Over the past few years, SUV sales have exploded. As a result, this body type is prevalent among UK car buyers. As a result of the SUVs increased space, practicality, safety, comfort, and a great look and feel, it currently meets the needs of the British public for their new cars more than any other.
Recent models of SUVs have emerged in many sub-areas, as manufacturers have rapidly recognised this demand. Therefore, consumers can now choose from a variety of small SUV models, large SUV models, luxury SUVs, and sports SUVs available for lease, providing options for all sorts of driving conditions, such as 2-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, seven seats, and extensive boot areas.
Vehicle manufacturers have also prioritised fuel efficiency and emissions, making these vehicles extremely economical to run and making SUV leasing an attractive option for all kinds of people.
What is a 4x4?
A four-wheel-drive car derives its name from the fact that all four wheels power it at all times. A Land Rover Defender or a Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser are historically the most iconic 4x4 vehicles. Built with the body affixed to the chassis, it adds exceptional strength while sacrificing a bit of road handling. Additionally, having the body bolted to the chassis makes these practical vehicles easier to maintain. The chassis, engine, gearbox, axles, and suspension components all bolt to the chassis due to the simple construction. This style of vehicle is still used in the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota Land Cruiser, both of which are known for their ruggedness.
Benefits of a 4x4
- Simple mechanics
- Very capable in harsher off-road situations
- Good ground clearance
- Good in snow and mud
- Good tow vehicles
Land Rover's new Defender is now built as a unibody. Instead of bolting to the chassis/frame, the driveline and suspension components bolt to the body. Consequently, the vehicle is capable off-road just like the older Defender and has all-wheel drive for the duration of its driving cycle. In addition, pickups such as the Nissan Navara and VW Amarok have been developed with the body-on chassis design, which is suitable for the nature of these vehicles.