Given the state of the roads and the situation in the country, the demand for all-wheel drive vehicles is steadily growing. Experts have compiled the TOP-5 of the most popular 4×4 vehicles that are very popular on the market.
1. Suzuki Grand Vitara
Suzuki Grand Vitara has a frame built into the load-bearing body structure, a fully functional transfer case and impeccable Japanese assembly. These three points alone make it a great vehicle to own and operate off-road.
The best off-road performance models have a 2.4-liter 170-horsepower gasoline engine. They are characterized by a long service life, maintainability and unpretentious maintenance. The only thing that upsets is the increased consumption of oil and fuel.
2. Renault Duster
No crossover ranking is complete without this French daredevil. The fact is that Renault managed to launch a truly successful car on the market, which received the status of a people's car in every sense.
The most simple design of the suspension and body as a whole, affordable and inexpensive engines to maintain, as well as an initially low market price make it the favorite of thousands of buyers.
According to experts, the version with a 2-liter gasoline engine and DP0 4-band “automatic”, better known as AL4.
3. Mitsubishi Outlander I
It would be unfair not to include in this top the first generation Mitsubishi Outlander with gasoline naturally aspirated engines of 2.0 and 2.4 liters. We are talking about the legendary 4G6 units, which even the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was equipped with, and which are still successfully sold, being the standard of quality and reliability.
With proper care, engines can run up to 500,000 km without problems, which is facilitated by timely oil changes and proper maintenance.
The same goes for their transmissions: both the manual transmission and the version with the classic “automatic” will “walk” for as long as possible if you look after it correctly and do not turn the car into an off-road conqueror. The key disadvantage of the Mitsubishi Outlander I is the high cost of original components, which still have to be changed sometime. And if you switch to cheap analogues, most likely, the machine will lose its advantages.
4. Hyundai Santa Fe I (Classic)
At one time, the Hyundai Santa Fe I (Classic) was one of the best-selling crossovers on the market. He managed to get such a status due to the presentable body design, large interior capacity and quite dynamic power units.
Naturally, relative cheapness is also mentioned here. The most popular options with 2 petrol engines and 1 diesel. Samples 2.4 and V6 2.7 stand out for their reliability and durability.
Hyundai Santa Fe I (Classic) has permanent four-wheel drive with a Styer viscous differential. The only thing this transmission is vulnerable to is overheating and damage to the case. But even under such circumstances, the Hyundai Santa Fe I (Classic) will still be an all-wheel drive crossover, only without the ability to redistribute thrust between the axles.
5. Lada Niva
Lada Niva is a serious competitor for foreign cars. A 1.7-liter gasoline engine is installed on board the SUV, generating 87 hp. With. power at a torque of 129 Nm.
The motor is paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox, all-wheel drive and a transfer case. There is also a locking center differential for better patency in problem areas.