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DoneDeal of the week: Two utilitarian SUVs with lots of toys

This week we have two SUVs with four-wheel drive and great off-road capabilities.

THESE TWO WORKHORSES are just as capable off-road as they are on the road. They are practical and hardy as well as being comfortable and packed full of extras.

First up, this 2012 Land Rover Discovery 4 (€36,950)

The Land Rover Discovery 4 is a big, tall, versatile machine that’s comfortable and easy to drive. It’s quite a handsome and classy car compared to many of its rivals and this one here is jam packed with safety features and driver’s aids to help you in all types of terrain.

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The external features of this particular model include 19-inch seven-spoke alloys, body-coloured metal roof, halogen headlamps with daytime running lamp (DRL), heated and electronically adjustable mirrors, heated rear window and rear wash wiper.

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The cabin is finished in ivory leather and features adjustable seats, multifunction steering wheel, a trip computer with message centre and Bluetooth, a CD/radio and USB/AUX and 12v connection points.

Safety features include multiple airbags and ISOFIX points as well as driver’s aids including cruise control, Active Roll Mitigation (ARM), Intelligent Stop/Start System, Hill Start Assist, Gradient Acceleration Control, Hill Descent Control (HDC) with Gradient Release Control (GRC), Front and Rear Axle Open Differential, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Roll Stability Control (RSC) and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC).

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It is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission driving power to all four wheels. It produces 211hp and goes from 0 to 100km/h in 10.7 seconds, on to a top speed of 180km/h. The official combined fuel economy figure is 7.7 litres/100km.

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It falls into tax band F, which means it is €1,200 a year to tax. The car has 137,000km on the clock and a price tag of €36,950.

Next, this 2015 Jeep Cherokee (€34,500)

The Jeep Cherokee is a decent car and good alternative to rival premium brands. It is satisfying to drive and never feels short on performance, especially in the 2.0-litre 140hp guise that we have here.

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The Jeep Cherokee certainly is interesting to look at. It has an unusual headlight design and distinctive ‘waterfall’ grille. The rear is also quite unique and this car could never be accused of being bland.

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This particular car comes in Longitude trim and has a hefty list of standard features including Jeep signature LED daytime running lights and LED taillamps, front fog lights with cornering function, chrome side roof rails, front grille and window surrounds, chrome exhaust tip, and body-coloured shark fin antenna. It rolls on 17-inch aluminium alloys with Fix & Go kit.

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The sports seats are covered in ‘Morocco Black’ cloth and there is a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel and leather gear lever. There are electric windows and mirrors and the car is fitted with privacy glass.

There is an instrument cluster with 3.5-inch colour TFT display and on-board computer with Uconnect 5-inch DAB radio with touchscreen, Bluetooth, USB/CD/SD/Aux-in, voice command and six speakers.

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Safety features include multiple airbags and ISOFIX anchor points. Driver’s aids include all speed traction control with electronic roll mitigation, electronic stability control (ESC) and trailer sway damping, a tyre pressure monitoring system and hill start assist.

It is powered by a 2.0-litre Multijet II diesel engine with a six-speed manual transmission driving power to the front wheels. It produces 140hp and goes from 0 to 100km/h in 10.9 seconds and onto a top speed of 187km/h. The official combined fuel economy figure is 5.3 litres/100km.

It falls into tax band B2, which means it is €280 a year to tax. The car has 13,747km on the clock and a price tag of €34,500.

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