In today’s market, 4×4 SUVs are extremely popular, whether you really plan to drive off-road or just want to project that look. While brands like Jeep have long dominated the market with things like the Wrangler, there are actually cheap 4x4s out there, and some come from unlikely places. These are three classic European 4×4 SUVs that offer legitimate capability and cheap prices.
3. lada niva
If you are a car enthusiast or even if you are not that familiar with cars, you might think that Soviet vehicles are no good. And to be honest, you’re not wrong. Most of the vehicles built in the former Soviet Union have a bad reputation in terms of reliability. But a Soviet 4×4 SUV is known as the AK-47 of cars, and that’s the Lada Niva.
The Niva is extremely simple, so simple that a basic tool kit can handle most repairs. But it also offers legitimate 4×4 capability. After all, it was built to handle some of the harshest conditions in the world.
Lada still sells the Niva today, and it’s still cheap. But, if you want one in the United States, you’ll need to find one that’s over 25 years old. And that’s because of import laws that restrict what you can drive on US roads. Lada sold the Niva in Canada for a brief period of time. Because of that, you may be able to find one that doesn’t require shipping across the ocean.
two. PRAY 10
Another Soviet bloc vehicle, the ARO 10 was a 4×4 SUV produced in Romania. It uses a two-door design and is a body-on-frame vehicle. It’s pretty small, but looks tough. Plus, who doesn’t love a quirky SUV? In the video below you can see this Romanian SUV in action.
In off-road terms, the ARO 10 has a low-range transfer case, manual locking hubs, and a standard transmission. Some models even feature a soft top, allowing for an open-air experience. As a 4WD SUV, Romania never exported it to the United States. But, due to its age, it is possible to import one under the United States’ 25-year import law.
According to jalopnik, these off-road vehicles appear on the cheap quite often. And considering how spartan the ARO 10 is, it makes sense. These SUVs were built for work and not much else. At the same time, it’s ready to hit some rough trails.
1. Land Rover Range Rover Classic
Ok, I know what you’re thinking, Land Rover doesn’t have a great reputation for reliability. But, this European 4×4 is also cheap, and it started the luxury SUV craze. The new Range Rovers are anything but affordable; however, older models can be quite inexpensive.
Unlike the other two 4×4 SUVs, the Range Rover Classic was sold in the United States. So finding one should be an easier task. There were different configurations available so the price will vary on this British vehicle.
If you want an old Land Rover, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to find a mechanic who knows how to work on it. If he does, it will at least give you peace of mind that he can keep your 4WD SUV running smoothly.