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UK weather throws pretty much everything at us Brits, from torrential rain to heavy snow, with motorists having to contend with difficult driving conditions on a fairly regular basis.
Manoeuvring on wet roads, through snow and over black ice are arguably some of the most stressful aspects of driving, but four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicles help remove some of the anxiety around driving in these conditions because of their extra traction.
Obviously they're useful off-road too, on muddy tracks and up country lanes all-wheel and four-wheel drive cars excel in terms of their road handling and grip levels.
We've compiled a list of our favourites, which are amongst the best four-wheel drive used vehicles on sale.
As all-rounders go, the Kia Sportage is arguably one of the best family SUVs available thanks to strong build quality, smart looks, decent practicality, a market-leading seven-year warranty and an impressive amount of standard kit.
The Sportage is so good, that it's actually Kia's best-selling vehicle in the UK and from the evidence it's easy to see why. With the ever-growing popularity of SUVs, the Sportage has been a standout for Kia, as well as in the SUV market full stop.
Later models from 2016 onwards are the ones to go for, with their updated Kia Tiger Nose grilles, handsome styling and standard specifications that you're more likely to find on much more expensive German alternatives.
A used KIA Sportage is certainly worth a look if you want a great all-round four-wheel drive SUV that offers extremely good value. Two-wheel drive versions are also available.Search Used Kia Sportage
This popular crossover by Vauxhall has a lot to offer. Both '2WD' and '4WD' used Mokkas are available, so look out for ones badged "4x4".
The smart four-wheel drive system maintains 100% drive at the front wheels unless the system detects slip, fast starts or tight cornering, at which point it sends power to the rear wheels too, helping you to stay on the straight and narrow.
The Vauxhall Mokka 4x4 is available with a petrol or diesel engine but they all come with a manual gearbox. As well as being practical and safe the Mokka looks good too, and standard spec is excellent being a Vauxhall. Servicing and parts are also reasonable and can be taken care of by any Evans Halshaw Vauxhall retailer.Search Used Vauxhall Mokka
Offering an ample range of petrol and diesel engines with numerous variants, the Ford Kuga caters to all motorists' needs and strikes the perfect balance between style and substance.
The spacious mid-sized SUV comfortably fits five occupants inside, and the clever interior design offers savvy storage solutions, such as conveniently placed cup holders and a generously sized glovebox.
The Ford Kuga is a true all-rounder; smart, practical and stylish, ensuring the four-wheel drive SUV makes for a perfect family car and boasts a sizeable boot that can be extended by lowering the rear seats.
This popular Ford SUV offers a more than competent drive and handles itself well in tricky weather conditions and on challenging terrain.Search Used Ford Kuga
Range Rover Sport
One of the most iconic four-wheel drive vehicles available, the Range Rover Sport emits style and elegance in addition to offering the best off-road capability in its class.
The luxury SUV offers a comfortable drive in all conditions and situations - whether you are driving through extreme weather or manoeuvring your way through the city - the Range Rover Sport will get you where you need to be, efficiently and hassle free.
On top of all this, the popular Range Rover Sport is built around a generous range of engine variants that includes both petrol and diesel to suit your needs. It's also a Land Rover, meaning it will also be hard to beat off-road.Search Used Range Rover Sport
Boasting efficiency and practicality, this SUV by Dacia is a comfortable vehicle that has a lot to offer.
The all-wheel drive system available with the Dacia Duster allows you to switch between three driving modes for the most relaxed and efficient driving experience possible. Choose between Auto, Lock and a two-wheel drive mode, all of which suit different driving conditions and scenarios.
The fact that options are kept to a minimum and you're only given the essentials means the Duster is a bargain four-wheel drive SUV. There are plusher models with more spec if you desire, but the lower trim levels give you everything you need and nothing you don't, which can make for a liberating and refreshing driving experience.Search Used Dacia Duster
A medium-sized crossover from Honda, the CR-V is a practical and safe four-wheel drive vehicle. Though practicality and safety are the priorities of the CR-V, it still managers to offer an enjoyable drive for motorists thanks to sharp steering, which gives the CR-V a somewhat sporty feel.
The boot is huge and the rear seats fold down to reveal even more space, so the tip run shouldn't be a problem, while build quality remains excellent as you'd expect from a Japanese SUV.
Choose from both petrol and diesel engines as well as both automatic and manual versions. This four-wheel drive SUV suits both town and motorway driving and is pretty economical too - especially when choosing the diesel model.Search Used Honda CR-V
Despite the small dimensions of the Fiat Panda, the unique hatchback is surprisingly spacious and due to its four-wheel drive system - available on certain models - is very capable off road and in winter weather, providing a consistent drive in tricky conditions. Due to its small size, the Panda is able to go places that bigger and heavier competitors can't, and its low weight helps it skip over rough terrain.
Not only does the Panda 4x4 perform well in adverse weather conditions, but it's also a convenient city car due to its tiny proportions that make it super-easy to manoeuvre in tight spaces.
4x4 versions of the Panda are much rarer than the regular two-wheel drive versions, but there are still plenty out there on the used market.Search Used Fiat Panda
Despite being a stylish sports car, the TT is available with Audi's famous Quattro four-wheel drive system, putting it one step ahead of its competitors by providing a better handling experience in tricky conditions.
Audi has a strong reputation for making cars that are great to look at both inside and out, and the TT is no exception. The combination of the flawless style of the TT and the option of Audi's Quattro four-wheel drive makes the TT not only desirable, but also practical for winter use.
The Audi TT Quattro is perhaps one of the best all-weather sports cars and also features an ample amount of innovative technology and safety features.Search Used Audi TT
As parent company to Audi, Volkswagen have access to all their four-wheel drive knowledge and they apply it to some of their own cars, such as the Tiguan.
While two-wheel drive versions are available and very popular, the four-wheel drive models command a premium on the used SUV market because of their added off-road abilities, and the fact that you paid more for a four-wheel drive Tiguan from new.
Most used four-wheel drive Tiguans you'll find are fitted with the popular 2.0-litre diesel engine, though newer ones (and the odd older one) can be found with a petrol, too.
The Tiguan is spacious, refined and well built, as you'd expect. Diesel economy is more than decent and performance is good too, with a strong surge of power. Look out for R Line models which had cool styling enhancements.Search Used Volkswagen Tiguan
Never considered a used pick-up truck as your family car before? Well, maybe now is the time. If you're looking for a capable four-wheel drive vehicle, pick-ups like the Nissan Navara offer fantastic amounts of off-road ability, space and of course practicality.
Sure, they're not as economical or as refined as something like a used Nissan Qashqai, but they're still very usable on a daily basis with comfy seats and air conditioning. A rugged Nissan workhorse for sure.
They're especially useful if you have a dog, as plenty of used Navaras will come with a bed cover already installed, but if they don't you can have them retro-fitted. Then you'll have a huge waterproof boot that's much larger than the one you'll find on a family car - even an SUV.Search Used Nissan Navara
Find your perfect used car
Generally speaking SUVs are the way to go if you're after a four-wheel drive vehicle. However, as we've shown above, you can get pick-up trucks, sports cars and even tiny little city cars with a four-wheel drive system, so in the end the choice is yours on what suits you best.
Check out our used cars to find your perfect used four-wheel drive.