I love Africa, and the whole 4×4 experience. Recently I browsed the web and came across a very helpfull website that gives users more information on their trusty 4×4 partners.
This blog below in particular grabbed my attention. The snippet below might be usefull to other readers as well:
I see they actually mentioned TopCar in the blog as well
Many 4×4 enthusiasts would agree that choosing the right off road vehicle is just as import as choosing the right spouse. Doing your homework by talking to ex-partners (reading reviews), dating the person (hiring a 4×4), and getting to know your potential road partner before you make a decision (test driving) are great ways to get clued up about what you are letting yourself into. Drive South Africa has referred to reviews on the best off road vehicles of 2011 to 2012 and are also offering most of these vehicles to hire.
Go ahead, make an informed decision and choose a road partner with enough grit to take you to Happy Ever After and beyond.
Top off road vehicles 2011 – 2012
Off roaders had a field day with many new and exciting off road vehicles being released in the past year and a half.
1. Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Reviewers all over the world raved about the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon that was released last year. Even Landrover fans would agree (though hesitantly) that it has “just as much soul as a Landy,” as Jaco Kirsten from DriveOut pointed out in Rapport’s motoring supplement Inrat. “It is chunky, in your face, and there is a reason why you see more and more of them on our roads. This must be the most unstoppable vehicle you’ll find out there, and the facts prove it.”
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is a top off road vehicle that has taken the 4×4 world by storm. “The current generation Wrangler (JK model) is one of the few field driving vehicles with fixed axles and coil springs as well as diff-locks in the front and in the rear.
The Rubicon’s anti-roll bar’s front shaft can be disconnected at the push of a button for even better wheel articulation.
The low gearbox’s 4.1:1 relation makes it possible to rev loudly at 0.8 km/h. Compare that to a Hilux’s 2.56:1.” “And the bad news? I don’t own one.” Engine 3,6-litre V6 petrol engine (209 kW/347 N.m) Gearbox six-speed gearbox, four wheel drive (part-time), high and low range Performance 0-100 km/h in 8,1 sec. and 159 km/h top speed; 12 litre/100 km
2. Suzuki Jimny
We recently test drove this nifty off road slicker ourselves and were pretty amazed at what this tiny machine could do.
Do not judge it by its size as it can easily get you on top of that steep climb.
The Suzuki Jimny seats two people and can be equipped with everything you need, from a fridge to a drawer where you can stack your clothes.
This vehicle definitely deserves to be on the best off road vehicles of 2011 to 2012 list. The equipped Suzuki Jimny is great for any road trip. Engine 1,3-litre V6 petrol engine (122 kW/110 N.m) Gearbox Five-speed gearbox, low range Performance 0-100 km/h in 14,1 sec. and 159 km/h top speed; 7.5 litre/100 km
3. Toyota FJ Cruiser
The folks at Topcar were very positive about the Toyota FJ cruiser. Nothing will stand your way in the Toyota FJ cruiser. This vehicle is one many people’s “Best off road vehicles” list. Motor journo Angus Thompson states with condifence that the FJ shares suspension parts with the 120-Series Land Cruiser. ”
That means a high-mounted, double wishbone front suspension with coil springs and a stabiliser bar as well as a four-link rear suspension with coil springs, a lateral rod and stabiliser bar. The result is a massive 200 mm of front wheel travel and 231 mm of articulation at the rear.
Even through the most arduous cross-axle obstacles we tackled on our off road evaluation in the Magaliesburg area, there was no sign or sound of chassis twist.” Engine 4,0-litre V6 petrol engine (200 kW/380 N.m) Gearbox Five-speed gearbox, four wheel drive (part-time), low range Performance 0-100 km/h in 10,18 sec. and 176 km/h top speed; 12 litre/100 km