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Best used SUVs to buy in 2024

If you’re looking for a spacious and useful family car, then the chances are you’re looking for an SUV. The extra space in the cabin, the big boots, and the fact that the seats are set high up make it much easier to load in the shopping, the luggage, the kids, and the dog. 

However, if you’re buying on a family car budget, chances are that a brand new SUV is going to be out of your price range. Happily, there are plenty of excellent used SUVs from which to choose, and Carwow’s team of experts have lined up the 10 best choices for second-hand SUV ownership.

Skoda Kodiaq

1. Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda Kodiaq review
Kia Sportage

2. Kia Sportage

8/10
Kia Sportage review
Mazda CX-5

3. Mazda CX-5

8/10
Mazda CX-5 review
Jaguar I-PACE

4. Jaguar I-Pace

8/10
Jaguar I-PACE review
Battery range up to 291 miles
Nissan Qashqai
2024
Family Values Award
Highly Commended

5. Nissan Qashqai

8/10
Nissan Qashqai review
Hyundai Tucson

6. Hyundai Tucson

7/10
Hyundai Tucson review
SEAT Ateca

7. SEAT Ateca

7/10
SEAT Ateca review
Ford Kuga

8. Ford Kuga

7/10
Ford Kuga review
Battery range up to 35 miles
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

9. Toyota RAV4

8/10
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid review
Dacia Duster (2017-2024)

10. Dacia Duster

6/10
Dacia Duster (2017-2024) review

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The small SUV market is booming, with lots of competitors to choose from. The Volkswagen T-Cross, Skoda Kamiq and Ford Puma are up there with the best, and any of them would make for a great pick.

Also consider the Audi Q2 if you want a more premium badge, or the Toyota Yaris Cross for impressively low fuel costs.

When considering a large SUV, the Skoda Kodiaq offers great value for money and fantastic practicality while the SEAT Tarraco (which uses the same mechanical bits as the Skoda) is also worth a look. However, if you’re on a slightly bigger budget, the Volvo XC90 offers plenty of space and a high quality cabin while a used Lexus RX hybrid would make a luxurious and reliable choice.

It’s always a good idea to search out ownership surveys before buying a car to get an idea of its practicality and repair costs, but it’s impossible to know for sure whether a particular vehicle will go wrong or not.

That’s why models that have long warranties are a good place to start, because you’ll be covered if there are any issues. Toyota’s warranties can be extended up to 10 years if serviced at approved dealers, Kia offers seven years and Hyundai up to five, though all of these also have mileage limits.

If you check out the Auto Express Driver Power ratings — which quizzes actual owners on their experience with cars in the real world — then the best-performing SUV models are the Mazda CX-5, Ford EcoSport, Subaru Outback, Dacia Duster, Lexus RX, and Kia Sorento.

When looking for a used SUV, it’s important to research the car’s reliability record, but also (as with any used car) make sure the example you’re buying has a good service history and has been well looked after.

Many SUVs get used in the city, so look out for any bumps and scrapes that come from encounters with other traffic. Their popularity with families means you should also check for interior wear and tear such as broken air vents or loose trim. But also look out for damage beneath the car in case the previous owner has tested its off-road abilities.

As with any used car, there are reliability risks that typically increase with age and mileage, though if a car has been looked after it reduces the risk of something going wrong. Despite this, some models have a higher risk than others.

For example, luxury SUVs can become temptingly cheap as they age, but this is typically because repairs can be frequent and expensive.

The mid-sized SUV market is probably the busiest of all, as these cars will appeal to a broad cross-section of buyers. Some of our favourites include the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage and Toyota RAV4, particularly because they come with excellent warranties while the Mazda CX-5 has an excellent reliability reputation.