Best used off-roaders 2021

Rory White

25 Nov 2021

Winter is coming. If you live in the sticks, a 4x4 could make life easier when the weather turns. Here are the best used off-roaders according to us.

1. Land Rover Discovery

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Not the only Land Rover on this list, but that's no surprise given Land Rover designs all its models to be the best off-road from the start. The Discovery is one of its most popular, so there's plenty of choice on the used market.

It'll seat seven people, look great outside Waitrose, but will also tow the largest trailers and wade through deep water with the best of them. Its Terrain Response technology means it'll do everything for you off-road if you want it to, letting you sit back and watch the countryside go by.

2. Dacia Duster

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Dacia builds some of the best value cars in Britain and its Duster is no different. You can have great space, standard equipment and off-road ability for very sensible money. Loads of people bought them new, so you won't struggle to find a used example near you.

You'll need the all-wheel-drive version rather than the front-wheel-drive model, which is a bit more expensive, but next to 4x4s of the same size it remains a bargain.

3. Jeep Wrangler

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The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most iconic off-roaders in the world but backs up its rugged looks with serious off-road ability. The latest model has been around since 2018, so the used market is looking healthy.

The Wrangler comes in two sizes - two or four doors - but all get switchable all-wheel-drive and impressive ground clearance and wading ability. The range-topping Rubicon also gets more aggressive tyres and the ability to decouple parts of its suspension to keep its wheels on the ground in the most challenging conditions.

4. Land Rover Defender

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The Land Rover Defender used to be a back-to-basics machine that used simple mechanicals to get across rough terrain. It's now a much more luxurious SUV available in short and long wheelbases, but also in a commercial van version.

It's been on sale since 2020, so used examples are relatively thin on the ground, but it's well worth seeking one out over the older less sophisticated version.

The new Defender is even better than the old Defender off-road too, thanks to an array of clever electronics that can jack it up and keep its wheels on the ground when it's needed. The Defender is also a better car to drive on road in just about every regard.

5. Toyota Land Cruiser

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The Land Cruiser is one of the biggest names in the off-road scene, loved for its extremely tough build and dependable reliability. It never sold in huge numbers, but used models hold their value well.

Like the Defender, you can have it in long or short wheelbases and it can be a luxurious SUV if you want it to be, but also a commercial van version as pictured here. All have all-wheel-drive, differentials and the option of more aggressive tyres if you want to use your Land Cruiser as intended.

6. Mercedes G-Class

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Don't be fooled by the fact the Mercedes G-Class spends most of its time in Premiership football club car parks. It's a serious bit of kit away from the Tarmac, and having been on sale since 2018 is available in fairly decent numbers on the idea market.

You need to avoid the AMG version, mind, which has less ground clearance and performance tyres, but stick with the diesel and you'll find its all-wheel-drive, differentials and ground clearance will embarrass plenty of 4x4s on the rough stuff.

7. Ford Ranger Raptor

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The Ford Ranger pickup truck is one of the best of its kind around, but with the Raptor, Ford actually reduced its carrying ability in the name of off-road prowess.

The Raptor gets Ford's more powerful diesel engine and unique suspension, tyres, wheels and styling, combining to make it the most capable version of the Ranger off-road there is.

There aren't a huge number of these Raptors around, but they are the most extreme off-road. Then again, the regular Ford Ranger is a brilliant choice too if you can't find the Raptor you want.

8. Suzuki Jimny

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The Suzuki Jimny might be the smallest car here, but it packs a punch when it comes to scrabbling through the countryside. There are plenty about on the used market to choose from too.

Its low weight actually works in its favour, as its skinny off-road tyres have less to haul along, plus its switchable all-wheel-drive and low and high range gearboxes help give you more precision in tricky situations.

9. Range Rover

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The Range Rover is been combining luxury with off-road ability for decades. It truly is one of the most rounded vehicles it's possible to buy.

Inside it's essentially a luxury limo, especially if you buy the longer wheelbase version, but Land Rover's clever Terrain Response tech is on hand to make sure you get to that charity function, even if it happens to be on the summit of Ben Nevis.

It was eye-wateringly expensive new, but it sold extremely well, so there will be no problem finding one in the spec you want on the used market.

10. Range Rover Evoque

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The Evoque might be seen slinking about the city most of the time, but this stylish SUV is actually extremely competent off-road too.

That's because Land Rovers have to be, and with all the bells and whistles fitted including Land Rover's superb off-road tech, the Evoque will jack itself up and control its all-wheel-drive automatically at the press of a button to make sure you get where you need to go.

It was one of Land Rover best selling models ever, so you won't have any issues finding a used one that suits you.

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Rory White

25 Nov 2021