Top 10 best SUVs for under £30,000
The popularity of SUVs and crossovers shows no sign of waning any time soon, but you don’t have to spend huge money to drive a big car.
Written by Nick Francis. A version of this article was first published on YesAuto UK.
1. Skoda Kodiaq
The Skoda Kodiaq is essentially a VW Tiguan in a different frock, with only a slightly less premium interior. Unlike the Tiguan it has the option of adding seven seats, although keep in mind that puts the price up slightly. While the interior might look a bit boring it’s very sturdy, which is peace of mind for those with kids and dogs. We also think the Kodiaq is quite a handsome looking thing.
2. Volkswagen Tiguan
The Kodiaq beats the Tiguan on value for money only - the Tiguan is a superb SUV that will tick all the boxes for most families. The rear seats slide backwards and forwards and the boot is massive, making it one of the most practical cars in its class. A great infotainment system is the cherry on top. For seven seats you will have to upgrade to the Tiguan Allspace though, which will tip you well over the £30K mark.
3. Mazda CX-5
If you want a SUV which brings genuine driving pleasure then the CX-5 will suit, it’s one of the best-handling affordable SUVs on the market. The CX-5 also stands out when it comes to interior quality, it feels as well stitched together as something more expensive from Germany. The only let down is the infotainment system which is getting a bit long in the tooth now.
4. Peugeot 5008
Okay, so the Peugeot 5008 is £10 over £30,000, but we hope you’ll let us off. A tenner is the price of about three cups of coffee from Starbucks. The 5008 earns its spot on this list thanks to its head turning design and even prettier interior. It also has a sliding rear bench and comes in a range of very capable engines. It’s not the most fun SUV to drive but it is very comfortable.
5. Kia Sportage
A new generation of the Sportage will arrive later this year but the current model offers great value for money. A budget of £30,000 will bag you a higher-spec GT-Line model with all-wheel drive and an eager 1.6 turbocharged petrol engine. It comes with leather upholstery, reversing camera, heated front seats and 19-inch alloys wheels. That’s a lot of kit for the cash.
6. Seat Tarraco
Another VW Group SUV, the Seat Tarraco shares its DNA with the Skoda Kodiaq and VW Tiguan, only it comes with seven seats as standard across the range which means it offers great practicality at an affordable price. It won’t win any prizes for interior design any time soon, but the build quality is solid and the infotainment system is excellent. It’s nice to drive, too.
7. Renault Kadjar
While it’s far from scintillating to drive the Renault Kadjar offers all the things a decent family SUV should: large boot, roomy interior and a comfortable ride. If you’re not a fan of the boxy styling then you might want to look at the Renault Arkana, which is a coupe-style SUV based on the Kadjar. You will lose some rear headroom though.
8. Citroen C5 Aircross
Fancy a car that feels like you’re driving on a floating cloud? The C5 Aircross is the closest thing you’ll find to that sensation. Citroen has long sold itself on making cars with pillowy suspension, and the C5 Aircross is no different. We would even go so far as to say it is the most comfortable large SUV money can buy. It’s also easy to manoeuvre around town for such a large car and offers a broad range of engines, including a hybrid.
9. MG HS
The MG HS is a large SUV that costs small SUV money. Despite being so cheap the interior actually manages to feel relatively premium, with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and plenty of soft-touch plastics throughout. Amazingly, for just £30,095 you can have a pacey plug-in hybrid version which does 0-62mph in 6.9-seconds and has an electric range of 32-miles - more than enough for most daily commutes.
10. Toyota CH-R
The Toyota CH-R turns heads with its futuristic design, and it comes with a premium-feeling cabin – although the infotainment system is by no means the best around. The CR-V is smaller than a lot of the other SUVs on this list, but for small families it offers plenty of space and a comfortable ride. The CH-R is available as a petrol hybrid only and offers a claimed 58.8mpg, which is better than most diesel engines.