Do You Really Need An SUV?

If you are in the market for a 4×4 then there a lot of questions that you need to ask yourself. These questions need to be answered honestly, since it’s a big investment and there is a lot of choice out there today.

Our top 6 questions should help you with your final decision:

Do you need, or want a 4×4?

Probably the biggest question you can ask yourself, and don’t be confused. A need is very different from a want, but how do you tell the difference? If you will be primarily using it for taking the kids to school the answer is almost certainly no, you don’t need one. However, if your regular routine sees you crossing muddy fields or towing something then you probably would benefit from owning a sturdy 4 x 4.

Are you able to afford it?

Most 4×4 vehicles are more expensive than other vehicle types, such as hatchbacks. You can always go to places like 2017 toyota 4runner, but running costs have to be considered too. Fuel consumption and insurance cover can take some 4×4 cars out of most budget ranges, so choosing the right car is crucial.

Make sure that you do your sums, and you do them carefully. SUVs tend to lose value over time much slower than saloons, for instance, but you still need to take your time when making your choice.

Will your car breakdown, and are you prepared for that?

Sadly, because of the complexity of off road vehicles they usually have reliability issues in excess of the more conventional vehicle. The second worst performing vehicle, in terms of reliability, in 2014 was a 4×4. This doesn’t mean that yours will breakdown, far from it, but it does mean that runnings costs may run higher than you first though.

Is the one you choose going to be practical

Not all SUVs are the practical powerhouses that you might think that they are. All the extra bits of kit that 4×4’s require under the floor of the car amount to reduced space inside. Trunk space especially can be very compromised, and you might need help with luggage since the floor is going to be raised.

Are you interested in style or function?

Actually, you may not have to compromise here since most modern SUVs feel more like regular cars. This applies to the actual driving of them too, which is only a bonus to those not used to this type of car.

There are lots of options that can be chosen to, to further domesticate the beast:

  • Roof rails
  • Proximity sensors
  • Self levelling suspension

Is your fuel bill going to outstrip your rent?

Over the years, the 4×4 has gained a reputation as being a gas-guzzler. Is that still true? Manufactures are offering choices in the green area these days, so it doesn’t have to be true if you don’t want it.

When all is said and done, you need to be happy with the car you choose and not suffer buyer’s remorse later on down the line.

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