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Top 10 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...

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Mark Pearson
Published25 August 2023

Used large SUVs for less than £25,000

Large SUVs and large price tags tend to go hand in hand, but why wouldn't they? These cars are spacious, practical and they allow you to sit high above the ground. That's not to say there aren't some great deals out there, mind you, especially on the used market. If you have £25,000 (or a little less) to spend, there are plenty of great options for you to choose from – if only there was a comprehensive list of the top 10 best ones... oh wait. 

Many members of this list dip below our budget at just a few years old, not to mention all of them are impressively practical and capable machines. 

Strengths

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

Weaknesses

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

The seven-seat Peugeot 5008 steals victory here over its premium-badged rivals. Why? Well, it's stylish, practical and good to drive for starters. Its sharp interior is impressively practical 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: 2021 Peugeot 5008 1.2 PureTech Allure Premium , 27,789 miles, £23,749

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Our pick: 40 TDI Quattro Sport 5dr S Tronic

0-62mph: 7.6 sec
MPG/range: 44.1mpg
CO2 emissions: 167g/km
Seats: 5
Boot: 520 litres
Insurance group: 33E

Strengths

  • Smooth and punchy engines
  • High-quality interior
  • Relatively modest running costs

Weaknesses

  • Steering could be more involving
  • No seven-seat option
  • You need air suspension or non-sport suspension for the best ride

As a new car, it's a bit pricey, but it's relatively good value used – you should be able to pick up a four-year-old car for our budget. It has similar prestige to the BMW X3, but the five-seat Audi 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: 2019 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI 45 Sport, 63,889 miles, £23,990

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Our pick: 1.6 TGDi Hybrid Premium 5dr Auto

0-62mph: 8.9 sec
MPG/range: 44.1mpg
CO2 emissions: 145g/km
Seats: 7
Boot: 571 litres
Insurance group: 22E

Strengths

  • Huge boot
  • Seven-seat practicality
  • Well equipped

Weaknesses

  • Jiggly ride
  • Heavy-ish steering
  • Interior quality iffy in places

The Hyundai Santa Fe offers a spacious and versatile interior, a long (and transferable) five-year warranty and a robust build quality. The Santa Fe has but one engine, a 194bhp 2.2-litre diesel, and it provides the car with enough oomph to make light work of sharp inclines and motorways. But it's huge, seven-seat interior and immense practicality that are its main selling points.

We Found: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi Premium SE 4WD, 60,000 miles, £22,990

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Our pick: 2.5 PHEV ST-Line Edition 5dr CVT

0-62mph: 9.2 sec
MPG/range: 282.5mpg
CO2 emissions: 22g/km
Seats: 5
Boot: 612 litres
Insurance group: 21E

Strengths

  • Spacious interior
  • Efficient plug-in hybrid version
  • Great value bought used

Weaknesses

  • Interior quality not as good as some
  • Infotainment not the best
  • Boot not as big as some rivals

This latest Ford Kuga is an impressive large SUV, being good to drive and practical in everyday use. We love the 1.5-litre Ecoboost version for its simplicity and affordability and the more expensive plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model for its decent range and pleasing performance – we say expensive, but even that version is available within our budget. 

We found: 2021 Ford Kuga 2.5 EcoBoost Duratec 14.4kWh Titanium, 30,430 miles, £22,998

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Our pick: 1.6 T-GDi HEV Edition 5dr Auto

0-62mph: 9 sec
MPG/range: 38.2mpg
CO2 emissions: 168g/km
Seats: 7
Boot: 608 litres
Insurance group: 31D

Strengths

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

Weaknesses

  • Vague steering
  • High CO2 emissions
  • Cumbersome handling

The Kia Sorento is a fully fledged seven-seater and one with a handsome warranty: Kia offers a seven-year, 100,000-mile transferable warranty from new, so you may have several years of it left when you buy your used one. Combine that with its imposing looks and it’s no wonder that this 2015-2020 model proved such a popular car in the UK. There's a punchy 197bhp 2.2-litre diesel, and even the cheapest versions are well equipped. 

We Found: 2020 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi GT-Line S Auto AWD, 52,234 miles, £23,495

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Our pick: 2.0 eHEV Elegance 5dr eCVT

0-62mph: 9.4 sec
MPG/range: 42.8mpg
CO2 emissions: 151g/km
Seats: 5
Boot: 587 litres
Insurance group: 34E

Strengths

  • Very well equipped
  • Huge amount of space inside
  • Hybrid option

Weaknesses

  • No diesel option
  • Bland interior
  • Awkward infotainment system

Few large SUVs are more practical than the 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 2020 example and, on top of that, you've also got Honda's impressive reliability record. 

We found: 2020 Honda CR-V 2.0 i-MMD Hybrid SE, 33,487 miles, £23,995

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Our pick: 1.5 TSI SE L Executive 5dr DSG [7 Seat]

0-62mph: 9.8 sec
MPG/range: 39.2mpg
CO2 emissions: 164g/km
Seats: 7
Boot: 270 litres
Insurance group: 21E

Strengths

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

Weaknesses

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

A consummate all-rounder like this seven-seat Skoda 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, which only adds to the appeal of this likeable and practical Skoda. 

We found: 2021 Skoda Kodiaq 1.5 TSI SE DSG (7 Seat), 19,995 miles, £24,499

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Strengths

  • High-quality interior
  • Superb driving position
  • Well equipped

Weaknesses

  • Not as quiet as its rivals
  • Shallow boot
  • Uninspiring handling

Safety is one of the main concerns of large SUV buyers, and few cars have a better reputation for it than the Volvo XC60. Not only does it score highly for the crash protection it offers, but also for its safety technology, which helps prevent accidents from happening in the first place. All models are comfortable and well-equipped, but R-Design models are the best to drive – they have a decent ride and handling balance.

We found: 2020 Volvo XC60 2.0 D4 Momentum, 51,389 miles, £25,000

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Strengths

  • Sharp handling
  • Class-leading infotainment
  • Strong engines
  • Good value used

Weaknesses

  • Firm ride in M Sport trim
  • Popular 20d engine sounds gruff

You won't find huge amounts of BMW X3s (from this latest generation) within our budget, but its worth shopping around for one, because this premium SUV is a great buy – it's classy, comfortable and good to drive. You'll find a slick, class-leading infotainment here, too, as well as other desirable tech, to go along with its more practical elements. 

We found: 2019 BMW X3 2.0 20i XLine, 65,000 miles, £24,750

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Our pick: 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Design 5dr CVT

0-62mph: 8.1 sec
MPG/range: 48.7mpg
CO2 emissions: 131g/km
Seats: 5
Boot: 580 litres
Insurance group: 28E

Strengths

  • Strong reliability record
  • Excellent fuel economy for a large SUV
  • Plenty of equipment

Weaknesses

  • Early examples do without full smartphone connectivity
  • Some rivals more engaging to drive
  • No seven seat option unlike some rivals

If you only need five seats, you'll find the Toyota RAV4 is a highly practical large SUV and could potentially cost buttons to run. Added to that, its reliability record is exemplary. It's good value to buy used, too, and you get a lot of equipment and safety tech for your money. There's the option of a regular self-charging or plug-in hybrid, and some come with four-wheel drive. There's also its low fuel consumption and long warranty to help seal the RAV4 deal. 

We found: 2021 Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-h Excel CVT 4WD, 26,145 miles, £24,995

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