4×4 drive: the best all-wheel drive vehicles under 20,000 euros

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The best all-wheel drive vehicles under 20,000 euros

4x4 drive: the best all-wheel drive vehicles under 20,000 euros-Japan

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The Suzuki Swift belongs to the small group of small all-wheel drive cars. The club version is available from 14,870 euros (as of October 2011).

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4x4 drive: the best all-wheel drive vehicles under 20,000 euros-editorial tip

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The Jimny from Suzuki is more of a fun vehicle than a modern car – from 14,990 euros (as of October 2011).

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4x4 drive: the best all-wheel drive vehicles under 20,000 euros-Grand Vitara

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Real off-road SUV: the Grand Vitara only stays just below the 20,000 euro mark.

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4x4 drive: the best all-wheel drive vehicles under 20,000 euros-Lada

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Good climber: the Grand Vitara off-road.

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4x4 drive: the best all-wheel drive vehicles under 20,000 euros-Lada

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The current Fiat Panda 4×4 is a discontinued model – but is still available from dealers.

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4x4 drive: the best all-wheel drive vehicles under 20,000 euros-All-wheel drive

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Permanent all-wheel drive: The Daihatsu Sirion is on offer from 13,990 euros (as of October 2011).

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4x4 drive: the best all-wheel drive vehicles under 20,000 euros-Suzuki

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Dacia Duster: The Renault subsidiary offers a very decent 4×4 drive for the price range (13,890 euros).

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4x4 drive: the best all-wheel drive vehicles under 20,000 euros-Daihatsu

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Suzuki SX-4: Modern all-wheel drive with 1.6-liter engine with 120 hp from 18,190 euros (as of October 2011).

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4x4 drive: the best all-wheel drive vehicles under 20,000 euros-Dacia Duster

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Indestructible off-roader: the Lada Niva is a real forest and meadow vehicle from 11,400 euros. (As of October 2011).

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One looks in vain for a German manufacturer in this price range among the Kraxler. The Japanese determine this price segment.

D.he autumn is here, winter is just around the corner. During these times of the year, drivers think more often than usual about the advantages of all-wheel drive.

The gain in safety through the distribution of the drive forces on all four wheels is undisputed, especially in snow, mud and rain. However, it is usually bought at a high price.

Especially since the manufacturers like to combine the 4×4 drive with high-quality equipment levels. We looked around and found nine models that are still available for less than 20,000 euros. And it’s called Suzuki.

Without an alternative

The Japanese have no fewer than four models with all-wheel drive and a base price of less than 20,000 euros on offer. The Swift deserves special mention from this quartet, as it is currently the only modern small car that is powered by all four wheels. The 1.2-liter gasoline engine has a decent 94 hp and costs 14,870 euros in the well-equipped club version.

If you want to combine all-wheel drive and sedan in this price range, the Swift is no alternative.

Further offers from Suzuki: The indestructible Jimny off-road vehicle with selectable all-wheel drive and a mixture of minimal comfort and long-term quality. For 14,990 euros there is a somewhat dated 1.3-liter petrol engine with 86 hp. The Jimny is a vehicle of extremes, only suitable for off-road use (reduction gear) or as a statement for the city – country roads and highways, on the other hand, are not his territory.

Then there is the SX-4, similar to the Golf Plus, a kind of high-rise compact car. But also with all-wheel drive and quite cheap at 18,190 euros, because at this price there is at least 120 hp from a modern 1.6-liter gasoline engine.

Incidentally, the identical counterpart to the SX-4 is called Fiat Sedici and costs 140 euros more with the same engine. The fourth Suzuki in our price window is the Grand Vitara, already a real SUV with good off-road properties. For 19,990 euros, however, you only get the absolute basic version with 106 hp (petrol) but permanent all-wheel drive.

All-wheel drive in everyday life

With a bit of luck, Fiat will find another vehicle besides the Suzuki-built Sedici: The Panda 4×4 is no longer built because the next generation is in the starting blocks. You will still find the vehicle at some Fiat dealers. From 13,890 euros you get robust all-wheel drive technology and a little weak 69 hp under the hood.

Nevertheless: Until the new Panda 4×4 arrives, the old model is the only one besides the Swift that brings all-wheel drive into a normal everyday vehicle, i.e. is not an off-road vehicle, crossover or SUV.

The SUVs include two inexpensive offers from Japan and Romania. The Daihatsu Sirion with permanent all-wheel drive is a widely underrated, high quality offer. With a 1.3-liter petrol engine (91 hp) it costs 13,990 euros.

A lot of power for little money

The Dacia Duster is one size larger and still a hundred euros cheaper. The Renault sister brand has put a sizeable and appropriately motorized vehicle with 105 hp on its wheels. In addition to the Suzuki Swift in the sedan category, it is probably the most attractive all-wheel drive offer in this price range.

Unbeatable cheap

That cannot be said of the last and cheapest all-wheel drive. The Lada Niva costs an unbeatable 11,400 euros, but it is 30 years behind the other vehicles in terms of safety, comfort and driving pleasure. Its 1.7-liter gasoline engine with 81 hp does its part for this impression. With its switchable all-wheel drive, the Niva is only recommended for people who want to use this robust vehicle predominantly in forests, meadows and fields.

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