Currently have a 2014 BT50 4WD dual cab ute, but it's too large for my wife to drive comfortably. With the height (lift, roof rack, etc) & length, it doesn't fit into the work carpark, shopping centre underground car parks, etc. Looking for something that is better suited to every day use and my wife can drive comfortably when needed.
Looking for an alternate tow vehicle with:
2t-2.5t tow capability
GVM that allows ~400kg payload & 200kg ball weight (so 600kg minimum)
More SUV style, so wife-friendly
Decent power for towing
Length under 5m
AWD or 4WD to handle gravel roads and mud (not rock crawling, winching, etc).
Budget is around $35k, possibly a little higher for the right vehicle.
Options currently seem to be:
Toyota Prado ~2013, but not sure of the towing power
Jeep Grand Cherokee ~2015 in the 3L TD or 5.7L V8 petrol - possibly expensive to maintain
Toyota Kluger - towing capacity is borderline
Mitsubishi Pajero - lots of issues with the Triton utes, not sure of the Pajero durability
Older VW Touareg - servicing/repair costs? reliability of DSG auto box?
Looking for feedback on the options above or your alternate suggestions.