What alternatives should I consider to a used Land Rover Discovery 4x4?
Like the Discovery, the Volvo XC90 is a practical, seven-seat SUV that can play the comfortable long-distance cruiser. It doesn’t have the off-road ability of the Discovery, and its diesel engines and interior feel dated. There are lots of XC90s on the used market, though - some for very tempting prices.
The BMW X5 offers different qualities. It’s more enjoyable to drive than the Discovery, with precise steering and agile handling, and the interior is very classy. However, it isn’t as practical, because you couldn’t specify it with seven seats until the second-generation version arrived in 2006, and even then the third row seats were both optional and tiny.
The Lexus RX is also worth considering, despite having numb steering. It’s available as a petrol-electric hybrid, is incredibly well equipped and probably has the best reliability record of any SUV on sale.
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