What's the best economical 4x4 in 2016?

These four-wheel drive family SUVs all return over 40mpg...

Honda CR-V 4x4 2.2 i-DTEC SE

MPG/CO2 50.4mpg/149g/km

The Honda CR-V's off-road ability is limited and its diesel engine can be noisy, but it has impressive build quality and gives you masses of space inside.

Hyundai ix35 2.0 CRDi SE 136 4WD

MPG/CO2 49.6mpg/149g/km

The Hyundai ix35 is cheaper and better equipped than many of its rivals, and the powerful diesel engine that comes with this 4WD model is another bonus. However, we'd stick to the lower trims, because the purchase price can quickly escalate.

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Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi Style (7st)

MPG/CO2 46.3mpg/159g/km

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a practical, classy and well equipped 4x4. It's spacious and there's the reassurance of a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

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Mazda CX-5 2.2D Skyactiv-D SE-L AWD

MPG/CO2 54.3mpg/136g/km

Given its size and performance, the Mazda CX-5 has brilliant fuel economy and CO2 emissions, and the entry-level diesel engine is a real peach. The CX-5 has lots of interior space and equipment for a reasonable price, too.