What Would Noah Drive?With the wet weather bringing extremely wet and sometimes even flooded roads, new research has revealed which cars are best to drive through a flood.

Thu 21st Nov 2019

With the wet weather bringing extremely wet and sometimes even flooded roads, new research has revealed which cars are best to drive through a flood.

Interest in cars which can drive through floods has risen in the last month according to Buyacar, with the website’s editor suggesting that more people are looking for cars that deal with a bit of inclement weather.

“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,” says Christofer Lloyd.

“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.”

There are no surprises to find that the Land Rover Defender comes top of the list, with an outright wading capability of 900mm, almost one metre. Other star performers are the Ford Ranger (800mm), Toyota Land Cruiser (700mm) and the Mitsubishi Shogun Sport (700mm).

It is worth doing your research though as some cars which you would expect to handle the water well could leave you with a stranded car and wet feet, for example Suzuki’s Jimmy make look like an off-roader but can only stand a depth of 320mm.

Top Ten Best Cars For Flooded Roads

  1. Land Rover Defender (900mm)

  2. Ford Ranger (800mm)

  3. Toyota Land Cruiser (700mm)

  4. Mitsubishi Shogun Sport (700mm)

  5. Toyota Hilux (700mm)

  6. Land Rover Discovery Sport (600mm)

  7. Ford Ecosport (550mm)

  8. Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk (508mm)

  9. Jeep Renegade Trailhawk (480mm)

  10. Volvo XC40 (450mm)