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

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BMW X6 vs Porsche Cayenne vs Range Rover Sport

Buying used

  • Our recommended choice: 2013 Porsche Cayenne 3.0 TD S
  • Price: £24,995
  • Mileage: 65,000
BMW X5 vs Porsche Cayenne vs Volvo XC90

Admittedly, this is something of a wildcard, but Sam did ask for a sporty drive, and few brands do sporting cars as well as Porsche. This is the second-generation Cayenne, so its looks aren't to everyone's taste, it's true, but what you get here is a large and commodious SUV with plenty of family room and a luxurious interior that'll impress all who you give a lift to. The now-discontinued diesel gives the car great pace and surprisingly good economy, and it handles remarkably well for something so large. It's a Porsche, so it will cost you quite a bit to run, but some might think it worth it for the driver appeal and the badge. It'll make you feel a bit special on the school run. 

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  • Also consider: 2018 Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI 150 SE Tech DSG 4x4
  • Price: £24,995
  • Mileage: 16,000
Used Skoda Kodiaq 16-present

Okay, so it doesn't have the premium badge of the Porsche, but consider the facts. The Kodiaq gets seven seats in this guise, along with four-wheel drive, and its 2.0-litre diesel engine is strong and remarkably efficient. It's large inside, practical and well equipped, and on the road the Kodiaq handles well, with surprising agility for something so commodious, and it has plenty of grip. The steering is a little light at higher speeds, but this at least makes short work of low-speed urban driving. It rides well, too. It's a terrific all-rounder. 

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  • Also consider: 2016 BMW X3 xDrive30d M Sport
  • Price: £25,000
  • Mileage: 35,000
BMW X3 4x4 (11 - 17)

Sam is looking for something sporty in the SUV line, and as is often the case, BMW has the answer. The X3 is a class up from the new SUVs we've found, but a two-year-old example works out at the same price. It may not be the very latest X3 (a new version came out in 2018), but in xDrive30d trim it'll see off the 0-62mph dash in just 5.8sec, which was supercar-quick not so long ago, and it's fair to say you'll never find it wanting for punch. It's refined and rides well, while its handling is a notch above that of most of its competitors in this group. As well as that, it's spacious and practical inside and decently equipped. 

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