I was running a Nissan Primera, but I took it to the garage last week and was told it needed significant work to fix the exhaust and steering, effectively writing it off. Mind you I probably hastened its demise by shaking it to pieces down bumpy roads
So, I was thinking along the lines of something small like a Suzuki Jimny or a Fiat Panda 4x4, both mentioned favourably here. The wife put her foot down and insisted that we be able to fit the kids in it, which instantly ruled out the Jimny which doesn't have 5 doors, so no practical way to get the car seats in the back, apart from being too small. So I ended up dragging the family off to see the Panda at the nearest Fiat dealer, again the wife insisted it was too small in the back despite having enough doors
Almost ready to give up hope of owning a small 4x4 and we came across a Fiat Sedici. A what !?!? Yeah, I hadn't heard of it either. Turns out it's actually a Suzuki SX4 in disguise and Fiat's input was basically the styling. Bigger than the Panda, it's much faster, a bit bigger not much more fuel consumption because it's 2WD most of the time. Big enough to keep the wife happy.
Anyway, all I need now are some tyres that will be reasonable off road: 205/60 R16 - I've not been able to find anything on the internet, it seems that being small the selection is limited, do I need to ring around? Or will I need to invest in smaller rims?
Also, is there anything else I need?