What Car? Personal Shopper: best high-set SUV for less than Β£25,000

Want a new car but don't know where to start? Just send us your criteria and we'll give you our top recommended choice and some new and used alternatives to consider – and we'll even tell you how much money we can save you

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Buying used

Your budget goes so much further when you buy used, so looking for relative luxuries such as an automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive is no problem. In fact, there are plenty of used SUVs to choose from in a variety of different sizes, and some will even get you a premium badge on the bonnet.

Our recommended choice: 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 190 TDI SE 4Motion Bluemotion Technology auto

Price Β£24,492 Mileage 11,680

Take this one-year-old Volkswagen Tiguan as an example of how far your budget stretches on the used car market. It’s still got the majority of its warranty left and comes in SE specification, which means three-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and Car-Net – so you can connect your Apple or Android smartphone to the car’s 8.0in touchscreen.

What’s more, you get four-wheel drive and the swift-shifting DSG automatic gearbox for only Β£24,942. To put that into perspective, a similarly equipped new Tiguan has a What Car? Target price of around Β£30,500. It’s quite a bargain, and a lot of car for your money.

See the full listing from What Car? Classifieds or read our full review of the Tiguan.

Also consider: 2018 Skoda Karoq 2.0 TDI SE 4x4 DSG

Price Β£22,990 Mileage 5000

This 2018 ex-demonstrator comes with the quick-shifting DSG automatic gearbox and the same torquey 2.0-litre diesel engine as the Tiguan and yet will cost you just shy of Β£23,000. That's a considerable saving over the new price, with enough left over for a decent holiday.

See the full listing from What Car? Classifieds or read our full review of the Karoq.

Also consider: 2017 BMW X1 xDrive18d Sport Step Auto

Price Β£24,995 Mileage 7988

Fancy your SUV with a blue-chip badge in it? This year-old BMW X1 with only 8000 miles on it comes in under budget and promises fuel economy of well over 50mpg, despite having four-wheel drive.

See the full listing from What Car? Classifieds or read our full review of the BMW X1.

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