The modern-day 4x4 has had to evolve like every other car type driven on UK roads. The 4x4 of 2014 has to be able to be both the countryside workhorse and the family car. Many models can do both jobs to a level although naturally the more traditional Land Rover and Toyota Landcruiser is still the staple diet of the farming community. However there's been a serious drive in the past 18 months in this class to become cleaner and more efficient and most manufacturers now have models that have moved up the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) band structure. After all if you buy the wrong 4x4 which falls in VED Band M these cars are eligible for £1,090 first year road tax and £500 per year Road Tax thereafter following the 2014 budget. Ouch!
Below you will find the latest 4x4s currently available, many of which come with low road tax variants that are cheaper to drive and own. Simply click the description link in blue for more detailed model information.
Don't panic, you can buy new 4x4s that don't cost an arm and a leg to tax and run! Take the BMW X3. A genuine award-winning 4x4 which won WhatCar? Best 4x4 for 2014. Select the 20d variant, which is a 2.0 litre diesel engine that comes with official government economy performance of 50.4 Miles Per Gallon (MPG), and you'll be quids in. 1,600 litres of boot space, maximum towing weight of 2,000 kg and a cracking drive is all on offer with the X3, plus you'll only pay £145 a year in road tax for the Band F model. That's what you call being cool for the school run!
Another "clean" 4x4 is the luxurious Lexus RX. OK, it will set you back over £40,000 (April 2014) to purchase new, but all 4 of the 450h (3.5 litre V6 diesel Hybrid) specifications come with £145 per year road tax and sit in the 20% Company Car Tax bracket. No wonder you see so many Lexus 450h cars on the roads these days, especially when many of its luxury competitors sit in considerably higher tax bands.
As you'd expect, other economical 4x4s are available. The Audi Q5 is a compact 4x4 option which is proving popular at the moment. Build quality is typically Audi, whilst the interior finish is impeccable. If you go for a Q5 powered by either version of the punchy 2.0 TDI diesel engine, you'll be driving one of the most economical 4x4s on the road. The Land Rover Freelander has been around for many years and is held in very high regard by its owners both for its school run manners but also its off-road capability. Any specification powered by the 2.2 litre TD4 diesel engine is also incredibly frugal. Talking of popular, the Honda CR-V has been on our roads since the late 1990s. This 4x4 is a perfect family car as it has loads of practical internal space and doesn't cost a fortune to keep on the road. The CR-V is reliable, holds its value well and any version with a 2.2 i-DTEC diesel power plant is economical to drive.
Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), commonly known as road tax or car tax, is based upon the co2 emissions a car generates whilst driving and this structure incorporates both new cars registered in 2014 and used cars registered on or after 1st March 2001. The amounts payable per annum vary with lower emission 4x4s benefiting with road tax from as low as £145 per year.
Our advice is to do your homework when selecting the 4x4 that you want to purchase. Take the BMW X3 versus a BMW X5 as a great example. The former size-wise is only slightly smaller than its much vaunted cousin. Styling is similar, as is performance; in terms of image they are both BMWs. So what's the difference? Well the X3 will cost over £12,000 less to purchase from the dealer at the moment, be far more economic to run, service and insure plus comes with road tax from as little as £145 per year. The cheapest X5 by comparison to tax will set you back £485 for the first 12 months of ownership and then £270 per annum at current rates. If you want to know more detail about car taxation you will find both our road tax bands explained and company car tax explained articles of real use.
If you're unsure that a 4x4 will actually be perfect for you we've built a number of car type road tax pages that allow easy comparison. So you might be interested in reading through the neighbouring Crossover, Family Car, and MPV comparison guides. They both feature the very latest low emission, low road tax cars available to purchase in the UK.
In these tough economic times with high fuel costs and ever spiralling car insurance premiums, millions of UK motorists are turning to the latest family cars to deliver both a practical and low-cost motoring solution. It's fact that low co2 emission family cars benefit from cheaper road tax plus the latest technology they incorporate helps deliver surprisingly high MPG numbers. Check out our 4x4 MPG 2014 article for more details.
Lowering your car insurance but maximising the insurance benefits contained within the policy is also key to cost-effective modern motoring. We've pulled together detailed articles highlighting how you can minimise your insurance premium, so read our insurance groups explained guide. With car insurance groups running from 1 (cheapest) to 50, insurance group 1 cars offer the lowest premiums in the UK, subject to your individual circumstances of course.
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|Manufacturer||Model||Description||Fuel||Tax Band||1st Year||Annual|
|Volvo||XC90||2.0 T8 Plug-in Hybrid 4WD||Hybrid||A||FREE||FREE|
|BMW||New X3||xDrive 20d SE, M Sport||Diesel||F||£145||£145|
|Lexus||RX||450h SE, SE Nav, SE-I, SE-L, SE-L Premium||Hybrid||£145||£145|
|Audi||Q5||2.0 TDI 143PS Base, SE, S Line Start/Stop||Diesel||G||£185||£185|
|Audi||Q5||2.0 TDI 170PS Base, SE, S Line Start/Stop||Diesel||£185||£185|
|BMW||New X3||xDrive 18d SE, M Sport||Diesel||£185||£185|
|Land Rover||Freelander||2.2 TD4 150PS S, GS, XS, HSE||Diesel||£185||£185|
|Mitsubishi||Outlander||2.2 Di-D GX2, GX3, GX4||Diesel||£185||£185|
|Chevrolet||Captiva||2.2 VCDi LT, LTZ||Diesel||H||£300||£210|
|Honda||CR-V||2.2 i-DTEC SE, SE-T, ES, ES-T, EX||Diesel||£300||£210|
|Jeep||Patriot||2.2 CRD Sport, Sport Plus, Limited, Overland||Diesel||£300||£210|
|Mitsubishi||Outlander||2.2 Di-D GX4 Leather||Diesel||£300||£210|
|Nissan||X-Trail||2.0 dCI 173PS Acenta, Tekna||Diesel||£300||£210|
|Subaru||Forester||2.0 D X||Diesel||£300||£210|
|Subaru||Forester||2.0 D XC, XS Nav Plus||Diesel||£300||£210|
|Vauxhall||Antara||2.2 CDTi 163PS Exclusiv, SE||Diesel||£300||£210|
To see a full list of current model 4x4s ranging from bands F to M click here