Top 10 best used SUVs 2022
Want to find an affordable SUV? Check out our list of the top 10 best used SUVs available.
Buying and owning an affordable used SUV can still give you that new-car feeling. What’s more, you’ll have more money in your pocket if you buy an SUV second hand, thanks to a lower initial price and much less value lost in depreciation over the course of your time with the car than if you were to buy new.
Depreciation can vary massively between manufacturer and model, and it can also vary between equipment levels, although it tends to slow down after the car hits its third birthday, which means a three-year-old used car can save you a huge amount of money – as long as you’re happy to sacrifice that latest number plate or the ‘new-car smell’.
The SUV market is still very popular, with more and more new models making their way out of showrooms. Manufacturers even offer them with fully electric powertrains as we draw nearer to 2030, when the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars will be banned. You can read our guide on the best electric SUVs. British drivers love the extra practicality of an SUV as well as the raised ride height, which can improve your view of the road. With so many options, used SUV buyers are spoiled for choice today.
Read on for our list of the best used SUVs to buy and don’t forget to check out our guides to getting a good deal on a used car and questions to ask when buying a used car to give you an edge when negotiating.
For more used car buying advice, why not read our picks for the best used cars to buy.
The Skoda Karoq is a fantastic choice for used buyers, as a well-built and tough interior means it’ll continue to look good and work for many years. The interior is airy and spacious and the large 479-litre boot can be boosted to 588 litres thanks to the ‘Varioflex’ seating system, available on all but SE trims. This allows you to slide the rear seats to give more legroom or boot space – or remove them altogether. The engine choices begin with a turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol that offers decent performance, while a punchier 1.5-litre petrol engine is also available.
Diesel options include 1.6 and 2.0-litre units, which are predictably more economical. There are numerous available trim levels, with the entry-level SE featuring two-zone air-con, DAB radio and alloy wheels. Mid-range SE L adds many extras, including LED headlights, a reversing camera, an Amundsen infotainment system, sat nav and smartphone mirroring. There are also Scout, Sportline and Edition trim levels, which focus on ruggedness, sportiness and luxury respectively. The Karoq replaced the Skoda Yeti, which has distinctive styling and a reputation for reliability. It’s a great used car purchase if your budget doesn’t stretch to the Karoq.
Most SUVs aren’t the most exciting to drive due to their focus on comfort and practicality. However, the Porsche Macan channels the brand’s sports-car heritage by being one of the best driver’s SUVs on the market. Range-topping Macan Turbo pre-facelift models pack a 3.6-litre six-cylinder engine with a mighty 394bhp, while even the entry-level Macan offers decent thrills with a 248bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. Make sure to look for cars specced with the ‘Sports Chrono’ pack for optimum performance.
Thanks to the desirable Porsche name, residuals on the Macan are strong, so the money saved through depreciation may be less than other cars on this list. But the Macan justifies this not only with its performance but also with a luxurious interior and great build quality. Practicality is good and if you pick a car with the six-cylinder diesel engine, running costs may be lower than you expect.
If you told someone not so long ago that Kia would quickly become one of the most desirable mainstream brands on the market, they most likely would have laughed. However, Kia has released some highly competent models over the last decade and the Niro SUV is one of them.
The Niro was built from the ground-up to have an efficient hybrid powertrain. Kia claims the plug-in hybrid version of the Niro can manage up to a staggering 201.8mpg and clever packaging means interior space isn’t affected by the battery. Depreciation means you can get nearly-new Niros for significantly less than the base price when new. Even entry-levl Connect models come with plenty of standard equipment, including dual-zone air conditioning, part-leather seats and adaptive cruise control.
The Subaru Forester is a rather unfashionable SUV but that has its benefits. While most cars in this class use their large form factor for style, the Forester is a no-nonsense SUV for those who need a large, capable family workhorse. Performing well in our Driver Power satisfaction survey, Subaru and the Forester were both ranked highly for reliability and build quality.
While the Subaru’s interior is not the most luxurious, it feels satisfyingly simple and sturdy. Instead of endless screens, the Subaru Forester features plenty of physical buttons and switches, but necessary tech such as a central infotainment touchscreen is still present. Standard kit such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is welcome too.
