Thanks to the popularity of SUVs there's now more choice than ever in the second-hand car market.
But with so much on offer, which ones should you go for?
To help you decide, we've collated a list of the 10 best value family SUV options that offer the benefits of high driving position and excellent versatility, while also proving efficient and that won't cost you a fortune. We've even listed a few examples from the used car market to show you what's out there for less than £10,000.
10. Vauxhall Mokka X
While the Vauxhall Mokka X is never going to set your pulse racing, it shouldn't raise your blood pressure because, according to our latest What Car? Reliability Survey, the Mokka X is one of the most dependable family SUVs out there - particularly the petrol model, much like our example.
Vauxhall Mokka X (cont.)
Ride and refinement below par
Rivals are more comfortable
9. Dacia Duster
Some people just want a no-nonsense car to see them through, and the latest Dacia Duster delivers on that promise. You can get into an entry-level example of the much improved latest model for our budget, and it'll have below average mileage too. Plus, it isn't as basic as you might expect – this one even has a stereo and air-con thrown in.
Dacia Duster (cont.)
A lot of car for the money
4x4 version very capable
Sparse equipment on lower trims
Interior feels cheap
Disappointing Euro NCAP safety rating
8. Suzuki SX4 S-Cross
Another family SUV choice that shouldn't misbehave is the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross because it is currently up in sixth place out of a class of 25. Go for an SZ4 model like we have and you'll get everything you'll need, plus a perky 1.0-litre turbocharged engine that doesn't have a drinking problem.
Suzuki SX4 S-Cross (cont.)
Option of four-wheel drive
Handles neatly for an SUV
Poor rear leg room
7. Nissan Qashqai
Speaking of good fuel economy, diesel versions of the ever-popular Nissan Qashqai can embarrass much smaller cars when it comes to efficiency. Mid-range Acenta examples are the ones to go for because you get dual-zone climate control, cruise control, auto lights and wipers, along with Bluetooth connectivity.
Nissan Qashqai (cont.)
Quiet and comfortable
Lots of equipment
Ride suffers on 19in wheels
Limited rear visibility
6. Renault Kadjar
Despite being essentially the same underneath as the aforementioned Qashqai, the Renault Kadjar is a fraction more practical than its sibling thanks to its bigger boot. Fuel efficiency is slightly better if you go for the diesel, but we'd suggest you go for the entry-level petrol that's much more refined.
Renault Kadjar (cont.)
Bigger boot than sibling Nissan Qashqai
Quiet petrol engines
Choppy ride on big alloys
5. Hyundai Tucson
You could apply the Ronseal tag-line of 'Does exactly what it says on the tin' to the Hyundai Tucson because it gives you everything you'd expect of a family SUV: lots of space, plenty of equipment, and an easy drive. Go for a front-wheel drive 1.7-litre diesel over a four-wheel drive 2.0-litre and it'll be inexpensive to both buy and run.
Hyundai Tucson (cont.)
Lots of equipment
Most used examples should have some manufacturer's warranty left
Some thirsty engines
4. Kia Sportage
Compared with the Tuscon it is closely related to, you can get a slightly newer Kia Sportage within our budget, and that – coupled with its longer manufacturer's warranty – gives it the edge. It was a popular new choice too, so there are loads of examples out there to pick from.
Kia Sportage (cont.)
Spacious and practical interior
Good value for money used
Diesel engine can be noisy
So-so ride and handling
No automatic emergency braking on some models
3. Volkswagen Tiguan
The Volkswagen Tiguan is one of the most refined choices on this list and it still holds up well dynamically against its rivals, despite being a generation old. Look for an example in Match trim, because this adds a number of worthwhile extras such as auto lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control, and front and rear parking sensors. It would have come higher in this list were it not for its age compared with key rivals.
Volkswagen Tiguan (cont.)
Limited off-road capability
Comparatively expensive to buy
2. Skoda Yeti
The much-loved Skoda Yeti is an excellent family SUV; its only real downside is that its infotainment technology is a little dated compared with more modern rivals. The Yeti isn't the biggest SUV on the outside, but thanks to its boxy exterior it's remarkably roomy inside, and versatile seating makes the most of that space.
Skoda Yeti (cont.)
Fun to drive for an SUV
Some efficient versions
Too much wind and road noise
Ride is jittery on poor surfaces
Removable rear seats are fiddly
1. Seat Ateca
Early examples of the award-winning Seat Ateca are starting to fall into the sub-£10k category, giving buyers yet another reason to go for this great family SUV. Even the base 1.0-litre petrol is remarkably capable, and the Ateca drives far better than everything in this list. What's more, it is incredibly practical with a huge boot that's perfect for family life.
Seat Ateca (cont.)
Boot space pips rivals
Some rivals offer more flexible seating
Interior isn’t that plush
Rivals offer lower CO2 emissions