If you are in the market for a SUV, there are numerous options to choose from. However, modern SUVs are more for driving around in the city and don’t have much to offer if you ever plan to go off-roading. Thankfully, there still are some urban off-roaders out there that are as comfortable in the countryside as they are in the parking lot of a shopping mall.
Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG
The G-Class was first developed by Mercedes-Benz as a military vehicle. Known as the G-Wagen (Gelandewagen), it was developed at the behest of the Shah of Iran, then a major stakeholder in the company. What Mercedes ended up making is one of the most iconic cars in its illustrious history. Armoured versions of the G-Class have become the vehicle of choice for VIP protection in most countries. Just when people thought that the G-Class couldn’t be improved any further, Mercedes turned it over to the boys in the AMG division. The end result is the G-Class AMG models that are extremely powerful and provide supreme comfort no matter what kind of terrain you throw at it.
Jeep Wrangler JK
In many ways, the Jeep Wrangler is a direct descendant of the famous Willys MB, the most iconic vehicle from World War II. Early Wranglers were no-nonsense tough and rugged terrain is what they handled best. However, the American public began demanding a Jeep that would be comfortable enough for use within town, without sacrificing the off-roading capabilities. Modern Jeep Wranglers can be used to drop your kids off at school as well as to go for an exciting cross country trip. Jeep usually offers an amazing number of accessories to help the Wrangler become the ultimate urban off-roader.
There is a very common misconception that Asian car manufacturers can only make family cars that focus more on fuel economy than off-roading performance. However, Nissan has done a great deal to debunk this myth. No other Nissan has done more to forward the cause than the Xterra. In fact, the Nissan Xterra has become the vehicle of choice for individuals who like to take part in adventure sports. During the week, you can drive it to your office, drop kids off at the school and go grocery shopping. Then, during the weekend, you can easily strap on a canoe or bicycles onto it and embark on a weekend of adventure. Whether you are going to the beach, forests or the mountains, the Xterra will get you there in comfort.
Land Rover Defender
The Land Rover defender is perhaps the ultimate urban off-roader. The original Land Rovers were designed to conquer anything that Mother Nature could throw at it; comfort wasn’t exactly high on the priority list. However, as the company evolved, it realized that customers were demanding more from their vehicles. The modern Land Rover Defender strikes the perfect balance between luxury and utility and is held as the benchmark for all urban off-roaders to try and emulate. From the British countryside to the Australian outback, the Defender has consistently proven itself to be the most capable off-roader.
The urban off-roader has evolved a lot over the past decade and these 4 are perfect examples of just how far urban off-roaders have come.