Best and worst used 4x4s 2021
Tempted by the idea of a used 4x4? Then these are the models you should be considering – and the ones that are best avoided...
1. Audi Q7
The Audi Q7 has long been our favourite luxury SUV, and the good news is that it’s perhaps even better as a used buy; the 2019 facelift left it with a more hesitant automatic gearbox and a less user-friendly infotainment system, and opting for an older version sidesteps these issues.
Building on all the good points of the original Q7, the second-generation car is better to drive, more comfortable and noticeably more spacious. It offers a selection of superb diesel engines and a wonderfully classy interior, while the quattro four-wheel-drive system is formidable.
True, the ride can be a little too firm on sporty, S line models, so it’s worth finding an example equipped with air suspension. Plus, there was a recall to reinforce the third-row seats on some earlier versions, and a small number of cars had issues with their dampers. But buy a well-maintained Q7 and you'll be getting a truly sensational 4x4.
Aside from the more dubious changes mentioned above, the 2019 update also brought some positive tweaks, including mild hybrid assistance that allows the engine to switch itself off when decelerating in order to reduce fuel consumption.
We found: 2017 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 218 S line quattro, 25,000 miles, £29,995
And the used 4x4 to avoid…
Spacious and well-equipped, but let down by a bad ride and a small boot.