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Civilised Off Roading

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Traditionally, the cars which have performed best off road are less composed on it and vice versa. Similarly, the serious mud pluggers have often been devoid of comfort and convenience features. These days consumers want more from their cars. They want multitaskers that can fulfil a number of different lifestyle requirements and look good while doing so. There are currently a number of off road estates on the market - the Skoda Octavia Scout or Superb Outdoor, Volvo's Cross Country range, VW's Alltracks and the Seat Leon X-perience, for example. They all follow more or less the same beefed up format. However, there are lots of other options which are practical and comfortable on an everyday basis but are also capable of more adventurous motoring.

Fiat Panda 4x4

This cult classic saw a four wheel drive layout used on a small car for the first time - and a legend was born... Rattly old Panda 4x4s can be seen all over the Italian countryside, negotiating territory that even bigger off roaders would hesitate at. Its small size makes it super agile and easy to manoeuvre, and they go on forever.

Subaru Outback

The new breed of off road estates is growing in popularity but the Outback has been doing sterling work in this sector for a long time. The newest version is the best yet, combining off road competence with on road sophistication and doing it in some style.

Audi Allroad Quattro

Audi offers two jacked up estate versions of its A4 and A6 models, with which you get plenty of interior space in the luxury cabin and the ability to drive through a field. Features such as larger wheels and a chunky bodykit go with an elevated ride height and adjustable air suspension. Audi's quattro four wheel drive system helped the A6 Allroad Quattro to be the only car ever to complete a Land Rover official test course.

Ferrari FF

It's hard to imagine this slinky beast giving the likes of the Mitsubishi Shogun a run for its money, but the FF demonstrates amazing talent in the sand and the snow. It's the first time Ferrari has experimented with four wheel drive, in the form of a system it's calling 4RM. This ensures the FF remains in rear wheel drive format unless the terrain demands otherwise. With a 0-62mph time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 208mph, it's not your average off roader.

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