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Wouldn't we all like a Range Rover to drop off little Tarquin and Evelyn at the prep school gates every morning? Sadly, the majority of us don't have £70k to spend on a posh off-roader for the difficult chores of long lunches, yoga classes and afternoon gymkhana lessons. However, SUVs like the Range Rover make fantastic family cars. If you want to sample the high life without spending a fortune, we have lined up the cheapest new 4x4s that won't show you up at the school gates.
At a whisker under £15k this has to be one of the best value SUVs out there. The 1.2 TSi engine is a willing workhorse and while it may struggle fully-laden, there is enough poke for everyday use. A solid buy.
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Can't see the point of a two wheel drive 4X4. Only the Freelander 2wd would be any good in difficult circumstances-----.but don't buy that one---best value is the Freelander 2 4X4 in GS guise with automatic transmission. The terraine response will cope with any conditions you come across bar rock climbing,
and who does that very often?. The Autos low first gear is a good substitute for a set of low range gears. It's the best of all worlds and is the premier bargain of the bunch when you take into consideration what it is really capable of. None of the other '4X4s' or 2X4s mentioned here can get within a country mile of a Freelander 2.
Whilst most people that have these types of car, could probably get by with something different, its all down to PERSONAL choice, you go out and earn your money and spend it how YOU want, so just because you won't venture off road, doesn't mean you shouldn't buy a vehicle that is capable of doing so.
I have a honda CRV bought 11 years ago and it is used to ferry two big dogs around and tow my motorcycles to races (off-road) and carry mountain bikes about. It has been on the odd muddy field, but that's about it, but it was bought to do the above, which it has done very well, its also very roomy and does every thing I need it to, it isn't now or never was a status symbol for me, but suited my lifestyle so it gets a bit tiresome when people go on about the fact that these cars are not needed in the city, most people have lives that reach beyond the school run, but its too easy judge people who you know nothing more about than the choice of vehicle they choose to drive. And I do walk my daughter to school every day.
Whats wrong with the Toyota Rav4 i have had mine for 5 years done 60,000 miles including 2 trips to the south of France and love it to bits.
Why do they need great big 4x4's to take the kids to school, come to think of it who other than farmers and foresters need the stupid things? Let’s face it they are just a status symbol for those who can afford one, not many can drive them nor judge the width of them from what I see every day, they are a total waste of space and resources, anyway enough moaning I have to wash the Jaguar before I nip down the road to the shop.
The fact is they are nice cars! why does everyone have to moan about something?
I would more than happily purchase a range rover, when i decide to have kids i think it would be a perfect family car.
Personally I wouldn't want one and i think there are better options for the school run either in terms of people carriers or compact SUVs for small families.
Anyone who wants one will have to pay a premium at the petrol pumps so provided they are taxed and insured i see no reason to villify other peoples choices.
As to geting the kids moving, i'm afraid you may need consider that even if they are not being driven in a 4 X 4 the chances are that that the parents will still roll up in some motorised vehicle. There are reasons for this which go beyond mere convenience, not least the extra choice in education resulting in people having to take their kids further to school.
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Why people need to own a huge ungainly 4x4 to do the school run is beyond me. They are a menace on the roads and with so many about now, people are thinking they need one just to feel safe (and of course for that one day a year when it snows). As for the school run these things are just a nuisance because they are never parked with any consideration for others, and most of their owners have some sort of superiority complex.
Big Vin commented about people having big fat arses, this is insulting. The answer is no my wife or myself do not have a fat arse.
Most people who buy 4x4 live in rural area`s and when the weather turns bad they can get about on our untreated roads. What you dont see is 4x4`s stuck in dikes and hedges at the first sign of frost, and if 4x4 owners on the school run think their children are better protected in a 4x4 good of them. 4x4 owners pay a heavy price to own one is these vehicles, may be this is your problem big vin ?.
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