Cheapest SUVs

John Evans
Oct 31, 2018

Cheapest SUVs

Five cheap used SUVs

Nissan Qashqai
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.

Dacia Duster
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.
Renault Captur
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.
Suzuki Vitara
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.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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.

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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.

Citroen C3

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.
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.
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.
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.

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