However vague the off-road credentials of a new soft roader might be, manufacturers love to give us a chance to drive them in the wilderness. It doesn't matter that 999 out of every 1000 that get sold will never have to deal with anything more strenous than leaving a slightly damp grass carpark –  claims for real prowess in the wilderness are still reckoned to matter to punters, and make for more impressive pictures.

Of course, there's a very real risk attached to this strategy: the fact that some modern SUVs are almost comically inept when asked to deal with anything sticky. I once managed to get a Ford Maverick mired in what was little more than a muddy puddle. Other manufacturers have built elaborate pretend off-road courses to a trigarnomic precision intended to flatter their models' indifferent ground clearance and approach angles.

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