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

Tempted by the idea of a used 4x4? Then these are the models you should be considering – and the ones that are best avoided...


Buyers of SUVs expect a lot from their cars: comfort, practicality, a commanding driving position and, in many cases, the added security and off-road potential that comes with four-wheel drive.

All of the models we have here deliver these things, but to varying degrees. Some have seven seats, while others provide incredible ability when conditions get tough. But whatever you're after from your 4x4, you'll find something in this top 10 to meet your needs.

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If you need a big seven-seater, the Volvo XC90 is a car you can buy with your head as well as your heart. Not only can it seat seven in reasonable comfort, 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 tablet-style infotainment system is rather fiddly. However, the XC90 is good to drive, nicely finished and wonderfully stylish inside and out. It'll impress the neighbours and it's a used car bargain.

There have been a number of recalls during its life, including for 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. So, make sure this remedial work has been carried out.

We found: 2016 Volvo XC90 2.0 D5 Powerpulse Momentum, 30,000 miles, £25,850

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9. Dacia Duster

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Dacia Duster front three quarters

A nearly new Duster can be a capable on and off-road tool. Four-wheel-drive models are surprisingly competent if you decide to leave sealed roads behind. You can lock the car into four-wheel drive via a dial near the gearlever and the traction control system manages the brakes, stopping wheels from spinning and ensuring that power is sent to those wheels that have grip. Four-wheel-drive cars also have more sophisticated rear suspension, which is more supple, meaning there's a decent ride, too. 

Inside, space is excellent; four adults should have few complaints about longer journeys and you can even take five – at a pinch. Boot capacity is generous, and the depth of it means you’ll need to carry exceptionally long items without having to fold the rear seats down. At this money and nearly new, the Duster is exceptional value. 

We found: 2019 Duster 1.5 dCi Prestige, 10,000 miles, £15,995 

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8. Hyundai Santa Fe

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Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe has the major advantage of a long manufacturer's warranty behind it, making it a highly recommendable used car buy. It's also one of the few SUVs that combines manageable outside dimensions for easier parking with a large interior that can seat seven people.

Problems with the Santa Fe usually centre on the air conditioning, which might need regassing every few years, and the radio reception can be poor at times. On the whole, though, it’s comfortable and quiet. It's a great family 4x4 for the buyer on a budget.

We found: 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi Blue Drive Premium 7-seat, 40,000 miles, £17,000

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