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The 10 best SUVs between £20,000 and £30,000

We’ve put our heads together and come up with a list of the best SUVs on offer for between £20,000 and £30,000. Whether you want a premium product, something that’s practical or a car that’ll save you money at the pumps, you’re spoilt for choice.

If you’ve already picked the perfect SUV, use our car configurator tool to view the best carwow deals on offer or use our PCP calculator to get a better idea how much it could cost per month. If you’re looking to spend a little less, read our lists of the best SUVs for less than £20,000 and SUVs for less than £15,000.

1. Kia Sorento

The new Kia Sorento is an excellent all-rounder – it boasts mature styling, a spacious 660-litre boot and practical interior that’s not only well-built but can seat seven with ease.

All models are generously equipped and come with an economical 2.2-litre diesel engine that can return 47.6mpg. The latest version is slightly more expensive than the car it replaces but entry-level models with four-wheel drive still cost less than £30,000.

Check out our Kia Sorento configurator for the latest carwow deals.

2. Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover’s Discovery Sport has been a big hit for the British brand – it features similar styling to the popular Evoque but it’s cheaper and offers far greater practicality. Not only can it seat seven but, with all the seats folded, it boasts a massive 1,698-litre load bay. Bring a few friends along and, with five seats in place, there’s still room for 981 litres of luggage.

It’s a great value vehicle that offers handsome styling and a premium badge for a reasonably low price. Entry-level models may cost a little more than £30,000, but our deals page can help entry-level models sneak within our budget.

Our Land Rover Discovery Sport configurator will help you find a great carwow deal.

3. Mazda CX-5

The classy Mazda CX-5 makes a great alternative to more mainstream SUVs thanks to its striking looks and upmarket interior. As an added bonus, the CX-5 is one of the best handling cars in its class – this high-riding family car will be more than happy to put a big smile on your face on a twisty back road.

All this talent isn’t particularly expensive either. Only the most expensive CX-5 edges past the £30,000 mark so you’ll be able to afford a well-specced car with a sunroof, leather upholstery, an infotainment system and parking sensors for well within our budget.

Build your perfect Mazda CX-5 with our configurator to check out the latest deals.

4. Audi Q5

The Audi Q5’s sophisticated looks and beautifully constructed interior have won it no shortage of fans. A range of efficient engines make some models fairly cheap to run and, thanks to a comfortable suspension setup, it rides well on bumpy roads.

An all-new Q5 will be launched in 2017 so many dealers will be keen to offer large discounts on the current model – you may find entry-level versions can be had for less than our £30,000 budget.

Our Audi Q5 configurator will show you the best deals currently available.

5. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is one of the most economical SUVs on our list. Its plug-in hybrid system means it can return as much as 150mpg and can travel approximately 20 miles in silent electric-only mode – perfect for commuting in the city.

A recent facelift has given the Mitsubishi striking new looks and leather seats as standard across the range. Once the government’s plug-in vehicle grant is taken into account, the PHEV slips into our £30,000 budget, too.

Use our Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV configurator to view the latest carwow deals.

6. Range Rover Evoque

Not only does the Range Rover Evoque’s striking body set it apart from the more conventional crop of SUVs but its cabin boasts many features borrowed from its luxurious Range Rover sibling. An eight-inch touchscreen, electrically adjustable seats and swathes of leather upholstery are offered as standard.

It’s available as both a cheap-to-run two-wheel drive model with an efficient 2.0-litre diesel engine that can return 65.7mpg, or as a full-fat four-wheel drive version with a more powerful petrol unit. The latter can only return a modest 36mpg.

Entry-level models might cost from £30,600 but our Range Rover Evoque configurator will be able to find you a great deal on a new car to just sneak within our budget.

7. Mercedes GLA

The Mercedes GLA offers a chunky SUV-styled alternative to the likes of the A-Class hatchback. Cabin space is less impressive than many rivals but its well-built interior features a number of neat design cues and plenty of high-quality materials.

Entry-level models come equipped with faux-leather seats, Bluetooth connectivity and a DAB digital radio as standard – all while costing less than £30,000.

See how much you can save using our Mercedes GLA configurator to view the latest carwow deals.

8. Audi Q3

The Audi Q3 combines the Q7’s high-riding SUV style with the compact dimensions of a family hatchback. It features a similarly smart interior as the rest of the German brand’s range and comes complete with plush materials and loads of equipment as standard.

The Q3 represents surprisingly good value, too. An entry-level 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol model costs from just £26,150 while more efficient diesel versions can be had for less than £30,000.

Use our Audi Q3 configurator to view the best carwow deals.

9. Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe is based on the same platform as the Kia Sorento and offers a similarly spacious cabin with more than enough room for seven. The Hyundai is surprisingly engaging to drive and, like the rest of the Hyundai range, is offered with a five-year warranty.

The cheapest Santa Fe costs slightly more than £30,000 but comes with loads of equipment as standard including 18-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and tinted windows.

There are plenty of savings to be had when you use our Hyundai Santa Fe configurator to view the best carwow deals, too.

10. Skoda Yeti

It might be smaller than most SUVs on our list but the Skoda Yeti is one of the most capable off-roaders here. Its classy cabin borrows numerous features from the Volkswagen range and, as a result, it’s both a comfortable and well-built place to sit. As an added bonus, the Yeti drives like a conventional hatchback but offers better visibility thanks to its high driving position and large windows.

A well-specced Yeti could set you back as little as £25,000 so you may find you can afford to splash out on a high-spec Laurin and Klement version or upgraded Yeti Outdoor model.

Use our Skoda Yeti configurator to view the latest carwow deals.

Save money on your new SUV

Picked your perfect SUV? Use our car configurator to check out the best carwow deals or use our PCP calculator to get a better idea how much it could cost per month. If you’re not sure what to buy, check out our car chooser tool and deals pages to help narrow down your search.

Kia Sorento

Spacious seven-seat SUV is practical and comfortable
£29,910 - £42,925
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Land Rover Discovery Sport

Seven-seat 4x4 SUV is a great go-anywhere family car
£30,145 - £52,640
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