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Best used small SUVs for less than £10,000

Small SUVs blend practicality with value and are some of the most popular used cars in the UK right now. Here are our top 10 favourites for less than £10,000...


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It's fair to say that many car-buyers have fallen in love with small SUVs, turning their backs on more conventional hatchbacks in favour of these rugged-looking tots. And why not? Today’s best combine a high driving position with a practical and versatile interior that offers room for the whole family, yet they're still easy to drive and park.

Thanks to booming sales, there’s now a massive choice on the used car market. Here, we’ve rounded up our top 10 for less than a bargain-bucket £10,000, to help you work out which one’s best for you.

10

Fiat 500X

Used Fiat 500X 2015-present

The stylish Fiat 500X works for families looking for a more interesting alternative to some of its more humdrum rivals. It has the look of the cutesy-pie 500 hatchback, of course (in the same way a snake looks when it's swallowed a small animal). You can expect a snazzy interior and decent refinement, though.

We Found: 2017 Fiat 500X 1.6 eTorq Popstar, 28,000 miles, on sale for £9150 here

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Pros

  • Decent refinement
  • Numb steering
  • Classy cabin

Cons

  • Numb steering
  • Slow automatic gearbox
  • Rear seat flexibility
9

Vauxhall Crossland X

Used Vauxhall Crossland X 2017-present

For our budget, you can pick yourself up a Vauxhall Crossland X from 2019, making it even more of a bargain than the 2017 Fiat 500X we've listed. It's got a big boot and plenty of space so it makes practical sense, too. Indeed, it'll bring you all the practicalities of a small SUV, although we have to admit that it's not the greatest to drive.

We found: 2019 Vauxhall Crossland X 1.2 Ecotech SE, 12,000 miles, on sale for £9995 here

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Pros

  • Perky 1.2 turbo petrol
  • Big boot
  • Low price

Cons

  • Body roll
  • Road noise
  • Harsh ride
8

Honda HR-V

Used Honda HR-V Hatchback (15-present)

Versatile seating and a smart interior make the high-quality Honda HR-V an appealing buy. You can add top-notch reliability and Honda dealers' excellent record for customer service to the pluses too. Alas, earlier cars were a bit noisy and had a bumpy ride, and it's not the best value in this class.

We found: 2016 Honda HR-V 1.5 i-VTEC S, 30,000 miles, on sale for £9995 here

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Pros

  • Clever rear seats
  • Robust build quality
  • Punchy diesel engine

Cons

  • Diesel engine is noisy
  • Wooden ride quality
  • Not cheap to buy used
7

Citroen C3 Aircross

Used Citroen C3 Aircross 2017 - present

Based on the cheap-as-chips Citroen C3 hatchback, the Aircross mixes funky styling with flexible interior seating, and it certainly stands apart from its rivals. You can also get a really good nearly new car for our £10,000 budget. It's just a shame the driving experience is not quite a match for those desirable looks. 

We found: 2019 Citroen C3 Aircross 1.2 110 Puretech Feel, 12,000 miles, on sale for £9500 here

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Pros

  • Strong turbocharged 1.2-litre engine
  • Flexible seating
  • Standard safety tech

Cons

  • Basic model has bland interior
  • Fiddly infotainment
  • Disappointing to drive
6

Mini Countryman

Used Mini Countryman Hatchback 17-present

Let's face it, there are loads of used small SUVs out there, but very few have that extra panache to make them stand out from the masses. The Mini Countryman, though, is stuffed with so many retro styling cues that you couldn't mistake it for anything else. It's fun and fashionable, but its ride is a bit firm, it's not the most spacious and it's still a little expensive. 

We found: 2016 Mini Countryman 1.6 Cooper D All4, 30,000 miles, on sale for £9995 here

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Pros

  • Neat handling
  • Potent engines
  • Large boot

Cons

  • Unsettled ride
  • Average rear space
  • Expensive to buy
5

Mazda CX-3

Used Mazda CX-3 16-present

It’s rare to find a car in the small SUV class that’s both smart and engaging, but the Mazda CX-3 seems to pull it off. For starters, the mature design manages to be stylish without trying too hard to be fashionable. There's also just enough of Mazda’s sporty DNA to make it satisfying to drive. The ride is a little firm, though, and rear space is tight. 

We found: 2016 Mazda CX-3 2.0 Sport Nav, 20,800 miles, on sale for £9995 here

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Pros

  • Stylish looks
  • Lively petrol engines
  • Engaging handling

Cons

  • Firm ride
  • Limited rear seat space
  • Unimpressive petrol CO2 emissions
4

Renault Captur

Used Renault Captur 13-present

This first-generation and immensely popular Renault Captur is a good car if you want small hatchback size and costs but with a slightly elevated driving position. The good news is you can get a good 2019 one for our budget, but the bad news is the quality is a bit poor and it's not as spacious in the back as some of the rivals we've picked out. 

We found: 2019 Renault Captur 0.9 TCE 90 Iconic, 10,000 miles, on sale for £10,000 here

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Pros

  • Practical interior
  • Impressive refinement
  • Well equipped

Cons

  • Pre-facelift Captur has poor interior quality
  • Some engines have weak performance
  • Rear leg room can be tight
3

Suzuki Ignis

Used Suzuki Ignis Hatchback (16-present)

A bit of a wildcard, this, because you can pick up a nearly new Suzuki Ignis for our money, but the truth is that it's smaller and less spacious than most of the other cars we've listing. Why is it here? Because it's great fun to drive, and to look at. It's a characterful city car, and about the only option if you need four-wheel drive or hybrid technology in one this size.

We found: 2019 Suzuki Ignis 1.2 Dualjet 12v hybrid SZ3, 13,000 miles, on sale for £9995 here

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Pros

  • Spacious for a city car
  • Most models well equipped
  • Agile in corners

Cons

  • Jiggly ride quality
  • Vague steering
  • Fiddly touchscreen system
2

Kia Stonic

Kia Stonic

All Kia cars come with a seven-year warranty from new, so if you buy a three-year-old Stonic you'll have plenty of cover left. Not that you should need much of it – according to What Car? surveys, the Kia Stonic is one of the more reliable small SUVs. It's also a fine and capable car with plenty of equipment, although the firm ride can be an acquired taste.

We found: 2018 Kia Stonic 1.0 GDi 2, 28,000 miles, on sale for £9900 here

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Pros

  • Punchy 1.0-litre engine
  • Plenty of standard equipment
  • Agile handling

Cons

  • Firm ride
  • Lack of adjustable lumbar support
  • Rivals are more practical
1

Suzuki Vitara

Used Suzuki Vitara 15-present

Thanks to its squared-off corners, raised ride height and the option of four-wheel drive, the practical Suzuki Vitara has some of the off-road abilities people associate with larger SUVs. Its also well-equipped, spacious and even fun to drive, with a good balance between ride and handling. Our budget buys you a three-year-old car with a low mileage.

We found: 2018 Suzuki Vitara 1.6 Boosterjet SZ4, 12,000 miles, on sale for £9990 here

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Pros

  • Good driving manners
  • Spacious and practical interior
  • Well equipped

Cons

  • High emissions on some petrol models
  • Diesel engines can be noisy
  • Some of the trim feels flimsy
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