The Dacia Duster has recently been facelifted but we’re focusing on the pre-facelift model here, which has been on sale since 2018. The facelift only introduced minor cosmetic changes, so you won’t be missing out on any desirable features. If anything, the release of the updated model only serves to make a used Dacia Duster even better value.
The Duster has always been a well-priced SUV that prides itself on function over form but the current-generation Duster added welcome features to make it more comfortable and appealing. Renault underpinnings mean you’re not missing out on modern parts and the engines are reasonably powerful and economical, if not class-leading in any respect.
The Access trim will be too sparsely equipped for most people but all other models get air conditioning, digital radio, Bluetooth and cruise control. Comfort is a popular spec, with a touchscreen infotainment system that features the latest smartphone connectivity, sat nav and a reversing camera.
Launched in 2015 as a replacement for the Freelander, the entry-level Discovery Sport is still very much a Land Rover, with a blend of luxury and impressive off-road performance. While most SUVs are designed for the streets despite their rugged looks, the Discovery Sport is very much capable of heading off the beaten track.
Despite its relatively compact size compared to the rest of the Land Rover range, the Discovery Sport is, in fact, available as a seven-seater, with the third row intended for children. Standard equipment on lower-spec cars is a tad sparse, but mid-to-high-spec cars come with plenty of standard features such as sat-nav, heated leather seats and a reversing camera.
Large, luxurious and effortlessly elegant, the Volvo XC90 is still one of the most stylish SUVs on sale since the second generation launched in 2014. The interior is suitably Scandinavian with a light, minimalist design. A large, portrait-oriented touchscreen dominates the centre of the dashboard. This is standard on all models and comes packed with all the features that you’d expect such as sat-nav and DAB radio.The XC90 hasn’t changed much since it first went on sale, so even older examples on the market still feel relatively modern.
Strictly engineered for comfort, we suggest opting for a car with the B5 2.0-litre diesel engine. While there are more powerful engines available, this powerplant suits the Volvo’s relaxed driving style. Plus, with the diesel, a fuel economy figure of up to 40mpg can be achieved - something you probably wouldn’t expect of a vehicle this big.
Many people were dismayed when they discovered that Ford was reusing the Puma name for a new compact SUV. However, it seems little of the original Puma’s fun factor has been lost, as the new Puma drives nearly as well as the latest Ford Fiesta. The Puma’s compact dimensions make it a doddle to drive around town but the car is also engaging on a twisty B-road.
Given it’s a more upmarket SUV, the Puma comes with much more standard kit than the Fiesta. Entry-level Titanium models have all of the equipment you may need such as sat-nav, air conditioning and rear parking sensors. Step up to the ST-Line for sportier styling and supportive Recaro sport seats. While the Puma is not the largest SUV out there, it should be enough for small families, with its 456-litre boot one of the best in its class.
If you’re looking to stand out, the Toyota RAV4 may be the option for you with its bold and rugged styling. The RAV4’s angular bodywork and body cladding make the car look more like a proper 4x4 than a crossover. Buyers can pick from either a self-charging hybrid powertrain or a plug-in hybrid system with either front-wheel-drive for better fuel economy, or four-wheel-drive for improved grip.
Despite being a strict five-seater, the RAV4 feels just as spacious as larger cars such as the Skoda Kodiaq. While the infotainment system is relatively lacklustre, the rest of the RAV4’s interior feels suitably sturdy, with chunky rubberized dials for the air conditioning. Toyota is renowned for its reliability and build quality, so expect the RAV4 to last for ages; you can extend the warranty to 10 years just by having the car serviced regularly at a Toyota dealer.
The Nissan Qashqai helped to kickstart the SUV craze when it made its debut in 2007 and it’s gone on to become one of the best-selling crossovers of the last decade. While it has recently been updated for 2021, we are focusing here on the outgoing model. This is because the second-generation Qashqai can offer great value for money on the used market. Cars sold in 2018 and onwards get the Nissan Connect touchscreen as standard, which comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
We suggest looking for a car with the entry-level 1.3-litre petrol engine. Its power output of 138bhp is more than sufficient for everyday driving and can return up to 45mpg. The Qashaqi’s steering is effortless and light, making it easy to manoeuvre around town. A five-star Euro NCAP safety rating means it’s safe too.
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