Best used small SUVs (and the ones to avoid)

Small SUVs are some of the most popular used cars in the UK right now. Here's our pick of the market

Words ByAlex Robbins

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4. Audi Q3

As you might expect from a car with four rings on its nose, the Audi Q3 is quite pricey for what is essentially quite a small SUV with reasonably limited space in the back. But what you’re paying for is a comfortable ride, and a great choice of engine options all of which offer impressive fuel economy and useful punch. You also get an interior that feels like it’s constructed solidly, and from top-quality materials.

We found: 2013 2.0 TDI SE, 33,000 miles, Β£14,992

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3. Volkswagen Tiguan

While it doesn’t particularly wow you in any area, the Volkswagen Tiguan is an SUV which goes about its business with exceptional competence. It’s smooth-riding on long journeys, with space enough for five and a sliding rear seat that helps you choose between extra luggage space or rear leg room. You also get a choice of excellent engines, and while it isn’t all that exciting to drive, it still handles tidily. Plus, being a Volkswagen, you get a clear, easy-to-use dashboard constructed from solid, expensive-feeling plastics.

We found: 2013 2.0 TDI SE, 35,000 miles, Β£13,599

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2. Nissan Qashqai

We like the Nissan Qashqai so much we gave it our Car Of The Year award back in 2015. It’s great to drive, comfortable, has a great reputation for reliability and feels like a high-quality product inside. And while it isn’t quite as spacious as some SUVs, it does have a very flexible boot, with an adjustable floor that makes it easy to stow away your luggage, while its compact dimensions and easy controls make it a doddle to drive in town. It’s a little on the pricey side, but if you can stretch to it, there’s little to better it.

We found: 2014 1.5 dCi Acenta Premium, 30,000 miles, Β£12,488

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