In 2018 our week-long 4X4 of the Year test procedure involved set-piece off-road, rocky trail driving, general long-distance touring on a variety of roads, seating tests (including the third-row where fitted), and under-bonnet and load-area inspections.

As ever, the 4X4 of the Year contenders are not judged against one another but against our five award criteria, listed below. Each of our judges (in blind voting) awards every vehicle points out of ten for each of the five criteria. All the points from all the judges are then tallied and the vehicle with the most number of points wins. It’s simple really.


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The seven most interesting 4x4 vehicles of 2016 get together for a week to determine the 4x4 Of The Year.


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On the shortlist for 4X4OTY 2016 were the Hilux, Triton, Fortuner, Prado, Navara and Everest.