Vacation cars with a twist of adventure

The words “adventure vehicle” likely conjure up visions of massive SUVs or sporty double-cab bakkies with a mechanical differential lock, pneumatic snorkel and slick tires. But there are quite a few vehicles on the used market that have an amazing ability to derail, despite what first impressions might suggest.

While the list of most searched for 4×4 equipped variants for the first quarter of 2022 on AutoTrader is dominated by mainstream double-cabin bakeries such as Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6, Toyota Land Cruiser 79 4.5 and Ford Ranger Raptor (not to mention SUVs) Pioneering like the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon), you might be looking for something funky…here are your options.

One example of this is the relatively small Daihatsu Terios 1.5 4×4. Although not quite done in raw materials such as, say, the compact but ladder-frame Suzuki Jimny (which has become very popular in the past few years) However, the Terios boasts permanent all-wheel drive and will go farther with tarmac fun than is likely to be expected.

With the lowest average list price here at just over 130,000 rand, it’s the most affordable option as well, although it’s also the oldest with an average recording year going back to 2010.

If you prefer something a little more modern, there’s also the Fiat Panda 0.9 TwinAir 4×4. The last iteration of a nameplate spanning nearly 40 years, the twisted Panda 4×4 is virtually a two-cylinder city car with all-wheel drive.

With an average registration year for 2020 and average mileage just over 15,000 km, the average list price comes in at just under R200,000. There’s also a crossover version, which gains more ride height, stiffer fenders and an electronic locking differential.

What sets the Mahindra Thar 2.5CRDe 4×4, which carries an average list price of around R250,000 and average mileage of just under 35,000 km, apart from the other variants on this list is the fact that it features a lower range transfer case (to complement the rear axle). neighborhood with leafy springs). This makes the Indian-made off-road vehicle easily the most skilled in handling off-road obstacles.

The Volkswagen Transporter 2.0BiTDI 146kW Kombi SWB Trendline Plus 4Motion (to use its full name) finds itself at the other end of the spectrum with an average list price that pays seven figures. While it’s by no means a suitable off-road vehicle, the 4Motion-equipped Kombi does at least have a differential lock. It is also capable of accommodating up to nine seats.

Unconventional SUVs, their average prices, mileage and year of registration:

AutoTrader, January 1 to March 31.

Source: Nikki Chinas – Haveyoursay / Photos: QuickPic

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