Best lux­ury SUVS for tow­ing

FOR: Most prac­ti­cal, best off-road, classy AGAINST: Heavy and thirsty, poor re­li­a­bil­ity

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Our ex­perts se­lect three great choices on a bud­get of £16k

LAND Rover has re­cently re­placed its Dis­cov­ery with an all-new model, but the time­less de­sign en­sures the pre­vi­ous SUV still looks classy to­day. It’s a real multi-pur­pose tool that’ll hap­pily trans­port a fam­ily of seven in com­fort, tow up to 3.5 tonnes, and is one of the most ca­pa­ble off-road­ers at any price.

But it’s heavy, so doesn’t tackle cor­ners with grace, and run­ning costs will be steep. We saw a 2010 3.0 TDV6 XS with 75,000 miles for £15,495.

IN­SIDE, the Dis­cov­ery is well built and very easy to get on with, while the seat­ing lay­out is ver­sa­tile. Vis­i­bil­ity is ex­cel­lent, and if you fold the third row of seats into the floor you get a mas­sive 1,137-litre boot.

THE Dis­cov­ery’s less-than-per­fect re­li­a­bil­ity is well doc­u­mented. Ev­ery­thing from elec­tri­cal grem­lins to se­ri­ous gear­box faults has been re­ported, so look for a well main­tained ex­am­ple be­fore buy­ing.

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