Before choosing an SUV, answer the question: "What do I expect from such a car?" And on what your answer will be, you should build on when choosing such machines. The selection should be based on the technical characteristics of SUVs.
If you want to choose a real SUV, you need to pay attention to the technical features of such vehicles. Start your choice with a body - frame or monocoque body. The frame structure is more durable, but these vehicles are stiffer and less comfortable.
The suspension has an important role in conquering off-road. She can be dependent and independent. The independent suspension provides better traction. But she is more capricious and often subject to minor repairs, which are by no means cheap.
One of the important criteria for choosing an SUV is the type of engine. Jeeps have a large engine displacement, which means high fuel consumption. For the lowest fuel consumption, it is better to choose a diesel vehicle. But keep in mind that in winter such a car will warm up longer; to save time, it is better to install a Webasto preheater, and this costs a lot of money. Yes, and maintenance on diesel cars has to be done more often - diesel fuel in Russia is not of the best quality.
The most important advantage of SUVs is the four-wheel drive. It is thanks to all the driving wheels that jeeps overcome the difficulties of the road or its absence at all. There are SUVs with permanent all-wheel drive or plug-in. The latter is more economical in terms of fuel consumption. The plug-in four-wheel drive can have differential locks, axle connections and a downshift at high engine speeds.
If you plan to use the jeep for its intended purpose - off-road driving, then it is better to opt for a manual transmission. With manual transmission, the car can be towed, pulled out if it gets stuck, "jerked", towed another car on a cable without fear of overheating the clutch.