A used SUV could be the perfect car for you if you need a car that is big and practical enough to cope with family life – and you can have one from as little as £10,000.
Here, in our guide to the best used SUVs, you'll find a mixture of older, posher models and examples of more current cars that have modern infotainment and fresher looks.
All the SUVs and crossovers (another term for smaller SUVs) here have jacked up suspension, which makes them easy to get in and out of and load, plus you'll find a seven-seater SUV on this list that's ideal if you need room for more people. All the cars here are great for long motorway slogs, but are easy to drive in town, too.
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Best used SUVs 2024
1. Skoda Karoq
Year launched: 2018
At the very top of our list sits the Skoda Karoq, and for a couple of very good reasons. In a family car, there are two things you need above all else: practicality and comfort. And the Skoda is our top choice here because it delivers both in spades.
It's far from the biggest car on this list - it's actually quite compact in the scheme of things - but it's as practical as any car here because it uses its space so cleverly. In any form, it has absolutely shedloads of passenger space and a big boot, and if you avoid the entry-level trim, you also get 'Varioflex' rear seats. These recline, slide and fold independently of each other, and they can even be removed altogether to free up as much loadspace as you get in a small van.
The comfort is provided by very pliant suspension which smoothes out lumps and bumps of all shapes and sizes, yet you also get a decent amount of body control in corners. Throw in a generous amount of standard luxury and safety equipment, plus the value-for-money that Skoda is famed for, and the Karoq becomes very difficult to beat.
2. Kia Sportage
Year launched: 2016
If you’re looking for the top used SUV for under £10,000, then a late version of the previous Kia Sportage is an extremely safe bet. It looks sharp, has modern infotainment, is easy to drive and cheap to run – what’s not to like?
Inside, you get a modern design and smartphone integration in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You also get plenty of room for four adults, an interior that’s packed full of smaller storage spaces and cup holders, as well as a large and practical boot.
The Kia Sportage is quiet, comfortable and easy to drive. A £10,000 budget’s enough to get you a car with Kia’s economical 1.7-litre 115PS diesel engine, which is capable of returning fuel economy of more than 50mpg and has a useful slug of mid-range punch for overtaking. And it wasn't replaced until 2022, so if you find a reasonably late example with reasonably low mileage, then it'll still have a decent amount of Kia's seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty left.
3. Hyundai Tucson
Year launched: 2015
The Hyundai Tucson is actually the sister car of the Kia Sportage – the pair are mechanically identical, more or less – so it’s hardly a surprise that it also appears on this list of top used SUVs for under £10,000.
The Hyundai Tucson’s more conventional looks might appeal if you’re not keen on the bug-eyed Kia. Inside, the Hyundai has plenty of room in the front and the back, and a boot that can handle holidays away or big jobs like trips to the tip.
A £10,000 budget’s enough to buy you a car with around 60,000 miles on the clock that’s fitted with a 115PS 1.7-litre diesel engine. It comes with modern kit like a large infotainment screen that’s fitted with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It'll suit you better if you're a particularly high-milage driver, too, becuase although the warranty only lasts for five years rather than the Kia's seven, there's no mileage limit.
4. Nissan Qashqai
Year launched: 2013
The Nissan Qashqai is one of the original and best small SUVs, and you can have one on a budget of £10,000. That buys you a second-generation car that’s smart looking, up-to-date inside, comfortable and frugal on fuel.
Inside, the Qashqai has room for four adults, a larger boot than you’ll find in a same-size family car. The Qashqai is also a very comfortable car with suspension that uses the Nissan’s brakes to take the edge of nasty bumps – a system that works impressively well.
Our budget is enough to get you a 2014 car with around 20,000 miles and a 110PS 1.5-litre diesel engine, or a 2016 car with 70,000 miles and the same engine.
5. Mazda CX-5
Year launched: 2012
The Mazda CX-5 is one of the top used SUVs for under £10,000. It manages to combine a practical SUV style body with a driving experience that feels surprisingly responsive and sporty.
In terms of practicality, you get loads of room up front and even if your kids are towering teens, you’ll not hear them grumbling about a lack of rear-seat space. Factor in the large boot and you’ll find this is an ideal family car.
But it’s also fun. The steering feels direct, there’s not much body lean and the manual gearbox is slick and precise. For £10,000 you’ll get a Mazda CX-5 with a punchy 175PS 2.2-litre diesel engine, or a 150PS 2.0-litre petrol .
