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Best used SUVs under £30,000 in 2024

There are plenty of options for used SUVs under £30,000 - take a look at our top picks

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Best used SUV under £30,000

With the vast choice of SUVs on the market today, picking your next one can be a tricky task.

They come in all shapes and sizes, with different engines, and with different people in mind.

But with a budget as healthy as £30,000, we have no doubt that you’ll be able to find a great family SUV that fits your needs.

Here are our favourite used SUVs under £30,000:

Best mid-sized SUV under 30k - BMW X3

A black BMW X3

So, the X1 is too small for you and the X5 is too large? No worries, because BMW thought about this and has slotted the mid-sized X3 between them.

It’s modern, sleek, practical and available with a range of different engine options, including petrol diesel, plug-in hybrid, and even electric.

Prices range quite a bit depending on the model and trim level you go for, but regardless of that, there are plenty sitting under the £30k price bracket to feast your eyes on. Choosing a used BMW can help you cut back on costs.

Best luxury SUV under 30k - Range Rover Evoque

A silver Range Rover Evoque against a mountain backdrop

The Evoque sits at the small end of Land Rover’s Range Rover lineup.

This small SUV is often regarded as being one of the best in its class because it’s luxurious, practical, comfortable and perfect for urban and countryside lifestyles.

There are also plenty of trim levels, ranging from the entry-level Evoque S to the top-spec HSE that offers great power and all the bells and whistle you could dream of.

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Best electric SUV under 30k - MG E-ZS

a blue MG E-ZS driving on a built up road

Related to the petrol-powered ZS, the E-ZS is an all-electric version of the popular SUV and offers a more affordable entry point into EV ownership.

Since MG was relaunched by a Chinese manufacturer, it has gone from strength to strength, producing some of the most enticing electric and petrol cars.

This is down to their affordability and strong build quality – two things that rarely go hand in hand.

The official range for the Long Range E-ZS is 273 miles, while the entry-level promises 198 miles.

These are both excellent ranges and plenty for most people’s daily commute for a week.

Best family SUV under 30k - Nissan Qashqai

a blue nissan qashqai driving on a windy british road

Whether you’re upgrading from a Juke or moving over from something else, the Nissan Qashqai is currently one of the most popular crossover SUVs for sale in the UK.

Most of its success is related to its practicality, low running costs and build quality.

This used Nissan is also great to drive, which helps when you have a car full of children because the smooth ride will make up for some of the noise.

There’s a large range of model variants on offer too, including the Visia, Tekna and Premiere Edition.

Best large electric SUV under 30k - Peugeot e-2008

a white peugeot 2008 driving on a road

Based on the petrol-powered 2008, the Peugeot e-2008 is an all-electric crossover SUV that offers familiarity when it comes to EVs – making them feel less alien, if you’re new to them.

Its swish design and large size make it an ideal sub-£30k SUV for a family with up to five members.

From its 50kWh battery, Peugeot claims it can travel up to 206 miles on a single charge – plenty for most people’s weekly driving needs.

There are also some great charging options out there too. Here’s some help with EV charging:

Best sport SUV under 30k - Audi Q5

a blue Audi Q5 PHEV

Most of the cars we’ve mentioned above owe their existence to the Audi Q5, because this is the car that started the rapid growth of the mid-priced SUVs.

Sitting in between the smaller Q3 and larger Q7, the Q5 is practical, spacious, and comes with lots of interior tech.

This used Audi can be purchased as either a petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid – all of which are very economical and reliable engines.

Best luxury SUV under 30k - Mercedes GLA

a red Mercedes GLA driving in a town

Leading the luxury, high-quality crossover SUV segment is the Mercedes GLA. The best way to think of it is as a large hatchback, because that’s what its size feels like.

It’s not as intimidating as the GLC, for example, and yet it’s still very practical and well-suited to family life.

You can have your used Mercedes GLA in a variety of trim levels, from the entry-level Sport to the top-spec AMG and ‘S’ models, which come with more power and class.

Best hybrid SUV under 30k - Volvo XC60


The XC60 has been around for well over a decade now, and since then has helped many customers make the jump from estate/saloon to SUV.

The simple fact of the matter is that if you need or want more interior space, one of your best options is to get an SUV – and this used Volvo demonstrates that perfectly.

It features a boot of up to 483 litres, and it’s available with petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid options – giving you a huge range of choices.

What to look for in a used SUV

Buying a used SUV is a great way to save money on the cost of your next car. You might be able to find higher spec models that wouldn't suit your budget if purchased brand-new, and can still choose a car finance deal if you want to spread the cost.

You should consider what it is you want from your SUV when you're shopping around. There are plenty of great seven-seater SUV options if you want something spacious, or some impressive compact SUVs if you only need a small car.

Look at SUV reviews and Euro NCAP safety ratings before choosing which model is best for you. This will help you see the reliability and safety of each model. Factors like the age and mileage of each car can also be useful indicators.

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