The 12 Best Cars for Off-Roading

What makes a good off-road vehicle? Well, you’ll need a bit of extra ground clearance to cope with rough terrain, as well as four-wheel drive, a decent amount of grunt, and plenty of room for all your off-road gear.

That said, we don’t want to be hitting the tough stuff in something that doesn’t cut it when it’s on the road, so for us, creature comforts and mod-cons are just as important.

We’ve chosen a dozen vehicles that stand out to us as being super capable off-road, while not compromising on comfort.

For each vehicle, we’ve also provided the crucial off-road stats, specifically approach and departure angle, as well as Breakover angle and ground clearance. The higher the number, the better!

Go ahead and browse the full list, or jump to a particular budget category using the links below:

Best off-road cars under £30k

Peugeot 2008

Peugeot 2008
  • Prices start at £18,820
  • Ground Clearance: 160mm
  • Approach Angle: 29 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 36 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 13 degrees

One car into this list and we’re already breaking the rules! Technically speaking, the 2008 is front-wheel-drive only, but it does have one clever trick up its sleeve.

Standard on Allure models and up, Peugeot’s Grip Control system is a supremely clever traction control system that manages power and torque sent to each of the 2008’s front wheels.

With five driving modes, including specific settings for driving on snow and on mud, Grip Control has many of the benefits of four-wheel-drive without harming fuel consumption by adding extra weight to the vehicle.

Add to that space for five and a generous amount of luggage space, the 2008 is a vehicle for all occasions.

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Mitsubishi L200

Mitsubishi L200
  • Prices start at £21,515 [+VAT]
  • Ground Clearance: 205mm
  • Approach Angle: 30 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 22 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 24 degrees

Mitsubishi’s hugely popular pick-up truck is back for its sixth generation, and the all-new Series 6 L200 delivers comfort for four people while still being an uncompromising workhorse.

It’s excellent off-road too, thanks to the built-in Super Select system that allows the driver to move between rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive, as well as being to lock the vehicle’s centre differential for optimal traction when the going gets tough.

Plus, the new L200 can tow a class-leading 3.5-tonnes, so it’s ready for whatever job you throw at it.

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Mercedes-Benz GLA

Mercedes-Benz GLA
  • Prices start at £25,500
  • Ground Clearance: 183mm
  • Approach Angle: 16 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 22 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 15 degrees

Thanks to Mercedes-Benz’s 4MATIC all-wheel drive system, the GLA is a small SUV that packs some serious ability.

It’s sporty too, with an eye-catching exterior design and a premium interior – just as you’d expect from any Merc.

The GLA rides slightly higher than its A-Class sibling thanks to off-road suspension, and there’s plenty of protective cladding to make sure you’re ready for whatever the trails throw at you.

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Best off-roading cars from £30k – £50k

Volkswagen Amarok

Volkswagen Amarok
  • Prices start at £35,403
  • Ground Clearance: 195mm
  • Approach Angle: 28 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 24 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 23 degrees

Powered by a brawny V6 diesel, the Amarok is a premium pick-up truck that doesn’t shy away from hard work.

With either 204PS or 258PS of power depending on the model you choose, every Amarok comes with an 8-speed automatic gearbox and the company’s 4MOTION all-wheel-drive. Those features combine to make a vehicle that’s comfortable on the road while also being confident off it.

VW also have a range of bicycle and canoe carriers available for the Amarok, so it’s an ideal companion for anyone with an active lifestyle!

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Audi Q5

Audi Q5
  • Prices start at £41,420
  • Ground Clearance: 200mm
  • Approach Angle: 25 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 27 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 17 degrees

At a glance, the Q5 is certainly no hardcore off-roader, but thanks to Audi’s legendary quattro system, it’s more than comfortable when it’s away from the tarmac.

The Q5 is a premium SUV, and its all-wheel-drive system offers excellent grip in dry and damp conditions.

Plus, with a choice of two impressive engines – a 2.0-litre diesel or a 2.0-litre petrol – it has plenty of power to get you out of a tricky farm-track or a wet field.

Add the optional air suspension and the extra ride height available will come in handy for trickier off-road scenarios.

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Land Rover Discovery

  • Prices start at £47,745
  • Ground Clearance: 283mm
  • Approach Angle: 34 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 30 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 28 degrees

Land Rover describe the Discovery 5 as their most versatile SUV yet, and it’s hard to argue with that. With seating for up to seven, a massive boot, and absolutely top-notch cabin, it’s ideal for big families who like a bit of luxury in their lives.

On top of all that, it’s one of the most impressive vehicles you’re likely to come across when it comes to getting through tough terrain. All of Land Rover’s off-road wizardry is available on the Discovery, and it’s pretty amazing what this vehicle can handle. Spec the company’s Terrain Response 2 programme on your Disco, and you’ll basically be unstoppable.

