A Jaguar 4×4. Surely not?
Yep, it’s true. Jaguar is bringing out an SUV and it has already attracted praise thanks to its stunning design. The Jaguar C-X17 is a full size 4×4 powered by a unique 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine, which is similar to the unit you will find in the gorgeous F-Type. This engine will be bolted to Jaguar’s all-new aluminium chassis, to save weight.
The result of all of this is good fuel efficiency. Jaguar reckons you’ll get at least 35 miles per gallon out of this 4×4, which is impressive, given its size. A diesel version is also on the cards.
Sadly, with this engine, the C-X17 is not the most environmentally friendly 4×4. It has a CO2 output of 199 g/km, which translates to a yearly road tax of £260.
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Prices are expected to start from around £30,000.
Land Rover Freelander 3
Slated for release in 2015, this 4×4 vehicle is one to watch during 2014. The development of this car is still under way, but the early signs are very promising. Farnell Land Rover Bradford believe that this car will be the best Freelander ever produced, and be a fine update to the current car, which is enjoying a 36 percent sales increase.
Whilst luxury is looked after by the Range Rover segment, the Freelander 3 will benefit from an updated cabin with luxury seats and more soft touch materials.
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Land Rover have been quick to stress, though, that this car will be build for on-road and off-road use, with chunky controls and switchgear. This car will also benefit from the latest nine-speed automatic transmission, already used in the Evoque.
Whilst a Farnell Land Rover service (find out more) will not find an updated chassis on the old model, the new Freelander does benefit from a large touch screen on the dash similar to the one found in the latest Range Rover.
This means that there will be less buttons than before, and the Freelander will be as technologically capable as the competition.
Prices are expected to start from around £25,000.
The Ford Kuga might not be able to hold a candle to the Land Rover Freelander off-road, but on the road it’s just as good. This car is available in 2WD and 4WD form, with the range starting from just £20,995. A 4WD Kuga, though, will cost you at least £26,045 for the 2.0 TDCi.
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So, why should you watch out for this 4×4 in 2014?
Simply, because it’s one of the best crossovers money can buy. Titanium trim comes with an exceptional level of kit, including cruise control, Bluetooth with phone, climate control and a unique body kit and alloy wheels. Top specification Titanium X trim gets satellite navigation and a whole host of tech. New, these cars are expensive, but pre-registered or second hand they actually represent a bargain.
The Ford Kuga further benefits from a large boot, a quality cabin, and good residuals.