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Best used luxury SUVs you can buy

A luxury SUV can make you feel like a millionaire, but if you follow the advice of this top 10 you won’t need a lottery win to afford one...

What do lottery winners, Premier League football players and pop stars have in common? It seems they all covet luxury SUVs.

Used luxury SUVs

And it seems that you do, too, judging by the way these vehicles have risen up the list of our most popular reviews.

Fortunately, you don't need to have a huge income if you buy one used. So, to help you decide which model to go for we’ve put together a list of the top 10 used luxury SUVs. We've not set any price limits because each example is worth considerably less than when it was new, representing great value for money.

So, read on and we'll tell you which ones should be on your shortlist...

10. Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 TDI 262 4Motion towing caravan

Just because it wears a Volkswagen badge doesn’t mean the Touareg isn't luxurious. And it's not just opulent; it's good to drive and comfortable to ride in. Although it didn't feature in our most recent reliability survey, the Touareg has also consistently been one of the most reliable cars of its type. And you can purchase one for a fraction of the price of the next car on our list...

We found: 2017 Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 TDI V6 R-line Bluemotion, 60,000 miles, £23,500

Volkswagen Touareg (cont.)

Volkswagen Touareg - interior

Pros:
Supple ride
Excellent handling

Cons:
Plain interior
Thirsty

9. Bentley Bentayga

Bentley Bentayga

The Bentayga is about as subtle to look at as one of 50 Cent’s customised watches. The short-lived 4.0-litre diesel V8 is the most economical engine, but the more numerous version is the 6.0 W12. Being a Bentley, the Bentayga is the priciest entrant on this list, but most were ordered with a considerable list of expensive options, making them better value than they first appear. 

We found: 2016 Bentley Bentayga 6.0 W12, 45,000 miles, £80,995

Bentley Bentayga (cont.)

Used Bentley Bentayga 16-present

Pros:
Luxurious interior
Strong performance
Well equipped

Cons:
Hugely expensive
High running costs
Only average interior space

8. BMW X5

BMW X5 2015 front

Bringing this list back down to Earth is the BMW X5, a car that rewrote the rule book on how big, tall and very heavy SUVs should handle. Go for one of the excellent 3.0-litre diesels for the best blend of economy and performance. An all-new fourth-generation model replaced this one in 2019, but you'll still need a lot of money to put one on your driveway. 

We found: 2017 BMW X5 xDrive30d M Sport, 42,000 miles, £29,995

BMW X5 (cont.)

BMW X5 - interior

Pros:
Good to drive
25d model is economical
Can be had with seven seats

Cons:
Expensive to buy
Newer rivals beat it for interior quality
Diesel engines could be quieter

7. Audi Q8

Audi Q8

Up until now, we’ve mostly focused on practicality, but the plush Audi Q8 gives luxury SUV buyers a more rakish shape at the expense of some interior space. It's also well equipped and rides well. It even shares components with the high-performance Lamborghini Urus, so the handling is pretty decent, plus the 3.0-litre diesel engine in the 50 TDI is very swift indeed. 

We found: 2018 Audi Q8 50 TDI S Line, 10,000 miles, £44,750

Audi Q8 (cont.)

Audi Q8 - interior

Pros:
Spacious interior
Fantastic build quality
Very quiet

Cons:
Limited engine choice
Expensive road tax
Fiddly infotainment system

6. Mercedes GLE

Used Mercedes GLE (15-present)

If you like your SUVs large, plush and imposing, the GLE should be right up your street. The model range is relatively simple but very well equipped. Inside, you sit high up, giving you a commanding view and the interior is very smart. Used models are very competitively priced and the GLE finished in an excellent third place in the luxury SUV class in our most recent reliability survey

We found: 2018 Mercedes GLE 250d 4Matic AMG Line Premium, 45,000 miles, £35,995

Mercedes GLE (cont.)

