As far as safety goes appropriate tyres are far more important than 4wd
4x4 is also available with "appropriate tyres"!
Nett result must therefore be even better?
...go on, admit it?
I would also submit that most real "premium" SUVs (which my Tig is not, imo) such as Range Rover/Porsche even dare I say VAGs Audi are predominantly 4x4. Why is this? Sureky they could just fit appropriate tyres?
Its only the cheaper wannabees that have 2wd options. T Cross anyone?
My 4x4 very rarely sees snow or ice, but does see a lot of wet, muddy lanes and the occasional field, towing a trailer...
Luckily, it's still a free world/personal choice...but maybe not for much longer?