Practical 4x4s combine chunky styling, an all-important high driving position and real off-road ability. Buy a used or nearly new model and you could grab a bargain, too. To help you decide which is best, read our list of the 10 best second-hand 4x4s.
Here are the 10 best used 4x4s currently available:
- Suzuki Vitara
- Skoda Yeti
- Kia Sportage
- Land Rover Discovery
- Dacia Duster
- Volvo XC90
- Toyota RAV4
- Nissan X-Trail
- Honda CR-V
- Ford Kuga
1. Suzuki Vitara
The Suzuki Vitara’s not only practical – its 375-litre boot is 21 litres larger than the Nissan Juke’s – but it’s fun to drive and comes well equipped as standard. Entry-level 1.6-litre diesel models are more than capable of tackling the odd muddy track while a perky 1.4-litre turbo petrol in top-spec Vitara S models makes this affordable 4×4 a real hoot to drive.
2. Skoda Yeti
The Skoda Yeti might be getting a little long in the tooth but that just means you can enjoy its practical cabin, roomy 416-litre boot and decent standard kit at a more affordable price. For more far-flung family adventures, the Yeti Outdoor’s worth a look – its raised suspension and electronically controlled four-wheel-drive system should help it deal with more serious off-road excursions without breaking a sweat.
3. Kia Sportage
The Kia Sportage’s styling might be divisive, but it’ll certainly stand out on the road. Its slightly lumpy bodywork hides a neatly styled cabin and roomy boot with space for more than 500 litres of luggage. Its optional four-wheel-drive system makes it fairly capable off road, too, while Kia’s fully transferrable and industry-leading seven-year warranty makes it a compelling used car option.
4. Land Rover Discovery
It might have been replaced by an all-new model, but the previous generation Land Rover Discovery is still one of the most capable 4x4s on the road. This is far from a utilitarian farm vehicle, however – it feels more stately than many executive saloons on the road and boasts a vast 1,124-litre boot. There’s even room for seven in its spacious cabin, too.
5. Dacia Duster
The back-to-basics Dacia Duster is one of the most affordable used 4x4s around but punches well above its weight in terms of raw off-road ability. Its 1.5-litre diesel engine and raised ride height help make sure this affordable 4×4 won’t be flummoxed by the odd muddy field or rutted farm track while a fairly spacious 475-litre boot means there’s enough room inside for a family weekend away, too.
6. Volvo XC90
At the other end of the 4×4 spectrum sits the luxurious Volvo XC90. This stylish Swedish seven seater serves up all the high-tech features you could ever want in a comfortable and thoroughly spacious package. All models come with all-wheel drive as standard while the T8 hybrid version offers improved fuel efficiency and better performance. As an added bonus, it’s also one of the safest cars you can buy.
7. Toyota RAV4
The spacious Toyota RAV4’s eye-catching looks, solid interior and five-star safety rating make it a great family car. Pick an efficient diesel or hybrid model and this high-riding off-roader should prove fairly cheap to run. Its optional four-wheel-drive system should help make light work of the odd slippery side road or country lane, too.
8. Nissan X-Trail
The Nissan X-Trail’s soft suspension does a good job of blending on-road comfort with off-road competence while its sizeable body boasts seating for seven. The rearmost seats are, however, only really suitable for children. Even with the whole family on board, there’s still room for 135 litres of luggage in the boot. Fold the rear two rows away, leave the kids at home and you’ll open up a vast 1,982-litre load bay, too.
9. Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V boasts a bundle of clever features designed to make family life easier. Its generous 589-litre boot is bigger than most rivals while its neat ‘Magic Seats’ flip up to reveal a completely flat floor behind the driver – perfect for carrying tall items. It’s offered with a selection of smooth, if slightly dull, diesel engines and a single rather thirsty petrol but it feels well-built inside and comes well-equipped as standard.
10. Ford Kuga
The Ford Kuga sports a fairly roomy cabin built from decent – if not class-leading – materials. Unlike some cars on our list, the Kuga can only seat five but its well-engineered chassis makes it more fun to drive than most rivals. Top-spec Vignale models – with fancier trim and a heavily upgraded cabin – are probably best avoided if you’re looking for a cheap family 4×4, however.
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