Women tend to like the feeling of security and high driving position offered by most off-roaders - not to mention the safety benefit of being able to see farther ahead.But buying the perfect 4x4 depends on the buyer's needs.
Luxuries include 10-speaker stereo system, six-disc CD changer and electrically adjustable front seats. DAIHATSU TERIOS EL five-speed manual, £10,980, 33mpg.
Small and a little cramped inside but nippy and easy to park. Large boot with practical storage nets allied to roomy interior.
Easy access to the cargo area, which is disappointingly small, and cabin stowage can be a problem.
JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE CRD Limited 2.7 turbodiesel, five-speed auto, five-door, £29,275, 29mpg.
Honda's Real Time 4WD automatically engages when the surface conditions dictate, otherwise it operates in two-wheel drive.