Not sure if I should mention this but ...
As the car budget kept getting bigger (and the boat budget correspondingly smaller) we thought that it would be a good idea to have a look at the VW Touareg 4x4.
We were blown away!
This is a luxury vehicle in all senses of the word, yet it can tow 3.5 tonnes AND has a low ratio gear facility, along with all of the 4x4 clever bits that are available on the Jeep and other "real" 4x4s.
I don't think that the Jeep salesman is going to be very pleased
I shall test drive it next Saturday and I fully expect to buy (order) it there and then.
There is no comparison (quality-wise) between this and any of the others that I have looked at. IMHO, it is streets ahead of the BMW X5, Volvo XC90, Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland and of course, the (current) Discovery.
Quite a surprise really, as I always thought that VWs were pretty basic and I really only looked at the Touareg so that I could "eliminate" it. How wrong I was!
Thank you for all your help and guidance on this and other threads w.r.t. selecting a launch vehicle for my boat.