With mobility practically stopped, if there is a vehicle that has managed to weather the storm Filomena, that is the off-road vehicle. Searches for this type of vehicle grew 23.8% in the last week, according to data from Autocasión, Sumauto’s vertical automotive portal. One of the reasons has been thanks to the “Angels in 4 × 4”, which has helped hundreds of people to move around Madrid for urgent reasons, such as going to hospitals or the reverse way back home. And it is that these vehicles were the only ones in to be able to circulate in the worst days after the snowfall thanks to its benefits to be able to circulate in the most adverse conditions. Something that is also influencing the perception of many drivers, who visualize it as an “all circumstances” vehicle, in such a way that the off-road concept rises beyond the technical and reaches the personal and emotional.
Within the general boom of the 4 × 4, a look at the most demanded models shows that there is a jeep for every driver. On the one hand, we find the Jeep Wrangler, which registered a growth of 209% in visits to ads in the second-hand market. An aspirational model, since it is a vehicle with an adventurer aura. However, there are other drivers who, although they are interested in the 4 × 4, are looking for something less “wild” and with an aesthetic that can go more unnoticed in the urban environment. This is the Toyota Land Cruiser, with an increase of almost 280% in the visits to its ads in the last week.
And finally the Suzuki Jimny, the most affordable 4 × 4 on the podium, for all budgets and circumstances, which can be labeled as the SUV of the “people” and which increased by 227% visits to advertisements in the market by VO.
According to Autocasión, “despite losing the favor of the public and the market to the detriment of SUVs, the authentic 4 × 4 have returned to the scene through the front door. Their highest price was a handicap during the 2008 crisis, when during the economic boom they were so fashionable. It also didn’t help that they were so taxed when the section registration tax came into force. And, finally, they began to be in the eye of the hurricane as a result of concern in European cities about emissions, being among the first to suffer restrictions on mobility in urban areas.