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, £14,992
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, £13,599
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.
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