Interest rises in ‘flood-capable’ cars

Number of people looking at a four-wheel-drive for their next car has increased

With a series of disastrous floods affecting many parts of the UK, interest in cars that can handle deep water driving has risen, according to a leading online vehicle retailer.

Online searches for flood-capable cars on Buyacar.co.uk have risen in recent months as floods have become a more frequent risk.

Christofer Lloyd, editor of Buyacar.co.uk, said: “As soon as the recent catastrophic floods in parts of the UK hit the headlines we saw website traffic to our articles about driving in flood water surge, along with searches for cars with off-road capabilities.

“But don’t think that all so-called off-roaders can deal with flooding. Some large models cope with deeper water little better than far cheaper and more economical hatchbacks. However, one surprisingly flood-capable small car is the 2014-2017 Fiesta-based Ford Ecosport, with a hugely impressive wading depth of 55cm.

Analysis of visits to the website has shown a surge in the number of people looking for four-wheel-drives during the first two weeks of November. Hatchbacks are usually the most-searched type of vehicle, with four-wheel-drive searches 22 per cent behind those for hatches.

However, in the first two weeks of November, the gap was closed to just 12.3 per cent.

Christofer Lloyd, editor of Buyacar.co.uk, said: “As soon as the recent catastrophic floods in parts of the UK hit the headlines we saw website traffic to our articles about driving in floodwater surge, along with searches for cars with off-road capabilities.

“But don’t think that all so-called off-roaders can deal with flooding. Some large models cope with deeper water little better than far cheaper and more economical hatchbacks. However, one surprisingly flood-capable small car is the 2014-2017 Fiesta-based Ford Ecosport, with a hugely impressive wading depth of 55cm.”

Research discovered that the new Land Rover Defender tops the bill when it comes to wading-capable vehicles with an outright wading capability of 900mm. This was followed by the Ford Ranger and Toyota Land Cruiser, with respective wading depths of 800mm and 700mm.