Top 10: Used SUVs for under £10,000 in 2020

You don’t necessarily need a big budget to get your hands on an SUV that will deliver all the capabilities of an off-roader with on-road practicality and comfort. These are the best used SUVs for £10k in 2020.


Kia Sportage

The difference between this Kia Sportage and the car it replaced in 2010 is night and day. The more modern Sportage is a competent and high-quality feeling SUV, while the creaky old model screamed ‘bargain bin’ from every surface. There's plenty of choice but for this budget we'd look at a 2011-2015 1.7-litre CRDi diesel model with upwards of 50,000 miles on the clock. 

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Honda CR-V

The fourth-generation Honda CR-V was on sale between 2012 and 2018 and - for £10,000 - you’ve your pick from a range of variants – including the top-of-the-line EX model with Honda’s refined and efficient i-DTEC diesel engine. Most in this specification, which was available with either an automatic or manual gearbox, will date from around 2012 and have between 50,000-80,000 miles on the clock.

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Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai was a true game changer in the family car market and gave rise to the ever-expanding crossover segment – while simultaneously making driving an SUV-type car acceptable again. This kind of budget gets you into a second-generation model, which arrived in the UK in 2014. If you cover high miles, we'd recommend the 1.5 dCi diesel engine. £10,000 gets a choice of models with low miles.

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Skoda Yeti

The Skoda Yeti was a divisive beast, thanks to its unique styling, but it offered an excellent range of frugal engines in a practical, comfortable package. You’ve plenty of choice in the £10,000 range, too. If you stick to the frugal and reliable manual diesel variants (avoid the DSG) and go for an all-wheel-drive model, you’ll be able to pick up a 2016 example with fewer than 50,000 miles on the clock.

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Dacia Duster

The new Duster has just arrived but, if you’re in the market for an affordable low-mileage SUV, the outgoing model can be a good buy. It’s a cost-effective, no-nonsense crossover that's offered with either a choice of 1.2- or 1.6-litre petrols engines or a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel. Our budget will get you a high-spec Laureate model from 2017 with low miles. If you want a petrol, hunt out a desirable 1.2 TCe over the unrefined 1.6.

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Toyota RAV4

The RAV4, which first arrived in 1994, has become a popular 4x4. It's now in its fifth generation, having been continually improved in an effort to keep it competitive, but £10,000 will get you into an earlier third-generation model. From a running costs perspective we’d opt for the 2.2-litre diesel engine if you're doing big mile. For this budget, you’ll have your pick from a range of facelifted models dating from 2010 onwards.

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Volvo XC90

When the XC90 first went on sale in 2002, demand far exceeded supply and the waiting lists extended for months. It was a hugely popular SUV, thanks in part to its subtle and upmarket looks – and £10,000 will now get you straight into a 2010 model, or newer, with the smooth yet flexible 2.4-litre D5 diesel.

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Mitsubishi Shogun

Got to tow a lot or need some serious off-road capability? We’d recommend considering a fourth-generation Mitsubishi Shogun, which arrived in the UK in 2007. They’re hard-working SUVs that can deal with all manner of rough terrain and they’re also reliable and tough. Around £9000 should get you into a 2007 and on example, with around 80,000 miles on the clock.

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Subaru Forester

While it may not be as powerful, economical or good looking as its rivals, the third-gen Forester boasts all-wheel drive and durable Subaru engineering. There’s a range of third-gen Foresters, which arrived in 2008 and ran until 2012, for under £10,000. Every version comes with plenty of kit but the XS and XC are the ones to keep an eye out for.

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Lexus RX400h

The Lexus RX has been on sale since 2001 but in 2005 the RX400h was launched. It was the world’s first high-performance hybrid SUV, featuring a petrol engine and two electric motors. It's still a comfortable, effortless and quiet choice. This kind of budget will net you a 2009 example with around 80,000 miles on the clock.

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