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
21 March 2019

Best used large SUVs for less than £20,000

Budgets can be tight for buyers of large SUVs, which is an issue, because these vehicles will by their very nature cost more than average to run, due to poor fuel economy and higher servicing costs.

However, you can save some money by buying used, offsetting some of that extra cost by saving big on what these cars would have cost you new.

That doesn’t mean you’ll end up with something exceptionally old, though. Many models on this list still have some of the manufacturer’s warranty still left to run and a lot haven’t covered very many miles, so they will ostensibly feel like a new car. 

So, take a look at our top ten list of the best large SUVs that you can currently find on the second-hand market, along with the one you should avoid at all costs.

10. Land Rover Discovery

Used car of the week: Land Rover Discovery

The old Land Rover Discovery was and continues to be a favourite with families who like its practical seven-seat layout, comfortable ride and boxy dimensions, which make it easy to place on the road. It’s also a very relaxing car to whittle away the miles in, thanks to a torquey 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine and a smooth six-speed automatic gearbox.

Unfortunately, due to the Discovery's popularity, you’ll have to go for an older 2013 car with a few miles on it on this budget. However, it will still be well equipped and almost unstoppable off road. No other car on this list is as capable as the Discovery is if you stray from the well-beaten path.

We found: 2013 Land Rover Discovery 3.0 SDV6 GS, 48,168 miles, £18,977

Read the used Land Rover Discovery review here

9. Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90 (02 - 15)

If ever there were a car company that would take SUVs firmly out of the mud and put them on the driveways of suburbia, it would be Volvo. When the original XC90 came along, it ended the lazy conversion of turning antiquated 4x4s into family wagons by designing the XC90 to be a consummate family car from the start. To that end, it had seven seats that could be arranged in a multitude of ways, a strengthened roof in case of a rollover and a special front structure that prevented the SUV from literally driving over lower cars in a crash.

And Volvo didn’t forget those inside, because the XC90 is spacious, well built and supremely comfortable. Again, as with the Discovery, you won’t be able to find an example that was built after 2014 for £20,000, but it’s still one of the best large SUVs out there for families.

We found: 2014 Volvo XC90 2.4 D5 SE AWD Geartronic, 53,024 miles, £16,795

Read the used Volvo XC90 review here

8. Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V will win no prizes for glamour or excitement, but that’s not what buyers of it are after. No, the CR-V is very practical for a family of five, hugely economical when equipped with the 1.6-litre diesel engine and easy to drive.

What’s more, because a new CR-V has just come out, values of the previous version have wilted to the point that you can get a 2017 version with minimal miles on it for less than our £20,000 budget.  

We found: 2017 Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC 2WD SE+, 2100 miles, £18,995

Read the used Honda CR-V review here

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