Best used 4x4s

Planning to venture off the beaten track? Perhaps you need a vehicle to deal with tough winter driving conditions, or you'd just like a high ride with a host of safety features. Check out our list of the best used 4x4 cars and find the one that meets your needs.

Blue Suzuki Jimny

1. Suzuki Jimny

As a model on the road more than 50 years now, the Suzuki Jimny is a classic from the Japanese manufacturer. If, like many people, you’re buying an SUV in part for the look, the Jimny’s retro styling is bound to turn heads, and it has attracted something of a cult following over the years. It’s a practical vehicle too, offering rugged off-roading capabilities, with compact dimensions that make it easier to manoeuvre around town than many of its larger SUV brethren. What’s more, it does all this at an affordable price point.

Grey Volvo XC90

2. Volvo XC90

Torn between elegant looks and muscularity? The Volvo XC90 manages both, with its combination of strength, comfort and style making it a leader in the luxury SUV class. It needs to impress to compete with the likes of the BMW X5 and Audi Q7, and it does so with its powerful engines, classy interior and suite of advanced technology. With acres of space inside too, this is an upmarket family favourite for a bunch of reasons.

Blue Audi Q5

3. Audi Q5

The medium-sized luxury SUV segment is a busy one, but the Audi Q5 still manages to stand out with its choice of four-cylinder petrol or V6 diesel engines. An update in 2017 brought a raft of improvements to the previous models, including a new suspension that brought a stable and comfortable ride. These newer versions are bristling with the latest tech, not least an advanced infotainment system as standard. Dimensions inside are generous, and stepping up to the higher trims brings some sporty touches.

Silver Audi Q7

4. Audi Q7

Looking for a luxury SUV? The Q7 should certainly be on your list. Audi’s first foray into the SUV market remains one of the best out there, with the plush interior matched by the driving experience. Smooth, powerful engines are allied with assured handling and a comfortable ride. The Q7’s a looker too, both inside and out, but it’s not just about swank. Seven adults can comfortably fit inside, and if you fancy a bit of off-road action, the Q7’s up to that too.

Red Volvo XC60

5. Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 is a premium compact SUV that offers flexibility, with options for two-wheel and four-wheel drive and a manual override option for the automatic transmission. Inside, it’s both comfortable and practical, as well as being easy to clean. The 2017 revamp added a plug-in hybrid version to the range, bringing an even more efficient option to an already pretty economical vehicle. It’s super-safe too, with the later models featuring a suite of state-of-the-art systems to help you avoid an accident.

Red Dacia Duster

6. Dacia Duster

Offering some of the best value in the SUV market, the Dacia Duster has a 15-year track record of satisfying cost-conscious families. For the pretty much unbeatable price you’ll get stylish, unique design and a spacious and practical interior, as well as impressive off-roading capabilities. It’s easy on your wallet after you’ve bought it too, offering excellent fuel economy. The Duster is available with a range of engines, including a 1.3-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel.

Black Jeep Wrangler

7. Jeep Wrangler

So how serious are you about this whole SUV thing? Do you just want the look for the school run, or are you genuinely intending to use the vehicle off-road? If it’s the latter, take a look at the Jeep Wrangler. A direct descendant of the WWII general-purpose vehicles, this is a 4×4 used more often on the mountain track than on a metalled road, and nothing out there can match it when it comes to handling rough terrain. These days its off-roading chops are combined with a host of mod cons, and it’s a stunner to look at too.

Black BMW X3

8. BMW X3

A Bimmer beyond doubt, with the badge sat atop the signature double kidney grille, the BMW X3 is also unmistakably an SUV. The four-wheel drive offers great traction on slippery surfaces and there’s plenty of space in the back for kids, kit or whatever you need to shunt around. Responsive steering and good handling all round make this a fun car to drive, and the suspension gives passengers a comfortable ride too. You will pay extra for the badge, but pre-2011 first-generation models will be available more cheaply, making the X3 a contender for the title of best second hand 4×4 around.

Red Skoda Karoq

9. Skoda Karoq

Launched in 2017 to replace the Yeti, the Skoda Karoq stands up to rivals in the busy family crossover segment by offering practicality and reliability at an affordable price. The boot space is class-leading, and it’s not cramped in the cabin either, while a range of clever personalisation options means there’s bound to be a used model out there to suit you. It handles very nicely too, balancing fun with comfort to deliver what most people are looking for in a family car.

Red SEAT Ateca

10. SEAT Ateca

SEAT was fairly late to the SUV party, arriving with the Ateca in 2016. This mid-sized crossover is a decent option for cost-conscious families, offering an easy drive, bags of space and impeccable safety credentials. It’s available with a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, so shopping around should turn up one that’s suited to your needs. Decent fuel efficiency means this remains a good-value choice once you’re on the road too.

Still searching for that used 4×4 for sale? From luxury SUVs to true off-roaders, there’ll be one that fits your needs. Dive into our listings, browse the wide range of models available and find the one that’s right for you, whether you’re headed for the hills or the supermarket car park.

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