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Best used large SUVs for less than £20,000

Not all large SUVs cost a fortune. There are some excellent examples out there for very reasonable money on the used market. Here are 10 of our favourites.....


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Best used large SUVs for less than £20,000

Practicality, height, ruggedness: there are many reasons why large SUVs have taken off in popularity in recent years. It's one of the most desirable classes around, as well as tending to be a pricey one. It's a good thing, then, that we have the used market. 

You can save a hefty sum of money by buying a large SUV instead used instead of new. There are plenty of fantastic candidates for your consideration, so we've put together 10 of our favourites that are available for less than £20,000. 

10

Lexus NX

The Lexus NX has a few key points going for it. For starters, it should be very reliable; Lexus was named the number one brand in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. Plus it can be had as a hybrid (badged 300h) within budget. It would rank higher on this list if it weren't for its uninspiring drive, fiddly infotainment and its so-so fuel economy. At the moment, you may have to shop around for one within budget, though. 

We found: 2015 Lexus NX 300h 2.5 S, 46,497 miles, £22,995

Pros

  • Fantastic reliability
  • Long warranty
  • Quiet and smooth if driven gently

Cons

  • Expensive to buy and run
  • Uninspiring to drive
  • Fiddly infotainment
9

Toyota RAV4

Here's another large SUV available as a hybrid for less than £20,000. The Toyota RAV4 is a spacious, comfortable, reliable car and one that's easy to find on the used market. Prices are reasonable, even for hybrid variants, and it's a great all-rounder. Though some rivals may be more entertaining to drive and refined, this is certainly a decent choice. 

We found: 2016 Toyota RAV4 2.5 Hybrid Business Edition Plus, 25,833 miles, £19,995

Pros

  • Spacious and comfortable
  • Easy to drive
  • Long warranty

Cons

  • The Mazda CX-5 is more refined
  • Engines only average
  • Most rivals are more fun to drive
8

Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe is an immensely practical large SUV. It's roomy, with seven seats, and has a spacious boot. Its diesel engine may be somewhat gruff, but it's reasonably punchy and endows it with acceptable running costs. It's fantastic at towing as well, with manual models having a maximum capacity of 2.5 tonnes. 

We found: 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 Premium SE, 40,926 miles, £19,985

Pros

  • Practical interior
  • Well equipped
  • Comfortable ride

Cons

  • Below-par refinement
  • Can be thirsty
  • Limited head room in third row
7

Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento is mechanically very similar to the Santa Fe, and that's no bad thing; it shares a lot of that car's plus points. The model's diesel engine is rather good. It really shines when it comes to practicality though; it's hugely spacious, with seven seats on offer and a large boot. It ranks slightly higher than the Santa Fe because it's that bit more refined and has a nicer interior.

We found: 2015 Kia Sorento 2.2 KX-2, 64,099 miles, £17,700

Pros

  • Big and practical interior
  • Well equipped
  • Good towing ability

Cons

  • Vague steering
  • High CO2 emissions
  • Cumbersome handling
6

Citroen C5 Aircross

The Citroen C5 Aircross is one funky large SUV, however, it's not all form and no function. It's impressively comfortable, quiet and efficient on the road. Plus, there are plenty of one year-old examples with low mileage going for under £20,000 on the used market. It doesn't have seven seats, but if you don't mind that, there's little to leave you wanting. 

We found: 2019 Citroen C5 Aircross 1.2 Puretech 130 Flair, 15,000 miles, £19,495

Pros

  • Mostly smooth ride
  • Quiet interior even at motorway speeds
  • Efficient engines

Cons

  • Wallows in corners
  • No seven seat version
  • Question mark over long term reliability
5

Skoda Kodiaq

Classy, spacious and economical: that's the Skoda Kodiaq. It's extremely well-rounded and very easy to live with. It's available with a great range of petrol and diesel engines, two particular highlights being the smooth and efficient 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel unit and the punchy, economical 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol. And if you need seven seats, you'll find examples so-equipped. 

We found: 2018 Skoda Kodiaq 1.4 TSI SE, 21,000 miles, £20,000 

Pros

  • Classy and spacious interior
  • Smooth 2.0 diesel engine
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • Unsettled low-speed ride
  • Kia Sorento is more practical
4

Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is a reliable workhorse of a large SUV. In our most recent reliability survey, it ranked third out of 21 cars in the segment. It's available in either two or four-wheel-drive form and buyers can choose between some very economical engines. Interior-wise, it's incredibly practical too. 

We found: 2018 Honda CR-V 1.6 I-DTEC S , 33,784 miles, £16,700

Pros

  • Easy to drive
  • Efficient 1.6-litre diesel engine
  • Practical and well-built cabin

Cons

  • More expensive than some rivals
  • Entry-level models short on kit
  • Not as good to drive as the best in class
3

Mazda CX-5

Few large SUVs can match the Mazda CX-5 in the handling department; it's sharp, predictable and fun on a twisty road. And, sure, there are more relaxing cars to drive out there, but it's not uncomfortable by any means. What's more, you'll be able to admire its plush interior and intuitive infotainment system from behind the wheel. 

We found: 2018 Mazda CX-5 2.0 SE-L Nav, 38,581 miles, £17,899

Pros

  • Classy interior
  • Good handling
  • Well equipped

Cons

  • Firm ride
  • No seven-seat option
  • Still expensive used
2

Audi Q5

The newer generation of Audi Q5 is now available, but the previous model is nothing to scoff at. In fact it's still a fantastic large SUV, with sharp handling, good performance and a classy interior. There's also a variety of punchy, yet economical engines to choose from. It isn't the most practical car in its class, though the amount of space is offers will be more than enough for most. 

We found: 2015 Audi Q5 2.0 Quattro S Line Plus, 77,461 miles, £16,830

Pros

  • Sharp handling
  • Good performance
  • Classy interior

Cons

  • Firm ride
  • Potentially expensive repairs
  • Not cheap to buy
1

Peugeot 5008

Our number one recommendation when it comes to used large SUVs for less than £20,000 is the Peugeot 5008. It has the most plus points out of any car here; it's extremely practical, spacious and comfortable, and its engines are excellent. Not to mention it's stylish inside and out. This seven-seater won't disappoint, and with prices starting at around £17,000 it offers almost unrivalled value for money in the segment. 

We found: 2017 Peugeot 5008 2.0 GT Line, 73,378 miles, £20,499

Pros

  • Stylish and practical inside
  • Decent ride and handling
  • Flexible seating

Cons

  • Not as well equipped as some rivals
  • Head room limited by panoramic roof
  • Slow-witted infotainment