Top 10 used SUVs for less than £10,000
You don't need a big budget to get a desirable, family-friendly SUV. Here we count down the top 10 you can buy used for less than £10,000 – and reveal the one to avoid...
4. Dacia Duster
The bargain SUV new, the Duster continues the value-for-money theme when used. Our money buys the latest post-2018 model, and that's not a bad thing: it's good to drive, comfortable and cheap to run. Space is very good, too; four adults should have few complaints about longer journeys and you can even take five – at a pinch. Boot capacity is excellent, too. It might not be of the highest quality inside, but it'll stand up to abuse from even the most ardent DIYer, or the most abusive toddler.
Admittedly you won't save a huge amount on its competitive new price, but try a Duster of this age and you'll definitely come away impressed.
In essence, the Renault Captur is no bigger than a Clio, but has a raised ride height and wears more fashionable attire. It has proved very popular since its launch in 2013, too – it was Europe’s best-selling small SUV in 2016 – and as the first-generation model had a good, long life, surviving up until the launch of the latest version in 2019, there are plenty of used examples around.
There's a good choice in the engine range, too, with nippy petrols and frugal diesels. Our money buys a post-facelift 2018 model, with new bumpers and chrome trim, restyled lights front and rear and a new dashboard inside. Certainly, it isn't going to whet the appetite of an enthusiastic driver, but think of it instead as a solid and dependable and immensely practical used buy.
2. Nissan Qashqai
The very apogee of the family SUV, the Qashqai has pointed the way for all others since it started the trend way back in 2008. This second-generation version really upped the game when it was introduced in 2014, and was crowned the What Car? Car of the Year that year. Back then, our judges were impressed by the British-built Qashqai’s "low costs and first-class levels of comfort, refinement, space and safety".
The good news is that all this still holds true as a used buy. It strikes a good balance between ride comfort and handling, too, with lots of grip and the ability to ride bumps and potholes with real composure. It's immensely practical and spacious inside, too. Only a poor showing in our reliability survey blots the Qashqai's otherwise glowing copybook.