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10 upmarket used 4x4s for £20,000

By raccars Published

From Audi A6 Allroad to Range Rover, a budget of £20,000 buys a 4x4 with lofty aspirations

A 4x4 is for life, not just for Christmas. Yes, the added traction of four-wheel drive is useful in winter weather – particularly if you live in a more remote region of the UK. But family-friendly practicality and a high driving position are a boon all year round. We’ve trawled the RAC Cars listings to find the best used 4x4s – also known as sport utility vehicles, or SUVs – on offer for £20,000. Time to treat yourself?

Range Rover

The Bentley Bentayga may have taken the title of ‘ultimate 4x4’, but the venerable Range Rover still runs it pretty close. Prices for the latest (2012-on) Range Rover start at just shy of £70,000, so it’s not surprising we couldn’t find one within our budget.

However, you can get a 2008 model with less than 70,000 miles on the clock and plenty of service history. If you want to keep fuel bills down, opt for the brilliant 3.6-litre V8 diesel. find an Range Rover on RAC Cars

Porsche Cayenne

The Cayenne didn’t delight Porsche purists when it was launched back in 2003. But what do they know? This full-sized 4x4 has gone on to become the bestselling Porsche worldwide, thanks to its potent mix of practicality and performance. Don’t worry about picking the biggest engine – all models are seriously swift.

We’d go for the 340bhp V8 S. Expect to find a 2009 car with 70,000 miles and full service history within our budget. Find an Porsche Cayenne on RAC Cars

Honda CR-V Long before anybody learned how to spell ‘Qashqai’, Honda’s compact crossover successfully combined the virtues of a car and a 4x4. The CR-V has always been regarded as a cut above mainstream competitors and is spacious and superbly reliable.

The current model was launched in 2012, and our money buys a diesel in EX trim with electric leather seats, keyless entry and climate control air-con. We found one-owner cars that had covered around 22,000 miles from new. Find an Honda CR-V on RAC Cars

MINI Countryman

OK, so it’s not a traditional off-roader, but this high-rise hatchback can be bought with a capable All4 four-wheel-drive system. It’s also stylish (everybody loves a MINI) and great fun to drive – a legacy of its BMW DNA.

Our £20,000 buys you a nearly-new 2014 Countryman All4 with just 5,000 miles, so why not let somebody else take the initial depreciation hit? Choose from 1.6- and 2.0-litre diesel and petrol engines; it also has a pseudo-sporty three-door sibling called the Paceman. Find an Mini Countryman on RAC Cars


Like the Porsche Cayenne, the BMW X5 raised a few eyebrows when it first went on sale in 1999 – and it’s also one of the best 4x4s to drive.

Our (sadly, theoretical) £20,000 buys a far more recent example, such as a second-generation xDrive 3.0-litre diesel M Sport from 2009, with one owner and around 75,000 miles. If that doesn’t sound quick enough, other engine choices include 3.0 and 4.8 V8 petrols. Find an BMW X5 on RAC Cars

Mercedes-Benz M-Class

This Mercedes-Benz off-roader has had a few name-changes over the years. First known as the M-Class, it then became ML-Class and, more recently, GLE. The current model (pictured) was unveiled in 2012, but the previous-generation car is roomy, refined and certainly worth consideration on the used market.

You could go for the overtly sporty ML500, but the sensible choice is the ML320 CDI diesel. Our budget buys a 2010 ML320 with 50,000 miles and a fully-stamped service book. Find an Mercedes-Benz M-class on RAC Cars

Volkswagen Touareg

Another very capable full-size 4x4, the Touareg’s VW badge makes it cheaper to buy than other German SUVs. The current model was launched in 2010 and facelifted in 2014.

Used examples are generally well-equipped and many have air suspension. You can buy a 2012 3.0-litre TDI SE with full history and 75,000 miles for £20,000. Alternatively, if you need seven seats, consider the closely-related Audi Q7. Find an Volkswagen Touareg on RAC Cars

Audi A6 Allroad

If you want 4x4 ability without the steroidal styling and in-yer-face attitude, this upmarket estate oozes quality and sophistication. Our £20,000 Christmas bonus (ahem…) buys an 80,000-100,000-mile latest generation model – built from 2012 onwards.

Or you could have a late example of the previous (2006-2011) Allroad with 40,000-50,000 miles, few owners and full service history. Three 3.0-litre diesel engines are offered, with varying outputs. Find an Audi A6 on RAC Cars

Mazda CX-5

A mainstream SUV with a touch of class, the CX-5 is roomy, well-equipped and reliable. In common with most Mazdas, it’s also surprisingly satisfying to drive, with well-weighted controls and nimble handling.

New prices start at around £23,000, so our budget buys a fully-loaded, 2015 car with very few miles and one owner on the V5C. Choose from a 2.0-litre petrol or 2.2 diesel engines. Find an Mazda CX-5 on RAC Cars

Range Rover Sport

We started with a Range Rover, so it seems fitting to finish with one. The (slightly) smaller Sport may be a more affordable route into Range Rover ownership, but it doesn’t have to be any less opulent. Heated leather seats, premium hi-fi and TV screens for rear-seat passengers are common options.

You should be able to find a 2008 TDV6 diesel with 60,000 miles and few owners for £20,000. Find an Audi A4 on RAC Cars

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