Part 2: The top ten new 4x4s that won't cost the earth

As the storms continue to rage, we resume our countdown of the best value off-roaders that are currently gracing new car showrooms.

Big, competent 4x4s don't have to cost an arm and a leg, nor do they have to take up two spaces in the local Tesco car park as the list below quite handily points out.

So, if you've been shaken up by the flooded streets, scared stiff by the howling winds and rattled by the slippery road surfaces it might be time to look at four-wheel-drive options...
Dacia Duster
From £8,995 to £15,295

An expensive marketing campaign should have made it quite clear that the Dacia brand is all about value for money and if it hasn't, we'll reaffirm that point now: they really are some of the cheapest new cars on the market. The Duster in basic Access trim level (don't expect many creature comforts) comes with four-wheel-drive for a mind boggling £11,095. The 1.6-litre petrol engine produces a respectable 104bhp, which can get those little 16-inch alloy wheels moving to speeds of up to 99mph. It's off-road capabilities may not be up there with a Land Rover Defender but it does boast a 210mm ground clearance and a locking centre differential for the odd foray into muddy territory.

Engine: 1.6-litre petrol
Power: 104bhp
0-62mph: 11.2 seconds
Top speed- 99mph
Fuel economy: 35.3mpg (combined)
Emissions: 185g/km CO2

Fiat Panda 4x4
£11,005 to £15,291

The tiny Fiat Panda 4x4 performed so well on and off-road that it won Top Gear's coveted SUV of the Year award back in 2012. That's partly due to the miniscule exterior that is surprisingly handy when the going gets tough and also because the excellent 85bhp TwinAir engine is an absolute hoot on the road. The Panda 4x4 will despatch of sludgy surfaces, positively steamroller snowy roads and suck up the odd bump and graze thanks to tough bashplates at the front and rear. What's more, its diminutive stature makes it an adept city car.

Engine: 0.9-litre petrol
Power: 85bhp
0-62mph: 12.1 seconds
Top speed- 103mph
Fuel economy: 58mpg (combined)
Emissions: 114g/km CO2

Suzuki Jimny
From £11,995 to £14,195

The rugged little Jimny has been going strong now for almost 45 years, with the latest version serving almost 16 years with only the odd minor refresh. It is beginning to show its age but a bank manager-friendly £11,995 buys a very accomplished off-roader. The 1.3-litre petrol engine feels stretched when keeping up with modern traffic but the permanent all-wheel-drive system and 3-link rigid axle suspension do a great job of tackling tough terrain. The jacked-up ride height and lack of overhangs allow for an impressive 34-degree angle of approach and an even more impressive 46-degree angle of departure, so you can kiss goodbye to scraping bumpers on steep ramps in your local multi-storey car park.

Engine: 1.3-litre petrol
Power: 83bhp
0-62mph: 14.1 seconds
Top speed- 87mph
Fuel economy: 39.8mpg (combined)
Emissions: 162 g/km CO2

Hyundai ix35
From £22,226 to £27,041

Buying from the Korean manufacturers is a smart move. Not only do you get an extended warranty (five years with Hyundai, seven with Kia) but you also get reliable engines and state-of-the-art styling. The ix35 is the handsome little brother of the larger Santa Fe, but don't be fooled, its pint-sized presence doesn't mean meagre performance. The ix35 can tow an almighty 2,000kg braked when mated to the 2.0-litre CRDi engine and a manual gearbox, plus it can handle a plethora of terrain thanks to four-wheel-drive availability and neat gadgets such as Downhill Brake Control that automatically creeps the car down a steep decline at a slow, controlled pace.

Engine: 2.0-litre turbo diesel
Power: 134bhp
0-62mph: 11.3 seconds
Top speed: 112mph
Fuel economy: 51.4mpg (combined)
Emissions: 145g/km CO2

Suzuki Grand Vitara
From £18,895 to £23,875

Think of the Grand Vitara as the Jimny's slightly larger, better looking and more powerful big brother that offers superior on-road performance and more impressive off-road abilities. The payoff is increased fuel consumption and some comparatively dire emissions but that 2.4-litre engine is punchy and Suzuki offers a selectable low ratio gearbox on certain models for real off-road performance. Don't expect Nissan or Hyundai levels of refinement here as, despite the modern looks, the Grand Vitara remains a traditional workhorse rather than a flashy Chelsea Tractor.

Engine: 2.4-litre petrol
Power: 165bhp
0-62mph: 11.7 seconds
Top speed: 115mph
Fuel economy: 32.1mpg (combined)
Emissions: 204g/km CO2

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Part 2: The top ten new 4x4s that won't cost the earth
Dacia Duster
Dacia Duster interior
Fiat Panda 4x4
Fiat Panda 4x4 interior
Suzuki Jimny
Suzuki Jimny interior
Hyundai ix35 
Hyundai ix35 interior
Suzuki Grand Vitara
Suzuki Grand Vitara interior

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