you know you’ll be getting a good amount of features, so keep an eye out on the used market for the likes of cruise control and Bluetooth.

If you’re looking at running costs, you will find that the 2WD Kugas will generally get more miles to the gallon, but you can find 4WD models which can achieve over 50mpg – so it’s not too shabby!

Check out the Ford Kugas we have in stock.

Nissan X-Trail

The bigger brother of the Qashqai, the X-Trail is not only a popular 4x4, but a great family car too.

With a spacious cabin, and tech like parking sensors and a parking camera to help with the town and the school car park, this 4x4 makes a spacious, but ideal daily runner. The boot space is pretty generous too with around 565 litres with the seats up and 1996 litres with the seats down – depending on the model.

It’s worth keeping in mind that if you go for the 7 seater, then the seat-up luggage capacity is lower.

You can find diesel 4x4 models which can achieve over 50mpg, and that includes the 7 seaters! So, if you want to go the extra mile in a car that looks good, drives well and can handle some adverse weather, the X-Trail is definitely one to consider.

Check out the Nissan X-Trails we have in stock.

Toyota RAV 4

Toyota add a 4x4 to the mix in the form of the RAV4.

You can find a vast range of Toyota RAV4s on the used market. There is petrol, diesel and even hybrid options to choose from, but be cautious as some of these may only be 2 wheel drive.

As you might expect, the 2WD models are a little more economical, but the diesel 4WD models can still achieve over 50mpg. And some hybrids which were registered before 2017 may even be just £30 to tax.

If you’re a fan of features, then you’ll be pleased to know that many of these spacious Toyotas are equipped with the likes of a parking camera and Sat Nav to help you tackle everything from the weekly shop to the weekend away.

Speaking of the weekly shop, with around 500 litres of capacity, there’s plenty of room for your bags – and perhaps even a little more family luggage too! With the seats down, this increases to around 1,690, but this is all dependent on the model.

Check out the Toyota RAV4s we have in stock.

Land Rover Discovery  

If you’re looking for a 4x4 with prestige and a lot more luxury, then the Land Rover is a definite contender. The Land Rover Discovery has earned its popularity through its sheer quality and premium driving experience. Its four-wheel drive and top-class suspension will make driving over even the rockiest of terrains comfortable – and you’ll look great doing it.

If you keep an eye out on the used market, you’ll be able to find some models that are able to achieve over 50mpg. But if you’re after power under the bonnet, then you’ve got a lot to choose from. The 3.0L models can spit out over 200bhp, some even over 250bhp!

The Land Rover Discovery is in a league of its own when it comes to spec. As a luxury vehicle you can find plenty of tech like parking sensors and a parking camera to make the everyday errands a little easier, heated leather seats for a little more comfort, and Sat Nav to keep you on track too.

You can find models with 7 seats if you need a little more room for the family, and these motors have over 900 litres of capacity if you have 5 seats up!

Check out our range of Land Rover Discoverys we have in stock.

Audi Q5  

Another 4x4 with a little more luxury to enjoy is the Audi Q5.

As a prestige and luxurious vehicle, you’ll find that it is equipped with plenty of tech and features to keep you entertained, comfortable and make every drive amazing. You can find the likes of Bluetooth, Sat Nav and heated seats on the used market, just check out which trim you want.

If you’re after a 4x4 with a few more miles to the gallon, then the Q5 might be a great choice. You can find models which can achieve over 50mpg, but if you’re looking for a little more excitement under the bonnet, then check out the SQ5 which has over 300bhp.

Inside, there’s plenty of head and leg room for both the passengers and the driver, and may have over a 400 litre capacity in the boot depending on the model with the seats up.

Check out the Audi Q5s we have in stock.  

Mini Countryman ALL4  

Although it’s in the name, the Mini Countryman ALL4 has a deceptive amount of space inside. With around 350 litres of boot capacity with the seats up and a massive 1,170 litres with the seats on, now you can take on adverse weather conditions with everything you need. Just keep in mind that these boot capacities vary on the model.

With Mini’s, all the spec you get depends on the packs that it has.

Read more: Mini packs explained

But on the used market, you’re likely to find plenty of models with all the essentials like Bluetooth, parking sensors and automatic lights too.

When it comes to economy and performance you have a few models to choose from. The Mini Countryman is available as a diesel, petrol and hybrid car, so as you can imagine, the economy figures vary quite a lot.

The hybrid models can achieve over a whopping 130mpg on average, and can produce 224bhp, whereas the diesel models are still pretty good with around 60mpg on average, and the petrol can achieve over 40mpg!

Check out the Mini Countrymans we have in stock.


The last pick we have for our popular 4x4s is also a premium pick – the BMW X5.

If you’re after power and economy, you can find models that will suit you. In fact, some of the hybrid models can achieve over 80mpg and still have over 300bhp under the bonnet – so you can have the best of both worlds.

But if you didn’t want to opt for a hybrid, then you can choose between petrol and diesel options too. You can find models which can get more than 40mpg.

You get a premium experience inside with plenty of tech to make every mile amazing, and outside, you’ll turn heads on the commute and the school run!

And if you do need a big boot for the family, then the X5 is a great pick with around a whopping 650 litres in the boot with the seats up and a 1,750 litres with the seats down depending on model.

Check out the BMW X5s we have in stock.

If you need more help choosing your perfect car, get in touch with a member of our team.