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Best used luxury SUVs

A luxury SUV can make you feel like a millionaire, but if you follow the advice of this top 10 you won’t need a lottery win to afford one...


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Mark Pearson

Used luxury SUVs

What do lottery winners, Premier League football players and pop stars have in common? It seems they all covet luxury SUVs. And it seems that you do, too, judging by the way these vehicles have risen up the list of our most popular reviews.

Fortunately, you don't need to have a huge income if you buy one used. So, to help you decide which model to go for, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 used luxury SUVs. We've not set any price limits because each example is worth considerably less than when it was new, representing great value for money.

So, read on and we'll tell you which ones should be on your shortlist...

10

Volkswagen Touareg

Just because it wears a Volkswagen badge doesn’t mean the Touareg isn't luxurious. And it's not just opulent; it's good to drive and comfortable to ride in. The Touareg has also consistently been one of the most reliable cars of its type. And you can purchase one for a fraction of the price of the next car on our list.

We found: 2017 Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 V6 TDI Bluemotion Tech 262 R-line, 14,709 miles, £29,990

 

Pros

  • Supple ride
  • Excellent handling

Cons

  • Plain interior
  • Thirsty
9

Bentley Bentayga

The Bentayga is about as subtle to look at as one of 50 Cent’s customised watches. The short-lived 4.0-litre diesel V8 is the most economical engine, but the more numerous version is the 6.0 W12. Being a Bentley, the Bentayga is the priciest entrant on this list, but most were ordered with a considerable list of expensive options, making them better value than they first appear. 

We found: 2016 Bentley Bentayga 6.0 W12, 28,700 miles, £99,990

Pros

  • Luxurious interior
  • Strong performance
  • Well equipped

Cons

  • Hugely expensive
  • High running costs
  • Only average interior space
8

BMW X5

Bringing this list back down to Earth is the BMW X5, a car that rewrote the rule book on how big, tall and very heavy SUVs should handle. Go for one of the excellent 3.0-litre diesels for the best blend of economy and performance. An all-new fourth-generation model replaced this one in 2019, but you'll still need a lot of money to put one on your driveway. 

We found: 2018 BMW X5 xDrive30d M Sport, 28,996 miles, £36,999

Pros

  • Good to drive
  • 25d model is economical
  • Can seat seven

Cons

  • Expensive to buy
  • Newer rivals beat it for interior quality
  • Diesel engines could be quieter
7

Audi Q8

Up until now, we’ve mostly focused on practicality, but the plush Audi Q8 gives luxury SUV buyers a more rakish shape at the expense of some interior space. It's also well equipped and rides well. It even shares components with the high-performance Lamborghini Urus, so the handling is pretty decent, plus the 3.0-litre diesel engine in the 50 TDI is very swift indeed. 

We found: 2018 Audi Q8 50 TDI S line, 12,852 miles, £49,981

Pros

  • Spacious interior
  • Fantastic build quality
  • Very quiet

Cons

  • Limited engine choice
  • Expensive road tax
  • Fiddly infotainment system
6

Mercedes GLE

If you like your SUVs large, plush and imposing, the GLE should be right up your street. The model range is relatively simple but very well equipped. Inside, you sit high up, giving you a commanding view and the interior is very smart. Used models are very competitively priced and the GLE has proven to be a reliable entry in the luxury SUV segment. 

We found: 2018 Mercedes GLE 250d 4Matic AMG Line, 25,437 miles, £33,499

Pros

  • Powerful engines
  • Huge boot
  • Well equipped

Cons

  • Ponderous handling
  • Finicky infotainment
  • Lumbering ride quality
5

Porsche Cayenne

If the BMW X5 was the car to show the world how to make big SUVs handle like a well-sorted estate car, then the Porsche Cayenne was the one to make them feel like a sports car. Admittedly, its ride can be a bit firm, but the upside is that it can negotiate a country road far faster than any other off-roader. And it isn’t just quick in the corners; there’s a Turbo S version with 562bhp. We’d stick with the very impressive 3.0-litre diesel, mind. 

We found: 2016 Porsche Cayenne S 3.0 diesel, 41,445 miles, £39,995

Pros

  • Powerful engines
  • Flexible rear seats
  • Sharp handling

Cons

  • Expensive to run
  • Stingy standard equipment
  • Low-speed ride firm
4

Land Rover Range Rover

The original luxury SUV remains a hugely impressive vehicle. It's still one of a few examples on this list that has genuine off-road ability. There is only one fly in the ointment: the Rangie has been known to be fragile, with reliability not always its strong suit. Best to buy through our What Car? used car deals site and take advantage of the standard warranty. 

We found: 2018 Range Rover 4.4 SDV8 Vogue SE, 13,711 miles, £68,000

Pros

  • Superbly comfortable and refined
  • V6 diesel is surprisingly efficient
  • Off-road ability

Cons

  • Still expensive used
  • V8s cost a fortune to run
  • Concerning reliability record
3

Porsche Macan

It might seem odd that the smaller sibling is ahead of the full-fat Cayenne, but the Porsche Macan is an agile blast. It matches the Cayenne for luxury, and adds a whole extra dollop of driver enjoyment, thanks to it being smaller and lighter. It's also known to be rather reliable in its class.  

We found: 2019 Porsche Macan S, 10,811 miles, £59,600

Pros

  • Punchy performance
  • Superb handling for an SUV
  • High-quality interior

Cons

  • Rear seat space limited
  • Misses some safety kit
  • Expensive to run
2

Volvo XC90

Here's another luxury SUV that’s practical, comes with loads of safety technology, has an interior that looks and feels wonderfully opulent, and can be found for very reasonable money. It doesn’t matter all that much which version you go for because all of the trim levels are very well equipped. You can pick up an early 2015 or 2016 car for as little as £25,000, but we'd spend a bit more and put a three-year-old low-mileage example on our driveway. 

We found: 2018 Volvo XC90 D5 Momentum Pro, 19,324 miles, £40,790

Pros

  • Classy interior
  • Seven-seat versatility
  • Well equipped

Cons

  • Ride slightly unsettled
  • Road and suspension noise
1

Audi Q7

The Q7 has won multiple What Car? awards for the very reason that it is an impeccable family car, an excellent long-distance tourer and an outstanding luxury vehicle. Few cars this side of £100,000 have a plusher and quieter interior. It's reliable, too. Plus, you’ll get a much easier to operate infotainment system than the one found in later models and you'll be saving nearly half its original value, making a used Q7 an absolute bargain.

We found: 2018 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI S line, 28,180 miles, £37,999

Pros

  • Smooth and powerful engines
  • Great ride on air suspension
  • Wonderful build quality

Cons

  • Not as sharp to drive as some rivals
  • Plug-in hybrid loses seven-seat option
  • Expensive to run