What Does a ‘4×4 Car’ Actually Mean?
Once the preference of farmers and land owners, the 4×4 now enjoys a status of ubiquity amongst drivers the world over. From quiet suburbs with winding country lanes to the most congested of inner-city areas, 4x4s can be seen on a daily basis. However, for many people, 4x4s are little more than enormous cars that take up road space and make a lot of noise.
While previously designed for conquering difficult terrain, 4x4s now combine the aspects of power, performance, looks and versatility to create a vehicle that can be used by people with all types of driving needs.
Manufacturers of luxury saloons and sports cars have moved into the 4×4 market, with BMW, Mercedes, Audi and Porsche offering their own take on the all-terrain vehicle. The brand synonymous with 4x4s is Range Rover/Land Rover; their ‘Defender’ model is a vehicle of choice for military transport, and their Freelander, Range Rover Sport, Vogue and more recently Evoque models are hugely popular for every day road use.
Buying a 4×4 isn’t as simple as buying the biggest one, or the most powerful. Different models cope better with different terrains. If you need a vehicle for use on muddy terrain, such as farmland or woodland, the Land Rover Defender is a hugely popular choice, and with good reason. Rugged, powerful and deceptively agile, the Defender was designed precisely for unforgiving terrain. Production on the original Defender will cease in December 2015, but a new model has been revealed which promises to build on the specifications that made the original so great.
For road use, the 4×4 market is much less clear-cut. There are many excellent 4x4s available that have taken the key aspects of an off-road vehicle and transferred them to the more luxurious side of driving. The more ‘urban’ 4x4s range from compact versions such as the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3 to the monstrous ones like the Range Rover, the Audi Q7, the BMW X5 and the Porsche Cayenne. There are also ‘crossover’ vehicles available such as the Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage – 2 wheel drive vehicles with the styling and appearance of 4x4s, for those who want the looks without the power and fuel consumption!
Despite being designed to take the harshest elements of driving conditions, 4x4s need regular servicing and MOTs, just like any other car. Here at Tyres Northampton, we offer professional, dedicated MOT and servicing options, ensuring that your car is road (or off road) ready when you need it.
We also supply and fit a huge range of 4×4 tyres, which have been specifically designed for 4×4 vehicles and their relevant uses and applications. If you’d like to know more about our MOT and service options, or need a new set of tyres for your 4×4 vehicle, simply get in touch with us or pay us a visit today!