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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...

Kia Sorento
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Max Adams
1 Feb 2019 10:00

1. Kia Sorento

Just like the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Kia Sorento is a vast SUV. It edges ahead of the Santa Fe because it has the longer of the two warranties, therefore offering added peace of mind against potentially expensive future bills. And if you go for one that's less than 20 months old from Kia's approved used programme, you get the warranty topped back up to seven years.

There’s already a lot of standard equipment on the entry-level Sorento, but the mid-range KX-2 has a rear-view camera, sat-nav, leather trim and heated front seats. It’s not thrilling to drive, but that’s not what large SUVs are about. It is, however, comfortable and refined for a big seven-seat SUV.

And it's really big inside, with loads of leg, head and shoulder room whether you find yourself up front or in the second row. Those relegated to the third row aren't quite so well catered for, but the Sorento is better in this respect than rivals such as the Nissan X-Trail, Land Rover Discovery Sport and even the Skoda Kodiaq.

Overall, the Sorento has so much to offer that it's easy to understand why it takes the top spot as the best used large SUV you can buy right now.

We found: 2017 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-2, 21,091 miles, £20,000

Read the used Kia Sorento 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 might be 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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