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The original and still the best! 4x4 magazine is the market leader in automotive off-roading. Still with its heart and soul invested in the seasoned off-road enthusiast, 4x4 Magazine aims to cover the latest models, bring you the hot news from around the world, essential buying and practical information on the most popular 4x4s, saving owners time and money in the process, while also inspiring and informing readers about the joys of off-roading. Click to find out what's in the latest issue

Tuesday, 09 September 2014 00:00

MOST RELIABLE SUV?It seems that the Honda CR-V is the most reliable 4x4/SUV on the market. So claims the annual Which? Car Survey, which has named the Honda CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC the UK’s most reliable 4x4/SUV up to three-years old. The report actually says the Honda has zero reported breakdowns, average annual repair costs of just £10 and an overall reliability score of 98.5 per cent over a 12 month period. The research was based on an impressive 49,000 owners, reporting on some 58,000 vehicles, so that’s a fair sample. To celebrate this success, Honda has a summer campaign where customers can pick up a Honda CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC Black or White Edition for a monthly payment of just £349, with a £500 deposit contribution. Additionally with the option of a comprehensive care package offering five year’s warranty, servicing and roadside assistance for a one-off payment of £555, it is claimed that owners can assume their running costs are covered for the next five years, and that they stand to make potential savings of up to £1290.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:59

Off-road motorsport is a highly competitive business – and that’s not just at the events. The world of the Challenge truck is one full of amazing products and accessories, many of which are suitable for your 4x4. We take a comprehensive stroll through who does what…

Words: Alan Coutts  Photography: Alan Coutts and supplied

CHALLENGING TIMESFactory fresh 4x4s are capable vehicles, but any owner can opt for a huge choice of extras and upgrades to give a more personal, customised, competition aware look. A truck designed for Challenge events can give an owner one of the most purposeful, versatile and best looking 4x4s out there. The prospective Challenge truck owner can happily outsource the work to a specialist to turn their dream into reality, whether that means supplying and fitting accessories, or completing turnkey Challenge builds ready to rock ‘n’ roll. Perhaps there’s a need to do it all yourself; many owners take a huge amount of satisfaction in doing the work themselves or with friends and fellow clubmates, and it’s a tribute to their individuality that no two Challenge 4x4s are ever the same.

The sky’s the limit when looking to take Challenge builds further, but there are basic questions to ask, such as - will the vehicle meet the regulations for the competition series it is intended to enter? Is it for off-road use only, or is it to be fully registered and taxable for on road use? How safe is it going to be? Will it have a co-driver? All these help to decide what truck is required, what level of Challenges it is to do, i.e. pay and play days, clubman events, International X-Trem Challenge Trophy cups, or all three? What modifications and build requirements will it need to meet, what extras will be fitted, and will your 4x4 be a work in progress, or built to a budget with the best materials and ancillaries that can be afforded at the time?