What Car? Personal Shopper: best two four-wheel drive cars for £50,000

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01 June 2019
What Car? Personal Shopper

The reader

Dear What Car?,

We live in a small village with tiny roads that are never swept, so they get very slippery and difficult in winter. Thus, although we are not into rallying or cross country mud-plugging, we do need cars with four-wheel drive.

At the moment, my wife drives a Jeep Renegade, which is charismatic and fun, if a bit idiosyncratic in many respects. I drive an Audi A3 diesel quattro, which is great, but has normal ground clearance.

Over the next two years, we will be due to replace both cars, probably with one slightly larger and one slightly smaller vehicle. Our budget could stretch to £30,000 per car, but I’d be happier if the total for both didn’t exceed £50,000.

Many of the smaller SUVs don’t have a four-wheel-drive version, so that complicates matters. We both want cars that are practical and reliable, and hold their value, but also that are fun to own and drive. One other complicating factor is that I’m 6ft 9ins tall (and it’s all in my legs…) so internal space is an issue.

Jonathan

The brief

That's quite the brief, eh? Alright, so you need two four-wheel drive cars, ideally one larger and one smaller, which each offer good interior space and which combined don't cost more than £50,000. It's a tough ask, but we've come up with two new car pairings, and two used, which could work for you. Read on to find out what they are.


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