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What offroad-capable vehicle should we replace our RAV4 with?

I have a 5-door 2007 RAV4 diesel with 24,000 miles on the clock, only because the fantastic 3-door versions are no longer made. We are looking to replace this in the next six months. I do around 6000 miles per year and need some space for dogs and occasional larger items, suitcases to the airport etc when our Audi won’t do, and small deliveries for work. Which is the only benefit of this larger car over the 3-door version.

The issue is that due to the continual recalls when the garage says there is no fault but tries to flog new tyres and servicing, my husband refuses to look at Toyota again, even though it has given little trouble over the years. I do not like the Skoda Yeti you have mentioned, but we do need 4-wheel drive with clearance as we need to use this to get to work when we have snow. Our budget is trade-in plus £10,000 new or secondhand. Please can you advise?

Asked on 14 September 2013 by BT, Lanchester

Answered by Honest John
Peugeot 2008 with Grip Control: www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/peugeot/peugeot-20...o or the Fiat 500L Trekking with Traction Plus: www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/fiat/fiat-500-xl-a.../. Both are fitted with excellent Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons tyres that can be left on all year round and handle well in summer.
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