I need to replace two SUVs with a single 4x4 with a large boot, what would you suggest?

Currently I drive a 2005 Mitsubishi Shogun Sport 2.5 TD with 120,000 miles on the clock and my wife a 2002 2.0 Suzuki Grand Vitara which has done nearly 200,000 miles. We are both in our late 60s and soon we will need to replace the two with one vehicle of similar characteristics.

The only two must haves are 4WD and a fairly large boot to carry up to four bales of hay. Last year we clocked 15,000 between the two. We would like this to be our last "New" car, which hopefully will last us at least 15 years.

We live in a very rural situation and our longest single journey is 335 miles, which we do no more than twice a year, otherwise it's just local errands driving 50 miles return trips. What do you suggest?

Asked on 4 August 2023 by ALEX BRYANT

Answered by David Ross
There are a few options to choose from, but it does depend on your budget. If your budget can stretch to it we would suggest looking at a Toyota Land Cruiser. They're big, tough, very reliable and extremely capable off road. Used examples with relatively low mileage are available from around £8,000 but we've seen examples comfortably pass 200,000 miles.

Alternatives could include the larger Mitsubishi Shogun, Nissan X-Trail and the Hyundai Santa Fe.
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