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Best off-roaders

If you're looking to get off the road, and out into the great outdoors, here is our pick of the best five cars to get away from it all in.

Words by: First published: 8th January 2018
Ever wanted to get away from it all? Sometimes life on the road can grind you down, so here are five cars you can drive straight off the tarmac and into a world of off-road exploration.
  • Dacia Duster – the bargain one
  • Isuzu D-Max – the utilitarian one
  • Jeep Wrangler – the customisable one
  • Toyota Land Cruiser – the fan favourite one
  • Land Rover Discovery – the luxurious one
Dacia Duster – the bargain one
The Dacia Duster is one of the cheapest SUVs you can buy in the UK, and it’s actually not too shabby off-road. It doesn’t boast the clever technology found if you pay a bit more for your car, but four-wheel drive and a high ground clearance means you can venture quite some way away from the tarmac. There’s also the added bonus that if you scratch it, repairs won’t cost and arm and a leg.
Isuzu D-Max – the utilitarian one
If getting away from it all is your plan, the D-Max is another vehicle that won’t smash the bank to buy. A truck with decidedly utilitarian intentions, it’s designed to go anywhere, get dirty and be hosed clean again. It’ll tow 3.5 tonnes, carry another tonne in the bed at the back, and it’s got plenty of ground clearance underneath. Oh, and four-wheel drive. And a low ratio gearbox for the tricky stuff. For even more go-anywhere capability, try the Artic Trucks AT35 version.
Jeep Wrangler – the customisable one
A favourite among off-road enthusiasts, the Wrangler is all soft and squidgy on-road, but take it into the rough stuff and it’s a proper giggle, with bags of capability and good old-fashioned mechanical charm. You can even take the doors and roof off for that full al fresco experience, and if you like personalising your motor, there are squillions of aftermarket options to create your ultimate Wrangler.
Toyota Land Cruiser – the fan favourite one
The Land Cruiser is another car that won’t win too many awards for its on-road prowess, but it has a huge following around the world for those that like venturing further afield. It’s got several effective bits of off-road technology to maximise its four-wheel drive system, including a terrain management set up that lets you change the car’s character depending on what’s under the wheels. It hasn’t completely ignored comfort either, with leather seats, DAB radio and sat-nav all available.
Land Rover Discovery – the luxurious one
All Land Rover products are pretty handy off-road, but for maximum getting-away-ness, the Discovery is the one we’d go for. It boasts some of the best off-road technology the automotive industry has to offer, with a long heritage of exploring some of the most remote areas of the globe. But the latest version also has levels of luxury to rival its sibling, the Range Rover, so you can discover new civilisations in perfect comfort.