MPG heroes - 4x4

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  • Over 40 cars to choose from
MPG Hero
Ford Kuga 2.0 TDCi Zetec
Price
£20,500
Target Price £18,626
Economy — Average 44.1mpg; Out of town 52.3mpg;
In town 34.9mpg

As 4x4s go, Ford’s new Kuga is top of the tree for economy. It’s not the most practical, but it’s comfy, looks good and drives well. There are only two trims at the moment: Zetec gets enough kit for most needs, but misses out on leather and cruise control.

Family choice
Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRTD 155 GSI 7st
Price
£23,095
Target Price £21,022
Economy — Average 38.7mpg; Out of town 47.1mpg;
In town 30.1mpg

Big 4x4s weigh a lot, and that means you need to burn a lot of fuel to shift them around. Despite this, the Santa Fe is pretty frugal and it’s cheap to buy, too.

For the Tarmac
Subaru Legacy Outback 2.0 TD R
Price
£22,495
Target Price £21,135
Economy — Average 48.7mpg; Out of town 55.4mpg;
In town 39.8mpg

It’s more a beefed-up estate, but the Outback’s four-wheel drive and raised ride height makes it ideal for getting up that muddy driveway. The diesel engine beats all other 4x4s for fuel economy, too.

Budget buy
Fiat Sedici 1.6 Dynamic
Price
£12,960
Target Price £11,116
Economy — Average 39.8mpg; Out of town 46.3mpg;
In town 32.1mpg

Maybe not what you had in mind, but the Sedici is surprisingly capable in the dirt and costs less than £13,000.

For the rough stuff
Nissan X-Trail 2.0 dCi Trek
Price
£20,845
Target Price £19,404
Economy — Average 39.8mpg; Out of town 45.6mpg;
In town 32.5mpg

It does nearly 40mpg, and won’t be far behind the Land Rover Defender and Jeep Wrangler in the rough stuff.

The top five…
Cars with four-wheel drive
1 Fiat Panda 1.3 Multijet 4x4 — 54.3mpg
2 Subaru Legacy 2.0D — 50.4mpg
3 Skoda Octavia 1.9 PD 4x4 — 47.1mpg
4= Audi A3 2.0 TDI quattro — 44.1mpg

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