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

  1. Renault Kadjar
  2. Mazda CX-5
  3. SEAT Ateca
  4. Kia Niro
  5. Peugeot 3008
  6. Skoda Yeti
  7. Kia Sportage Mk3
  8. Nissan Qashqai Mk2

1. Renault Kadjar - Used Mid-Size SUV of the Year

  • Our pick: 1.5 dCi Dynamique Nav (2017/17, 44k miles, £10,200)

Renault was a relative latecomer to the compact SUV party, but the French company made up for lost time when it revealed the talented Kadjar in 2015. Stylish, spacious, cost-effective to run and bursting with kit, the car went straight to the top of the class.

More than five years later, the qualities that made the Kadjar such a new-car hit also make it a cracking second-hand buy. For starters the Renault still looks fresh, while its interior is stylish and comes close to matching upmarket models for quality and ambience. It has similar features to premium rivals as well, including the latest driver-assistance safety aids and Renault’s easy-to-use R-Link touchscreen infotainment with smartphone mirroring.

It’s roomy too, with plenty of leg and headroom for those in the back seats, plus lots of useful storage space for all your odds and ends. The 472-litre boot is one of the biggest in the class, plus there’s a useful underfloor compartment, while the rear seats fold completely flat in one movement using handy levers in the load bay. 

The Renault is based on the same CMF platform as the previous Nissan Qashqai, and the French car benefits from accurate and grippy handling as well as a supple ride that beats most competitors with its blend of comfort and fun. 

There are a number of engines, with the smooth and reliable 1.5 dCi diesel the best all-rounder. Not only does it deliver strong mid-range torque for effortless performance, it also claims up to 74.3mpg (NEDC) and emits just 99g/km of CO2, meaning free road tax for cars registered before April 2017.

Better still, attractive prices mean the Renault is an affordable second-hand buy, and we reckon the well equipped Dynamique Nav trim delivers the best value for money. If you’re after a great-value, hassle-free pre-owned compact SUV with a dash of rugged style, look no further than the extremely capable Kadjar.

BuyaCar finance options

We found an 18-plate model with 40,000 miles on sale for £12,295 on BuyaCar.co.uk. If you finance it for three years and go on to hand it back (provided you keep it in good condition and stick to the mileage limit), the monthly payments of £220 following a deposit of £950 mean this family SUV should cost less than £8,900 overall. Meanwhile, if you want to own it at the end, the optional final payment isn’t too costly, at £3,529.

See the latest Renault Kadjar prices on our sister site BuyaCar...

2. Mazda CX-5 (2014)

Like Renault, Mazda was late to join this class, but the CX-5 was worth the wait. Distilling the spirit of the firm’s famous MX-5 roadster, the Mazda is sharper to drive than most rivals, with engaging handling and a slick manual gearbox. Yet it’s spacious, comfy, and affordable to buy and run, too. Only dated infotainment lets it down.

See the latest Mazda CX-5 prices on our sister site BuyaCar...

3. SEAT Ateca

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.

See the latest SEAT Ateca prices on our sister site BuyaCar...

4. Kia Niro

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.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.

See the latest Kia Niro prices on our sister site BuyaCar...

5. Peugeot 3008

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.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.

See the latest Peugeot 3008 prices on our sister site BuyaCar...

6. Skoda Yeti

It’s been several 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.

See the latest Skoda Yeti prices on our sister site BuyaCar...

7. Kia Sportage Mk3

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.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.

See the latest Kia Sportage prices on our sister site BuyaCar...

8. Nissan Qashqai Mk2

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.

See the latest Nissan Qashqai prices on our sister site BuyaCar...

Find out more about the best used cars you can buy in each market sector with our Used Car Awards...

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