What Car? Personal Shopper: best sporty SUV for £25k

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Max Adams
26 Aug 2017 5:20 | Last updated: 17 Sep 2018 15:53

Buying used

  • Our recommended choice: BMW X1 xDrive 20d SE auto
  • Price: £24,990
  • Mileage: 12,046

What Car? Personal Shopper: best sporty SUV for £25k

Choosing a used BMW X1 over a new Ateca gets you full leather upholstery, the best infotainment system around and a super-smooth eight-speed automatic gearbox.

This particular X1 also has four-wheel drive to boost traction in slippery conditions, whereas the Ateca makes do with front-wheel drive. And BMW's 189bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine is as strong as it is frugal.

An electric tailgate and sliding rear seats which fold 40/20/40 combine with a spacious interior to make the X1 a very practical choice.

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Also consider: Audi A6 Allroad 3.0 272 TDI quattro S tronicPrice: £23,892Mileage: 28,881

What Car? Personal Shopper: best sporty SUV for £25k

If you’re willing to forgo a high driving position, this A6 Allroad with its stonking 272bhp 3.0 TDI engine is a great buy. You get handsome looks and a very classy interior, plus it's stuffed with kit.

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Also consider: BMW X3 xDrive 20d xLine autoPrice: £23,745Mileage: 18,834

What Car? Personal Shopper: best sporty SUV for £25k

It might be a little older than the X1, but the X3 is actually sharper to drive and significantly roomier inside. This example comes with pre-paid servicing until 2021.

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