Best used large SUVs for less than £20,000

Large SUVs are all the rage, but you don’t need to spend a fortune to get into a used one; just take a look at our handy top 10...

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Max Adams
1 Feb 2019 10:00

4. BMW X3

The BMW X3 proves that you can find some truly prestigious SUVs for less than £20,000 that aren’t 10 years old. This generation of X3 was a vast improvement on the original. For starters, it had a much nicer interior that befits a luxury vehicle, the mid-range SE model got a better level of standard equipment and the revised diesel engine that was introduced in the xDrive20d in 2014 was rather refined and exceptionally economical.

It’s not quite such good value as the next two cars on this list, but if you can’t live without a premium badge on your large SUV, there’s still a lot to like about the X3.

We found: 2017 BMW X3 xDrive20d SE auto, 26,000 miles, £19,500

Read the used BMW X3 review here

3. Mazda CX-5

Used Mazda CX-5 17-present

We’ve been fans of the Mazda CX-5 ever since it came out; we even named the original model our used large SUV of the year at the 2019 What Car? Used Car Awards. This newer version simply takes an already winning formula and refines it further, so it's slightly bigger, more refined and even better to drive.

There's a 2.0-litre petrol if you need it, but we’d suggest going for the 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel, because it's much more flexible and therefore more relaxing to drive. The handling is nice and sharp for such a tall car and the steering is well weighted to inspire confidence.

What’s more, there’s plenty of room for five to travel in comfort, plus there's little wind or road noise to distract you. All in all, the CX-5 is a fine used large SUV.

We found: 2019 Mazda CX-5 2.2d SE-L Nav+, 17,000 miles, £19,995

Read the used Mazda CX-5 review here

2. Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan

Even though it hasn't topped this top 10, the Volkswagen Tiguan certainly doesn’t feel like a second-rate large SUV. In fact, it makes a great used buy, because while it was an expensive vehicle when new, you can find well-specified SE Nav models with our preferred 2.0-litre diesel engine for less than £20,000.

And if you do test drive a Tiguan, you’ll find it to be a very comfortable, hugely spacious and ultra-refined SUV. SE Nav examples have all the equipment you’ll need, with front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, tri-zone climate control and sat-nav. 

We found: 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan 1.5 TSI EVO SE Nav, 6039 miles, £19,999

Read the used Volkswagen Tiguan review here

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