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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Collage of some of the best small SUVs

The soaring sales of SUVs are testament to the fact that almost everyone wants one these days. And the chances are if you’re reading this, you do too.

We don’t blame you – today’s best SUVs combine a high driving position that allows you to see out clearly with practical, versatile interior space that means there’s room for the whole family. But of course, you’ll probably also want a car that’s light and easy to drive, and not so large that it’s impossible to park – which is where smaller SUVs like the ones we’ve featured here come in.

But of course, not everyone wants to buy brand new – and why would you, when there’s a plethora of great options on the used market? That massive choice can be confusing, of course – which is why we’re here, and why we’ve rounded up our 10 best used small SUVs to help you work out which one’s best for you.

Best used small SUVs

10. Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross

It isn’t the most sophisticated small SUV going, and its interior feels rather cheap in places, but the Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross is still decent enough to drive and spacious enough for most families. It’s great value, too, with lots of low-mileage examples going very cheaply, and it comes with plenty of equipment. What’s more, Suzuki has a great reputation for reliability, so the SX-4 S-Cross should be dependable.

We found: 2013 1.6 SZ-T, 17,000 miles, Β£8807

Read the full Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross review

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9. Kia Soul

Average ride quality and so-so handling mean the Kia Soul isn’t great to drive, but if you can live with that you get a small SUV that offers huge amounts of room in every seat thanks to its boxy profile, and a huge boot as well. There’s also plenty of equipment, and it all comes backed up by a seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty – so even if you buy a three-year-old example, you’ll still have four years’ warranty left to run. And with seriously low prices, the Soul looks like fabulous value too.

We found: 2013 1.6 CRDi 2, 19,000 miles, Β£7488

Read the full Kia Soul review

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8. Hyundai ix35

It’s not much fun to drive and the engines are noisy, but the Hyundai ix35 is at least reasonably comfortable on most road surfaces, and if you’re not all that fussed about its stodgy handling, it makes a good, dependable small SUV. There’s plenty of room in both the front and the back, while the boot is big and well-shaped, and unless you choose the entry-level S version, you get plenty of toys too – and every ix35 came with a five-year warranty from new.

We found: 2013 1.7 CRDi Style, 33,000 miles, Β£10,288

Read the used Hyundai ix35 review

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Kia Soul

What Car? SaysRated 3 out of 5
Owners sayRated 4 out of 5

The Kia Soul is a small SUV offering plenty of space and decent driving dynamics. It’s commendable, but some of its rivals do things better.