What Car? Personal Shopper: four-wheel drive estate for less than £40,000
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The used car classifieds aren't overflowing with these sorts of cars as more and more buyers look to SUVs. However, while that means you might spend more time looking for your next car, it also means you could strike a bargain more easily.
Our recommended choice: 2017 BMW 5 Series Touring 530d xDrive M Sport
Price: £39,272Mileage: 9250
The 5 Series Touring is based on another former What Car? Car of the Year – the BMW 5 Series saloon. It's spacious inside, although the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate trumps it for overall carrying capacity.
What sets the 5 Series apart from the competition, though, is its iDrive infotainment system, which we think is the best on the market. In the 5 Series Touring, it can be controlled by touchscreen or a rotary dial on the centre console, so pairing your phone couldn't be easier.
BMW's xDrive four-wheel drive system means that you shouldn't have an trouble reaching a far-flung campsite, and this M Sport model has a beefier look than the standard car, too.
Also consider: 2017 Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2.0d 240 Portfolio AWD auto
Price: £39,989Mileage: 9274
The XF Sportbrake comes in just under budget and gets you a spacious and luxurious car that's also great to drive. Watch out for its so-so infotainment, though, as well as patchy interior quality.
Also consider: 2015 Seat Leon X-Perience 2.0 TDI 184 SE Technology DSG