Drove the Seat Altea Freetrack 4 recently (see the first drive here), and found it to be better in any environment than most of the soft-roaders it competes with.

Volkswagen's Haldex 4x4 system sends up to fifty per cent of the power to the rear wheels when its required, and this is all that's needed to get you over more severe terrain than anybody is ever likely to cross. The Skoda Octavia Scout uses the same system and is equally impressive. Okay, so people buy Rav4s and CRVs to look good – we all know that, and it's not hard to see that the ungainly Seat doesn't fill that requirement. But there's no denying that the Altea Freetrack and Skoda Octavia Scout do everything else better than the soft-roaders currently blocking a school car park near you.