We have had a demo of the Kawasaki Trans 4x4 and love it, but ideally we need an all-terrain utility that will comfortably carry six. Do you have any suggestions?

The Kawasaki Trans 4x4 diesel certainly is a good machine. It's an exhilarating drive. The steering is positive and it has great acceleration. And the way it converts from a two-seater with long box to a four-seater with short box is brilliant. The only thing that lets it down for me is the fairly standard towing capacity - just over half a tonne.

For six seats, you simply have to look at the Polaris Ranger Crew from Polaris Britain. This is relatively new and is a genuine six-seater - you can tell because it has six seat belts. What's more, there's plenty of leg room for everyone. The Polaris Crew is designed as a tough, go-anywhere vehicle and is ideal if your work takes you through forests or over moorland. It has independent rear suspension with 22.9cm of suspension travel for smooth off-road travel.

The engine is a 683cc (40hp) liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder diesel. It's got plenty of grunt. And this unit has on-demand true four-wheel drive that really maximises traction when you need it.

The rear box of the Ranger Crew will carry 454kg - that's a bit average but then this vehicle is carrying six people. Best of all, it has a towing capacity of one tonne. That means you can take a reasonable-size woodchipper or an all-terrain trailer full of kit with you.


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