Many 4x4s make incredibly useful cars thanks to their rugged looks, high driving positions and roomy interiors. Buying used or nearly new models can also net you a healthy discount. Here are the 10 best used 4x4s you can buy.
If you want the styling buy are likely to spend most of your time on the road rather than off it, check out our list of the best used SUVs on sale. For more options, check out our list of the best used cars overall.
1. Suzuki Vitara
The Suzuki Vitara is a chunky family SUV that represents great value for money. The interior isn’t quite as sophisticated or elegant as some more expensive rivals, but there’s a wide range of standard equipment and a large amount of interior space for a family 4×4.
The Vitara also comes with a 375-litre boot – 21 litres larger than the Nissan Juke. It’s a capable off-roader and is more fun to drive than many other small 4x4s. The Vitara S comes with a punchy 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, but more cost-conscious 4×4 buyers may prefer to go for the efficient 1.6-litre diesel.
2. Skoda Yeti
The Skoda Yeti is a spacious and practical crossover, with plenty of room for families. It’s not the most stylish 4×4 on the market, but the car features a large 416-litre boot with a wide opening for easy access. The interior feels solidly built and there’s a good range of standard equipment.
For those who want a more rugged Yeti with better off-road abilities, the Yeti Outdoor model brings increased ground clearance and electronically controlled four-wheel-drive system for more grip in slippery conditions.
3. Kia Sportage
The Kia Sportage’s looks may split opinion, but it’s certainly a striking car. Its imposing exterior design makes for a large and spacious interior, with a boot large enough for a growing family and a solid build quality inside. There’s also a good amount of standard equipment and simple trim levels.
On the road, the Sportage feels better than many of its rivals, although the ride is a little firmer than some. Its off-road abilities are good too, made even better with the four-wheel drive available on KX models. The Kia is a great value car and its industry-leading seven-year warranty can even be transferred between owners.
4. Land Rover Discovery
The Land Rover Discovery remains one of the most roomy and practical 4x4s on the market. The outgoing Discovery 4 model features a vast 1,124-litre boot with five seats up, or a respectable 280 litres with all seven up. It’s an impressively spacious car, with a high quality interior and a generous amount of equipment.
The Discovery features chunky, bold looks and a rugged outdoor charm. It’s one of the most capable off-roaders money can buy, but will also feel right at home on motorways or threading through city steets.
5. Dacia Duster
The Dacia Duster is the cheapest 4×4 on sale in the UK and some great deals can be had with used and nearly-new models too. Just because it has a low price doesn’t mean it isn’t capable, however. The Duster features surprisingly good off-road abilities, with a good choice of efficient engines – particularly the punchy 1.5-litre diesel.
Inside, the Duster doesn’t come with much standard equipment, but there’s plenty of space and it’s one of the most practical and roomy small 4x4s around – including a generous 475-litre boot. For such a low price, the Duster is a very attractive option for those who want rugged looks and decent off-road capabilities on a budget.
6. Volvo XC90
The Volvo XC90 is one of the best luxury 4x4s on sale and is an incredibly impressive all-rounder. The interior has a plush, spacious and elegantly simple feel, matching the subtle exterior looks. The seven-seater has room for all the family and there’s an extremely generous 451-litre boot even with all three rows up.
It feels poised and controlled on the road but is also capable when taken off road, with all models fitted with four-wheel drive. The engine range is impressively efficient for such a chunky car, while there’s also a T8 hybrid option that combines a turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor for massive performance and minimal fuel consumption.
7. Toyota RAV4
The Toyota RAV4 features quirky looks and impressive practicality, with plenty of interior space for five people and a sizeable boot. The interior feels solid and well built, while the car has a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating for added peace of mind.
On the road, the RAV4 rides well and is easy to drive, but muddy fields and tracks are easy to cross using the optional four-wheel-drive system and high ground clearance. It’s cheap to run, especially with the efficient diesel engine, and there’s even a hybrid option for those keeping tabs on their carbon footprint.
8. Nissan X-Trail
The Nissan X-Trail offers the best of both worlds – it’s competent off road but feels like a regular SUV on it. It has a soft and relaxing ride, with an efficient interior that feels well built and comes with a good range of equipment as standard.
The X-Trail is a seven seater, but the cramped back row is best suited to children on short journeys. Even with all seats in place, there’s still a 135-litre boot for a few shopping bags. The X-Trail is also a reliable 4×4 and a safe family car thanks to its five-star EuroNCAP rating.
9. Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V is a safe and sensible family SUV, with a large amount of room for passengers and a generous 589-litre boot, too. It features Honda’s flexible Magic Seat system, so you can flip the rear seats upwards to load tall items in the rear row.
The interior has a robust feel, with good quality materials across all trim levels and lots of standard equipment. It’s not the most exciting to drive but, despite the large body shape, it feels stable in the corners and there’s a range of punchy yet economic engines.
10. Ford Kuga
The Ford Kuga is a comfortable family 4×4 with a generous amount of passenger space. It has a handy 456-litre boot that expands to an impressive 1,603 litres with the second row of seats folded. The Kuga’s interior has a solid feel and generous levels of equipment, although it doesn’t quite have the same sense of desirability as some German rivals.
While it’s not the most stylish 4×4 out there, the Kuga is still a good all-round package. It feels refined on the road, while it has respectable capabilities off-road. The Kuga is a little pricier than some rivals but buying used or nearly-new means some good deals can be had.
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