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Best 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...

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Mark Pearson
Published18 November 2023

Used SUVs

So you fancy the on-trend practicality of an SUV but can't commit to a huge spend? Don't worry, there are still many used examples to choose from at surprisingly modest prices, and that's despite the recent hike in the value of used cars. 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 around £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.

Below we've listed the ten best models to choose, but it's the brilliant Kia Sportage that tops our chart.

Our pick: 1.6T GDi 157 48V ISG 3 5dr

0-62mph: 9.9 sec
MPG/range: 42.8mpg
CO2 emissions: 149g/km
Seats: 5
Boot: 562 litres

Strengths

  • Spacious and practical interior
  • Good value for money used
  • Neat steering

Weaknesses

  • Diesel engine can be noisy
  • So-so ride and handling
  • No automatic emergency braking on some models

The previous-generation Sportage has a spacious and practical interior, perfect for families, and is now great value bought used. True, the Sportage is not quite as engaging to drive as some of its rivals, but it betters many of them in so many other areas that it's a worthy winner here. It's a seriously good SUV and its looks will impress the neighbours, too. You can pick up a clean 2017 example now for our budget and that should give you many years of practical and reliable motoring.

We found 2017 Kia Sportage 1.7 CRDi 1, 52,000 miles, £9990

Read our full used Kia Sportage review

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Our pick: 1.6 TGDi Hybrid 230 SE Connect 5dr 2WD Auto

0-62mph: 8 sec
MPG/range: 50.4mpg
CO2 emissions: 127g/km
Seats: 5
Boot: 616 litres
Insurance group: 18E

Strengths

  • Plenty of space
  • Lots of equipment
  • Relatively cheap to buy used

Weaknesses

  • Plasticky interior
  • Firm ride
  • Some thirsty engines

Rugged, rocky and arid, that's what the name Tucson suggests, and it lives up to it, too, to a certain degree. In fact, space and practicality are the Tucson's real forte, and it's the perfect size and shape for families. It's nice to drive, too, if not outstandingly sharp or quick, and it looks great. Our budget should get you a good, average mileage version of the previous-generation car from 2017, and it'll come with a top-notch reliability record, too. 

We found 2017 Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDi 136 SE Nav, 30,000 miles, £9490

Read our full used Hyundai Tucson review

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Our pick: 1.4 Boosterjet 48V Hybrid SZ-T 5dr

0-62mph: 9.5 sec
MPG/range: 53.2mpg
CO2 emissions: 120g/km
Seats: 5
Boot: 362 litres
Insurance group: 22A

Strengths

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

Weaknesses

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

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 now buys you a good 2019 car with a low mileage.

We found 2019 Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ4, 18,000 miles, £9500

Read our full used Suzuki Vitara review

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Strengths

  • A lot of car for the money
  • Big boot
  • 4x4 version very capable

Weaknesses

  • Sparse equipment on lower trims
  • Interior feels very cheap
  • Disappointing Euro NCAP safety rating

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.

We found 2019 Dacia Duster 1.5 DCi Laureate, 36,000 miles, £9999

Read our full used Dacia Duster review

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Our pick: 2.0 e-Skyactiv G MHEV Centre-Line 5dr

0-62mph: 10.7 sec
MPG/range: 43.5mpg
CO2 emissions: 146g/km
Seats: 5
Boot: 522 litres
Insurance group: 17E

Strengths

  • Spacious interior
  • Sharp handling
  • Good economy from petrol engine

Weaknesses

  • Lots of road noise
  • Ride firm on Sport models
  • Drab interior

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 holiday. The rear seats of this large SUV 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. It would finish even higher if you could buy a newer one for this money. 

We found 2016 Mazda CX-5 2.2d SE-L, 61,000 miles, £9995

Read our full used Mazda CX-5 review

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Strengths

  • Fun to drive for an SUV
  • Spacious interior
  • Some efficient versions

Weaknesses

  • Too much wind and road noise
  • Ride is jittery on poor surfaces
  • Removable rear seats are fiddly

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.

We found 2016 Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI S, 53,000 miles, £8995

Read our full used Skoda Yeti review

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Our pick: 1.2 Dualjet 12V Hybrid SZ-T 5dr

0-62mph: 12.7 sec
MPG/range: 56.9mpg
CO2 emissions: 112g/km
Seats: 4
Boot: 260 litres
Insurance group: 21D

Strengths

  • Spacious for a city car
  • Most models well equipped
  • Agile in corners
  • Top-notch reliability

Weaknesses

  • Jiggly ride quality
  • Vague steering
  • Fiddly touchscreen system

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 with a low mileage and maybe even some 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. If you want a funky little SUV that works in town, the Ignis should be high on your list.

We found 2019 Suzuki Ignis 1.2 Dualjet SZ-T, 4000 miles, £9990

Read our full used Suzuki Ignis review

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Strengths

  • Practical interior
  • Impressive refinement
  • Well equipped

Weaknesses

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

The Renault Captur was consistently Europe’s best-selling small SUV – 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 one of the last 2019 models. 

We found 2019 Renault Captur 0.9 TCe 90 Dynamique Nav, 30,000 miles, £9995

Read our full used Renault Captur review

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Strengths

  • Spacious interior
  • Bigger boot than sibling Nissan Qashqai
  • Quiet petrol engines

Weaknesses

  • So-so quality
  • Grabby brakes
  • Choppy ride on big alloys

Handsome, spacious and cheap to run, the Renault Kadjar is a fine family SUV that built on the success of its smaller sibling, the Captur. It shares a lot of its underpinnings with our number 10 car here, the highly successful second-generation Nissan Qashqai. Its interior quality is a little mixed and its reliability record is not as good as some, alas. 

We found 2017 Renault Kadjar 1.5 dCi Dynamique Nav, 52,000 miles, £9990

Read our full used Renault Kadjar review

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Our pick: 1.3 DiG-T MH N-Connecta 5dr

0-62mph: 10.2 sec
MPG/range: 44.1mpg
CO2 emissions: 144g/km
Seats: 5
Boot: 479 litres
Insurance group: 12E

Strengths

  • Quiet and comfortable
  • Sips fuel
  • Lots of equipment

Weaknesses

  • Poor reliability
  • Ride suffers on 19in wheels
  • Limited rear visibility

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. It's immensely practical and spacious inside, and comfortable. Only a poor showing in our most recent What Car? Reliability Survey blots the Qashqai's copybook. 

We found 2017 Nissan Qashqai 1.2 DIG-T Acenta, 55,000 miles, £9700

Read our full used Nissan Qashqai review

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