Britain's best value cars - SUVs
Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI 110 Bluemotion Technology S
Target Price: £19,701
Resale value £11,850
True MPG: 51.7
Three-year cost: £14,644
Strong resale values are a big factor behind the VW Tiguan's appearance here. Sure, some of the VW's rivals are cheaper to buy, but few hold on to their value anywhere near as well.
The Tiguan is much cheaper to run than you'd probably imagine, too. It might have the chunky looks you'd normally associate with a 4x4, but this Bluemotion Technology version is actually front-wheel drive, which helps reduce weight and frictional loses. The result is outstanding real-world average fuel economy of 51.7mpg.
That's not all. The Tiguan is also cheap to service (thanks to VW's fixed-price plan), and you won't have to fork out too much on road or company car tax, either, thanks to the car's low CO2 emissions.
Entry-level S trim isn't exactly rammed with kit, but you still get all the essentials, including air-conditioning, alloy wheels and stability control.
Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi Acenta 2WD
Target Price: £19,475
Resale value £9075
True MPG: 45.9
Three-year cost: £18,442
The Nissan Qashqai has led the trend for slightly taller, SUV-esque family transport – and it can also be great value. The 1.6 Acenta turbodiesel is a comfortable cross-country cruiser with a relatively generous kit list. It struggles to match the Government fuel economy figure, but in our True MPG test it manages 45.9mpg. Achieving our Target Price reduces the initial cost by over £1800 and transforms the car's three-year value potential.
Read the full Nissan Qashqai review
BMW X3 xDrive20d SE
Target Price: £29,839
Resale value £18,925
True MPG: 42.2
Three-year cost: £20,097
BMW claims the BMW X3 will do more than 50mpg, which is optimistic, but a real-world average of 42.2mpg is still impressive. The BMW X3 is surprisingly affordable to own in other respects, too, thanks to rock-solid Resale values and cheap road tax rates. The X3 also just happens to be our favourite SUV; it's great to drive, classy inside and generously equipped.
Read the full BMW X3 review
Land Rover Discovery 3.0 SDV6 GS
Target Price: £36,595
Resale value £23,350
True MPG: 30.7
Three-year cost: £26,460
Clearly, there are more affordable SUVs. However, as posh seven-seat SUVs go, the big Land Rover Discovery is surprisingly good value. Strong residuals mean you won't lose that much money in the first three years of ownership, and this goes some way towards making up for the Disco's hefty road tax bills. Real-world fuel economy of 30.7mpg isn't too bad, either – especially for something that weighs 2.7 tonnes.
Read the full Land Rover Discovery review
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