The 4x4 is alive and well

But more AA Cars searches for 4x4s in South West London than in most rural counties

more AA Cars searches for 4x4s in South West London than in most rural counties

more AA Cars searches for 4x4s in South West London than in most rural counties

Fifteen million drivers aren’t confident driving in compacted snow and ice.* Yet as colder weather kicks in, there are more than twice as many searches on AA Cars used car website  for 4x4s in South West London than in rural Aberdeenshire, Cumbria, Dorset, or Monmouthshire where one might think that a 4 x 4 was more essential to cope with extremes of weather, rough country roads and steep gradients.

Hence the notion of the ‘Chelsea Tractor’ as the vehicle of choice for Sloane Rangers seems to be still alive, according to this new ‘State of the Nation’s Cars’ research from AA Cars

Whilst most 4x4s never go off road, they can be very useful vehicles to negotiate. potholes, tow boats or caravans or accommodate numerous passengers who like a better view. However with restricted parking, narrow streets and no congestion charge exemptions for 4x4s in SW London, it is perhaps surprising that their popularity is still so strong.

The AA Cars used car website currently offers more than 135,000 used cars of which almost 14,000 are 4x4s. All vehicles come with a free 26-point AA car data history check. Today 4x4s come in all shapes and sizes from the more traditional off-roaders to estates, SUVs and even sports cars.

It’s even been claimed that certain Sloane Rangers used spray-on mud on their vehicles to pretend that they had been off-road

David Bruce, director of AA Cars

Spray-on mud

David Bruce, director of AA Cars said: “It is surprising that there are more searches for 4x4s in South West London than in most rural counties, from Cumbria to Cornwall.

“Some of this may be linked to the status of the 4x4, the state of the roads or the fact that a proportion of Londoners like to retreat to the countryside in their ‘Chelsea tractors’ at weekends.

“It’s even been claimed that certain Sloane Rangers used spray-on mud on their vehicles to pretend that they had been off-road.

“As colder weather arrives we find that searches for 4x4s on AA Cars increase. If you want to compare what drivers think of their own vehicles then you can check out more than 12,000 car reviews conducted by AA members.”

Searches for 4x4s on AA Cars

(September 2013)

  • London SW - 1955
  • Worcestershire - 1763
  • Derbyshire - 1749
  • Warwickshire - 1701
  • Northumberland - 1699
  • Devon - 1652
  • Suffolk - 1639
  • Norfolk - 1594
  • Somerset - 1438
  • Wiltshire - 1324
  • Northamptonshire - 1291
  • Shropshire - 1274
  • Nottinghamshire - 1264
  • East Yorkshire - 1166
  • Oxfordshire - 1069
  • Cornwall - 1055
  • Dorset - 969
  • Aberdeenshire - 953
  • Monmouthshire - 918
  • Aberdeen - 909
  • Cumbria - 867

(2 December 2013)

* The latest AA-Populus poll revealed that compacted snow and ice is the most feared weather condition for UK drivers. More than half (54% including 20% extremely anxious) of drivers aren’t confident driving in such weather; close to two-fifths (38% including 10% extremely anxious) admit nerves when the temperatures are very low and on icy roads; and close to a third (30% including 6% extremely anxious) lack confidence in falling snow.

15m drivers is an estimate based on 54% of approximately 30m licence holders.

Populus interviewed 21,165 adults aged 18+ on The AA-Populus online panel between 11-17 October 2013. Populus is a founder member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

 

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