4. Volvo XC60
The XC90’s younger and smaller sibling sneaks into the top ten just ahead of it due to the XC60 being the newer model and it's the slightly better car to drive. You’ll have to sacrifice those two rear seats, mind you, as the XC60 is strictly for five (but if that is a concern, we’d happily point you back in the direction of the XC90). Both cars share the same premium-feel quality to the spacious and tasteful interior, with an upmarket air that most of its rivals can’t match. On the road, the XC60 has a good breadth of abilities and there’s a wide range of engine and trims to choose from.
The very apogee of the small SUV, the Qashqai has pointed the way for all others since it started the trend way back in 2008. To be honest, the only reason this particular car doesn’t sit at number one in our list is because, for our £10k budget, you can only really pick up good, clean examples of this first-gen model – which, although still very much a brilliant all-rounder and a useful family car, is not quite as refined as the second generation. However, its raised seating position and chunky looks will be more than enough to tempt most people.
2. Mazda CX-5
The CX-5 is perhaps the closest thing to a driver’s car that the moderately priced SUV market can throw up, being as happy to attack roundabouts or dispatch a winding country road as it is to trundle up a motorway all day long. Inside is a smart and sporty interior, with an excellent driving position and acres of room for all the family. Performance in all versions is impressive and the on-paper economy and efficiency figures are very appealing. Despite a hint of firmness at low speeds, it rides well, too. All in all, this first-gen version now looks like very good value indeed.
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