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Top 10 used SUVs for less than £10,000
You don't need a big budget to get a desirable, family-friendly SUV. Here we count down the top 10 you can buy used for less than £10,000 – and reveal the one to avoid...
So you fancy the on-trend practicality of an SUV but can't commit to a huge spend? Don't worry, there are many used examples to choose from now at surprisingly modest prices. Here, we’ve picked out ten SUVs of varying sizes that we think will fit a variety of different bills, all for an upper price limit of £10,000.
You can choose from SUVs both big and small, depending on your needs, but whatever the dimensions there are many qualities that all these cars share, including a spacious and versatile interior and a relaxing drive.
The first-gen CX-5 was a corker when it arrived, being far nicer to drive than the Nissan Qashqai of the time, and a lot roomier, too, with a boot that can easily hold enough luggage for a family camping holiday. The rear seats are just about wide enough for three people to sit abreast, which not a lot of family SUVs will let you do. Oh, and it's reliable and well equipped, too. Only its age counts against it here.
- Spacious interior
- Sharp handling
- Good economy from petrol engine
- Lots of road noise
- Ride firm on Sport models
- Drab interior
In truth, the Sportage is not quite as engaging to drive as some of its rivals, but it betters many of them on space and practicality. You can pick up a clean 2016 example now for our budget and that should give you many years of practical and reliable motoring. You should even get the residue of Kia’s impressive seven-year warranty, too.
- Spacious and practical interior
- Good value for money used
- Neat steering
- Diesel engine can be noisy
- So-so ride and handling
- No automatic emergency braking on some models
The CR-V is primarily aimed at those who wished to remain on Tarmac rather than go rock-crawling, but it's a smart-looking and solid family SUV. It's huge inside, very reliable, and quite frugal in 1.6 diesel form. All in, a classy SUV. If you could buy newer than a 2015 car then it'd probably have finished higher up our list.
- Easy to drive
- Efficient 1.6-litre diesel engine
- Practical and well-built cabin
- More expensive than some rivals
- Entry-level models short on kit
- Not as good to drive as the best in class
It's one of the smallest SUV offerings on the market, but it is also one of the best value. £10,000 buys you an example that's only a year or so old, with low mileage and a big chunk of the three-year warranty left over. What's more, its diminutive dimensions make it ideal in the city, yet inside, there's space for four adults and a very reasonable-sized boot. Engines aren't the most potent, the ride can be flummoxed by bigger bumps and there's quite a bit of road noise at speed, but if you want a funky little SUV that works in town, the Ignis should be high on your list.
- Spacious for a city car
- Most models well equipped
- Agile in corners
- Jiggly ride quality
- Vague steering
- Fiddly touchscreen system
This Tiguan would finish a lot higher up the list if you could buy a slightly newer one for our budget. Our money doesn't quite get you into the latest Tiguan just yet, rather a facelifted example of the line first-generation version. True, it doesn’t look that exciting, but it is practical, efficient and refined, and comes with VW’s usual high standards of interior finish. All in, a very desirable and deservedly popular SUV.Volkswagen Tiguan
- Refined interior
- Efficient engines
- Firm ride
- Limited off-road capability
- Comparatively expensive to buy
Chunky, Tonka-toy looks, blistered wheel arches, oversized roof rails and lower-body cladding give the Yeti real presence. Fortunately, there is nothing abominable about this practical and economical SUV behind those looks. You can choose from a good range of engines and, whichever you choose, all Yetis have excellent driving manners and plenty of interior space. Our budget buys you one of the last Yetis, but it sold well throughout its life so it shouldn't be as hard to track down as that snowman that inspired the name.
- Fun to drive for an SUV
- Spacious interior
- Some efficient versions
- Too much wind and road noise
- Ride is jittery on poor surfaces
- Removable rear seats are fiddly
Our money buys the latest Duster, and that's not a bad thing: it's good to drive, comfortable and cheap to run. Space is very good, too; four adults should have few complaints about longer journeys and you can even take five – at a pinch. Boot capacity is excellent, too. It might not be of the highest quality inside, but it'll stand up to abuse from even the most ardent DIYer, or the most abusive toddler.
- A lot of car for the money
- Big boot
- 4x4 version very capable
- Sparse equipment on lower trims
- Interior feels cheap
- Disappointing Euro NCAP safety rating
The Renault Captur was Europe’s best-selling small SUV in 2016 – and as the first-generation model had a good, long life, surviving up until the launch of the latest version in 2019, there are plenty of used examples around. There's a good choice in the engine range from nippy petrols to frugal diesels. Our money buys a post-facelift 2018 model, with new bumpers, restyled lights, and a better dashboard inside. Certainly, it isn't going to whet the appetite of an enthusiastic driver, but think of it instead as a solid and dependable and immensely practical used buy.
- Practical interior
- Impressive refinement
- Well equipped
- Pre-facelift Captur has poor interior quality
- Some engines have weak performance
- Rear leg room can be tight
The very apogee of the family SUV, the Qashqai has pointed the way for all others since it started the trend way back in 2008. This second-generation version really upped the game when it was introduced in 2014, and was crowned the What Car? Car of the Year that year. It strikes a good balance between ride comfort and handling, too, with lots of grip and the ability to ride bumps and potholes with real composure. It's immensely practical and spacious inside, too. Only a poor showing in our reliability survey blots the Qashqai's otherwise glowing copybook.
- Quiet and comfortable
- Sips fuel
- Lots of equipment
- Poor reliability
- Ride suffers on 19in wheels
- Limited rear visibility
The Vitara is good to drive, has a comfortable ride, loads of interior space, and a good touchscreen infotainment system in SZ-T trim or higher. On top of that, its reliability record is very strong and it's also surprisingly economical.
It's been on sale since 2015 so there's plenty of choice on the used forecourts, but our £10k budget easily buys you a 2018 car with one of the earlier 1.6 engines.
- Good driving manners
- Spacious and practical interior
- Well equipped
- High emissions on some petrol models
- Diesel engines can be noisy
- Some of the trim feels flimsy
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