Used Car of the Year 2010 - 4x4s

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Winner 4x4s
Land Rover Discovery 2.7 TDV6 SE
Year ’07/07 Price £20,500
You expect a lot if you’re spending up to £20,000 on a used car, but the Discovery will always impress with the depth of its abilities. It’s really three cars in one: an executive cruiser, a seven-seat MPV and a proper off-roader. This year our judges felt the combination of price, capability and desirability kicked the competition into touch.

Our favourite model comes with air suspension as standard, which manages to smooth out high-speed lumps and urban potholes, rein in body roll and aid high-speed stability.

As a result the Discovery is surprisingly nimble, despite its formidable size. It’s also a great long-distance cruiser, and passengers are well isolated from road noise at motorway speeds. Of course, it’s also made by Land Rover, so it can cross a ploughed field as easily as it can a supermarket car park.

It’ll carry up to seven people in comfort, yet no one will feel as if they’re squeezed in. The two rear-most seats fold into the boot floor when they’re not needed, leaving you with ample room for a retriever or two.

Judge's view
Kurtis Williams,
supply manager, Lex Autolease

‘The Discovery is a high-quality Tonka toy. Not only does it have class-leading comfort, it also has seven seats. Its off-road abilities are first-rate, too.’
The middle row of seats also folds flat to create a gargantuan 2558 litres of load space.

Our judges reckon the SE trim level has all you really need. You’re treated to leather, sat-nav and a CD multichanger. The automatic gearbox option is desirable, but commands a £1000 premium. If there is a price for owning such a car then it’s the running costs.

This diesel manages an official average of only 30mpg, and in the real world it will deliver noticeably less.

The market is awash with high-mileage Discoverys, and while they’re not necessarily a bad buy, you should look for those cars that haven’t led too hard a life.

Need to know
Power 193bhp
Fuel economy 30.0mpg
0-60mph 11.2sec
Max speed 112mph
Insurance 35
Road tax £425
CO2 emissions 249g/km
Euro NCAP rating 4/5
Reliability rating 2/5
Service intervals 12,000 miles

Nissan X-Trail 2.2 dCi SE
’05/05, £6900
We prefer this older X-Trail, because it’s just as good to drive as the current car and only slightly less refined.

Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRTD CDX 7st
’07/07, £11,400
Only its scarcity and higher prices stop it from winning. This seven-seat 4x4 is refined and well equipped.

Lexus RX400h
’06/06, £19,375
Environmentally responsible, reliable and comfortable – last year’s winner is still
a great used buy.

Used Car of the Year 2010 - Executive and luxury


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