All-wheel drive minivans with high clearance combine several qualities that are typical for different categories of cars, ranging from station wagons to spacious minibuses. The peak of production of such machines fell on the 80s and 90s of the last century. The vehicle is perfect for family trips, summer residents, fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts. In the first case, the increased ground clearance allows you to go on picnics or sandy beaches at maximum load without fear of getting stuck. Long journeys are comfortable thanks to the possibility of converting the seats into comfortable beds. Hunters and anglers will be able to transport the maximum amount of equipment on almost any road.
This car with two driving axles belongs to the classic representatives of the category in question. The vehicle is equipped with mobile seats in the cabin, which the owner can move at his discretion. The car has a large ground clearance,spaciousness, excellent comfort level, reliable power units.
In the secondary market, depending on the condition and year of manufacture, "Mitsubishi Delica" can be purchased from 200 to 500 thousand rubles per copy. Among the equipped motors there are diesel versions, which are distinguished by efficiency and high reliability. The disadvantages of such machines include the right-hand drive, which leads to certain difficulties in driving and requires getting used to the design features.
Hyundai H-1 (Starex)
This car comes with rear wheel drive, belongs to the second generation of this series. The safety of driving on curbs and off-road driving provides a clearance of 19 centimeters. The body of the vehicle is available in several modifications: a 10-seat minivan with 4 doors, a cargo-passenger model, a double cargo van.
The following are the specifications of the Hyundai Starex H 1:
- Body length - 5.12 m.
- Transmission - automatic or manual with five steps.
- Types of engines - a 2.5-liter diesel engine (145 horsepower) or a 2.4-liter gasoline equivalent (159 "horses").
- Type of drive - rear drive axle.
- Steering wheel position is traditional.
You can buy a car on the secondary market for 600-900 thousand rubles.
These high ground clearance 4WD minivans are aimed at the American markets,Europe and East Asia. The machine has been produced since 1997, it is not officially represented in Russia. During the period of creation, three generations were developed. Vehicle Parameters:
- Type - eight-seater five-door minibus.
- Ground clearance - 175 millimeters.
- The power unit is a 3.5 liter diesel engine with a turbine. Power - 266 horsepower.
- Body length – 5.1 m.
- After 2010, the ground clearance has decreased to 157 mm, and the body has become shorter by 20 millimeters. The car provides comfortable transportation for 8 passengers.
This car is one of the new products that can be found on the domestic market in the minivan category. The length of the vehicle is five meters with a fairly decent ground clearance. The main advantage of the model is the comfort and rich equipment of the cabin, which accommodates seven people. All-wheel drive minivan SsangYong Stavic is equipped with a two-liter power unit. It aggregates with a six-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic. Recently, the Korean manufacturer has withdrawn this modification from the Russian market. The reason is banal - financial problems.
Honda Odyssey ("Honda Odyssey")
In the first generation, this car was produced with front and two drive axles. The first model was released in 1996. The vehicle is targeted at the Asian and North American market. This car is ideal for a large family, the Russian market is not officiallyfor sale. You can find it through classifieds sites, but most of the variations are right-hand drive.
The price range for the Honda Odyssey is very wide, depending on the year of manufacture, additional equipment and technical condition. You can buy equipment at a price of 30 to 45 thousand dollars. Last modified parameters:
- Type - all-wheel drive minivan with high ground clearance for 7 seats and 5 doors.
- Body length - 5.15 m.
- Road clearance - 15.5 cm.
- Fuel consumption is about 11 liters per 100 km.
- The engine is a diesel engine with a volume of 3.5 liters and a capacity of 248 "horses".
- Transmission type - automatic transmission.
The minibus is designed with the pedantry inherent in German manufacturers, has good capacity and comfortable equipment. The model is designed for long-distance family trips and outdoor enthusiasts. The price of a car is quite high for a domestic consumer.
The specifications of the Volkswagen Multivan are as follows:
- Power plant - 2, 5 TDI/3, 2 V-6 (diesel engines with in-line cylinders).
- Revolution - 2000 rotations per minute.
- Drive type - front.
- Transmission - five-speed manual or automatic with 6 modes.
- Brake system - ventilated disc assembly.
- Tires - 215/65R-16.
- Length/width/height - 4, 89/1, 9/1, 94 m.
- Track - 1, 68 m.
- Clearance - 16.5 cm.
- Wheel base – 3.0 m.
- Weight - 1, 19 t.
- Capacity rating – 0.9t.
- Average fuel consumption is 8 liters per 100 km.
- Acceleration from 0 to 100 - 17.8 seconds.
- Top speed - 163/205 km/h.
Dodge Grand Caravan
These high-clearance 4x4 minivans are also known by other names: Chrysler Town/Country, Plymouth Voyager and Lancia Voyager. The debut premiere of the car took place in 1995. For all the time, a lot of models have been released for the domestic and European market.
The vehicle is equipped with 5 doors and can accommodate 7 passengers. Body length is 5 meters, ground clearance varies from 14.5 to 16 centimeters. Powerful gasoline and diesel "engines" act as power plants.
"Dodge Caravan" has a volume of 3.8 liters, squeezes out 283 horsepower. The cost of the new model starts from 30 thousand dollars. In the secondary domestic market, used modifications can be found for 10-15 thousand greenbacks.
With a slight stretch, the following vehicles can be classified as high-clearance 4x4 minivans:
- Skoda Kodiak.
- Volkswagen Atlas.
- Mazda 5.
- Kia Sedona.
- Mercedes-Benz R.
- Toyota Hayes.
These cars have the right to claim family cars, but their designmore like a crossover than a minivan. Many car manufacturers refuse to release the class in question, since SUVs are now held in high esteem.
I would like to hope that this is a temporary phenomenon, and many more modern high-quality minibuses in this segment will appear on the market. It’s good if these versions come out in a budget version, in order to purchase a car of this type, a large family could not have enough funds to purchase an expensive crossover or other analogues.