Best and worst 4x4s for value for moneyOwners reveal which 4x4s are worth the money

16 April 2014

Kia Sportage orange driving f3q

Large and complex, 4x4s are often among the most expensive cars to buy. However, not all are hugely expensive to own, as the Which? Car Survey reveals.

We’ve sifted through data from the latest Which? Car Survey to discover which 4x4s cost barely any more than a medium car to run. And those for which you’ll need very deep pockets.

The best value 4x4 is  good value for money, reasonably economical and comes with a very long list of equipment for the price, say drivers. However, the car which sits at the bottom of the whole Which? Car Survey for value for money is a 4x4. Owners of that model blame a steady stream of faults and enormous repair bills.

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Highest rated 4x4 for value for money

Kia is a brand built on its reputation for value for money and the Kia Sportage (2010-) lives up to that expectation, topping the 4x4 value chart. Owners described the car as ‘exceptional value for money’, ‘reasonably economical’ and ‘very well equipped’.

In fact, the Sportage isn’t far from the top of the entire Which? Car Survey, with a value rating of 90.3%. Sportage drivers praised the car’s long seven-year warranty, too.

One owner even said that he had moved to the Kia after owning a BMW 5 Series and found the Kia more comfortable and better equipped. Reliability has also proved strong. Another owner said ‘Nothing has gone wrong, it’s pleasant to drive and good value'.

Find out which cars are the most reliable in the latest Which? Car Survey

Land Rover Discovery 3 4

Lowest rated 4x4 for value for money

Living up to the stereotype of off-roaders being expensive to run, however, is the Land Rover Discovery 3 (2004-2009). It has a very poor value rating of just 61.4%. The Discovery 3 not only forces owners to dig deep to cover everyday running costs, but the car is plagued with faults that often result in pricey repair bills.

One Discovery 3 owner wrote, ‘Things keep going wrong and everything is so expensive; the bill is never less than a grand. It frequently breakdowns in adverse weather conditions and whatever you think it is going to cost you, double it to allow for its unreliability’.

Another added, ‘I’m beginning to get irritated with frequency of items needing repair sooner than seems reasonable. I know it's an expensive vehicle to run but maybe it should be more robust.’ With high bills and suspect reliability, plus hefty fuel consumption and expensive car tax, the Discovery 3 sits firmly at the bottom of the value for money table.

See which other models make up our five worst value for money cars

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