Can you recommend an SUV for rural use which offers room for tall passengers and dogs?

I currently drive a Chrysler Grand Voyager but expensive repairs are looming (new gearbox at £4,500), so I am thinking of changing. I live in an isolated rural area so a 4x4 would be preferable. I need to accommodate a 6-foot 4-inch husband, two Irish wolfhounds and passengers. I've looked at a Volvo but there is insufficient height for the dogs, and with pick-ups if my husband is driving there is not enough room behind him for the passenger. I am not going to change the dogs or the husband (not now I have got him trained). Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

Asked on 23 February 2011 by HB, Tair Croes, Ewenny

Answered by Honest John
Hyundai Santa Fe or KIA Sorento 2.2 R type diesel. Or, if you've got the money and nine months to wait, a BMW F23 X3, which is the best 4WD SUV you can buy. Alternatively, a Mitsubishi Outlander 2.2 175PS diesel is not bad. We just averaged a very creditable 45mpg in one over 615 miles and it went and handled really well.
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