The 10 best off-road vehicles available in Australia 2017
With so many new SUV models on the road, it can be difficult to find a 4WD that hasn’t compromised its tough off-road features and capabilities for comfort, style and fuel economy. After all, the family SUV might be great for taking the kids to school, but not for your next outback trip, particularly if you have a serious hankering for mud, ditches and having a great time with your mates.
So here are the 10 best off-road vehicles you can buy in Australia today.
Ford Ranger FX4 Special Edition
If you loved the Ranger XLT, then you will be in raptures over their Special Edition. With the legendary 4x4 capability, a 3.2L diesel engine, 470Nm of torque, 800mm water wading and a 3.5 tonne towing capacity, this is a serious off-roader that is both stylish and tough.
Most people either love or hate Jeeps, but the Rubicon has just about everyone in raptures. This 4x4 is tough inside and out with a 3.6L V6 engine, 347Nm of torque, heavy duty off-road suspension, removable metal doors and equal power to all four wheels. This is a Jeep that makes light work of the toughest conditions.
The Sahara turbo-diesel auto 4x4 has a V8 engine with 650Nm of torque, a 4 camera multi-terrain monitor and a blind spot monitor, a kinetic dynamic suspension system, aluminium side steps, a 138L total fuel tank capacity and multi terrain anti-lock braking system. There is nothing like an old favourite to make you want to pack up and head for the hills!
Ford Raptor F-150
Serious 4x4 enthusiasts have no qualms about importing this beast of a vehicle from the US and even paying for the drive conversion as well. With a 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine, twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection, 10 speed gearbox, steel frame, terrain mode system and newly designed suspension, the Ford Raptor F150 is perfect for Australian conditions.
Land Rover Discovery Td6
With dual-range gearing, 600Nm torque, height adjustable air suspension, rear E locker, Terrain Response, and all of the luxury that comes with a Land Rover, the Discovery Td6 gives you maximum off-road capability and the ultimate on-road performance.
Offering you a 5.6L V8 engine, hydraulic body motion control suspension, 3500kg towing capacity, 7 speed transmission, high ground clearance, 140L fuel tank, tyre pressure monitoring system and outside temperature display, this is a big 4x4 that is generous inside and tough outside.
Toyota Prado VX
A long term best seller for 4x4 enthusiasts, the Toyota Prado VX offers a 2.8L turbo-diesel engine, 420Nm torque, a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, a 150L fuel tank, 6 speed transmission, dual-range 4x4 system and a 2500kg towing capacity.
Suzuki Jimny Sierra
Known as the 4WD that will take you places other vehicles can’t, the Suzuki Jimny Sierra is a 1.3L 4-cylinder petrol engine with Variable Valve Timing, 110Nm torque, 4 speed manual or 4 speed automatic transmission and 3 link rigid suspension with a coil spring front and rear combination. For a small vehicle, the Suzuki Jimny Sierra plays well in the big league.
With a pumped-up 3.0L turbo diesel engine, 430Nm of torque, 3 tonne towing capacity, a Terrain Command 4x4 system, 6 speed auto or manual transmission and robust suspension, you can take on the roughest terrain that Australia offers and do it in complete comfort.
Volkswaon Amarok Core Plus
This 4 cylinder Bi-Turbo diesel engine with 420Nm of torque has an 8 speed auto transmission, a 224 L fuel tank, 3000kg towing capacity, underbody protection and a permanent or selectable 4x4 option. The Amarok is a big and spacious off-roader, delivering both off-road functionality, as well as a smooth on-road performance.