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Top 10: Best SUVs for under £30k

Thanks to their all round ability, SUVs have become the car of choice for many families and there is plenty of choice out there. If you're after an SUV for up to £30,000 then check out our top 10 list.

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Skoda Kodiaq

We can think of no better SUV than the Skoda Kodiaq when it comes to value for money. It's comfortable, good to drive and is available as a seven-seater. There's huge amounts of interior space plus lots of 'Simply Clever' features such as umbrellas hidden in the front doors and an ice scraper inside the fuel filler cap.

And for close to £30,000 you can get a seven-seat SE model with the 2.0 TDI 150PS engine and DSG gearbox. You can also move up to an SE L although you're limited to the 1.5 TSI engine for this money. 

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Charlie Reading    on 20 September 2016

I looked at the auto diesel model, problem Ford have is you can get a Jaguar F Pace for the same money, think they will have a problem with the cost of their Edge

DavidSharples    on 20 November 2016

On the internet, 3 independent reviews show the Honda Diesel with a claimed 54 MPG. In reality is at about the 37 MPG mark and about 32 MPG around the town. Is it worth the money?

Even on the demonstrator cars and second hand cars (For the same model etc) there is a difference in price of approximately £4000 or more between the Honda CRV petrol 2.0 liter car and the CRV 1.6 liter diesel.

For the petrol owner this £4000 equates to 800 gallons of petrol ( say at £5 per gallon.)
If the petrol car averages 30 miles per gallon, this equates to 800 gallons X 30 miles per gallon = 24,000 miles.

Lets say that the petrol engine averages 30 miles per gallon and the diesel engine averages 40 miles per gallon. The difference is 10 miles per gallon.

So to be “Even” the petrol engined owner has to give 10 miles for every gallon that the diesel engined owner buys.

Now the petrol engined owner has 24,000 miles to start with owing to the £4000 discrepancy in car prices.

If he has to “Give” 10 miles for every gallon of diesel bought then he can give 10 miles for 2,400 times, before he runs out and ends his £4000 advantage which is 24,000 miles.

This also means that the diesel engined owner has bought 2,400 gallons of diesel before the petrol engine owner and the diesel engined owner are the same.

This 2,400 gallons of diesel at 40 miles per gallon equates to 96,000 miles which has to be driven by the diesel engined owner before his better engine efficiency becomes financially equal to the petrol engined owner.

Same scenario can be worked out using different MPG's if you wish.

If you are towing or drive over 17000 miles per year then choose Diesel.

The petrol 2.0 liter auto using "S" drive and the paddle levers gives plenty of quick overtaking power if required on the motorway etc.

Inference drawn: Not a dull ride at all and 4 grand cheaper (Minimum) than an equivalent Diesel.

Marcus T.    on 9 January 2018

My 1.6DTEC has averaged 57mpg over the last twelve months. That is brim to brim tankful measurements. My commute is on traffic fairly free A and B roads. A friend of mine owns the 2.0 litre petrol manual. he averages 33, although he drives like a vicar.

marinipersonal    on 21 May 2018

Recommending a problematic RR? More like a bottom 10...

Richard Barley    on 21 May 2018

And the Mazda CX-5 ? At least if you aren't recommending it, it may remain a little unknown secret. Cracking car....

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