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Best used 4x4s 2020 (and the ones to avoid)

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

Best used 4x4 2019
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What Car? team
14 Nov 2019 09:30

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

Some will be looking for the added security and off-road potential that four-wheel drive offers, too. All of the models we've listed here meet all of the above 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 such cars is huge, so we've picked out 10 of our favourites 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, 40,000 miles, £21,950

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, 30,000 miles, £29,850

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


8. Porsche Macan

BMW X4 vs Porsche Macan

With the Macan, it seems that Porsche might have finally convinced the world that you can have an SUV that is both luxurious and fun to drive. The larger Cayenne hinted that it was possible, of course, even if its sheer size and bulk held it back from being an out-and-out driver’s car. The smaller and lighter Macan, based as it is on the underpinnings of the splendid Audi Q5, confirmed it. For the Porsche enthusiast who has outgrown their Cayman and needs a 4x4 this is the next logical step, and in the areas where Porsches traditionally shine this Macan shines like a diamond. Its reliability record is good, too, and prices are beginning to look quite tempting. 

We found: 2015 3.0 V6 S PDK, 54,000 miles, £25,950

Read the full used Porsche Macan review here 

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