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Buying your first 4WD

July, 2015

Buyers making the transition from a smaller car to a 4×4 can sometimes find the transition daunting. When compared to a small hatchback or family sedan, four-wheel drives are formidable vehicles in both power and size. For new drivers, making sure that you’ve got the right 4WD for your lifestyle is one of the most important factors to ensure driver satisfaction and on-road safety. Before visiting the John Hughes showroom to browse our extensive range of 4x4s, consider the following factors:



What will you be using your 4×4 for? Are you looking for a vehicle to take care of the school run, haul the family about on holidays and keep you in a high driving position? Or do you need a workhorse for the farm, an off-roader for the weekend or something to tow the boat to the wharf? Perhaps you’re looking for all of this and more, which is why four-wheel drives prove so popular with families and those with active lifestyles.


Do some research about what you may need to tow and how many seats you’re after which will help to narrow down your field. Your needs will also dictate your transmission – automatics are better for suburban driving whilst manuals might be better for working needs.

Fuel Type

Diesel engines will require refilling less frequently, but are likely to be slower and louder than petrol alternatives. They can also feel sluggish off the mark, which makes them less favourable for drivers in large cities.

But diesel does have its advantage over petrol when it comes to off-roading. More lower rev torque improves pulling power, so if you’ve got a boat or horse trailer, it will suit your lifestyle better. Petrol is suitable for smaller rigs or drivers who don’t ever plan on taking their vehicle off sealed streets.


Cargo Load

Apart from the amount of passengers, cargo load will also decide what size four-wheel drive you’ll want. Larger models like the Nissan Patrol, Mitsubishi Pajero, Toyota Land Cruiser or Land Rover Discovery have bigger load bays than smaller suburban vehicles like the Qashqai, Captiva, Outlander, Rav 4 and Sorento, so consider what kind of space you’ll need – will you want room for kayaks, bicycles and camping hear? Or just school packs and grocery bags?



Lastly, consider your budget. We’re determined to help our customers drive away in the best 4×4 for their needs, so have a chat to our friendly staff over the phone or on our showroom floors so we can help you understand how far your money will go. We also have a great range of second hand vehicles, which means no matter what your price guide is we’ll have a quality four-wheel drive for you. Come in today to John Hughes and we can help you find the perfect car for you at 196 Albany Highway, Victoria Park, Perth, WA

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