It’s a term that we’re all probably familiar with, but what exactly is a 4x4? It’s a name that’s usually associated with big, off-road-capable vehicles like the Toyota Land Cruiser, the Jeep Cherokee or the elegant Lexus GX 460 Prestige. But the 4x4 revolution has spread, and now crossovers such as the Toyota RAV-4 and the super-sophisticated Volvo XC90 all have 4x4 capability, even if they never see anything more challenging in their lives than a gravel driveway.
Why should you think about buying a 4x4 car in the UAE? And what should you look for? Here’s our quick guide to buying a 4x4 car.
But simply, no. AWD stands for All Wheel Drive, when power is delivered to all four wheels automatically, and shifts so that you maintain traction even on tricky terrain. The term 4WD or 4x4 has traditionally been applied to more rugged vehicles that spend most of their time off-road, but is essentially the same thing.
If you stick to strictly urban ‘paved’ roads then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t choose a standard two-wheel-drive vehicle. However, as so many different types of vehicles come with 4x4 capability these days, the option isn’t as much of a deal-breaker as it was in previous years. You won’t pay any extra for 4x4 capability either, so it’s worth having it in reserve for that one time when you do need to tackle a more demanding track to get to that glamping site or drive down to the beach.
The addition of 4x4 capability really doesn’t have any adverse effect on your fuel consumption, and indeed, modern crossovers like the Nissan X Trail or the Nissan Kicks are surprisingly frugal when it comes to Ltr/km numbers.
The slightly higher ride and stiffer suspension give 4x4 crossovers better road handling and stability, so you don’t get that ‘wallowing’ sensation when cornering that the first-generation early SUVs tended to have.
While crossovers are an ideal choice for families and those who spend most of their time driving on smooth roads, full-blown SUVs are designed to tackle anything the scenery can throw at them. In this instance, 4x4 capability is essential for clambering over rocky terrain, tackling steep inclines, and staying in control on those descents down towering dunes in the desert.
As well as that all-important 4x4 ability, full-size SUVs have greater ground clearance and a more robust chassis and stronger suspension to cope with uneven terrain. Think Toyota Fortuner GXR or the mighty Jeep Wrangler when you’re looking for a 4x4 to buy and you’re ready for any adventure.
At Al-Futtaim Automall, we have a great selection of 4x4 cars for sale in the UAE. Our unique region is ideally suited for off-road driving, with the challenges and the towering dunes of the Empty Quarter just begging to be explored. we also realise that families want crossovers that are capable of taking the kids on an adventure camping trip at the weekends but are still compact and nippy enough to handle the weekday commute.
We’ve put together a choice of 4x4 cars that cover all needs. And we don’t just sell you great pre-owned cars, we offer all the support and after-sales care you could wish for too.
We also make sure that all of our used 4x4s are fit for action by putting them through a rigorous 90-point inspection, carried out by highly trained professional technicians, so you can drive off with complete confidence and peace of mind.
If you want to buy a 4x4 car in the UAE, we can help! At Al-Futtaim Automall we are always looking for great cars to add to our collection and can offer you the full market value for your old car. It’s quick and easy, and you can get an instant quote on your car by using our online valuation tool. In just a few clicks, you could have enough money to afford an upgrade to an even better model.Find your perfect 4x4 at Al-Futtaim Automall.Browse our selection of SUVs and crossovers online and book a test drive today.