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

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Jaguar F-Pace and BMW X1

Buying used

  • Our recommended choices: 2017 Jaguar F-Pace 2.0d Prestige auto AWD and 2018 BMW X1 20d Sport xDrive auto
  • Price: £28,244 (Jaguar F-Pace), £20,500 (BMW X1)
  • Mileage: 19,283 miles (Jaguar F-Pace), 18,000 miles (BMW X1)
  • Total price: £48,744

Your query stated that the main requirement is that your next, larger SUV be that it should be fun; well the Jaguar F-Pace is certainly one of the most entertaining SUVs in terms of how it drives. It shares plenty under the surface with the smaller Jaguar XE and XF saloons, so it handles better than any SUV this side of a Porsche Macan. What's more, if you plan to buy an F-Pace with finance, the Jaguar Approved Used scheme at the moment is offering a £1500 deposit contribution towards your finance agreement, which makes the £28,244 Prestige example we found even more affordable.

When it comes to our second car choice, you're obviously used to a certain level of luxury with your Audi A3, so that's why we're suggesting you go for a BMW X1. A vast improvement over the first-generation car, the current X1 is a truly premium family SUV that's also great to drive. We found a 2.0-litre diesel xDrive four-wheel drive model with the excellent eight-speed automatic gearbox for a very tempting £20,500. 

Read our full used Jaguar F-Pace review

Read our full used BMW X1 review

  • Also consider: 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country D4 auto and 2017 Suzuki Ignis 1.2 SHVS SZ5
  • Price: £26,000 (Volvo V90 Cross Country), £11,500 (Suzuki Ignis)
  • Mileage: 14,787 miles (Volvo V90 Cross Country), 16,711 miles (Suzuki Ignis)
  • Total price: £37,500
Volvo V90 Cross Country and Suzuki Ignis

The Volvo V90 Cross Country should have no trouble fitting someone of 6ft 9in behind the wheel – or in the back, for that matter – because the V90 Cross Country is big. It also drives in a very similar fashion to the normal V90 estate, it's just that it has an extra few inches of ground clearance for tackling tricky farm tracks and some light off-roading. The four-wheel drive system is part-time, so normally it'll only drive the front wheels to save fuel, and engage the rear ones if the going gets slippery. Being a Volvo, safety is a big plus point, especially if you can find one with the Intellisafe Pro pack, which adds blindspot monitoring, cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and rear collision warning. 

We think it's a good idea to team the large and luxurious V90 Cross Country with the small but dependable Suzuki Ignis. The Ignis is a surprisingly capable little car off the road, due to its light weight and narrow size – great for small village life. We've found a top-spec version with a mild-hybrid system that not only boosts the performance of the little 1.2-litre petrol engine, but also makes it very economical, too.