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10. Volvo V70 XC (2000 – 2007)
Although it has no low-range gearbox, the V70 Cross Country redeems itself most notably through an intelligent Haldex differential which distributes power between the front and rear to bolster grip.
This might not pass muster for a trans-Siberian adventure, but most UK drivers will find it plenty sufficient for their everyday wintry requirements.
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Ahem, some cars on here can't even fit winter tyres. We don't all need high ground clearance either. I have to disagree with Andrew below, I have had 4 Land Rovers in 25 years, all great, the best is the Disco 3, go anywhere and is classless too.
Volvo V70 makes a great everyday family car too. Sabaru Legacy was great.
As for land rover reliability. (not really related to the MSN article) In Bosnia we had Defenders, most of NATO had G-Wagens, Mercs were great cars, but spent more time in the workshops by far. The US special forces used Defenders in Iraq and Afghanistan too, they have deep pockets and bought only after testing for ages. Land Cruisers will go forever but won't match off road capability. The big armoured SUVs are chosen not for their off road ability but for performance when loaded with armour and room to fit it! Hence the huge Land Cruisers.
30 years of off-road driving has taught me one thing, the reliable 4X4 is the one that's maintained properly, 20,000 mile service intervals and off road use don't mix...
All the writers below me are bang on, as a shooter i see many well off people arrive in defenders at shoots, i had a new freelander, and head gasket and sun roof went up it, likewise a new range rover did the same which is why landrover are bottom of the league for reliability especially when you need it in bad weather.
I have a Mitsubishi short wheel base shogun that has never let me down, N reg with 80,000 miles, you try finding any shogun at a good price with less than 100,000 miles.
Also what about Subaru? i have had a Legacy and a Forrester which i have taken all over europe in the worst weather!
Me thinks these lists are compiled by spotty faced kids behind computers who are the first to get into trouble when snow comes and then get in the brown stuff!
I've driven over 500,000 miles in 21 countries so have done a bit
The land rover defender long wheelbase has got to be the best for road and the mucky stuff
( it does what it says on the box but only the lack of creature comfort lets it down)
have driven most machines on asnd off road. but for everyday driving especially in winter nothing touches subaru. not out and out off road but everyday. last winter our forester turbo was unstoppable. when the roads are clear u have a flying machine
Ahem, some cars on here can't even fit winter tyres. We don't all need high ground clearance either. I have to disagree with Andrew below, I have had 4 Land Rovers in 25 years, all great, t and off road use don't mix...
JUSTIN HARRIS YOU ARE A BORING B A S T A R D
I have friend who trained on land rovers in the army and is looked upon as a bit an expert and he hates the bloody things and insits the best 4+4 IS Q7
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