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Best used large SUVs for less than £25,000
Large SUVs are wonderfully practical and immensely popular, and you don’t need to spend a fortune to buy a good used one. Take a look at our top 10 favourites...
Large SUVs may be all the rage, but buying the one you've set your heart on new could cost a small fortune. However, you can save yourself a healthy sum if you buy a used example instead.
So, take a look at our top 10 list of the best used large SUVs you can buy for less than £25,000. There's something here for everyone, and buying used doesn’t mean you’ll end up with a car that's old and tired as many models on this list are barely a year old, so they will actually look and feel as good as new.
Seven-seat large SUVs are always in demand, especially ones sporting a pukka premium badge, so the Land Rover Discovery Sport has become a regular sight on the school run. It's good to drive and comfortable, too. Make sure you buy one with a Land Rover used car warranty, though – it would have finished even higher on our list if there hadn't been a question mark over its reliability.
We found: 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0 TD4 HSE, 19,000 miles, for sale for £24,995 here
- Seven seats available
- Comfortable on motorways
- Well laid-out dashboard
- Not cheap to buy
- Sluggish engines
- Poor reliability
The funky-looking and left-field Citroën C5 Aircross is five seats only but delivers comfort in spades and is a good value used buy too. You should be able to get a nearly new example and have some change from our budget. The ride is nicely judged, it's quiet even at motorway speeds and it comes with a range of efficient engines.
We Found: 2021 Citroen C5 Aircross 1.5 BlueHDi Flair Plus, 4000 miles, for sale for £22,995 here
- Mostly smooth ride
- Quiet interior even at motorway speeds
- Efficient engines
- Wallows in corners
- No seven seat version
- Question mark over long term reliability
Safety is one of the main concerns of large SUV buyers, and few cars have a better reputation for it than the XC60. Not only does it score highly for the crash protection it offers, but also for its safety technology, which helps prevents accidents from happening in the first place. All models are comfortable and well-equipped, but R-Design models are the best to drive with a decent ride and handling balance.
We found: 2019 Volvo XC60 D4 R-Design AWD Auto, 28,000 miles, for sale for £23,950 here
- High-quality interior
- Superb driving position
- Well equipped
- Not as quiet as its rivals
- Shallow boot
- Uninspiring handling
A consummate all-rounder like this seven-seat Kodiaq may not stand out from the crowd, especially when compared with the distinctive Peugeot 5008, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't put one on your driveway. It's a classy and highly capable car, and you can make big savings on nearly new examples (such as the one-year-old example we found), which only adds to the appeal of this likeable and practical Skoda.
We found: 2020 Skoda Kodiaq 1.5 TSI SE L DSG (7 Seat), 5000 miles, for sale for £24,999 here
- Classy and spacious interior
- Smooth 2.0 diesel engine
- Good value for money
- Unsettled low-speed ride
- Kia Sorento is more practical
Few large SUVs are more practical than the latest Honda CR-V, and the hybrid version is a very tempting proposition. It's well-equipped, good to drive and has a huge amount of space inside. The hybrid uses a 181bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine and offers decent performance and pleasing economy. Our money buys a 2019 example and, on top of that, you've also got Honda's excellent reliability record.
We found: 2019 Honda CR-V 2.0 Hybrid SE, 6000 miles, for sale for £24,500 here
- Very well equipped
- Huge amount of space inside
- Hybrid option
- No diesel option
- Bland interior
- Awkward infotainment system
The Mazda CX-5 has plenty of room for five people to travel in comfort, plus it's really refined so there's little wind or road noise to distract you. There's a 2.0-litre petrol version if you need it, but we’d suggest going for the 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel because it's much more flexible. The handling is nice and sharp for such a tall car and the steering is well-weighted to inspire confidence. It should be pleasingly reliable too.
We found: 2020 Mazda CX-5 2.2d SE-L Nav+, 8000 miles, for sale for £23,750 here
- Classy interior
- Good handling
- Well equipped
- Firm ride
- No seven-seat option
- Still expensive used
This latest Kuga is an impressive large SUV in any guise, being good to drive and practical in everyday use. We love the 1.5 Ecoboost version for its simplicity and affordability and the more expensive plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model for its decent range and pleasing performance. Used examples of this latest version are just trickling onto the forecourts now at surprisingly reasonable prices.
We found: 2021 Ford Kuga 1.5 Ecoboost 150 Zetec, 5500 miles, for sale for £22,995 here
- Spacious interior
- Efficient plug-in hybrid version
- Well priced
- Interior quality not as good as some
- Infotainment not the best
- Boot not as big as some rivals
If you shop around you should just be able to find the latest third-generation, 2018-onwards version of the premium X3 for our budget. If you can't, an older second-gen car is still well worth considering. Both perform admirably and are classy, comfortable and good to drive, although the third-generation model upped the game in terms of technology, improved refinement and greater interior space.
We found: 2018 xDrive20d M Sport, 20,000 miles, for sale for £25,000 here
- Sharp handling
- Class-leading infotainment
- Strong engines
- Firm ride in M Sport trim
- Popular 20d engine sounds gruff
- High tax costs
It may be pricey new but it's good value used – you should be able to pick up a two-year-old car for our budget. It has similar prestige to the BMW X3, but the five-seat Q5 has more up-to-date technology and a much swankier interior. It can be had with Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit digital instrument panel – a configurable 12.3in display that provides the driver with lots of information. It’s also extremely nice to drive and ride in.
We found: 2018 Audi Q5 2.0 TDI quattro Sport, 22,000 miles, for sale for £23,995 here
- Smooth and punchy engines
- High-quality interior
- Relatively modest running costs
- Steering could be more involving
- No seven-seat option
- You need air suspension or non-sport suspension for the best ride
The seven-seat 5008 steals victory here over its premium-badged rivals. Why? Well, it's stylish, practical and good to drive for starters. Those rugged good looks cover an interior that's impressively flexible and will seat seven in reasonable comfort. Plus, there's a range of strong engines to choose from, it's well-equipped in all trims and it rides and handles surprisingly well. All in, it's a great car and really good value too.
We found: 2020 Peugeot 5008 1.2 Puretech Allure, 8000 miles, for sale for £22,395 here
- Stylish and practical inside
- Decent ride and handling
- Flexible seating
- Not as well equipped as some rivals
- Head room limited by panoramic roof
- Slow-witted infotainment