Top 10: the best used luxury SUVs

A used luxury SUV can make you feel like a millionaire, but if you follow our top ten list, you won’t need a lottery win to afford one.....

What do lottery winners, premier league football players and even pop stars often have in common?

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Aside from vast wealth, they all seem to covet a luxury SUV to decorate their driveway. And it seems that you do, too, owing to the growing popularity of luxury SUVs in the list of our most popular reviews. Fortunately, you won't need to have the income of the top one per cent if you buy something pre-owned.

To help you decide which one, we’ve put together a list of the top ten best used luxury SUVs you can buy today. Owing to the still-growing list of examples in this sector, we've not set a price limit on this top ten. However, each example is worth considerably less than when it was new, representing good value for money for used car buyers. So stick around as we tell you what’s the best used luxury SUV you can buy.

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10: Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen Touareg

Just because it wears a Volkswagen badge doesn’t mean it can't qualify as a luxurious SUV, particularly for those on a budget.

What’s more, many Touaregs from this generation did without complicated off-road hardware and complex adjustable suspension, so should prove to be less expensive to maintain than some rivals.

10: Volkswagen Touareg - interior

Volkswagen Touareg - interior

It's also proven to be one of the most reliable cars of its type to run, according to the latest What Car? Reliability survey. What’s more, you can purchase one for a fraction of the price of the next car on our list...

We found: 2016 Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 TDI V6 R-line Bluemotion, 35,428 miles, £21,709

9: Bentley Bentayga

Bentley Bentayga

The Bentley Bentayga is about as subtle to look at as one of 50 Cent’s customised watches. However, that hasn’t stopped it being a very desirable addition to the Bentley range, and a highly practical one if you find one with seven seats.

The short-lived 4.0-litre diesel V8 is the most economical in the range, returning an average of 35mpg, but the most popular version is the 6.0 W12 in which you’ll be lucky to get half that.

9: Bentley Bentayga - interior

Bentley Bentayga - interior

Being a Bentley, the Bentayga is the priciest entrant on this list. Most were ordered with a considerable list of expensive options, though, so you might actually save more buying a used one than you initially anticipated.

We found: 2016 Bentley Bentayga 6.0 W12, 25,028 miles, £99,000

8: BMW X5

BMW X5

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. Like the Bentley, the X5 can be had with seven seats, although the rearmost ones are quite tight for space.

8: BMW X5 - interior

BMW X5 - interior

Chose one of the excellent 3.0-litre diesels for the best blend of economy and performance, or go for a two-wheel drive, four-cylinder diesel to save fuel. There’s even a plug-in hybrid that makes sense if you happen to only commute short distances and have easy access to a charge point.

We found: 2018 BMW X5 xDrive30d M Sport, 23,165 miles, £37,356

7: Audi Q8

Audi Q8

Up until now we’ve mostly focused on practicality, but the recently introduced Audi Q8 provides luxury SUV buyers a more rakish shape at the expense of less spacious interior accommodation.

7: Audi Q8 - interior

Audi Q8 - interior

It 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, 5109 miles, £49,750

6: Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover Discovery

Possibly the most versatile vehicle on this list, the Land Rover Discovery has no trouble seating seven fully-grown adults inside before setting off to tackle a trek across the Himalayas.

6: Land Rover Discovery - interior

Land Rover Discovery - interior

The latter is made possible by its very advanced off-road terrain management system, which lets you alter the ride height, set up the low-range gearbox, lock the centre differential and direct appropriate power to the wheels with the most traction to keep you going in the trickiest of situations.

It’s also impressively refined, particularly when equipped with a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, and is very easy to drive.

We found: 2017 Land Rover Discovery 3.0 TD6 HSE, 21,481 miles, £40,901

5: Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayenne

If the BMW X5 was the one to show the world how to make big cars 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 compared with other luxury SUVs, but the upside is that it can negotiate a country road far faster than any other off-roader.

5: Porsche Cayenne - interior

Porsche Cayenne - interior

And it isn’t just quick in the corners; there’s a Turbo S version with 562bhp that makes mincemeat of any straight. We’d stick with the very impressive 3.0-litre diesel for some more respectable fuel economy figures, mind.

We found: 2016 Porsche Cayenne 3.0 diesel, 40,000 miles, £33,990

4: Land Rover Range Rover

Land Rover Range Rover

The original leader of the luxury SUV market is still a highly impressive vehicle. It's still one of a few examples on this list that has genuine off-road ability, and that helps it build the sense of superiority that can be felt while driving a Range Rover.

4: Land Rover Range Rover - interior

Land Rover Range Rover - interior

Well, that, and its commanding driving position. Aside from a slightly confusing infotainment system, the interior is a haven of peace and tranquillity within which to while away the miles, just as it should be in a car of such opulence.

We found: 2017 Range Rover 4.4 SDV8 Vogue SE, 34,762 miles, £46,995

3: Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

It may seem odd that the smaller sibling pulls ahead of the Range Rover in this list, but that’s because the Range Rover Sport is a highly impressive SUV in its own right.

You get all the luxuries of the bigger car, potentially two extra seats in some versions, and a much better drive overall.

3: Land Rover Range Rover Sport - interior

Land Rover Range Rover Sport - interior

The side skirts may make it a little more vulnerable off-road, but it’ll still get you farther from Tarmac than most, thanks to a four-wheel drive system that’s always driving all four wheels, rather than the part-time system used by a lot of so-called off-road cars.

We found: 2018 Range Rover Sport 3.0 SDV6 HSE Dynamique, 10,238 miles, £56,490

2: Audi Q7

Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 has won multiple awards with What Car? 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 interior than a Q7, and in terms of wind and road noise, it’s about as quiet as a the brand's A8 luxury saloon.

2: Audi Q7 - interior

Audi Q7 - interior

Go for an example registered before 1 April 2017 and it’ll cost you a lot less to tax than one registered after this date. Plus, you’ll be saving nearly half its original value, making a used Q7 something of a bargain in this company. 

We found: 2017 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI S Line, 27,772 miles, £33,343

1: Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Unfortunately for the Audi Q7, there is one other luxury SUV that’s just as practical, has an interior that looks brilliant and has hugely comfortable seats, comes with loads of safety technology and can be found for even less money. 

The Volvo XC90 should be even cheaper to run than Q7 because of its smaller 2.0-litre diesel engine. Or, there’s a plug-in hybrid T8 version that’ll suit urban commuters that have easy access to a charger. What’s more, you can have the plug-in hybrid with seven-seats, unlike most in this class.

1: Volvo XC90 - interior

Volvo XC90 - interior

It doesn’t matter all that much which version you go for because all the trim levels are very well equipped. If you can, find a Momentum Pro because that adds nicer nappa leather, a heated steering wheel for those cold winter mornings and a heads up display in the windscreen (although this will be absent if the car has a heated windscreen fitted).  

We found: 2017 Volvo XC90 D5 Momentum Pro, 21,705 miles, £30,579