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Best used family SUVs for less than £10,000

You needn't have to put up with a tiny SUV even if your budget is small. Here are our top 10 used family SUV favourites for less than £10,000...

Thanks to the popularity of SUVs there's now more choice than ever in the second-hand car market.

Best used SUVs for less than £10,000

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

Vauxhall Mokka X 1.4T Ecotec Elite

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.

We found: 2018 Vauxhall Mokka X 1.4t Active, 20,852 miles, £9995

Vauxhall Mokka X (cont.)

Vauxhall Mokka X 1.4T Ecotec Elite - interior

Pros
Well equipped
Fashionable styling

Cons
Ride and refinement below par
Rivals are more comfortable

9. Dacia Duster

Dacia Duster front three quarters

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.

We found: 2019 Dacia Duster 1.6 SCe Essential, 11,061 miles, £9,500

Dacia Duster (cont.)

Dacia Duster interior

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

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

8. Suzuki SX4 S-Cross

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross front

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.

We found: 2018 Suzuki SX4 S-Cross 1.0 Boosterjet SZ4, 33,696 miles, £9,394

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross (cont.)

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross dashboard

Pros
Option of four-wheel drive
Generous kit
Handles neatly for an SUV

Cons
Poor rear leg room
Firm ride
Interior quality

7. Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Qashqai front cornering - 63-plate car

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.

We found: 2017 Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Acenta, 38,587 miles, £9999

Nissan Qashqai (cont.)

Nissan Qashqai interior

Pros
Quiet and comfortable
Sips fuel
Lots of equipment

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

6. Renault Kadjar

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. 

We found: 2017 Renault Kadjar 1.2 TCe Dynamique Nav, 44,140 miles, £8995

Renault Kadjar (cont.)

Renault Kadjar

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

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

5. Hyundai Tucson

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.

We found: 2015 Hyundai Tucson 1.7 CRDi SE Nav, 51,036 miles, £9998

Hyundai Tucson (cont.)

Hyundai Tucson - interior

Pros
Lots of equipment
Most used examples should have some manufacturer's warranty left
Good value

Cons
Plasticky interior
Firm ride
Some thirsty engines

4. Kia Sportage

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.

We found: 2016 Kia Sportage 1.7 CRDi 1, 61,283 miles, £9995

Kia Sportage (cont.)

Kia Sportage - interior

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

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

3. Volkswagen Tiguan

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.

We found: 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI Match, 51,000 miles, £9891

Volkswagen Tiguan (cont.)

Volkswagen Tiguan

Pros
Refined interior
Efficient engines
Spacious

Cons
Firm ride
Limited off-road capability
Comparatively expensive to buy

2. Skoda Yeti

Skoda Yeti Outdoor

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.

We found: 2016 Skoda Yeti Outdoor 1.2 TSI SE, 30,300 miles, £9750

Skoda Yeti (cont.)

Skoda Yeti - interior

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

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

1. Seat Ateca

Used Seat Ateca 16-present

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.

We found: 2017 Seat Ateca 1.0 TSI SE, 75,371 miles, £9999

Seat Ateca (cont.)

Used Seat Ateca 16-present

Pros
Spacious interior
Class-leading handling
Boot space pips rivals

Cons
Some rivals offer more flexible seating
Interior isn’t that plush
Rivals offer lower CO2 emissions

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