All-wheel-drive Volvo XC60 is a smaller brother to the XC90 full-size off-roader and promises to be an attractive rival to the Land Rover Freelander . It comes with a choice of 185hp and 163hp versions of the D5 turbodiesel engine, increased ground clearance and all-wheel drive is standard. Expect loads of safety kit, including a radar-based anti-collision system that brakes the car if it thinks you’re about to rear-end the car in front. Prices will start at £24,500, but it will be on sale in the UK in October.

Ford-Kuga

Ford Kuga is also related to the XC60 and Freelander and is the blue oval’s first 4wd vehicle (other than the Ranger pick-up) since the demise of the Maverick and Explorer.

Based on the Focus, it has a 136hp 2-litre diesel engine, six-speed transmission, all-wheel drive and a useful-looking split tailgate. Prices range from £20,495 to £22,495 and it goes on sale in June.

Ssangyong-Kyron

Korean maker Ssangyong has a new UK importer and has refreshed its 4wd models. It has also added some cheaper entry-level versions. Cheapest is the Kyron S with 141hp diesel engine, air-con, hill descent control and CD player for £14,995. It will also tow 2.3t.

The bigger Rexton models also have a lower starting price. For £19,995, the Rexton 270S has 163hp, hill descent control, climate control and 4wd on demand. It will tow 3.2t. The £14,995 entry-level S version of the unusual-looking Rodius also has a 2.7 litre 163hp diesel engine and is a full seven-seater.