I would really appreciate your thoughts/experiences/real life opinions with the short list of vehicles in the title or any other alternatives I may have missed.
Essentially, I need something that will cope with being a daily work car transporting me and my numerous carpentry tools and materials, good on long motorway runs (hants to norfolk at least once a month), will return at least mid-thirties mpg, 4wd (obviously),able to tow a twin axle braked 8 x 4 trailer from time to time (trailer rated at 2700kgs, but unlikely to be more than 1100kgs all up), reliable and will fit my bike inside (hence estate) and also act as a family car at weekends. I'm looking to spend circa £10k, although with the right motivation, i.e low miles, could up that budget to £14k
I do at least 20k miles per year, so it's gotta be comfy and not hard work to drive.
I currently have an aging e-class 300TD estate that takes all the abuse, delivers reasonable mpg (32ish on the long norfolk runs), takes all the stuff I can throw inside it, the only problem being it has low ride height and sinks at the first sign of boggyness/marsh (i.e norfolk broads) that requires it to be pulled out every time and I'm bored of that. Apart from that it's fab to drive!
There's possibly more info I could divulge, but it's slipped my mind, so please ask away.
I appreciate there being a diverse range of tastes and opinions on here, which is exactly why I'm asking!
Many thanks and much appreciated