There are numerous great 4x4 models on sale in the UK in 2016, packed with power, kit and a four-wheel-drive system that will help you traverse any terrain.
With the help of this guide, we will help you discover what the best 4x4 is for you to buy in the UK this year.
When thinking about what is the best 4x4 on the market in 2016, there really is only one choice, and that’s the UK-built Range Rover.
It’s got it all: great off-roading abilities, fantastic on-road drive and more luxuries than you can shake a stick at. This is a premium 4x4 at its absolute best.
Since launching in the UK back in 1970, the Land Rover Range Rover has gone from strength to strength, constantly updating and improving with the times. Fast forward to 2016 and it’s not only the best 4x4 in the market, but one of the best cars available to buy in the UK.
Two versions of the Range Rover are available to UK customers in 2016: a standard wheelbase model and a long wheelbase variant. All models come fitted with an eight-speed transmission and four-wheel-drive.
If you fancy going all out for the top of the range model, you’ll be rewarded with 543bhp and 680Nm of torque, which helps push the Range Rover to a 0-60mph time of just 5.1 seconds and a top speed of up to 155mph.
As would be expected with a premium 4x4, the Range Rover comes packed with luxuries that will make any UK driver envious.
Standard equipment includes 20-inch alloy wheels, eight-inch touch-screen, Bluetooth Phone Connection, USB sockets, InControl Touch Plus multimedia system, and a Premium HDD Navigation System.
You’ll be pleased to know that the Range Rover offers many features that will benefit you when you’re feeling like you need to go off-road and blow off some steam.
With the likes of Electronic Air Suspension, Adaptive Dynamics, Terrain Response, and Reactive Grounding Response featured along with the usual ESP, ABS, HDC, and more, the Range Rover ensures an excellent off-road drive for UK customers.
Land Rover Discovery
OK, so it may be the second Land Rover model on our list, but we just couldn’t ignore the excellent Discovery now could we?
The Land Rover Discovery is one of those cars that springs to mind when you hear the phrase ‘4x4’. It looks mean, has great off-road capabilities and, like the Range Rover before, comes jam-packed with kit.
When it comes to choosing the UK’s best 4x4 in 2016, you simply can’t go wrong with something from Land Rover.
All versions of the Land Rover Discovery come fitted with a 3.0-litre SDV6 engine, making it easier for UK customers to choose what version of the 4x4 is right for them.
Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and 4WD, the engine pumps out 253bhp and 600Nm of torque, pushing the 4x4 to a 0-60mph time of 8.8 seconds and top speed of 112mph.
So what goodies can you play with while taking your Discovery off road? Well interior features include a leather steering wheel, cruise control, USB socket and iPod connectivity, Bluetooth phone system, and a Land Rover Audio System that incorporates a 4.2-inch TFT colour display and DAB radio.
If you fancy some extra luxuries, then higher trim levels add the likes of heated steering wheel and seats, rear screen entertainment with two eight-inch screens, Meridian Surround Audio System, and keyless entry.
New to the UK car market in 2015, the Volvo XC90 has wowed the public with its quality interior, stunning design and Thor’s Hammer-inspired headlights, and will continue to do so in 2016.
When you look at its sleek body, you wouldn’t immediately think of the XC90 as an off-roader, but boy does it prove you wrong when you take it off the beaten path.
While most at home on UK roads, the XC90 is certainly no slouch off-road, with its all-wheel-drive system giving you the capability to traverse more unconventional terrains and make the car one of the best 4x4s available to buy in 2016.
Rest assured that no matter whether you’re driving the Volvo XC90 on- or off-road, you will be travelling in luxury.
With 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, leather steering wheel, cruise control, nine-inch touch-screen, and much more as standard, the Volvo XC90 is one of the best 4x4s in the UK when it comes to quality and goodies.
If you’re from the UK and looking to buy a Volvo XC90 in 2016, then you’ll have the choice of three powertrains. Available to customers are a 2.0-litre diesel with 222bhp, a 2.0-litre petrol with 316bhp and a range-topping petrol-diesel hybrid that adds an electric motor to the mix – for a total power output of 402bhp.
The eco-friendly drivers among you will want to go for the petrol plug-in hybrid version of the XC90, as this will only emit 49g/km of CO2.
If you’re from the UK and have ever seen a footballer driving around your local area in 2016, chances are they will have been driving a BMW X5.
There’s a good reason too, and that is simply the fact that the X5 is one of the best 4x4s that you can buy in the UK today.
With classy styling, a great drive and a host of luxury kit, there’s no wonder why the BMW X5 is many motorist’s choice of the best 4x4 on the market in 2016.
You will no doubt primarily see the X5 on the road and probably hauling expensive clothing and jewellery around town, but the all-wheel-drive system means that you can also have fun with it off-road in the UK.
While you’re driving around and showing off your lovely car in 2016, why not do it surrounded by a heap of standard kit? All versions of the BMW X5 come equipped with leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth hands-free, sat-nav, and much, much more.
If you’re feeling particular sporty this year, then you can opt for the M Sport models that add features such as front sport seats, sport automatic transmission, M aerodynamic bodystyling, and gearshift paddles on the wheel.
Not only stuffed with kit, the BMW X5 is also packed with power. Depending on the model you choose, the X5 will be able to complete the benchmark sprint in as little as 4.9 seconds and reach a top speed of up to 155mph.
Hot on the heels of the BMW X5 is the UK’s 4x4 market in 2016 is the Audi Q7, a more than worthy premium competitor.
Similar to the X5 and the Volvo XC90, the Q7 offers a sleek design, host of luxury kit and some off-roading ability to back up its great on-road drive.
Take a seat within and you’ll be greeted by the likes of leather upholstery, heated front seats, MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch, voice control, dual-zone climate control, and keyless go.
UK customers will have an easy choice when it comes to the Q7’s powertrain as only a 3.0-litre TDI quattro engine is available, albeit with two power outputs: 215bhp and 268bhp. The engine will be mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox and features a Start-Stop system.
With such power at its disposal, you can put the pedal to the metal on a UK road and propel the Audi Q7 from 0-62mph in as little as 6.5 seconds.
Take the model off-road, however, and the dynamic suspension and Audi drive select will ensure that you’re not bouncing around the cabin in pain.
It may not be the best 4x4 in the UK in terms of off-roading ability, but if you’re looking for a sleek and premium vehicle for your travels in 2016, then the Audi Q7 would be an ideal choice.