The shock and awe of SUVs
Thereâ€™s a huge market for small SUVs, and this Hummer fits right into it. Well, we say small â€“ itâ€™s actually the tiniest Hummer they make.
2006 HUMMER H3 SE
Price new: Â£28,500
Yours for: Â£17,500
Engine: 2.5-litre, five-cylinder petrol
Transmission: four-speed auto, four-wheel drive
Torque: 243lb ft
Economy: 19.5 mpg
CO2 emissions: 346g/km
First registered: 2006
Recorded mileage: 30,000miles
True, itâ€™s not exactly Seat Arona like in terms of dimensions, since itâ€™s based on an American pick-up truck designed to pick up whole towns. But the Arona wonâ€™t give you four-wheel drive, as the H3 does, nor would it give you serious approach and departure angles. If you want to go properly off-road, you can do that with the Hummer.
And donâ€™t run away with the idea that this is some crude Yankee truck. It has five doors, for a start, and the cabin features all manner of luxuries including air con, leather seats and more.
Thereâ€™s even cruise control but itâ€™s not the adaptive kind â€“ if this thing runs up behind a slower vehicle it doesnâ€™t carefully modulate its speed, it simply runs over and flattens the slower vehicle.
Itâ€™s not exactly the last word in sophistication or dynamic prowess. It wasnâ€™t when the vehicle was built in 2006. It still wasnâ€™t when Hummer was discontinued in 2010. And it certainly isnâ€™t now. But if you want a vehicle that leads with the sort of grille that looks like it ought to have â€˜Make America Great Againâ€™ stamped in it, then this is for you.
Is it a ridiculous idea? Well, itâ€™s only a 2.5-litre engine under the bonnet, and you could probably hit 20mpg if youâ€™re very careful. Spares can be had from reputable online companies that will get you parts in a couple of days, and youâ€™re certainly going to get some attention â€“ whether you like it or not.
If you find the sort of carefully designed, very similar looking lines of SUVs from the main manufacturers to be a bit vanilla, then this is your Marmite.