Best SUV deals

On the hunt for an affordable SUV? We've rounded up the best SUV deals, covering everything from smaller models to larger electric SUVs

James Wilson
Apr 8, 2022

High-riding SUVs are incredibly popular at the moment, which is great news for those hunting for the best SUV deals. This is because the huge amount of competition means that manufacturers have to come up with great features to make their cars stand out and also offer attractive prices to get drivers to choose one of their cars.

As SUVs are so popular, they have spawned many different sub-categories. There are small, mid-sized and large SUVs, along with SUV-coupes and even high-performance SUVs. This article focuses on small, mid-sized and large SUVs as these stay most true to the original SUV recipe; good practicality and a high driving position.

We cannot emphasise enough the massive choice facing those looking for an SUV. At one end of the scale, there are budget options such as the Dacia Duster and at the other, there is the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, which costs more than a typical house. To help you see the best SUV deals from the mediocre SUV deals, we have collated deals on eight appealing SUVs below.

All models can be found second-hand for somewhere between £8,000 and £40,000. Each SUV below not only has to be available at great prices but also excel in other areas that matter to many UK drivers. For example, they need to have plenty of practical equipment like reversing cameras and smartphone mirroring software, or the promise of low running costs thanks to frugal engines or a lengthy manufacturer warranty and a great reputation for reliability. Read on for our favourite top-value SUVs.

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1. Renault Captur

The Renault Captur has long been one of the best value small SUVs. Small SUVs are sometimes also called crossovers, as they cross over some of the characteristics of hatchbacks and off-roaders. Crossovers offer many of the same benefits as regular small hatchbacks like the Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio, but with the added benefit of having a higher driving position. Aside from anything else, being slightly higher off the ground can make it easier for some people to get in and out of the car and also load children in the back.

Renault makes the Captur using many of the same components as used in the Clio, so it isn’t a surprise there are frugal petrol and diesel engines and plenty of standard equipment. The latest Captur was launched in 2020 and these newer models are the ones to hunt down if you are willing to pay slightly more for the latest Renault equipment and styling.

If you are on a tighter budget, meanwhile, older models are still excellent options, especially in well-equipped Dynamique S Nav and Dynamique S MediaNav trim - with five-year-old Dynamique S Nav models available for less than £10,000.

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Renault Captur
Used Renault Captur

BuyaCar prices from £7,100
Monthly finance from £166*

2. Nissan Juke

Fancy driving an SUV that stands out visually? The Nissan Juke could be just the ticket, and there are even bright paint colours to choose from, including vibrant reds and a striking yellow. Just like the Renault above, there are two versions of Juke available. The original Juke was in production from 2010 to 2019 and the latest version has been on sale ever since.

One important difference between the two generations of Juke is the driving experience. Original Jukes are more tailored to comfort, while newer models have firmer suspension and as a result are more enjoyable to drive on faster 60mph roads, but they don’t soften out the bumps in the road quite as well.

Newer models in ‘Tekna’ trim are available with Nissan’s Advanced Safety Shield, which is a suite of technology designed to improve road safety. It includes features such as Intelligent Around View Monitor to help when parking, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

In tangible terms this means that the Juke can automatically make adjustments to the steering, brakes and even acceleration while driving on the motorway. Sounds good? Well, high-specification six-year-old Juke Teknas start at under £10,000 and 2019/2020 new-shape Tekna models start around the £20,000 mark.

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Used Nissan Juke

BuyaCar prices from £6,500
Monthly finance from £182*

3. Vauxhall Crossland/Crossland X

The Vauxhall Crossland performs well on the practicality front. Its cabin is spacious and can easily handle the needs of a small family, starting with the boot, which is rated at 410-litres, which is 29 litres more than a Volkswagen Golf, so good for a car of this size. On better-equipped models such as SRi and Ultimate Nav, the rear seats can be slid forwards or backwards to adjust whether you have more legroom or more luggage space (up to 110 litres of extra boot space can be added this way).

On a safety front, the Crossland achieved a full five-star crash-test safety rating from Euro NCAP in 2017, scoring 84% for child protection (the highest child protection rating that year was 89%). Thanks to a range of engines that focuses on fuel efficiency rather than sporty performance, running costs should be relatively low.

You may come across 'Crossland X' and 'Crossland' models when shopping. They are fundamentally the same car, although at the start of 2021 Vauxhall gave the Crossland X a visual makeover and in the process dropped the ‘X’. Crossland X models start just north of £10,000 while you can expect to pay at least £16,500 for the most affordable Crossland models.

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Used Vauxhall Crossland X

BuyaCar prices from £8,801
Monthly finance from £178*

4. Peugeot 3008

Peugeot has a cracking range of SUVs at the moment and one of the most appealing is the 3008. It is a rival for cars such as the Seat Ateca, Ford Kuga and Nissan Qashqai so it has some stiff competition. The 3008 measures up well, thanks to its smart-looking interior and fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines.

Peugeot designed its mid-size SUV to have a refined driving experience, meaning the suspension is spongy enough to iron out bumps but not so soft you feel like you are driving a bouncy castle. The price for this appealing family SUV - using a three-year-old mid-spec Allure model as an example - is around £20,000.

