Jaguar Land Rover
The recent spell of icy weather has forced many motorists to consider trading the family runaround for a rugged 4x4.
Motors.co.uk revealed recently that searches for off-road vehicles increased
to as much as 24% during the recent cold snap, a massive 282% in the case of the trusty Range Rover.
But potential customers don't have to fork out shedloads of cash to grab an off-road bargain, we've scoured Auto Trader to find a selection of the best.
- Land Rover Defender
The original workhorse can be seen grafting in all seasons on farms up and down the country. It was built with terrible weather in mind and although the interior isn’t luxurious the 200TDi engine will pull the car out of even the stickiest of situations. We found <a href="http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201301084836368/sort/default/usedcars/model/defender/make/land_rover/onesearchad/used/onesearchad/nearlynew/onesearchad/new/quicksearch/true/radius/1501/postcode/ig89qt/page/5?logcode=p">this example</a> on Auto Trader for £4,495</p>
- Toyota Hilux
Owners of Toyota’s muscular pick-up will tell you it takes a nuclear weapon to stop this off-road hero from running. The stars of Top Gear discovered that even drowning the thing wouldn’t kill it. The interior is basic and the ride can be bouncy but if you are prepared to overlook the high mileage found on many used examples, you can pick a <a href="http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201211234364064/sort/default/usedcars/model/hilux/make/toyota/onesearchad/used/onesearchad/nearlynew/onesearchad/new/radius/1501/postcode/ig89qt/page/6?logcode=p">tidy Hilux</a> up for as little as £5,500</p>
- Skoda Yeti
The Yeti is too new to warrant a real bargain but its superb build quality, comfortable ride and surprising off-road abilities make it a must-drive for anyone considering a 4x4. Used prices start at <a href="http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201301034773438/sort/default/usedcars/maximum-age/up_to_5_years_old/model/yeti/make/skoda/onesearchad/used/onesearchad/nearlynew/onesearchad/new/page/1/postcode/ig89qt/radius/1500?logcode=p">around £11,995</a> but most of these will still be under a Skoda warranty.</p>
- Land Rover Range Rover
It’s the ultimate status car but gleaming examples with reasonable mileage on the clock can be had for <a href="http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201301064809207/sort/default/usedcars/maximum-age/up_to_5_years_old/model/range_rover/make/land_rover/onesearchad/used/onesearchad/nearlynew/onesearchad/new/radius/1500/postcode/ig89qt/page/1?logcode=p">around £17,000</a>. It’s the only way to tackle the school run in sub-zero conditions and still look stylish.</p>
- Volkswagen Touareg
If you can’t stretch to the Range Rover’s asking price, fear not. VW’s awesome Touareg offers similar levels of style and comfort for half the price. Just <a href="http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201301194983660/sort/default/usedcars/maximum-age/up_to_5_years_old/model/touareg/make/volkswagen/onesearchad/used/onesearchad/nearlynew/onesearchad/new/radius/1500/postcode/ig89qt/page/1?logcode=p">under £10k </a>bags you this 3.6 litre V6 model with 32, 545 miles on the clock. That meaty six-cylinder engine offers bags of torque and a deep burble that will draw the crowds as you ease out of the snow-covered driveway.</p>