Top 10: Used crossovers for £10,000
The Nissan Qashqai introduced the world to the idea of the ‘crossover’, a pseudo-SUV mixed with family hatch sensibilities and pricing. With so many rivals following there’s now lots of used examples on offer. Check out our pick of £10,000 choices.
If you want reliability - we'd always recommend a Toyota. True, they may not be the most exciting cars to drive, but they will doubtless prove dependable. There are plenty of RAV4s on the second hand market and you can get a four-year old well cared for example with reasonable miles for around £10k.
Finding its design mojo with the 2010 Sportage, Kia combined sharp style with a neat interior, fine practicality and a superb warranty. Small wonder that it flew out of Kia showrooms. That means there’s plenty choice in the classifieds, many still with several years of their original seven-year manufacturer warranty left.
You may notice that there's no Qashqai in this list - well despite being hugely popular, we have had numerous reports of faults reported to us by owners. Instead, we'd suggest looking at the Kadjar, which is based on the Qashqai, but is a newer design. There are lots of three and four year old examples in the classifieds for our budget and the 1.2 TCe engine is the best unless you're doing big mileages.
We're now starting to see more HR-V models make their way onto the used market with prices coming down, although compared to others in this list, you may have to travel further for the right car. The 1.6 i-DTEC is ideal if you're covering long distances, but if most of your driving is in town, seek out a 1.5 i-VTEC, just be aware that they are few and far between.
Citroen C4 Cactus
An odd name for a great car, the C4 Cactus may look a little quirky, but it's also spacious, economical and family-friendly. The 1.2-litre Puretech engine is our choice, although we'd avoid the rather jerky ETG gearbox and stick to a manual. For £10k we've seen cars just 18 months old plus there's lot of choice, so chances are you'll find a car near you.
If one car shows how far Hyundai has come in the last ten year, it's the Tucson. This is a crossover good enough to rival the best in the class, with a quality interior and excellent refinement. This budget will get you plenty of choice of both diesel and petrol models, with low mileage three and four year old cars easy to find.
One of the best handling crossovers on the market, we're big fans of the Mazda CX-5, which feels well made inside and comes well equipped as standard. You can find the odd three-year-old example for this money, but most are five and six years old. It's not as bullet proof as a Toyota so it's worth checking the service history.
Ford's Kuga is now one of the best selling crossovers on the market and that means plenty of choice in the classifieds. The Kuga feels pretty sophisticated on the road, is spacious and our £10,000 budget gets a nicely specified Titanium model with the 2.0-litre TDCi engine. Just be wary that there can be issues with the Powershift automatic if it's not serviced regularly.
Suzuki SX4 S-Cross
The Suzuki S-Cross represents a lot of crossover for the money and while not as well known as the likes of the Sportage, it comes very well equipped. Go for an SZ5 and you'll get extras like leather upholstery and a reversing camera included. Refinement could be better, but the interior feels well screwed together and for £10k you can get a two year old car with less than 20,000 miles on the clock.
As well as boasting a comfortable interior and impressive road manners, the 500X just about manages to retain the character that makes the 500 so popular. There are plenty of used models in the classified but the 1.4 Multiair petrol is the one we'd go for thanks to its 140PS which gives it plenty of get up and go.