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
01 February 2019

New Renault Koleos vs Mazda CX-5

1. 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, the CX-5 is very practical, with a large boot, rear seats that fold down in a highly flexible 40/20/40 arrangement and no loading lip. With all seats up, 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 one of the finest used large SUVs you can buy today.

We found: 2018 Mazda CX-5 2.2d SE-L Nav, 13,970 miles, £18,990

Read the used Mazda CX-5 review here

And the large SUV to avoid…

Mitsubishi Shogun

2014 Mitsubishi Shogun Barbarian review

An old-fashioned SUV with all the off-roader mechanicals: separate chassis, chunky tyres and locking differentials. But hey, you maybe wondering, didn’t we say that was a good thing for the Land Rover Discovery? True. But all the old-school 4x4 crudeness has been refined out of the Discovery, making it a fine luxury vehicle. The Shogun, on the other hand, is just too harsh for public roads these days when compared with its rivals. Unless you work in the emergency services and need a reliable rig, there’s little sense in buying one.

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