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Top Gear’s Top Five Utility SUVs
Land Rover Discovery 3.0 SDV6 XS
Specs: 265bhp, 442lb ft, 0-62mph 8.8secs, VMax 112mph, 35.3mpg, CO2 213g/km
Getting better and better with each generation. Seven seats, off-road ability, comfort and just enough luxe make this the thinking man’s Range Rover.
Land Rover Defender 90 Station Wagon
Specs: 120bhp, 266lb ft, 0-62mph 15.8secs, VMax 90mph, 27.7mpg, CO2 269g/km
Aged workhorse of the Land Rover stable, but not quite ready for the knackers yard yet. An icon, and one that will be extremely hard to replace.
Dacia Duster Access 1.6 4x4
Specs: 104bhp, 109lb ft, 0-62mph 12.8secs, VMax 99mph, 35.3mpg, CO2 185g/km
Britain’s cheapest four-wheel-drive, and no less brilliant because of that. Not much in the way of standard kit, but then who cares for £11k?
Subaru Forester 2.0D XC
Specs: 145bhp, 258lb ft, 0-62mph 10.4secs, VMax 99mph, 35.3mpg, CO2 185g/km
The modern Forester has grown-up since the mock-rally, turbo’d days of the late nineties, but the low centre of gravity still makes it a TG favourite.
Mercedes-Benz G-Class 350 Bluetec
Specs: 208bhp, 398lb ft, 0-62mph 9.1secs, VMax 108mph, 25.2mpg, CO2 295g/km
Along with cockroaches, probably about the only thing capable of withstanding nuclear fallout. Epic off-road, very suspect on-road.