The best combine the easy going driving characteristics of those hatchbacks with the elevated seating and chunky styling of 4x4s and the space and versatility of MPVs. What's more, you can get them with five or seven seats, and there are versions to suit all budgets.
Here's our round-up of the best SUVs, large and small, that you can buy for less than £30,000.
The best SUVs for less than £30,000
10. Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ-T
List price £17,000
Compact on the outside but spacious inside, the Vitara represents the best of what a budget SUV should offer. There's lots of equipment as standard and this Suzuki is comfortable and reassuring to drive. The emissions from its petrol engines are unusually high for a car in this class, but otherwise it's hard to fault.
9. Renault Kadjar 1.5 dCi 110 Dynamique Nav
List price £23,225
Under the skin, the Kadjar is closely related to the Nissan Qashqai, and that's a good thing given that the Qashqai has won numerous What Car? awards over the years. The Kadjar is actually cheaper to buy and almost as good to drive, but it feels cheaper inside and doesn't come quite as well equipped.
8. Audi Q2 1.4 TFSI Sport
List price £24,560
The Q2 is Audi's smallest and cheapest SUV yet, but it still has the sort of classy interior you expect from the brand. What's more, it's great to drive, with composed handling, precise steering and impressive refinement. True, it's a little cramped in the back and is still more expensive than most similarly-sized models, but because of its desirability it's predicted to hold its value well.
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