The elegant Range Rover Evoque won the hearts of the jury in the SUV category...
Our automotive year is not complete without the election of the 4 x 4 of the year, by the magazine 4 x 4 PLUS. Indeed, every year a panel of professional journalists is selected by chief editor Ludo De Ravet to choose the best four wheel drive vehicle in four categories: Crossover, SUV, 4 x 4 Luxury class and Pick Up. Your servant was again invited to be a member of the panel, and we tell you here about the results…
Hans Knol ten Bensel
Chief Editor Ludo De Ravet very pleased to announce the results of the jury at the prize luncheon...
Of course, there are many crossover vehicles which are equipped with two wheel drive, but the jury targets evidently only 4 x 4 cars. Last but not least because the gains in road safety and handling far outstrip the consumption penalty, which is hardly more than 0,5 litres/100 km for a 4 x 4, compared with an identical two wheel drive vehicle.
This year, only 5 models were considered: last years’ winner the BMW X1, against (in alphabetical order) the Nissan Juke, the Peugeot 508 RXH, Subaru XV and VW Passat Alltrack.
The Peugeot 508 RXH came first in the Crossover segment, narrowly followed by the Passat Alltrack (see photo below).
The Peugeot 508 RXH came out trumps, with the VW Passat Alltrack a very close second.
The jury focused on cars which had genuine chances of winning the coveted prize, and the winning car was the Range Rover Evoque, followed by the Hyundai Santa Fe. The Audi Q5 Hybrid came third.
The Hyundai Santa Fe earned its marks in the SUV segment with a second prize ...
In this segment the new Range Rover (see photo below) came out first, with the Mercedes ML second.
Cars in this category differ widely, in power, road behaviour, performance and equipment.
It proved to be a difficult choice, with the Ford Ranger (see photo here above) finishing first, closely followed by the Nissan Navara. The Isuzu D-Max came third.
At the prize distribution luncheon your servant had an interesting conversation with Jaguar Land Rover PR Officer Isabelle Michiels, as she was my table companion. We covered many subjects, last but not least the (noble) task of excellent designers like Ian Callum and Wayne Burgess, who succeed admirably in retaining the Jaguar mystique in shaping the latest cars of the “marque”.
Jaguar Land Rover PR Officer Isabelle Michiels visibly pleased with her two first prizes!
Thanks to her intervention I will have an interview with designer Wayne Burgess on the press day of the Brussels Salon, when the new Jaguar F will be presented. So keep reading these columns!
We show you here the winning cars in their element, with some photos of the smiling winners at the splendid luncheon table, offered by 4 x 4 PLUS editor in chief Ludo De Ravet and his wife Maggy Vanhaute to the jury members and the respective PR representatives of the competing makes.
Hans Knol ten Bensel