4x4 car brand recommendations?
For what routes?
And what time of year ?
And has the driver driven a 4x4 before?
>>>>>And has the driver driven a 4x4 before?
If the person has not, does it mean it is definitely not advisable? And why not? It is after all summer in Iceland and there is no ice and snow on the roads (assuming one is not going to the highlands and will stick to the paved or gravel roads). I am trying to understand the significance of your question (not questioning it....just trying to understand the reasoning behind it). Thanks.Edited: 11 June 2018, 06:51
Because a 4X4 handles a lot different than a "regular" vehicle. Even on tarmac roads. And why rent a 4X4 if you do not need one ?
Make sure to get one that has a snorkel-type exhaust 🤣😉
4x4 vehicles have 2 WD function which is what you would use if you are driving on pavement or decent gravel roads. You only switch into 4WD if you take the vehicle into situations where you need it. It’s a waste to drive in 4 WD if you don’t need it. It’s noisy and not meant for highway speeds or anything near those speeds. We use our 4WD in two situations. 1) deep snow or snow that has drifted or snow furrows formed by a plow, or 2) soft spring mud and spots on the road where water has run over the road and created a channel or a deep puddle. Unless you’re going off the beaten track, you shouldn’t need 4 WD on summer roads in Iceland.
It takes practice to drive 4WD. It’s best to learn by trying it out in situations where you can test the limitations a bit at a time to see what it can do. We also have a winch which can pull us out of tough situations, but with no trees in Iceland to attach a winch to, that wouldn’t be much help. 4 WD will not help with roads that are slippery because of ice or because of sudden rain that makes the road surface slippery.
If you’re not planning on driving down f roads, then a 4x4 is just a waste of money. If you’re planning on the ring road and the sights along it, then a regular vehicle will do just fine. Note you must have a 4x4 to travel on f roads. We have always booked a 4x4 with blue car rental. We have had food experience with them. Buy all the insurance they offer and take extensive pictures of the outside of the car so you ar not blamed for dings or scratches. This holds true for any rental company. And always slow down when passing another car on a gravel road. None of the insurances will cover a cracked windshield.
Hi. Also looking at car rentals now for Iceland, November trip. We live in very cold winter area with plenty of snow and ice, so confident there, and understand the many responses urging caution, but, my question is if we are ok with 2WD for 21 day trip - full circle of Ring Road November since mostly sticking to Ring Road, or non-adventurous detours. I have seen some say 2WD totally fine, and others saying 4WD absolutely necessary for winter, even if sticking to Rt 1. If we get a 2WD, it would be a sturdier wagon type. We know to get any light weight car. Detours from Rt 1 would most of the obvious including Golden Circle, East fjords, Myvatn area, Dettifoss/Selfoss, maybe Dalvik, maybe Vatnsnes, Snaefellsnes, Fosstun/Reykholt - and hopefully over to Hraunfossar and Barnafoss over near Husafell. We will be checking the road website for weather conditions and asking locals when in doubt. I should add that we drive 4WD at home - subaru. Also 2WD Prius (amazingly good in winter since it is such a heavy car).Edited: 11 June 2018, 22:29
Get a mid-size, mid-weight 2WD with studded tires and a lower center of gravity. A 4WD may help you in lots of snow if you are used to driving one, but usually that is not the problem in Iceland. Icy roads in combination with strong winds and low visibility are the problem, and a 4WD will not help in those conditions. It will be more vulnerable to the wind if taller and harder to stop once it starts skidding.
If you decide to drive in November plan short driving distances in daylight, keep monitoring the road conditions and the forecast multiple times per day and be willing to change or cancel your plans at any time if necessary and plan plenty of buffer before your flight home in case roads are closed.