The top 10 SUVs for under £30k

The top 10 SUVs for under £30k
The top 10 SUVs for under £30k

Actually, you don’t even need to reach that upper limit

Welcome to the largest sector in the motoring market throughout Europe. With practicality designed in, along with masses of space, and with four-wheel drive often included along with that high driving position, SUVs have replaced hatchbacks as the go-to vehicle.

With such a lot of choice we thought we’d narrow it down for you, counting down our top 10, all of which can be had for less than £30,000, sometimes quite a bit less.

10. BMW X1 sDrive 18d SE

List price: £29,235
This is the cheapest SUV as well as the smallest one that BMW makes. You can have it in a variety of formats and trims, but we’d stick with this cheaper model, which gives you front-wheel drive, a frugal diesel engine and the basic trim which includes everything you’d realistically need. Full review

9. Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI 150 SE Nav

List price: £28,865
This isn’t cheap, meaning you can spend more than on the more premium BMW X1, but we’ve stuck with this midrange model with sensible diesel engine, sat nav, and other goodies like three-zone climate control and cruise control. All in all, a great vehicle for the family. Full review

8. Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi N-Connecta

List price: £25,555
The one that started the whole small, family-sized SUV sector. It may not win awards any more but it’s still a really useful, practical and stylish vehicle that deserves its place in the top 10. Full review

7. Peugeot 3008 1.2 PureTech Allure

List price: £24,595
It may not be of much use off-road, but this extremely stylish French model is very comfy and classy. It also has a totally contemporary cabin, dominated by a high-tech dash, to go with those svelte lines. At about £5000 under our target price, it’s good value too. Full review

6. Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI SE 7 DSG Seat

List price: £29,025
It’s a long model name but it tells you what you’re getting here: the latest SUV from Skoda, with seven seats, all the kit you’d really need, and a 2.0-litre diesel engine that delivers punch and frugality in one. It’s great as it is, so be careful of ticking boxes or you’ll go way over the £30k barrier. Full review

5. Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactiv-D SE-L Nav

List price: £25,695
If you want space and comfort, here’s the SUV for you, and at a sensible price too. It handles quite well thanks to decent steering, but the real highpoint is the ride, which is controlled and absorbent to all the bumps and thumps. This later version has a rather classier exterior and interior than its predecessor so there’s lots to like. Full review

4. Seat Arona 1.0 TSI 95 SE Technology

List price: £17,545
This isn’t a full-size SUV, aimed more at competitors like the Nissan Juke or Suzuki Vitara, and it certainly doesn’t have a full-size price either. It’s a fun driver, with decent space inside, into which we’d add the SE Technology trim so you get rear sensors and a better infotainment package. Full review

3. Peugeot 5008 1.2 PureTech 130 Allure

List price: £26,815
Peugeot should be happy – two vehicles in the top 10. This larger version looks even more stylish than the 3008 (see above), and comes equipped with seven seats, a luxurious and modern cabin and a really decent level of practicality. Full review

2. Seat Ateca 1.4 EcoTSI 150 SE

List price: £22,480
Seat should also be happy – two vehicles in the top 10! This is a lot of vehicle for your not a lot of money, with superb handling, a modern, very well equipped cabin, and everything you’d need or want. So what could beat it? Full review

1. Skoda Karoq 1.5 TSI 150 SE L

List price: £24,515
How about the second Skoda on this list? This replaces the old Yeti, and does share some family values with the Seat Ateca. However it has a better ride, better cabin and better practicality, and we love the virtual instruments. For under £25,000 this is a clear winner. Full review

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