Best used 4x4s 2019 (and the ones to avoid)

Looking for a used 4x4? Then these are the models that offer the best mix of practicality and value...

16 May 2019
Best used 4x4 2019

Buyers of SUVs expect a lot from their cars. They're after something spacious, practical and capable.

All of the four-wheel-drive models on this list meet those criteria, but to varying degrees. Some have seven seats, while others offer incredible off-road ability. Whatever you're after from your 4x4, you'll find something to meet your needs.

The appetite for SUVs is huge, so we've picked out 10 of our favourite SUVs and 4x4s to help you out. You can also see all of our used car reviews by clicking here.

Used car of the week: Land Rover Discovery

The Land Rover Discovery is an incredibly capable car. Not only can it seat seven adults in comfort, but it also comes with Land Rover's go-anywhere ability. True, the Discovery costs more than rivals to keep on the road, but if you want practicality from your 4x4, it's certainly a good way to go.

Problems with the air suspension are expensive to fix, so look out for warning lights on the dashboard. It's also worth checking the underside of the Discovery for any damage caused by off-road excursions. If water gets underneath the undercoating or if mud is allowed to sit on the chassis or suspension arms for an extended period of time, corrosion can occur.

We found: 2015 Land Rover Discovery 4 3.0 SDV6 SE Tech auto, 19,572 miles, £25,757

Read the full used Land Rover Discovery review or see how much we can save you on a new Discovery

9. Volvo XC90

New Land Rover Discovery vs Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90

If you can do without the off-road prowess of the Land Rover Discovery above but still need a big seven-seater, the Volvo XC90 could be a more sensible used purchase for some. Not only can it seat seven, but there’s still enough room behind the third-row seats for a decent amount of luggage.

True, the ride can be unsettled on rougher road surfaces and the touchscreen tablet infotainment system can take a bit of getting used to. In addition, there have been a number of recall woes that include cracked fuel hoses, airbags that might not deploy in a collision and even problems with the vehicle connectivity module that will prevent your location from being sent to the emergency services. However, your Volvo dealer should be able to sort these issues out.  

We found: 2016 Volvo XC90 2.0 D5 Powerpulse Momentum, 20,000 miles, £31,890

Read the used Volvo XC90 review or see how much we can save you on a new Volvo XC90

8. Suzuki Vitara

Mazda CX-3 vs Skoda Yeti vs Suzuki Vitara

Perky performance, lots of interior space and tidy handling mark the Vitara out among its contemporaries. Few cars in the class are nearly as light and easy to drive as the Vitara. The turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine is a bit of a gem, although it will start glugging fuel if you’re overzealous with the accelerator.

Despite both Suzuki’s and the Vitara’s strong reliability records, there are still a couple of recalls to be dealt with. Make sure the emergency braking system is working as it should, otherwise it might not work when you most need it, and there's also an issue with rear axle bolts working loose on early cars, but Suzuki should have sorted this out by now. 

We found: 2016 Suzuki Vitara 1.4 Boosterjet, 34,165 miles, £12,695

Read the used Suzuki Vitara review or see how much we can save you on a new Suzuki Vitara


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