The recent spell of winter weather has added to already strong demand for 4×4 vehicles, according to used car pricing experts Glass’s Information Services. The seasonal trend has affected values across the market and older off-roaders are proving especially popular with private buyers at auctions. On dealer forecourts demand for prestige sector Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) is amongst the highest for any type of car.

Richard Crosthwaite, Glass’s specialist car editor, says: “Interest in the BMW X5 is remarkable, despite the fact that the car has now been on sale in the UK for nearly three years. One-year-old examples of the 3.0-litre diesel X5 are typically retailing at up to £1,000 above list price, and petrol models rarely sell at more than £1,000 below. Mercedes’ ML Class may not be in its first flush of youth, but after 12 months the ML270 CDI can still achieve its original purchase price on the used market.”