best 4wd of the yearThe week-long 4X4 of the Year test procedure involved set-piece off-road, rocky trail driving, general long-distance touring on a variety of roads, seating tests (including the third-row where fitted), and under-bonnet and load-area inspections.

As ever, the 4X4 of the Year contenders are not judged against one another but against our five award criteria. Each of our judges (in blind voting) awards every vehicle points out of ten for each of the five criteria. All the points from all the judges are then tallied and the vehicle with the most number of points wins. It’s simple really.

2019 Finalists

Ford Ranger Raptor  |  Tough Dog Toyota Hilux  |  Mercedes-Benz X250d Progressive  |  HSV Colorado Sportscat+  |  Ford Everest Trend  |  Ford Ranger XLT  |  Volkswagen Amarok V6 Core  |  SsangYong Rexton ELX  |  Mahindra Pik-Up S10

2019 Coverage

Intro  |  Winner  |  Judges' Ranking  |  Behind the scenes

Previous Coverage

2018  |  2017  |  2016

Past Winners

1980s  |  1990s  |  2000-2009  |  2010-2018