Four Wheel Drive

Audi RS 4 Avant - First Drive

Engine: 4.2-litre normally aspirated V8 petrol
Transmission: seven-speed S-Tronic automated manual
Power: 450PS at 8,250rpm
Torque: 430Nm between 4,000 and 6,000rpm
Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 26.4mpg
CO2 emissions: 249g/km
Top speed: artificially limited to 155mph, option to increase governed top speed to 174mph
Acceleration (0-62 mph): 4.7 seconds
Price: from £54,925

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Car Choice: Finding the right 4x4 can be an uphill struggle

Heather Read bought a Honda CRV last September, but apparently it all went horribly wrong and she ended up with a refund, but no vehicle. Heather and her family need four-wheel drive because they live on top of a hill in an area that is prone to flooding. They like the idea of seven seats – space is a priority for visits to family around the country – and they might get a dog! Heather is currently test driving various 4x4s, but which one should she buy?

Car Choice: A stylish 4x4 that's fun rather than 'in your face'

Martin Simon is 64, lives in the hills behind Stroud, in Gloucestershire, and needs a small four-wheel-drive diesel that is fun, sturdy, and comfortable enough for occasional long journeys. Martin also likes gadgets. The budget is £15,000 to £20,000. He does not mind second-hand if it buys extra quality.

Land Rover Freelander eD4

Price: £21,995

Top speed: 112mph 0-62mph 10.9 seconds

Consumption: 47.2mpg

CO2 emissions: 158g/km

Best for: Occasional eco-sensitive off-roading

Also worth considering? BMW X1, Kia Sorento, Volkswagen Tiguan

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