What alternatives should I consider to a used Ford Kuga 4x4?
The Mazda CX-5 has plenty of room for five people to travel in comfort, plus it's really refined so there's little wind or road noise to distract you. There's a 2.0-litre petrol version if you need it, but we’d suggest going for the 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel because it's much more flexible. The handling is nice and sharp for such a tall car and the steering is well-weighted to inspire confidence. It should be pleasingly reliable too.
The seven-seat Peugeot 5008 is stylish, practical and good to drive. Those rugged good looks cover an interior that's impressively flexible and will seat seven in reasonable comfort. Plus, there's a range of strong engines to choose from, it's well-equipped in all trims and it rides and handles surprisingly well. All in, it's a great car and really good value too.