We have a 3 year old kia sorento - mpg is low 30s (better on motorways). Great for camping as big boot, but not good on muddy fields. It is heavy and unless the ground is very firm it can be tough going. I am pretty sure they aren't selling them new any more - and haven't been for about a year.
Generally though, I think 4x4 are more fuel hungry and if you don't actually need it then it is better not to go for one.
We are looking to buy a new/newish 7 seater in the spring. Have been looking at Ford Smax, Seat Albramha, Kia Sorento or Nissan Quashqui +2
I am thinking the Smax is probably the sensible choice, but we currently have an estate car which has 4 x4, and I am worried we might miss having it. Will the 4x4 use a lot more petrol/be lots more expensive to run?
We do a lot of camping so 4x4 is useful for muddy fields. Plus I love having it when roads are snowy.
Boot space is also an issue. Does anyone know if the Smax type choice have a lot more boot space than a Quashqui +2 ?