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 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.
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.