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.....
4. Hyundai Tucson
The recent facelift of the Hyundai Tucson means that values of pre-facelift examples have dropped considerably, meaning you can get a well-specified example easily within our budget. And we do mean well-specified because SE Nav comes with rear parking sensors, cruise control, heated front seats, climate control and a reversing camera. Oh, and of course sat-nav. You won’t find it particularly entertaining to drive, but it is comfortable and refined enough for most people's needs, and wonderfully spacious and practical. Cuts quite a dash on the school run, too.
We found: 2017 Hyundai Tucson 1.7 CRDi SE Nav 2WD, 19,000 miles, £13,500
The car that is in some ways responsible for every family SUV that has come since, the Nissan Qashqai was a trendsetter when it arrived and continues to be a very popular choice. However, in its old age, the second-generation Qashqai has been overtaken by a number of competitor offerings, especially in the driving department, which is one of the reasons why it goes no higher in this list. The other is its poor reliability, according to the latest What Car? Reliability survey, where it featured near the bottom of the family SUV class.
However, there are loads of used examples to choose from and an engine to suit all needs. Pick a mid-range Acenta Premium version for plenty of kit and safety tech, and you’ll have an easy-to-drive, refined and economical family SUV that's both practical and comfortable.
We found: 2018 Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Acenta Premium, 9961 miles, £14,000
2. Seat Ateca
Another great family SUV that’s only let down by a middling reliability result, the Seat Ateca is one of the very best of its kind to drive – feeling sure-footed on a challenging B-road, nimble in the city and refined on the motorway. It’s also backed up by a cracking range of engines, with everything from frugal diesels to punchy petrols with clever cylinder deactivation technology to save fuel.
Practicality is still a top priority because the doors open nice and wide to make putting a child in a car seat easier, the boot is big and a very useful square shape, and there will be no complaints for more space inside from passengers. Even the dashboard looks smart, and is really easy to use. If only it had the warranty and reliability record of our top choice, the Ateca might have won this top 10.
We found: 2017 Seat Ateca 1.6 TDI SE Technology, 14,000 miles, £14,499
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