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The best used off-roaders for the same price as a new Land Rover Defender

The best used off-roaders for the same price as a new Land Rover Defender


The new Land Rover Defender has arrived, replacing a car which holds a strong place in motoring history as one of the very best off-road icons.

It’s already making waves among the car industry, but there’s one snag; it is rather expensive. 

Prices for the new Defender start from a considerable £44,210. So the question comes into play - what are the best used off-roaders on the market today for the same price as a new Defender? Let’s take a look at some of the best.

Old Land Rover Defender

Sometimes you can’t go wrong with an original, can you? That’s definitely the case with the Land Rover Defender. The classic model remains an excellent off-roader, with robust mechanicals and easily fixable systems making it the go-to all-rounder for when things get sticky.

Land Rover Defender

You can get a great example for the £40,000 budget too - Defender prices have remained remarkably strong - but keep an eye out for well-maintained examples with plenty of receipts for servicing and maintenance.

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Suzuki Jimny

The Suzuki Jimny is a compact off-roader which punches well above its weight. Despite its dinky proportions the Jimny can more than match most other four-wheel-drives when things get rough, and a well-made interior should stand up to plenty of abuse too. 

Suzuki Jimny

In fact, with this budget, you could get a brand-new version, which only helps to bolster the little Jimny’s appeal even further. 

Jeep Wrangler

The Wrangler is a car synonymous with freedom, adventure and escapism. This iconic Jeep has a serious amount of presence and it has the go-anywhere capabilities to match too. Our £40,000 budget isn’t quite enough to net a brand-new example, but it’s more than enough to get hold of a decent used example.

Jeep Wrangler

The cabin might not be the most technologically-advanced, but it’s well made and solidly put together. One thing is for sure - even the most mundane of drives are going to feel like an adventure in the Wrangler.

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Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon

The G-Wagon is one of the few cars which comes close to the Defender in terms of heritage. It’s a car which is hard not to love, with its ‘look at me’, square design and delightfully utilitarian interior. More recent versions have gained a greater number of creature comforts, but all still retain that go-anywhere spirit.

Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen

There’s also a performance AMG version available for those who want an off-roader that’ll rocket towards the horizon, but even diesel-powered G-Wagons feel delightfully special.

Volkswagen Amarok

It’s hard not to fall for the rugged charms of a pick-up truck, and the Volkswagen Amarok is one of the best in the business. Available with a punchy turbocharged V6 diesel engine, the Amarok is one of the most powerful trucks around, but it’s backed up with a well-rounded interior and decidedly car-like driving characteristics. 

Volkswagen AmarokHaving been on the market for some time now there are plenty of used Amarok examples around - and plenty for well under our £40,000 budget. 

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