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The 10 best family-friendly crossovers with four-wheel drive

By raccars Published


The crossover is now a firm family favourite. Offering more space, SUV-style looks and the all-important higher seating position, for not much more cash than a regular five-door family hatchback, it’s one of the fastest-growing car sectors in the UK.

But although they look a bit like 4x4s, not all crossovers have full four-wheel drive abilities. They may not be quite as good in a winter storm as you’d imagine, then – unless you pick one of the crossovers we’ve listed here, that is. Every single one of them has four-wheel drive…

Fiat 500X 2.0 Multijet AWD

The pretty Fiat 500X has brought a dash of style to the Italian brand’s showrooms. It offers 500 city car buyers a more practical step-up in size, and the powerful 2.0-litre Multijet turbodiesel also offers AWD.

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Jeep Renegade 1.4 Multiair 170 AWD

The Jeep Renegade is the more utilitarian-look sister car to the Fiat 500X. They’re the same vehicle beneath, and sometimes even sold in the same showroom. Take the Jeep with a punchy 170hp turbo petrol engine and you get four-wheel drive.

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Mazda CX-5 1.5d AWD

The Mazda CX-5 is one of the best-selling Mazdas – it’s been a real hit. It’s replaced in 2017 but the new one won’t look too different to this one. Pick up a bargain 1.5d with AWD and you’ve a car for all weathers.

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Mercedes-Benz GLA 200d 4MATIC

The Mercedes-Benz GLA is the rugged and raised-up alternative to a conventional A-Class. Not all of them come with all-wheel drive though: look out for the 4MATIC badge. The most affordable diesel version is the GLA 200d 4MATIC.

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Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi 130 AWD

The Nissan Qashqai is built in Britain and is one of the country’s best-selling cars. Many are sold with the 1.5-litre dCi turbodiesel but if you pick the more powerful 1.6-litre dCi, you have the option of all-wheel drive.

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Renault Kadjar 1.6 dCi 130 4WD

Like the Nissan Qashqai but fancy something with alternative styling? The Renault Kadjar is for you – it’s derived from the Nissan but boasts the French firm’s head-turning latest look. Again, take the 1.6-litre dCi for all-wheel drive ability.

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Seat Ateca 2.0 TDI 150 4DRIVE

The fresh-faced Seat Ateca is one of the newest entrants into the crossover sector. There’s a broad range including a 1.0-litre TSI petrol version. If you want to make it a true all-rounder, pick the 2.0-litre TDI 150 4DRIVE.

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Skoda Yeti Outdoor 2.0 TDI 150 4x4

Another popular crossover, the Skoda Fabia is still selling strongly. The Outdoor model carries more rugged styling, so take the 2.0-litre TDI 150 4x4 so you have the all-wheel drive ability to back it up.

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Suzuki S-Cross 1.4 Boosterjet Allgrip

Suzuki has just facelifted the S-Cross, giving it a more distinctive grille and a bit more of a rugged off-road look. You may want to choose the Allgrip version with four-wheel drive, then – particularly as the punchy 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine is so strong.

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Vauxhall Mokka X 1.4T 140 AWD

Vauxhall has also just facelifeted the Mokka: look out for the ‘X’ symbol. It’s smarter and cleaner, and there are some punchy new colours. We like the fizzy 1.4-litre turbo engine, so check out the 150hp version with all-wheel drive.

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