Which is the best SUV choice in my budget?

I'm looking for a reliable SUV for under £8500. I've shortlisted the Hyundai Santa Fe 2011/2012, Subaru Forester 2011/2012 and Nissan Xtrail 2012/2013. I do less than 10,000 miles per year. Which would you recommend as most reliable and will survive the mileage with least costs and servicing problems? I understand Honda CRV up to 2006 is a good SUV but I'm concerned 2006 is now quite old or would you say it's still more reliable and sturdy than the above cars?

Asked on 16 July 2020 by Miranda Hodson

Answered by Andrew Brady
The issue you're going to have is that most SUVs within your budget will be diesel. It doesn't necessarily sound like you cover enough miles to warrant a diesel. They can suffer from reliability issues if they're mainly driven for short journeys. That doesn't mean you should dismiss diesels entirely - they often suit SUVs like this and make for better tow cars, but you really need to take it for a long motorway drive once a week or so to prevent a blocked diesel particulate filter (DPF). If you do think a diesel makes sense for you, we'd recommend a Honda CR-V. The 2.2 i-DTEC diesel engine is pretty good and there's also a 2.0-litre petrol, if you decide against a diesel. Your budget will get you an example from around 2013.
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