Best used mid-size 4x4s and SUVs
Here’s our round-up of the very best used mid-size 4x4s and SUVs that just keep on giving
If a new car isn’t for you but you still need the practicality and usability a family SUV brings, then why not think about one of the best used mid-size SUVs that we’ve lined up here?
Many of these used mid-size SUVs have the same underpinnings as new models that are on sale today, while the engine line-ups should still be frugal enough.
Depending on the age of the car or the brand you buy into, there could be some time left on the original warranty as well, which should offer peace of mind if you’re on a tighter budget.
While some of these used mid-size SUVs are a little older, they still have all of the character and class that took them to the sharp end of the market when they were new, so as a used buy they offer better value and the same great breadth of abilities.
Due to when many of them were registered some will benefit from either low or maybe even free road tax, so combined with efficient engines (the majority were developed and sold when diesel was prevalent, but petrol alternatives are available) they should all be cheap enough to run, and will provide dependable family transport.
Read on for our guide to the best used mid-size 4x4s and SUVs…
Best used mid-size 4x4s and SUVs to buy
- Renault Kadjar
- SEAT Ateca
- Kia Niro
- Peugeot 3008
- Skoda Yeti
- Kia Sportage Mk3
- Nissan Qashqai Mk2
- Volkswagen Tiguan Mk2
1. Renault Kadjar
|Engines:||1.2-litre petrol, 1.3-litre petrol, 1.6-litre petrol, 1.5-litre diesel, 1.6-litre diesel, 1.7-litre diesel Line|
|Trims:||Expression+, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav, Dynamique SE Nav, Signature Nav, Signature S Nav, Iconic, Play, S Edition, GT|
Until quite recently, SUVs weren’t really on Renault’s radar. The lacklustre Koleos pretty much summed things up. However, that all changed when the class-leading Kadjar arrived in 2015. Five years on, although it’s no longer the best new SUV out there, its appeal as a used car remains undimmed thanks to its incredible value.
Not only is it good looking, it has a versatile interior with plenty of premium touches and technology, while the 472-litre luggage area is generous for the class. Based on the same CMF platform as its Nissan Qashqai cousin (left), the Kadjar is good to drive, with accurate handling and a comfortable ride, while a raft of cutting-edge driver safety aids make the SUV a confidence-inspiring choice for families. Factor in the great-value prices, and this rugged Renault makes a cracking second-hand SUV buy.
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2. SEAT Ateca
|Engines:||1.0-litre petrol, 1.4-litre petrol, 1.5-litre petrol, 2.0-litre petrol, 1.6-litre diesel, 2.0-litre diesel|
|Trims:||SE, SE Technology, FR, FR Sport, FR Black Edition, Xcellence, Xcellence Lux|
The Ateca has won more Auto Express road tests than most SUV rivals have had school-run excursions. Great value, good to drive and full of family-friendly features and useful tech, the stylish SEAT is a brilliant used buy.
Better still, as with the 3008 and Kadjar, a refreshed Ateca has just arrived, giving plenty of scope to make a second-hand saving, particularly on nearly new models. There are loads of examples out there, but the smooth, efficient 1.5-litre TSI petrol is a highlight, while FR trim comes well equipped and packs some visual upgrades.
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3. Kia Niro
|Engines:||1.6-litre petrol-electric hybrid, 1.6-litre petrol-electric plug-in hybrid, electric|
|Trims:||2, 3, 4, First Edition|
Kia has stolen a march on its rivals when it comes to electrification – and the Niro has been leading the charge. It’s available as a petrol-electric hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and a pure EV, so the Korean crossover has all the bases covered. Which one you choose depends on what fits best with your lifestyle, but the basic hybrid is the most affordable, while the most powerful 64kWh electric version can crack nearly 300 miles on a single charge.
All are spacious and well equipped, plus there’s that seven-year warranty for extra peace of mind. It’s not the most fun-to-drive SUV, but the Kia is comfortable, composed and easy to live with.
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4. Peugeot 3008
|Engines:||1.2-litre petrol, 1.6-litre petrol, 1.5-litre diesel, 1.6-litre diesel, 2.0-litre diesel, 1.6-litre petrol-electric plug-in hybrid|
|Trims:||Active, Allure, GT Line, GT Line Premium, GT Economy|
With the facelifted 3008 imminent in showrooms, there’s never been a better time to bag a used bargain. Mixing head-turning style with real substance, the current model is a truly desirable family car choice. The cabin drips with appeal thanks to its multiple screens and bold use of materials, including fabric door and dash inserts.
There’s more than enough space for a growing family, plus a lengthy list of standard equipment. Soft suspension and good refinement make it a relaxing choice behind the wheel, while the punchy 1.2-litre PureTech petrol is the pick of the engine line-up.
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5. Skoda Yeti
|Engines:||1.2-litre petrol, 1.4-litre petrol, 1.8-litre petrol, 1.6-litre diesel, 2.0-litre diesel|
|Trims:||S, SE Plus, SE L, Elegance, Monte Carlo, Laurin & Clement Economy|
It’s been three years since the last Yeti rolled off the line, yet the quirky Skoda remains one of our favourite small SUVs. That boxy exterior hides a spacious and versatile interior that’s robustly built and packed with family-friendly features, including a sliding rear bench.
There’s a huge range of eager and efficient engines, engaging handling means the Czech crossover is great to drive, plus the 4WD models are genuinely capable off road. With consistently high scores in our Driver Power satisfaction survey, it should prove a hassle-free choice.
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6. Kia Sportage Mk3
|Engines:||1.7-litre diesel, 2.0-litre diesel|
|Trims:||1, 2, 3, 4, KX-1, KX-2, KX-3, KX-4|
This is the Sportage that really put Kia on the compact SUV map. Penned by former Audi design boss Peter Schreyer, the angular Korean crossover still looks smart today. The spacious interior is equally appealing, with eye-catching design, the option of an intuitive touchscreen and plenty of standard kit.
The Kia isn’t as fun to drive as some, but it’s comfy and composed, plus there’s a choice of two and four-wheel drive. For most, the 1.7-litre CRDi diesel will give the best blend of performance and economy, while some cars will benefit from the balance of a seven-year warranty.
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7. Nissan Qashqai Mk2
|Engines:||1.2-litre petrol, 1.6-litre petrol, 1.5-litre diesel, 1.6-litre diesel|
|Trims:||Acenta, Acenta Premium, N-Connecta, N-Tec, N-Vision, Visia, Tekna|
While the original Qashqai arguably created the crossover class, it’s the second-generation machine that cemented the model’s place as a class leader. More stylish on the outside and bigger inside, it also costs less to run thanks to efficient turbocharged petrol and diesel engines.
Inside, there’s plenty of handy storage plus a roomy boot with a novel load-dividing system, while the neatly designed cabin has real premium appeal. The car drives well, with low noise levels and a supple ride. The 1.5-litre diesel is gutsy and efficient, too. You’ll be spoilt for choice.
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8. Volkswagen Tiguan MK2
|Engines:||1.4-litre petrol, 1.5-litre petrol, 2.0-litre petrol, 2.0-litre diesel|
|Trims:||Life, Match, Elegance, S, SE, SE Navigation, SEL, R-Line, R|
The second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan arrived in 2016 and since gone on to become the brand’s best-selling model across the globe. That’s mainly down to the fact it’s easy to drive and easy to live with, while also offering buyers plenty of quality.
It’s not exactly a revolution in the mid-size SUV sector and higher-spec models can be pricey, but there’s a strong range of petrol and diesel engines on offer and there’s even a seven-seat Allspace model for those that need more space.
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