6. Volvo XC60
Year launched: 2008
Okay, so £10,000 isn’t enough to get you behind the wheel of a current Volvo XC60, but it will buy you an example of the excellent older model. It makes a great family car, not least because it’s a Volvo, and so will be super-safe, ideal if you’ll be using it to ferry the kids about.
Inside, the design still looks modern, with a floating centre console that has a handy storage tray hidden behind it. You’ll also enjoy the Volvo’s incredibly comfortable seats and its large and spacious boot – which is, of course, another Volvo speciality.
The XC60’s quiet cabin and cosseting suspension make it a great to while away the miles in, and a £10,000 budget is enough to get you a car fitted with the company’s excellent D4 diesel engine. It’s very good on fuel and, with 190PS, has plenty of power for overtaking.
7. Peugeot 3008
Year launched: 2017
The original Peugeot 3008 was a rather odd-looking contraption, but by the time it was replaced in 2017, it had morphed into one of the smartest-looking mid-size SUVs on the market. Things only got smarter once you opened the door and got in, because the interior of the car had a chic design and plush materials for a surprisingly upmarket feel.
Practicality is generally a strong point, because there's a big boot and roomy rear seats, but steer clear of any version fitted with a panoramic sunroof because it robs you of quite a lot of rear headroom and it becomes rather tight. Some driver might not get on with the car's unconventional driving position, either, so you'll definitely need to try before you buy.
The 3008 is a very pleasant car to drive, with sharp handling and a firm-but-fair ride. There's not a bad engine choice in the range, but we reckon you can't go too far wrong with the 130PS 1.2-litre Puretech petrol.
8. Ford Kuga
Year launched: 2013
Ford’s a master of making its cars a joy to drive and this quality has been engineered into the company’s large crossover SUV – the Ford Kuga – which is much more entertaining than its practical body would have you believe.
The Kuga’s accurate steering is fluid and well-weighted so you can enjoy pointing the car into corners precisely and you don’t have to worry about over-the-top body lean. With £10,000 you can have a 150PS 2.0-litre diesel model that’s frugal and refined.
Inside, it has plenty of room for a family and the car’s raised suspension means you don’t have to bend your back when fitting a child seat or when sliding heavy luggage into the large, easy-to-load boot. You can also have kit like climate control and leather upholstery.
9. Honda CR-V
Year launched: 2012
Inside, everything feels solid, the cabin is crammed full of handy storage areas for hiding your family’s paraphernalia, and there’s loads of room for your passengers and their stuff. The boot is large and square, and its huge opening makes it easy to slide bulky items into place.
The Honda’s quiet cabin makes it excellent for long journeys and a £10,000 budget means you can choose from a low-spec car with around 30,000 miles, or a higher specification model with around 60,000 miles. Engines include a frugal 120PS 1.6-litre diesel or a 2.0-litre 155PS petrol.
10. Nissan X-Trail
Year launched: 2013
The Nissan X-Trail may not have the highest rating here, but it does have one advantage over all the other cars on this list, and that's that it can be had with seven seats. Granted, the extra two pews aren't the roomiest, but they're handy for when kids want to invite a couple of extra friends home for tea, and when you don't have tiny hangers-on in tow, you can fold them away to leave a huge boot. Meanwhile, up-to-date infotainment means the X-Trail can slot into your modern life extremely easily.
A big bus like this is never going to be sports-car like in corners but it's sure footed enough, eats motorways for breakfast and has light controls that take the stress out of town driving. Your budget only gets you the 1.6-litre 130PS diesel, but actually it has plenty of punch for hauling the X-Trail up to speed while returning decent fuel economy.
Best Used SUV FAQs
The Kia Sportage is the most reliable large crossover you can get on a budget – it was awarded 10/10 for reliability by readers of our sister title, HonestJohn.co.uk
The Toyota RAV4 is the biggest SUV for under £10,000. It's long boxy shape translates into lots of front and rear passenger space, you get a massive boot and with the rear seats folded away, the RAV4 is like a stylish van that’ll be a big help for big jobs like house moves.
The Kia Sportage is the best crossover SUV for under £10,000. That money’s enough to buy you an early version of the current model which has modern looks and a practical interior, and a cheap-to-run 1.7-litre diesel engine.
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