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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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. £30k gets you a well equipped SE L model.
The latest Honda CR-V is more spacious and more premium than before. But the big change is the introduction of a hybrid model - and the absence of a diesel. The hybrid system is one of the best we've driven and makes the CR-V stand out. For a few hundred pounds more than our £30,000 budget you can an S model.
The seven-seater Kia Sorento is a model we find ourselves recommending a lot, thanks in no small part to high equipment levels and Kia's standard seven-year warranty. True, £30,225 is pushing our budget and may seem a lot for a Kia (and that only gets you a KX-1 model) but it's less than a Hyundai Santa Fe which remarkably is now more than £33,000.
Peugeot has reinvented the 5008 this time around, ditching the MPV bodystyle in favour of the now ever popular SUV shape. What sets the Peugeot apart from the competition is the interior, with its upmarket look, stylish design and quality feel. It's good value and you can get an Allure model with the 1.2 Puretech petrol.
The Tarraco is SEAT's equivalent of the Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. Starting prices aren't as cheap as the Kodiaq so for our £30k budget you're looking at an SE model, however this does come with the 2.0 TDI engine and a good level of standard kit. SEAT no longer offers optional extras - instead it sells on the fact all models are well equipped.
If you value handling in your SUV, the Mazda CX-5 is where to look. While it may not be an obvious choice like more conventional rivals, it's a classy offering in a competitive sector. Its engine line-up doesn't shine, but its interior is practical and upmarket and it's great to drive. For £30k you can get a Sport Nav+ with the 2.0 petrol engine.
Fancy an SUV that's a bit different? The DS7 Crossback could be right up your street (or should that be rue). It's the first car to come from DS since it was launched by Citroen as a standalone brand and shares its basic platform with the impressive Peugeot 3008. For £30k you can get an Elegance model with the BlueHDi 130 engine. Unlike others here, it's not a seven seater though.
This may not be the first name that springs to mind when you're thinking of an SUV - and spending £30k - but stick with us, because the Rexton is actually pretty darn good. It has a decent cabin, hugely spacious interior, 3500kg tow weight and genuine off-road capability. At this budget you can get an EX manual with metallic paint.
If you're looking for a robust family SUV with lots of room, the Toyota RAV4 is a strong choice. It's also very reliable of course - this being a Toyota - and comes with a five year warranty. The hybrid system with its 2.5-litre petrol engine is smooth, quick and economical, making for a very relaxing car to drive.
It might not be as refined or as practical as some SUVs, but the Nissan X-Trail still has lots of likeable traits, with plenty of head and leg room for five adults. You do get a lot of X-Trail for £30k though with the N-Connecta model available at this money. You will have to settle for a two-wheel drive manual and the DIG-T petrol.