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Names Marcus & Lynn Oliver
Ages 40 & 35
Budget 27,000
Drive BMW X3
Wants Something cheaper to run. We need four-wheel drive, plenty of space and classy badge.

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VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI 170 SE 4WD, 24,460
Target Price 22,596

A classy crossover with a versatile cabin and fine driving dynamics. This diesel model is punchy and can return nearly 43mpg.

Land Rover Freelander 2.2 TD4e XS, 10/59
Price 23,800

An economical Land Rover? Yes, this e version manages 42mpg. A three-month-old model would cost the Olivers less than 24,000.

Volvo XC60 D5 AWD SE, 09/09
Price 27,000

We usually recommend the two-wheel-drive XC60. The Olivers need extra traction, though, so this 37.7mpg 4x4 version is the better bet.