Best used family SUVs for less than £15,000
Buying a family SUV can cost you a lot of money these days, but buy used and you can put a good one on your driveway for under £15,000. Here's our top 10 list.....
7. BMW X1
Car buyers do like a premium brand, and they don’t come much more blue-chip than BMW. The current X1 is a fine family SUV with bags of room inside, a quality interior that’ll withstand the tantrums of even the moodiest of toddlers and an electric tailgate is standard, so there shouldn’t be any trapped fingers to worry about when closing the boot. The only fly in the ointment is that to be able get an X1, you’ll need to buy something older, without any manufacturer’s warranty left and with more miles on it.
We found: 2016 BMW X1 18d SE auto, 39,000 miles, £14,500
Perhaps a little overshadowed by the more popular Nissan Qashqai (a shame, really, considering that the two are basically identical mechanically under the skin), the Renault Kadjar is a bit of a bargain against its rivals. Not only is it the newest car on this list, but it has a big boot for all your pram and/or weekly shopping requirements, plus it can be had with a smooth 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine. It’s hardly exciting to drive, but it is easy – which is a good thing while you are trying to break up a fight between squabbling children in the back.
We found: 2019 Renault Kadjar 1.3 TCe Dynamique Nav, 10,000 miles, £13,795
5. Toyota C-HR
The hybrid versions of the C-HR are available at this price but you're more likely to find the regular turbo petrol engine, and it's actually our favourite version anyway. It handles sweetly, is swift enough for most needs and looks just as interesting inside as it does on the outside. Its ride is slightly better than the hybrid's, too. All in, though, it's quite a departure for a conservative brand like Toyota.
The major drawback with the C-HR is that for families with babies and younger children, the high waistline and small back windows do make it very claustrophobic in the rear, and not as practical as one or two of the other cars in this list. Otherwise, this would have come much higher, because it's good to drive, comfortable and reliable.
We found: 2017 Toyota C-HR 1.2 Icon, 11,000 miles, £14,995
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