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Old 27 March 2012, 11:59   #1
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Smallish 4x4

I need a smallish 4x4 that doesn't completely suck on the road and will realistically manage 30+ mpg. I don't need massive towing capability but it does need enough space for a lanky driver, plus three passengers from time to time. Off road will be limited to muddy tracks, nothing gnarly but not places I'd want to try to take my van.

This spec seems to put me in the market for a hairdresser's car: Freelander? Rav4? Vitara?

I've never even given a passing thought to owning something like this before. Anyone have any helpful advice (other than to increase my medication)?
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Old 27 March 2012, 13:30   #2
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John...we've had several Freelander 2's on the bounce. Across them all, tank full to tank full - genuine 31mpg. Drivers seat goes further back from wheel and pedals than our RRS. Even feels livelier than the RRS in everyday driving as the throttle response is sharper. Never had a problem...none of them seen a dealer other than for servicing

A LandRover a hairdressers car? Hmmm...

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Old 27 March 2012, 14:08   #3
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I have had Turbo Subaru Foresters for 9 years now with no problems and have towed the lot - AWD, comfy, bulletproof, loads of room, 230 bhp - towing capacity of a XT is 2000 kg but only around 25 mpg

However - a non turbo petrol will do 30+ - has a low box - towing capacity 1500 kg

You can get diesel but still rare

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Old 27 March 2012, 14:40   #4
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Depends on your budget really, but if it was a significant investment the three at the top of my list would be Skoda Yeti, Freelander, Rav 4.

I've driven all three reasonably recently, all under 3 years old, and if I could find one at the right price - Can't believe I'm typing this - the Skoda would probably win out marginally over the Freelander.

Having owned a Turbo Subaru before, all be it a Twin Turbo legacy, I'd have one again tomorrow, but only if Petrol went back to under £1 a litre.

There are lots of other options, but if cheaper is where you are looking then it would be freelander TD4 everyday for me.

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Old 27 March 2012, 14:54   #5
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Being a L R fan I would say freelander the 1 with the Eco engine is good loads of torque
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Old 27 March 2012, 15:03   #6
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oww. Almost don't want to say this but we have a Ford Kuga 4x4 163 hp 2 L diesel. since we have had it (just over a month) i have done around 1000 miles in its returning 34 mpg at the moment and i have heavy boots!

great spec, much cheaper than a land rover for purchase and service.

really nice to drive and I'm told, not too bad off road but frankly the closest its going to get with me is the car parks in the new forest!!!

well worth a look and very good residual values at the moment too!
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Old 27 March 2012, 15:22   #7
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Skoda yeti has a great write up, ace engine and economical as well as will do off road
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Suzuki sx4!
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Hi John, It really depends what you want to spend?, I had untill recently (and now wish I still had) a Ssangyong Rexton 2.9, mercedes running gear bullet proof performance and economical in fact I will buy another one, good used 5k ish so very good value for money, I have owned a nissan patrol for a long time and decided to keep that because it has 7 seats and a towing capacity of 3.5 tonne, but heavy on diesel, and sold the rexton, but now regret doing that
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Old 28 March 2012, 02:11   #10
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About £3k I reckon, so a Freelander 2 isn't in the cards but it looks like there's plenty of choice of earlier Freelanders at that sort of money.

I don't want a project though so I'll need to find out a bit more about them. What sort of mileage starts to make them scary?
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