So you fancy the on-trend practicality of an SUV but can't commit to a huge spend?
Don't worry, there are many used examples to choose from now at surprisingly modest prices. Here, we’ve picked out ten SUVs of varying sizes that we think will fit a variety of different bills, all for an upper price limit of £10,000.
You can choose from SUVs both big and small, depending on your needs, but whatever the dimensions there are many qualities that all these cars share, including a spacious and versatile interior and a relaxing drive.
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10. Mazda CX-5
Not the present second-gen car but the first-gen one for this money, on sale between 2012 and 2017. Don't worry, though, it's still a corker. There's more room in the CX-5 than in the Qashqai, for one, plus the boot will easily hold enough luggage for a family camping holiday.
Mazda CX-5 (cont.)
The rear seats are just wide enough for three people to sit abreast, which not a lot of family SUVs will let you do. Oh, and it's reliable, well equipped and really great to drive, too. Only its age counts against it here.
9. Kia Sportage
Even if you’re not a fan of SUVs in general, you can see why they appeal, with their chunky Tonka toy looks and feeling of solidity. And few look more appealing than this latest version of the popular Sportage. In truth, the Sportage is not quite as engaging to drive as some of its rivals, but it betters many of them on space and practicality.
Kia Sportage (cont.)
8. Honda CR-V
This generation of CR-V ran from 2012 to 2018, so there are plenty to choose from. A solid, dependable car, the CR-V was smart and comfortable and, as you can probably guess, it was primarily aimed at those who wished to remain on Tarmac rather than go rock-crawling.
Honda CR-V (cont.)
To that end, the CR-V has accurate steering and pretty decent levels of grip. Huge inside, too, and very reliable, and quite frugal.
All in, a classy car. If you could buy newer than a 2016 car it'd probably have finished higher up our list.
7. Suzuki Ignis
It's one of the smallest SUV offerings on the market, but as a result of that, the Suzuki Ignis also offers tremendous value. £10,000 buys you an example that's only a year or so old, with low mileage and a big chunk of the three-year warranty left over.
Suzuki Ignis (cont.)
What's more, its diminutive dimensions make it ideal in the city, yet inside, there's space for four adults and a very reasonable-sized boot. Engines aren't the most potent, the ride can be flummoxed by bigger bumps and there's quite a bit of road noise at speed, but if you want a funky little SUV that works in town, the Ignis should be high on your list.
6. Volkswagen Tiguan
Make no mistake, this Tiguan would finish a lot higher up this top 10 if you could buy a slightly newer one for the £10k cash. Our money doesn't quite get you into the latest Tiguan just yet, rather a last of the line first-generation version from 2016.
Volkswagen Tiguan (cont.)
True, it doesn’t look that exciting, but it is practical, efficient and refined, and comes with VW’s usual high standards of build quality. It's also safe and efficient, and spacious, solid and dependable.
All in, a very desirable and deservedly popular SUV.
5. Skoda Yeti
The Yeti ran from 2009 to 2017, and was a huge success. Chunky, Tonka-toy looks, blistered wheel arches, oversized roof rails and lower-body cladding ensured this was the case, and then there was the name: that of a large, hairy abominable snowman. Fortunately, there is nothing abominable about this practical and economical SUV.
Skoda Yeti (cont.)
You can choose from a good range of engines and, whichever you choose, all Yetis have excellent driving manners and plenty of interior space.
The later Outdoor models added a bit more rough-and-tumble to its undoubted appeal. Our budget buys you one of the last Yetis, but it sold well throughout its life so it shouldn't be as hard to track down as that snowman.
4. Dacia Duster
The bargain SUV new, the Duster continues the value-for-money theme when used. Our money buys the latest 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
Dacia Duster (cont.)
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.
3. Renault Captur
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.
Renault Captur (cont.)
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".
Nissan Qashqai (cont.)
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.
1. Suzuki Vitara
You'll have already met the impressive Suzuki Ignis further down the top 10, now meet its bigger brother. Upright, square-cornered and with plenty of air inside its wheel arches, the Vitara is a genuine dual-purpose offering. It's good to drive, has a comfortable ride, loads of interior space and a good touchscreen infotainment system. On top of that, as mentioned, its reliability record is very strong and it's also surprisingly economical.
Suzuki Vitara (cont.)
It's been on sale since 2015 so there's plenty of choice on the used forecourts, but our £10k budget easily buys you a 2017 car with one of the earlier 1.6 engines. Shop around and the later 1.0 and 1.4 engines should be within fairly near reach, too.
Find out what sub-£10,000 SUV you should avoid in the next slide >>
Vauxhall Mokka X
The Vauxhall Mokka X is super cheap, which makes it look like good value. Sadly, it's no more than a very light facelift of its predecessor, the Mokka, and one which failed to sort that car's myriad problems; the cramped interior, unsettled ride, cheap plastics and lacklustre handling remain. It is, therefore, best avoided.