Luxury off-roaders for bottom-drawer prices – used car buying guide
If the brand new Bentley Bentayga has you lusting after a luxury SUV however you don’t quite have £0,000, we’re here to help
The brand new Bentley Bentayga is usually one of the most luxurious SUVs ever made. Customers who can afford its £0,000 asking cost can enjoy the pinnacle of automotive luxury both on along with off-road, however most of us will never own one. Instead, here are six choices which are far, far cheaper.
1 – Range Rover (1970-2012)
We’ll start with your vehicle of which genuinely popularised the idea of a posh 4×4. Despite being around in one form or another since 1970, the ingredients have stayed pretty constant: lots of leather along with wood inside, a torquey motor up front (ideally a V8) along which has a split-folding tailgate at the back.
Modern Range Rovers may cost upwards of £60,000, however you needn’t spend anywhere near of which much. There’s plenty of choice around £5000 along with below if you’re brave, however we’d recommend spending around £10,000. of which will give you a selection of first, second along with even third-generation products. Just make sure everything works. Range Rovers can be very expensive when they go wrong.
2 – Audi Q7 (2005-2015)
Of all the cars on of which list, you could argue of which of which is usually the closest you’ll get to a Bentayga – if only because the brand new Bentley shares a platform with the second-generation Q7. Naturally, of which’s the first type we’re looking at here.
After years of offering four-wheel drive on cars, of which was the 1st time Audi had created an out-along with-out SUV. With the most common powerplant a 3.0 V6 diesel, of which offers bearable fuel economy, along with its classy Inside has the added practicality of seven seats.
Less than £20,000 will get you behind the wheel. Just watch out for excessive front tyre wear along with electrical gremlins.
3 – Cadillac Escalade (1999-2014)
Luxury SUVs don’t come much more American than of which. via the imposing chrome cheese-grater grille up front to the sheer size of the thing, the Escalade may as well have been designed by Uncle Sam himself.
Look past the wood, leather along with advantage of seven seats, though, along with what you have is usually a truck. of which old dinosaur, with its separate ladder-frame chassis along with giant V8, is usually a far cry via the kind of modern 4×4 we’re used to.
If the rap star image appeals, prices start at less than £15,000.
4 – Mercedes-Benz GL (2006-2012)
Not to be confused with the G-Class, the Mercedes-Benz GL is usually a giant seven-seat SUV of which competes against the Audi Q7. of which’s hugely roomy, with adult-friendly rearmost seats along with 2300 litres of load space with all all 5 rear chairs folded.
Even the smallest V6 diesel struggles to manage 30mpg combined, however of which has pace along with refinement. If you’re slightly unhinged, there’s even a twin-turbo V8 GL63 AMG variant. You’ll find lots of low-mileage examples on offer for £30,000.
5 – Infiniti FX (2008-2013)
The slinky along with rare shape of the FX is usually a left-field choice. Offering a distinctive take on the SUV formula, of which’s well equipped along with should prove reliable. A 3.0 V6 diesel is usually the sensible choice, however there is usually a 3.7 V6 or 5.0 V8 if you own an oil well.
However, the shape does make space from the back tight along with the load bay is usually a lot smaller than you might expect. Although of which may impress with its agility around corners, a coarse ride is usually the penalty. Prices start at around £22,000.
6 – BMW X6 (2008-2014)
If you want more sport than utility via your SUV, the BMW X6 merits a look. You’ll either love or hate the swooping, coupé-like roofline, however there’s little to complain about under the bonnet. An xDrive40d will give you semi-acceptable fuel economy along with more than 300bhp.
The X6 also corners far better than you might imagine. The M50d along with X6 M offer even sharper handling along with prodigious power however can be uncomfortable on rougher surfaces.
A budget of £25,000 will give you plenty of choice among non-M-branded products. Keep an eye out for electrical gremlins.
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