What Car? Personal Shopper: best two four-wheel drive cars for £50,000

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Range Rover Evoque and Dacia Duster

Buying new

  • Our recommended choices: Range Rover Evoque D150 and Dacia Duster 1.6 SCe Essential 4x4
  • List prices: £35,115 (Range Rover Evoque), £13,710 (Dacia Duster)
  • Target Price: £34,956 (Range Rover Evoque), £13,585 (Dacia Duster)
  • Total Target Price: £48,451

Alright, let's start the ball rolling with a class leader in the new Range Rover Evoque. This is the D150 version which gets you plenty of low-down diesel shove and four-wheel drive to boot, while as standard all Evoques come with climate control, automatic lights and wipers and heated front seats. Add in slow depreciation and a great driving position, and the Evoque is easy to recommend.

And then there's the second car, and for truly cheap and cheerful off-road motoring very little beats the Dacia Duster. Don't scoff at its humble price tag, either, because the Duster has proven itself to be a capable off-road companion time and again. This Essential version gets, well, the essentials, including air conditioning, split-folding rear seats and fancier wheels than the standard car.

Find a great Range Rover Evoque deal, or read our full Evoque review

Find a great Dacia Duster deal, or read our full Duster review

  • Also consider: Skoda Octavia Estate 2.0 TSI 190 SEL 4x4 DSG and Suzuki Vitara 1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T Allgrip
  • List price: £28,065 (Skoda Octavia Estate), £20,799 (Suzuki Vitara)
  • Target Price: £25,482 (Skoda Octavia Estate), £19,894 (Suzuki Vitara
  • Total Target Price: £45,376
Suzuki Vitara and Skoda Octavia Estate

We are big fans of the Skoda Octavia Estate – it's spacious, as you might expect, but also supremely comfortable and well equipped. This version matches a sprightly engine with SE L trim, which gets you adaptive cruise control, LED headlights and privacy glass. Stretching out should be no issue regardless of which seat you're in, and you've got the added reassurance of four-wheel drive for those days when fields become bogs.

We're pairing the Octavia Estate with a supremely capable SUV in the form of the Suzuki Vitara. And don't think that because it only has a 1.0-litre petrol engine under its bonnet that it's not going to be able to tackle the tough stuff, because that's not the case, and there's Suzuki's Allgrip system for when the asphalt runs out. SZ-T cars come with lots of kits, too, including sat-nav, smartphone mirroring, a rear-view camera and 17in alloy wheels. And best of all, buying these two cars will leave you with around £5000 to spend on some choice options.

Find a great Skoda Octavia Estate deal, or read our full Octavia Estate review

Find a great Suzuki Vitara deal, or read our full Vitara review

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