Four wheel drive capabilities used to be the reserve of large, expensive and thirsty off-road vehicles, but all that has changed with improved technology. This has resulted in a number of so-called ‘crossover’ vehicles becoming available, which combine the benefits of four wheel drive with the comfort of a modern saloon.
The Vauxhall Antara is a good example of this new breed. The latest Antara has been extensively reworked. Outside that may only be reflected in a revised grille, but under the skin there have been extensive improvements. These start with a new chassis, which tackles noise, vibration and ride harshness to offer a far more civilised driving experience. New diesel engines are smoother too and offer better fuel economy and performance. The new chassis also delivers better handling, with less roll and sharper handling. The suspension set-up has also been overhauled and the inside there is now a far more sophisticated cabin.
Enter the Mokka
The Mokka delivers four wheel drive capabilities in an even more compact footprint. This compact crossover has the dimensions of a supermini and the four wheel drive abilities of a much larger car. It offers a new solution to modern motoring needs, with lots of practicality, good handling and great value for money. The tall stance gives a commanding driving position and the car has wide doors for easy access and bags of headroom. It has a good level of kit, including a digital radio as standard and plenty of space for a family of four and their luggage. A good selection of petrol and diesel engines delivers flexible performance, good economy and improved emissions figures.
Useable four wheel drive
When the going gets tough, both the Antara and Mokka have been designed to shine. Both cars have a host of technologies to cope, including a switchable electronic stability programme (ESP), traction control, descent control and hill start assist. It is features like these that separate these cars from standard saloons and make them extremely useful companions in the winter months. Four wheel drive allows cars to tackle difficult terrain but winter can bring those conditions onto our roads and into our towns.
The primary advantage of four wheel drive is increased traction. Conventional cars send power only to the front or back wheels, so if they lose grip the car cannot drive. A four wheel drive system allows the car to be propelled even when snow or ice means that one or more wheels loses grip. There is no doubt that four wheel drive makes cars much more capable in wet, icy or snowy conditions and this means that you are far less likely to get stuck.
Four wheel drive cars can also be much safer in wintry conditions. Driving all four wheels maintains grip and makes the car less likely to lose traction and skid. Advanced features like descent control, meanwhile, prevent the car from sliding downhill and ESP delivers power to the wheels with most traction, keeping the vehicle stable.
To find out more about the Mokka, the Antara or any other Vauxhall vehicle, head onto the Now Vauxhall main site, or give us a call!