Living out in the countryside and surrounded by all things rural, what could possibly be the best vehicle? If you are a farmer than you need something that’s going to be just as rustic as you are, and able to whip into action whenever and wherever. However, you’re not a cave dweller, so you need a car that will be great to drive through town as well where you do things like go grocery shopping. Sounds like you’re asking a car to do two different things that are on the opposite sides of the spectrum. How can a car be able to swoosh up muddy wet hills to helps round up cattle, and then go lolloping about in small narrow town streets? Any off-road vehicle is going to be large and heavy, because it needs to be able to spread it’s weight around, but also use it for traction. So what cars have you got a choice from to do all these things?
Leap for the jeep
Jeep has been an icon of off-road culture, and has been the brand of choice for those that want to go on adventures. It’s been in movies such as Tomb Raider and Jurassic Park because of it’s gritty muddy image. It’s an American brand which often means consumers in Europe look at it sideways with an air of scepticism but it’s actually one of the best off-road vehicle brands in the world. The Jeep Wrangler has been a staple for the manufacturer, because it is lightweight, and keeps it simple. Much like the very first Land Rovers, it’s basic but incredibly effective. It can spread it’s torque out through each wheel that is suffering and also has a short wheelbase for increased manoeuvrability. You can buy these brand new for under £40,000 or used for around £25-30,000.
Muscle and technology
Land Rover has been using Jaguar engines for a long time now, and quite right since the latest models are a bit on the heavy side. However, that means they are smooth on the road and great for off-road driving also. Inside they have luxury and style, along with some of it not the most advanced off-road technology in any car you can buy today. Off course nowadays even these big vehicles use turbocharged V6 engines and Range Rovers are no different. However you can buy a used range rover sport that has 5.0 litre V8 with over 500 bhp and 500 ibf torques. This makes it blast up hills, and can apply that power in the mud also. This car is one of the main choices for farmers that work in regions where there is frequent flooding because they can wade through streams and still keep the engine breathing and come out the other side unscathed. You can find the Range Rover Sport parked outside the village pub anywhere around the country on a weekend. They’re easy to drive through town and around any rural landscape.
Looking for a car that will traverse up slippery slopes but be calm and collected on the roads too is a unique task. Not a lot of cars and brands offer this kind of specialist vehicles but the aforementioned are the two best choices for the job.