Beat the winter blues with a used 4x4Our top five second-hand 4x4s

29 December 2010

Honda CR-V driving in snow

Five used 4x4s to beat the winter roads

With snow and ice covered roads causing problems for UK motorists, many are turning to the 4x4 to beat the winter conditions.

But you don’t have to pay over the odds for a capable four-wheel-drive car that’ll cope whatever the weather.

We’ve picked out our top five used 4x4s, all with prices below £10,000.

Our top five used 4x4s have been decided using the Which? Car reviews, results from the Which? Car tests and the results from the 2010 Which? Car Survey

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Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V scored 91% for owner satisfaction

Honda CR-V, December 2001 – October 2006

Used price: £3,200 - £15,000

The Honda CR-V is a favourite with Which? members. In fact, it scored an impressive 91% for customer satisfaction. It also scored well for reliability, with the diesel slightly outperforming the petrol. We like the fact the interior is roomy, although a bit plasticky, and sliding rear seats make it a versatile option for those who need more boot space one day and more room for passengers the next. The CR-V is also well-equipped, even in the most basic spec. Its only shortcoming? It's not the most capable off-roader.

Read the full review of the Honda CR-V


Lexus RX

Lexus RX rated highly for a quiet petrol engine

Lexus RX, May 2003 – July 2009

Used price: £8,500 - £37,000

Like the Honda CR-V, the Lexus RX isn’t the most hardcore off-roader, but it still scores highly with customers - gaining a 91% satisfaction rating in our 2010 survey. There are petrol and hybrid options, but we’d go for the older petrol, as it offers the most value for your money. four-wheel-drive will get you out of winter situations a family hatchback might not, and the petrol model is ultra quiet. It’s not the biggest 4x4 and doesn’t offer a seven-seat option.

Check out the full review of the Lexus RX


Subaru Forester

High reliability scores for the Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester, October 2002 – April 2008

Used price: £4,000 - £19,000

The Forester isn’t your conventional 4x4 – it has an estate body, meaning it is easier to park and should be cheaper to run. The size difference means it does give up the extra room you get from a normal 4x4. Reliability is proven according to owners with the Forester receiving five stars for breakdowns. While there many not be enough ground clearance for proper off-roading, the four-wheel-drive will be a huge benefit over the customary family estates, and the Forester has always received glowing references for a combination of driving sensation and characterful engines.

Get the full review of the Subaru Forester here


Nissan X-Trail

Petrol X-Trail is ultra-reliable and diesel is economical

Nissan X-Trail, October 2001 – August 2007

Used price: £3,000 - £16,000

Reliability is a real strong point for the Nissan X-Trail. The petrol scored well for breakdown, faults and niggles ratings, with the petrol version slightly out-scoring the diesel. However, the diesel model is surprisingly economical, and could be a winner if you’re covering lots of miles. It’s a capable off-roader, but only in four-wheel-drive – avoid the two-wheel-drive option if you’re facing difficult winter roads. Customer satisfaction is high, at 81%, but be aware the 2.5 petrol version will be high on road tax and equipment in lower spec models is poor.

Click here for the Nissan X-Trail review


Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento is a capable off-road 4x4

Kia Sorento, February 2003 – December 2009

Used price: £4,500 - £22,000

The Sorento is a popular budget choice with relatively low used prices and insurance and servicing costs low for a vehicle of this size. Plenty of room in the interior, a popular caravan-puller and reliability means an 84% customer satisfaction rating for the Sorento. The low-ratio gearbox and four-wheel-drive makes it an ideal off-roader, but high car tax and vague steering loses it points. The diesel engine is a bit rough, too.

Kia Sorento full review


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