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Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen Touareg
  • Prices start at £49,645
  • Ground Clearance: 258mm
  • Approach Angle: 23 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 17 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 13 degrees

VW’s SUV family is full of feature-packed vehicles that ooze confidence, and the Touareg – the family’s biggest sibling – is absolutely no different.

With cutting-edge 4MOTION all-wheel-drive as standard, this large SUV is impressively nimble-footed over rugged terrain, and six individual driving modes give you loads of options when you need them most.

Plus, air suspension allows the Touareg to be boosted up to 258mm of ground clearance, so you can glide over the hard stuff, rather than through it.

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Best off-roading cars from £50k – £100k

Porsche Cayenne

  • Prices start at £57,195
  • Ground Clearance: 268mm
  • Approach Angle: 29 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 26 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 24 degrees

An SUV created by a company famed for their on-track prowess might not be the most likely candidate for off-road ability, but the Cayenne does a pretty impressive job when it hits the dirt. Delving into the vehicle’s infotainment system reveals Sport and Sport+ modes for when you’re on road, and for off it, programmes for tackling Gravel, Mud, Sand, and Rocks.

Add to that the Cayenne’s ability to uncouple its anti-roll bars in extreme off-road situations, and this is an SUV with truly surprising rock-mounting capability.

Oh, and did we mention this particular Porsche has 340PS of power and a 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds in base form? It’s a monster.

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Jaguar I-PACE

Jaguar I-PACE
  • Prices start at £60,995
  • Ground Clearance: 198mm
  • Approach Angle: 16 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 32 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 15 degrees

The only fully-electric vehicle on this list, but the Jaguar I-PACE more than earns its place. Thanks to one motor on each axle, Jaguar’s EV has amazing four-wheel traction in all but the worst of circumstances.

Since its unveiling in 2018, the I-PACE has won countless awards, including the prestigious 2019 World Car of the Year, and has grabbed the attention of the tech press as well as the motor press.

The I-PACE has a low grip mode as well as Adaptive Surface Response, which tunes motor and brake settings in poor traction conditions, and you can rest assured that the vehicle’s batteries are totally protected against whatever water you’ll come up against.

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Range Rover

  • Prices start at £83,655
  • Ground Clearance: 297mm
  • Approach Angle: 35 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 29 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 28 degrees

The Range Rover is perhaps the original luxury off-roader, and in 2019, it still leads the way when it comes to mud-plugging in extravagant comfort.

Equipped with Land Rover’s latest and greatest all-wheel drive system, as well as their most advanced all-terrain systems, the Range Rover is virtually unstoppable. A twin-speed transfer box gives you precise control over power and speed in situations where it’s most important, plus Hill Descent Control makes tackling steep downhills easier and safer than ever.

Go for the newest Range Rover in the range – the P400e – and you can even enjoy great fuel economy and plug-in hybrid flexibility to go with your supreme off-road ability and first class comfort.

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Best off-roading cars over £100k

Bentley Bentayga

  • Prices start at £133,100
  • Ground Clearance: 233mm
  • Approach Angle: 25 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 25 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 22 degrees

Not all SUVs are created equal, and the Bentayga’s high luxury and effortless power really mark it out as a special kind of off-road-capable vehicle.

Powered by Bentley’s legendary W12 engine, the Bentayga has no problem with on-road speed and refinement. Fortunately, the power and torque of its 12-cylinder engine also make the Bentayga a commanding vehicle off-road too.

Its engine and gearbox have been designed to operate in all off-road conditions, and once you’ve climbed to the top of that hill, the Bentayga’s boot-mounted ‘Event Seat’ means you can enjoy a front-row seat to that incredible view.

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Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Rolls-Royce Cullinan
  • Prices start at £268,500
  • Ground Clearance: 254mm
  • Approach Angle: 23 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 19 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 18 degrees

At more than a quarter of a million pounds before options, the Cullinan definitely qualifies as a ‘luxury item’, but since this is an SUV designed and built by the world’s most famous luxury motorcar manufacturer, you can guarantee it’s worthy of the price tag.

Described as the “most capable Rolls-Royce ever created”, the Cullinan delivers unparalleled luxury both on-road and off. Pushing the ‘Off Road Button’ in the centre console puts the Cullinan in all-wheel drive mode, with raised suspension and finely tuned brake and throttle response for optimum control.

To prove its ability, Rolls-Royce even put the Cullinan through more than 12,000 of gruelling off-road testing. Whether you’d actually want to get your £250,000 SUV muddy, however, is up to you.

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