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...

11 April 2019
Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90

4. Audi Q7

New Land Rover Discovery vs Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90

The current Audi Q7 has long been one of our favourite SUVs, and the good news is that it’s just as good as a used buy. It offers a selection of superb diesel engines and a solid-feeling interior with an easy-to-use infotainment system. The ride can be slightly too firm on sportier S line suspension, so it’s worth finding one equipped with air suspension for a much plusher ride.

Buy a well-maintained Q7 and you won’t go far wrong. Just be aware that there was a recall to reinforce the third-row seats on some earlier versions of Q7 and that a small number had issues with their dampers. But, on the whole, the Q7 is probably one of the very best luxury SUVs you can buy at the moment.

We found: 2016 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI SE quattro, 32,351 miles, £31,000

Read the used Audi Q7 review or see how much we can save you on a new Audi Q7

3. Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 2019 Right hand cornering shot

We’re great fans of the current Mazda CX-5; it’s comfortable, well built and fun and easy to drive. It’s also efficient, and while the engine range is quite small (either a 2.0-litre petrol or a 2.2-litre diesel), each unit offers enough punch for most, although it’s the diesel that makes the most sense in a car of this size. Having said that, the CX-5 isn’t the most spacious large SUV out here, but it is one of the nicer ones to drive.

The CX-5 is yet to show up any major recalls, but some might find that the heater on diesel models takes a while to come up to temperature in the winter months and the sat-nav, while being fairly easy to use, doesn’t accept a full postcode, something that can be frustrating. You can now find a number of well-equipped diesel models at around the £20,000 mark.

We found: 2017 Mazda CX-5 2.2d Sport Nav, 18,900 miles, £23,495

Read the used Mazda CX-5 review or see how much we can save you on a new Mazda CX-5

2. Seat Ateca

Used Seat Ateca 16-present

The Seat Ateca is a great family SUV and one of the best-handling 4x4s on the market. A clan of five would have no practicality concerns with an Ateca, because it’s got a really big boot, wide-opening rear doors and lots of head and leg room for all. Even the interior, while not built of the plushest materials, is still suitably well made and fairly classy.

There have been a few issues with electric parking brakes disengaging when they shouldn’t, a small number of rear wheel bearing issues, poor headlight adjustment and problems with the centre rear head restraint, but on the whole reliability is pretty good. Both the 1.0 and 1.4-litre petrol engines are fine choices, but four-wheel-drive models are mostly found paired with a torquey 2.0-litre diesel engine that is economical and quite refined at a motorway cruise.

We found: 2018 Seat Ateca 2.0 TDI SE Technology, 5000 miles, £19,995

Read the used Seat Ateca review or see how much we can save you on a new Seat Ateca

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