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Off-road SUVs

The best off-road SUVs will have a low-range transfer case, rugged drivetrain and exteriors with good ground clearance, and tyres with a thick sidewall. 

Our best off-road SUV picks

Toyota Land Cruiser

What we like

  • Hard to beat retro charm
  • Tougher than rhino hide
  • Unbeatable off road

What we don't

  • Lacks key safety equipment
  • A nightmare in the city
  • A technology-free zone

Ford Everest

What we like

  • Improved ride and handling
  • 3000kg braked towing capacity
  • Advanced safety technology

What we don't

  • Interior lacks refinement
  • Almost as thirsty as the four-wheel-drive

Toyota Fortuner

What we like

  • HiLux under-pinnings
  • Surprisingly manoeuvrable in city traffic

What we don't

  • Third-row seats stow to the side, not flat
  • Doesn't match the LandCruiser Prado

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

What we like

  • Well-equipped
  • Runs well over rough surfaces

What we don't

  • Sluggish off the mark
  • Dated compared to rivals

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

What we like

  • Practical and tough
  • Comfortable
  • High level of standard spec

What we don't

  • Polarising looks
  • Engine can be caught off song at low rpm
  • Tight third row seats

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