Top 10: Used SUVs for £5000
A good second hand SUV will give you a large cabin, spacious boot and good comfort. Few can cope with actual off-roading, but what you will get is a chunk of on-road presence.
If you want a used SUV then the Honda CR-V should be a front-runner. There still isn't much that can match the functional quality of the CR-V's interior, while its reliability record is excellent. The 2.2 i-DTEC is the most prevalent and you'll find plenty of eight to 10-year-old models with reasonable miles.
It may have been replaced by the excellent Tucson, but we think the ix35 still makes for an excellent second hand buy. It's easy to drive and cheap to run, plus for £5000 you can get a well cared for 2010 to 2012 model with less than 90,000 miles on the clock.
Comfortable, well built and practical, the XC60 can now be had for £5000 or less. Admittedly these are high mileage models, but the 2.4-litre diesel engine, which is the most popular, is proving strong and reliable. It's definitely a lot of classy car for the money.
We're now starting to see used prices for the previous generation Sorento drop, meaning you can get a real bargain if you want a big and practical seven-seater family SUV. The 2.2 CRDi is not especially refined but it's strong and makes this an ideal tow car.
Like the Honda CR-V, the RAV4 has proved a durable and reliable SUV for multitudes of owners. For this budget you'll find plenty of choice pre-facelift models but not with the astronomical mileages you may expect. The RAV4 was much improved following a facelift in May 2010 and prices for these versions are starting to drop.
First introduced in 2008, the Ford Kuga was head and shoulders above the SUV competition when it came to handling, balance between handling and comfort with good agility in corners and a forgiving ride. It still compares well with more modern SUVs and there is plenty of choice of below average mileage diesels in the classifieds.
Suzuki Grand Vitara
It may not have the brand image of other cars in this top 10 but the Grand Vitara is a good value SUV and also very capable off road, more so than many rivals. The five-door makes more sense than the three-door (it's easier to sell on) and if you're not covering big miles the 1.6- and 2.0-litre petrol variants offer the lowest prices on the used market.
Range Rover Sport
The least sensible choice in our list, there's no doubt that you will need deep pockets to run a Range Rover Sport and you have to tread carefully when buying used if you don't want to end up with a money pit. But there's no denying that this represents a big lump of luxury SUV for the money. For this budget you're looking at 2006 and similar models, most with high mileages.
It may now be a model that's inextricably linked with the fact it's a PHEV, but there was a time when the Outlander was all about diesel power. Solid, well-built and still proving reliable, there are also Citroen and Peugeot versions in the form of the C-Crosser and 4007. Originally available with a Volkswagen-sourced 2.0 TDI, it later had an excellent Mitsubishi 2.3-litre diesel.
Before the CX-5 came long, Mazda had this - the lesser known CX-7. It may not be the first name that pops into your head if you're after a used SUV, but there's plenty of reasons to recommend the big Mazda, not least it's solid build, although there's no seven-seat version sadly. It was originally available with a 2.3-litre petrol which is thirsty and expensive to tax. The 2.2 diesel came later.