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    Default What 4x4 for "soft" offroad

    Hello Everyone,

    I am new here to this forum, fresh from the Netherlands.
    Currently I drive a Toyota Corolla from 1994 and I am looking for a new car.
    Since I am working in the forests, with sandy and muddy roads, I am looking for a 4x4.

    I am wondering if you could give me some advice.
    Wishlist:
    * Weight < 1350 kg
    * Usage of 1:10 or using less
    * Gasoline (no Diesel)
    * A/C or Climate control
    * Daily commute and "soft" offroading

    To give you an idea about the area I want to use this car.
    I will be using trails that are also used by VW Amarok 4x4.
    The soil is sandy, though in winter some places are quite muddy.
    Most roads look kind of like this, with almost no inclines.



    The more sandy trails kind of look like this:





    And the most sandy parts kind of like this (without inclines!):



    In winter, there is a lot of rain and the paths look more like this.
    The paths can become more challenging, especially when wood is being harvested in the area (tractors driving the paths).



    I hope you can advise me what kind of car would be necessary for this.
    My budget is a maximum of 6000 euros, but since most of you are situated in different countries, prices can be hard to estimate.
    As such, just telling me brands and types that would be suited for this terrain, is enough. Thanks!

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    Default Re: What 4x4 for "soft" offroad

    Hi and welcome, to clarify, is this to purchase for use in South Africa, or in the Netherlands?

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    Default Re: What 4x4 for "soft" offroad

    Hi and welcome here.

    I would think something like a Nissan Xtrail or Toyota Rav4 would suit your needs.

    Also look at Suzuki Grand Vitara or maybe even a Jimny which is a proper 4x4.

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    Default Re: What 4x4 for "soft" offroad

    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk View Post
    Hi and welcome, to clarify, is this to purchase for use in South Africa, or in the Netherlands?
    For in the Netherlands.

    I found this 4x4 SA forum just via Google. We do not have a lot of 4x4 activity, since we have a flat landscape and in most nature areas you are not allowed use a car

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    @WAJ: Thank you, I will look into those cars!

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    We've owned two X Trails and they've been excellent - comfortable and capable (more capable than we expected in tough 4x4 conditions. Look for a T31 and NOT the current model.

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    Default Re: What 4x4 for "soft" offroad

    Quote Originally Posted by Slimke View Post
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    I will be using trails that are also used by VW Amarok 4x4.
    ...
    Just waiting for someone to chirp about you answering your own question about a soft roader....

    More seriously, I suggest you also consider the Subaru Forester, VW Tiguan or Honda CRV, although not sure if you still get the latter with petrol engines.

    All the vehicles mentioned so far will be more than capable enough with semi-off road, higher profile tyres.

    Also be aware that models in SA might differ from what you get.
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    Default Re: What 4x4 for "soft" offroad

    Since you are in Europe, also consider the Renault Kangoo 4x4 and Fiat Panda 4x4. They are smallish and have very good ground clearance
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    Default Re: What 4x4 for "soft" offroad

    The Skoda Yeti also rides on the 1st Gen VW Tiguan drive train, which again, is based on the VW Golf of that time.

    You get spacer kits if more clearance is required.
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    You get the Hybrid Rav4 over there......it's the best of the bunch, have a look at that.
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    Default Re: What 4x4 for "soft" offroad

    Have a 2017 X-Trail & 2016 Mazda CX-5 AWD. Nissan is a very very good vehicle for what it is and not too bad for very basic offroading.

    Not to go too far off topic here but what about the next step up of this scenario, moving from a soft-roader 4x4 to a full on 4x4 vehicle.

    I am finding that I increasingly have the need for a proper 4x4 vehicle such as a bakkie - mostly for the clearance, loading and towing ability.

    Ideally I would like to make a sort of direct swap in terms of price on what I currently have to what you can get in a bakkie.

    Auto and 4x4 are a must, max R300 000, ideally less. Ford Rangers seem to be freely available, would it be looking for trouble going for a 3.2XLT 2013-2015 averaging around 120 000km on the clock?

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    Suzuki Jimny has a large following in The Netherlands

    ...but seems to be discontinued due to emission rules.
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    Default Re: What 4x4 for "soft" offroad

    Almost everything made by Subaru?
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