- 4×4 vehicle with stoarge, seating for 4 & good MPG
I’m looking for a vehicle for work that can carry 4 people plus a moderate amount of kit (about x2 hatchbacks worth) and offer good MPG, have highish ground clearance & be able to cope with mud & once a week FC track/off road mud tracks.
A full size van is overkill (I’ve driven sprinters, transits, vitos & HiAces) for the amount of stuff we need to carry and a 4×4 pick up w hardtop seems overkill for the amount of off road we do.
Reading this post from a few years back – http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/what-4×4-van & the Citroen Dispatch XTR looks great but looks discontinued & the Kangoo not big enough..
We’re applying for funding for it (we’re a charity) & so it needs to be new, lowish running costs & reliable…
Any thoughts/recommendations/real world experiences?
CheersPosted 6 years agokeithbSubscriber
Or how about a Peugeot (Partner or similar) with “grip control”.
Still 2WD, but makes the traction control, ESP and ABS all work together to give performance close to a 4×4. If you’re not driving it up the side of a mountain this may suffice for the level of off-roading you’ll be doing?
Not sure what vehicles it’s available on, but the 3008 reviews describe the Grip Control package.
Cheers,Posted 6 years ago
and a 4×4 pick up w hardtop seems overkill for the amount of off road we do.
So, why did you put 4×4 in your title description if you consider it inappropriate? 😉Posted 6 years ago
Anyway, a set of chunky tyres might suffice for occasional off road, altho I don’t think there are many options beyond 4×4 for high ground clearance?
A Nissan Navara will do 34mpg general road driving, if driven in the style of an old lady. Much less off road and in the mountains, of course.Capt. KronosMember
I used one for work for 3 years, held a reasonable amount and was better than would be expected off road. They are also fairly good on price.
I can’t remember what MPG I got from it, but low 40s I think.
Wasn’t a bad car, and better off road than the Outlander it was replaced with. Changing that now for an L200 though since I need to be able to carry more and in more offroady type situations!Posted 6 years ago
Thanks for all the replies – all very much appreciated (BANana aside 😉 ).
There isn’t currently a company vehicle – everyone uses their own vehicles & recent garage bills and reports are all related to mud & discs and the associated wear n tear.
We’re a Forest School and deliver projects on various forest & woodland sites with varying access – some have fire roads, some have muddy tracks whilst others have car parks right next to the chosen site . We’re not delivering kit to the top of Snowdon but do encounter mud & rain on a very regular basis (based in wet S Wales).
The partner looks great but the crew version doesn’t have the Grip package plus not entirely sure if theres enough space
Great car & like the functionality of the scout but MIL has an Octavia estate & we need more space than that.
The Citroen website is a joy to specify model & features but the dispatch looks about the right sizePosted 6 years ago
dusters tiny in the back.
tbh re reading the op the pick up is the obvious choice unless he wants ot carry less or less people – or go less off the beaten track. Look at ssangyong korrando sport or the isuzu TF range – both can be had in basic rough and ready for much less than l200s , hilux and navaras.
surfaced forestry track doesnt need 4×4. Unsurfaced forestry track would be fools folly to take a solitary 4×4 down anyway as there is every chance you wont get back up the track and require recovering.
on that basis youll probably be fine with 2wd and a tiny smidge of common sense – 4wd just means you get stuck deeper before stopping. (unless of course you will be administering staff with propper training for the use of)Posted 6 years agoSprocketJockeyMember
We’ve got a Scout – great car, hugely capable when it gets slippy and the boot is huge – doubt there is much less room than in the crew cab versions of the small vans you’re considering. Yeti boot is actually considerably smaller than the Octavia if I recall. Could perhaps add a roof box for extra storage?
Caddy 4 Motion sounds like a good call.
I know you’ve discounted the bigger vans but it’s worth looking for a T5 4-Motion crew cab. Car-like to drive. Not much bigger footprint than a big estate and tons of room.Posted 6 years ago
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