Used Mercedes GLE (15-present)

Pros:
Powerful engines
Huge boot
Well equipped

Cons:
Ponderous handling
Finicky infotainment
Lumbering ride quality

5. Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayenne

If the BMW X5 was the car to show the world how to make big SUVs handle like a well-sorted estate car, then the Porsche Cayenne was the one to make them feel like a sports car. Admittedly, its ride can be a bit firm, but the upside is that it can negotiate a country road far faster than any other off-roader. And it isn’t just quick in the corners; there’s a Turbo S version with 562bhp. We’d stick with the very impressive 3.0-litre diesel, mind. 

We found: 2016 Porsche Cayenne 3.0 diesel, 48,000 miles, £33,995

Porsche Cayenne (cont.)

Porsche Cayenne - interior

Pros:
Powerful engines
Flexible rear seats
Sharp handling

Cons:
Expensive to run
Stingy standard equipment
Firm low-speed ride

4. Land Rover Range Rover

Land Rover Range Rover

The original luxury SUV remains a hugely impressive vehicle. It's still one of a few examples on this list that has genuine off-road ability. There is only one fly in the ointment. The Rangie has been known to be fragile, although in our most recent reliability survey it actually scored well, finishing mid-table and scoring a healthy 85%. Best to buy, though, through our What Car? used car deals site and take advantage of the standard warranty. 

We found: 2017 Range Rover 4.4 SDV8 Vogue SE, 43,000 miles, £55,495

Land Rover Range Rover (cont.)

Land Rover Range Rover - interior

Pros:
Superbly comfortable and refined
V6 diesel is surprisingly efficient
Off-road ability

Cons:
Still expensive used
Petrol V8 costs a fortune to run
Firm low-speed ride

3. Porsche Macan

New Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 vs Porsche Macan

It may seem odd that the smaller sibling is ahead of the full-fat Cayenne, but the Porsche Macan is an agile blast. It matches the Cayenne for luxury, and adds a whole extra dollop of driver enjoyment, thanks to its being smaller and lighter. It was also the most reliable luxury SUV in its category in our most recent reliability survey. 

We found: 2017 Porsche Macan Turbo, 29,000 miles, £39,995

Porsche Macan (cont.)

New Mercedes-AMG GLC vs Porsche Macan

Pros:
Punchy performance
V6 diesel is surprisingly efficient
High-quality interior

Cons:
Rear seat space limited
Misses some safety kit
Expensive to run

2. Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90 front three quarters

Here's another luxury SUV that’s practical, comes with loads of safety technology, has an interior that looks and feels wonderfully opulent, and can be found for very reasonable money. It doesn’t matter all that much which version you go for because all of the trim levels are very well equipped. You can pick up an early 2015 or 2016 car for as little as £25,000, but we'd spend a bit more and put a three-year-old low-mileage example on our driveway. 

We found: 2017 Volvo XC90 D5 Momentum Pro, 22,000 miles, £34,000

Volvo XC90 (cont.)

Volvo XC90 interior

Pros:
Classy interior
Seven-seat versatility
Well equipped

Cons:
Ride slightly unsettled
Road and suspension noise

1. Audi Q7

Audi Q7 front cornering - 67-plate car

The Q7 has won multiple What Car? awards for the very reason that it is an impeccable family car, an excellent long-distance tourer and an outstanding luxury vehicle. Few cars this side of £100,000 have a plusher and quieter interior. It's reliable, too, according to our latest reliability survey. Plus, you’ll get a much easier to operate infotainment system than the one found in later models and you'll be saving nearly half its original value, making a used Q7 an absolute bargain.

We found: 2017 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI S Line, 30,000 miles, £31,950

Audi Q7 (cont.)

Audi Q7 - interior

Pros:
Smooth and powerful engines
Great ride on air suspension
Wonderful build quality

Cons:
Not as sharp to drive as some rivals
Plug-in hybrid loses seven-seat option
Expensive to run

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