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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Top 10 frugal 4x4s

Top 10 frugal 4x4s in UK


Jeff Lim's note: Only 1,2,7 and 10 were on sale in Malaysia.  Note that ALL of them were Diesel Powered. Still waiting for EURO4 to enable the importation of Modern Diesels.


You might want a 4x4 to keep you on the road this winter, but you don't want the sky-high running costs that tend to follow.

Criteria: 
45mpg+ cars with four-wheel drive
Mix of 4x4s and crossovers
Priced from £15k

We've got the top 10 cars for you – an ideal mix of four-wheel-drive models that average more than 45mpg.

1 BMW X3

The X3 is an excellent compact 4x4 because it’s classy, practical and good to drive. 
Which version? xDrive20d SE
Average MPG: 50.4

2 Range Rover Evoque
Stylish, with desirability that none of its rivals can match. The Evoque is the leaner, trendier Range Rover we've been waiting for.
Which version? 2.2 SD4 190 Pure 4WD 5dr
Average MPG:50.2

3 Volkswagen Tiguan
The Tiguan's car-like dynamics and smart, versatile cabin make it a classy crossover that's well worth considering.
Which version? 2.0 TDI 140 Bluemotion Tec S 4WD 
Average MPG: 53.3

4 Volvo XC60
The XC60 is a brilliant family car. It’s practical, classy and scores highly for safety. 
Which version? 2.4 D3 163 SE 4WD S/S
Average MPG: 50.4

5 Nissan Qashqai
The Qashqai makes a brilliant family car because it's roomy, comfortable, refined and affordable to run.
Which version? 1.6 dCi N-Tec 4WD 
Average MPG: 55.4

6 Audi Q5
Audi has scored a direct hit with the Q5, thanks to its superb comfort, space and quality.
Which version? 2.0 TDI 170 SE Start/Stop 
Average MPG: 45.6

7 Land Rover Freelander
The Freelander is a classy and desirable 4x4 that’s very capable off-road, too. 
Which version? 2.2 TD4 150 GS 4WD
Average MPG: 45.6

8 Skoda Yeti
The Yeti is a stylish and practical alternative to traditional family hatchbacks, and 4x4 versions are surprisingly capable off-road.
Which version? 2.0 TDI CR 110 S 4WD
Average MPG: 46.3

9 Audi Q3
The Q3 has great image and desirability, and it's a good bit cheaper to buy than the Range Rover Evoque, too.
Which version? 2.0 TDI quattro SE
Average MPG: 47.9

10 BMW X1
The X1 has sharp handling, low CO2 emissions and comes with plenty of standard kit. It's keenly priced for a BMW, too.
Which version? xDrive 20d SE 5dr
Average MPG: 48.7


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