Cheapest SUVs

Looking for a good, cheap SUV? Lucky for you there's a near endless choice, and we have all the best deals right here

Simon Ostler John Evans
Jul 30, 2020

You've seen their numbers multiply and you've heard everyone raving about them, so you've decided it's high time you got yourself an SUV. We don't blame you, an SUV does indeed offer a very unique blend of practicality, space and road presence while remaining a manageable car to drive around town.

The good news is you don't even need a massive budget. While you can go out and spend well over £50,000 on some of the more upmarket models from Range Rover, Audi or Volvo, there is plenty of choice in the lower price ranges as well.

Thanks to their enormous popularity, there's plenty of them to choose from too. Virtually every car manufacturer in the world now has its own version of a sports utility vehicle - even Lamborghini introduced the Urus to make the most of the SUV boom.

So to give you a hand, we've put together this list of 10 great value deals SUVs - offering you all the practicality and usability you could ever need for less than £20,000 and used models available for delivery straight to your door courtesy of BuyaCar.

Cheap used SUVs

1. Nissan Qashqai

Used Nissan Qashqai deals from £7,795
Monthly finance from £148
 As the car that kickstarted the current craze for SUVs, the Qashqai is an SUV you can almost buy in your sleep. It was a hit from day one and continues to be, thanks to a blend of good looks, decent equipment levels, good reliability and a pleasant driving experience.

Used examples abound at a range of prices. At the cheaper end are Euro 5 diesel models. A 2014-registered 1.5 dCi in mid-level Acenta trim and with 35,000 miles costs around £9,750.

NISSAN QASHQAI BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Dacia Duster

Used Dacia Duster deals from £5,700
Monthly finance from £115
 Cheap but certainly not cheerless; the Dacia Duster is a practical, distinctive and reliable SUV that, if you like counting the pennies, will leave you feeling just a little bit smug.

It’s without doubt the cheapest model in this selection with £7,995 being all you need to get behind the wheel of a 2014-reg 1.5 dCi Laureate. That’s one of the higher trims, by the way, with essentials such as electric windows and air conditioning.

DACIA DUSTER BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Renault Captur

Used Renault Captur deals from £6,598
Monthly finance from £117
 Just look around you: car buyers have really taken the Captur to their hearts and it’s not hard to see why. Gallic style – tick. Compact but still relatively spacious– tick. Economical and easy to drive – tick.

It’s also great value for money with around £7,800 being enough for 2014-reg 1.5 dCi Captur with 20,000 miles on the clock, and available in a choice of contrasting exterior colours.

USED RENAULT CAPTUR BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Suzuki Vitara

Used Suzuki Vitara deals from £8,795
Monthly finance from £146
 Once the choice of surfers looking to cut a dash by the beach, the Vitara has matured into a thoroughly grown-up, practical and capable family-size SUV. Not too grown-up, though; there are still some zingy colours to choose from.

Generous interior space is one of the first things you’ll notice about the Vitara, and then the fact that there are no diesel engines to choose from. No problem: it means you don't have to worry about future emissions penalties.

With the prospect of good reliability on the cards and prices for a well-equipped 2015-reg 1.6 SZ5 with around 50,000 miles starting at £10,500, the Vitara makes a solid case.

USED SUZUKI VITARA BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Used Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV deals from £11,499
Monthly finance from £212
 One for hybrid lovers, the Outlander PHEV (it stands for plug-in hybrid vehicle) is capable of up to 30 miles of pure electric running, If you don't drive very far, plug it in at home to charge and look forward to cheap motoring.

Talking of which, prices for 2014-reg mid-spec GX3H Outlanders with around 40,000 miles start at just £13,700. Your money buys not only pure-electric capability but also a powerful petrol engine for when you need to go the extra mile. All that and it’s a proper, family-size vehicle with room to spare.

MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV BUYERS' GUIDE

Cheap new SUVs

1. Dacia Duster

Our pick Dacia Duster 1.6 SCe Access
List price £9,995

Dacia has staked its reputation on being the cheapest, so no surprise its Duster SUV features here. It was always an impressive model but in recent months the Duster has been facelifted with fresh styling and extra kit, so looks even better value.

Access is the cheapest trim and takes the Duster’s price to as low as £9,995. It’s hard to resist but life really is better with a few luxuries so we recommend you dig deeper for the more expensive (£11,595) Essential version with air con, smarter wheels, a digital radio and roof bars.

DACIA DUSTER BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Citroen C3 Aircross

Our pick Citroen C3 PureTech 82 Aircross Touch
List price £14,350

The C3 Aircross is a recent addition to the compact SUV, or crossover, market and it’s proving popular. With rivals including the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 to consider, it’s gone in guns blazing with eye-catching styling, decent practicality (it has a genuinely spacious boot), a smooth and comfortable ride and good fuel economy.

The cheapest version suffers for having the lowest powered 1.2-litre petrol engine. It’s fine for town driving but you want the more powerful PureTech 110 if longer journeys are anticipated. Touch trim features air con and a digital radio. That’s not bad but if you can find another £2,000 or finance the increased monthly payments, we’d advise upgrading to Feel trim with the aforementioned PureTech 110 engine.

CITROEN C3 AIRCROSS BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Renault Captur

Our pick Renault Captur 0.9 TCE 90 Play
List price £15,300

For many people, the Renault Captur is as much SUV as they need. Think of it as a larger, more practical Renault Clio but with all the low running costs of that model.

To these promising ingredients, the car maker has added a welcome helping of style and technology. The Capture isn’t the most fun compact SUV to drive but its small, 0.9-litre turbocharged petrol engine, although a little slow, is smooth, quiet and a relaxed cruiser at reasonable speeds.

RENAULT CAPTUR BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Suzuki Vitara

Our pick Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ4
List price £15,999

Away from the Dacia Duster and up among more mainstream SUVs, the Nissan Qashqai, with a starting price of £19,300, is one of the more obvious choices.

But there are cheaper, such as the Suzuki Vitara. It’s more straightforward than most cars of its type with clean lines and a simple interior, both reflected in its price. It lacks a little polish on the move with a slightly bouncy ride and a tendency to lean in corners but despite this is actually fun to drive.

SUZUKI VITARA BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Peugeot 2008

Our pick Peugeot 2008 1.2 PureTech Active
List price £16,985

Like the Captur, the 2008 treads that fine line between crossover and SUV. The distinction is not that important, really, except in managing your expectations concerning the car’s ride height and interior space.

The fact is, the 2008 is more like a hatchback on steroids than a jacked-up SUV. That’s no bad thing since it means you get additional space and visibility plus the lifestyle flair (roof bars, chunky body mouldings and extra detailing) that comes with such cars, without the bulk that can make an SUV seem intimidating.

Peugeot is in a good position to exploit diesel’s fall from grace with its range of small and efficient 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engines. With one of these fitted, the 2008 feels lively enough but it’s worth making the stretch to the slightly more powerful version if long drives are on the cards.

PEUGEOT 2008 BUYERS' GUIDE

 

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