Best used family SUVs for less than £15,000

You can put a great family SUV on your driveway for less than £15,000 if you buy used, but which one should you choose? Here's a list of our top 10 favourites.....

Family car buyers usually like practicality and a little style.

Top 10 used family suvs for £15000

And this means these days they will most likely be looking to get behind the wheel of an SUV.  The trouble is, those fancy family SUVs you see on every school run cost a fortune, don’t they?

Well, no, not necessarily. You see if you buy one used you can actually put a good, nearly new example on your driveway for less than £15,000. Read on as we count down our top 10 list of the best on the market...

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10: Nissan Qashqai

Used Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai was a trendsetter when it arrived and it continues to be a very popular choice. However, in its old age, the second-generation Qashqai has been overtaken by many competitors, especially in the driving department, which is one of the reasons it goes no higher in this list. The other is its poor reliability, according to the latest What Car? Reliability survey. 

We found: 2020 Nissan Qashqai 1.3 DiG-T Visia, 4500 miles, £14,000

10: Nissan Qashqai

Used Nissan Qashqai

Pros:
Quiet and comfortable
Sips fuel
Lots of equipment

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

9: Renault Kadjar

Used Renault Kadjar 2015-present

Perhaps a little overshadowed by the more popular Nissan Qashqai (a shame, really, considering that the two are basically identical under the skin), the Renault Kadjar is a bit of a bargain. 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 refined and comfortable.  

We found: 2020 Renault Kadjar 1.3 TCe Dynamique Nav, 6000 miles, £14,795

9: Renault Kadjar

Renault Kadjar - interior

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

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

8: Audi Q3

Used Audi Q3 2011-present

A premium badge and a high-quality interior make the Audi Q3 a desirable used proposition.  It also comes with a fine choice of punchy and efficient engines, decent refinement and tidy handling. It's a popular car so holds its value well which means our budget only buys you a 2017 facelifted version of the first-generation model, otherwise it might have finished higher in our list.

We found: 2017 Audi Q3 1.4T TFSI SE, 48,000 miles, £14,995

8: Audi Q3

Used Audi Q3 2011-present

Pros:
Fine refinement
Good motorway cruiser
High-quality interior

Cons:
No more space than a family hatch
Seating not especially versatile
Very firm S line suspension

7: Toyota C-HR

Used Toyota C-HR 2016-present

The C-HR handles sweetly, is swift enough for most needs and looks just as interesting inside as it does on the outside. All in, it's quite a departure for a conservative brand like Toyota. It's not as practical as one or two of the other cars on this list, though. Otherwise, this would have come much higher, because it's good to drive, comfortable and reliable. 

We found: 2019 Toyota C-HR 1.2T Design, 11,000 miles, £14,995

7: Toyota C-HR

Toyota C-HR Hybrid - interior

Pros:
1.2 petrol is good to drive
Plenty of equipment
Well built

Cons:
Hybrid model is noisy
Rivals are more practical
Infotainment isn't great

6: Hyundai Tucson

Used Hyundai Tucson (2015-present)

The recent facelift of the Tucson means that the values of earlier examples have dropped, 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, heated front seats, climate control and a reversing camera. Oh, and sat-nav. It's also comfortable, spacious and practical. 

We found: 2019 Hyundai Tucson 1.6 GDi SE Nav 2WD, 19,000 miles, £14,500

6: Hyundai Tucson

Used Hyundai Tucson (2015-present)

Pros:
Five-year warranty
Lots of equipment
Cheap to buy

Cons;
Plasticky interior
Firm ride
Some thirsty engines

5: Kia Sportage

Used Kia Sportage 16-present

Go for your Sportage in mid-spec ‘2’ and you’ll get sat-nav, rear parking sensors, heated front seats, power-folding door mirrors, climate control, auto lights and wipers and privacy glass. Also, the Sportage, according to our latest reliability data, is one of the most dependable family SUVs. On top of that, it comes from new with a seven-year warranty, so there should be plenty of it left. 

We found: 2019 Kia Sportage 1.6 GDi 2, 24,000 miles, £14,995

5: Kia Sportage

Used Kia Sportage 16-present

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

4: BMW X1

Used BMW X1 2015-present

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 that's great to drive and comes with bags of room inside, and a quality interior that features the excellent iDrive infotainment system. It's well equipped, too, and according to our most recent reliability survey it's one of the most reliable family SUVs. 

We found: 2017 BMW X1 sDrive 18d M Sport auto, 29,000 miles, £14,500

4: BMW X1

Used BMW X1 2015-present

Pros:
Good to drive
High-quality interior
Spacious and practical

Cons:
Lots of road noise
Fairly pricey

3: Volkswagen Tiguan

Used Volkswagen Tiguan 16-present

The Volkswagen Tiguan has regularly been one of the most popular family SUVs around. In this second-generation version, it's beautifully made and finished and a solid performer, particularly the torquey 2.0-litre that has no trouble carrying a car-load of people around, or towing a caravan. It's also refined, practical and spacious. 

We found: 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 1,.4 TSI 150 SE Nav, 25,000 miles, £14,000

3: Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan - interior

Pros:
Good to drive
Refinement
Smart interior

Cons:
Rearmost seats in the Allspace model are very tight
Handsome, but not very exciting to look at

2: Seat Ateca

Used Seat Ateca 16-present

Another great family SUV, 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. Practicality is still a top priority because the doors open wide to make putting a child car seat in easier, the boot is big and its interior is spacious, too. 

We found: 2019 Seat Ateca 1.0 TSI SE Technology, 14,000 miles, £14,499

2: Seat Ateca

Seat Ateca - interior

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

1: Skoda Karoq

Used Skoda Karoq (17-present)

The Karoq just edges out its broadly similar sibling the Seat Ateca to the top spot. It's extremely practical, for starters, even more so than the Seat, and it drives well and is excellent value for money. The ride is cosseting, too, and it's decently refined in town and on the motorways. The Karoq’s greatest asset, however, is its interior. It's flexible, smart and beautifully built, and there’s loads of space for all.

We found: 2019 Skoda Karoq 1.0 TSI SE Nav, 18,000 miles, £14,980

1: Skoda Karoq

Skoda Karoq - interior

Pros:
Spacious and practical interior
Comfortable ride
Punchy engines

Cons:
A little bland to drive
Not as efficient as some
VarioFlex seats optional on some models

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