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The best used 4x4s and SUVs on the market

Motoring 10 months ago

With the current focus firmly on convertibles and other ‘summer cars’, now is the best time for you to bag a bargain on a 4x4 or SUV, and these are some of the best on the market.

Summertime is the perfect time for getting a great deal on a used 4x4 or SUV as dealers dedicate their showrooms to more summer friendly cars and private sellers focus on the here and now.

With this in mind, we take a look at some of Whatcar’s top picks for the best big cars out there on the used market right now.

Best for… Family trips
Volvo XC90
Volvo XC90

Pros
The Volvo XC90 has lots of space and comes with 7 seats as standard, so is perfect for those big family outings. It’s also the only SUV that can fit three children’s seats in the middle row.

Cons
Whatcar advises that you check the electric mirrors to make sure they’re working as they should be due to a common fault. Any trouble with the diesel engine could indicate issues that are very costly to fix, so walk away if you get the feeling something’s not quite right.

Best for… low running costs
Audi Q5
Audi Q5

Pros
Chosen by Whatcar due to its comfort levels (especially for back seat passengers) and the fuel economy of the diesel engines, this mid-level SUV is perfect for anyone looking for the comfort of a big car with the efficiency of a hatchback.

Cons
Can sometimes be issues with electrics so take it for a thorough test drive and make sure everything seems as it should before you buy.

Best for… Adult-only trips
Land Rover Discovery
Land Rover Discovery

Pros
Comfortably fits 7 adults in with lots of space for storage, so is perfect for long journeys with a group of friends.

Cons
Whatcar advises that the Land Rover Discovery isn’t the cheapest option out there when it comes to running costs.

Best for… the environmentally conscious
Lexus RX
Lexus RX

Pros
The emissions and tax are nice and low as this is a hybrid – and the only one to make it on to Whatcar’s list. It’s also incredibly reliable.

Cons
Not recommended for those looking for something a little more rough and ready. If you’re after a real off-roader, you may want to look elsewhere.

Hitachi Hints and Tips is intended to be informative and interesting. It does not constitute financial advice, and you should always do further research when making any financial decisions. All information was correct at date of publication.

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