In 2021 Peugeot gave its 3008 a little update, subtly revising the styling. While these changes do look smart, they don’t drastically change much, so don’t feel like you need to hunt down a newer model if you're on a budget. While the 3008 is a five-seater - albeit one with plenty of space for four passengers and a driver - you could also consider the 5008, which is like the 3008, only bigger and available with seven seats. There is no fully-electric 3008 but there is a plug-in hybrid version, which offers some electric range if you charge it up.

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Peugeot 3008
Used Peugeot 3008

BuyaCar prices from £13,000
Monthly finance from £240*

5. Nissan Qashqai

With each new generation of Qashqai, Nissan has offered just that little bit more. The latest version arrived in 2021 and comes with more space, more tech and more practicality, helping make it one of the best SUVs available. The styling may divide opinion but in the flesh, the Qashqai looks smart and sophisticated, especially with the black and silver alloy wheels available on well-equipped Tekna and Tekna+ models.

One-year-old models like these start around the £30,000 mark. These are relatively pricey due to having lots of the latest equipment, though lower-spec Acenta Premium models - which still include plenty of in-car kit - are more affordable, as they start around £24,000.

From launch, the latest Qashqai has only been available with a 1.3-litre petrol engine and a mild hybrid system. This kind of setup mostly relies on the petrol engine for power but there is a small amount of help from the electronics, which can take some of the strain off the engine, at times such as setting off, which helps to boost fuel economy.

Older Qashqai models were available with a choice of petrol and diesel engines, with the latter being better suited to those who do regular long motorway journeys, thanks to their lower fuel consumption than petrol equivalents - especially at higher speeds. Meanwhile, petrol engines are a better choice for those who cover mainly short trips.

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Used Nissan Qashqai

BuyaCar prices from £7,490
Monthly finance from £244*

6. Vauxhall Grandland/Grandland X

Comfort awaits anyone who drives a Grandland X. Much like the Crossland mentioned previously, the Grandland recently underwent an exterior redesign and in the process dropped the ‘X’ from its name. The updates didn’t change one of the big Vauxhall’s best features, though, and that is its sizeable cabin and good comfort levels. There is no seven-seat option but there is plenty of space for five.

Although the Grandland is a relatively large car, it is similar in size to a Nissan Qashqai and all its controls are light to use. As a result, manoeuvring the Vauxhall through tight car parks and urban streets is very low effort.

On a technological front, the touchscreen media system used in the Grandland is generally simple and easy to use. There are a handful of different systems to choose from - although all come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality - with either the eight-inch or 10-inch versions being our pick of the bunch.

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Used Vauxhall Grandland X

BuyaCar prices from £11,200
Monthly finance from £238*

7. Toyota C-HR

Toyota made sure its hybrid SUV would stand out thanks to striking looks and the option of eye-catching colours. When launched, the C-HR attracted attention due to its advanced self-charging hybrid system which combines a petrol engine and an electric motor. As a driver, there is little to worry about in managing whether power comes from the engine or the electronics, as it is all done automatically. In fact, as hybrid C-HR models all have an automatic gearbox, driving this Toyota is very easy indeed.

Although having a swooping roofline makes the C-HR look relatively compact, the cabin is quite spacious. This is more true of the front seats than the rear, but there is plenty of head and legroom in the back. In general, the interior is of great quality - Toyota has included upmarket materials and classy design features, such as a curvy dashboard that subtly curves around the driver. This also means that the controls are within easy reach when driving. Handy.

How much is such a well-rounded SUV going to set you back? For a four-year-old model, £19,000 should get you an appealing C-HR that will have travelled around 10,000 miles per year or so, with hybrid versions offering particularly low fuel consumption, meaning that you shouldn't have to spend too much on petrol going forward.

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Used Toyota C-HR

BuyaCar prices from £12,900
Monthly finance from £0*

8. Skoda Enyaq

If you are looking for the best electric SUV deals then the Skoda Enyaq is a fantastic option. Let’s deal with one of the most important figures for any electric car first, the official range. A full charge is claimed to provide you with between 255 and 336 miles of range, depending on the model. Entry-level Enyaq iV 60 models come with a smaller battery pack, hence the shorter range. Meanwhile, Enyaq iV 80 models claim the highest range, thanks to a larger battery pack.

These ranges should be taken with a pinch of salt (much like official fuel economy figures for petrol or diesel cars), as factors such as air temperature and use of the air-conditioning and other in-car electrics will cut down how far it is possible to go. ‘iV 60’ Enyaqs that are under a year old start cropping up around the £37,000 mark, whereas the same age ‘iV 80’ variants start around £43,000.

Thanks to the practically silent electric motor and automatic gearbox, driving the Enyaq is very peaceful - ideal for those who want a relaxing drive. There is plenty of space for buggies or a dog in the boot, too. On a more glamorous front, the cabin is practical yet minimalist. The dashboard is dominated by a large 13-inch touchscreen tablet-style media system, which not only includes functions for music and sat-nav but also the heating/cooling of the cabin. The system is quite slick and it uses smartphone-like controls.

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*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

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