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Top 10 best used SUVs 2024

Whether you want a practical family car or something that’s a touch more luxurious and sporty, our list of the top 10 best used SUVs in 2024 has something for everyone.

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By Cazoo editorial team

Updated: 18 January 2024

The best used SUVs give you a car with a commanding driving position, practical interior and rugged looks. It's not hard to see why SUVs are so popular.

And whether you want something small and cost-effective to big and upmarket, there’s an SUV that could be just right for you. To help you find the right one, here are our 10 best used SUVs for 2024.

1. Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage is a very familiar sight, and it’s so popular because it’s really good – a cost-effective, practical family SUV that drives well and comes with a long manufacturer warranty from new.

As all-rounders go, it’s one of the best, and with a new model released in 2023, the previous generation model (sold new from 2016-2021, pictured) is very affordable compared with its rivals.

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2. Seat Ateca

The Seat Ateca is one of the biggest used SUV bargains around. That starts with prices that undercut those of many similar cars, yet the Ateca outdoes many of its rivals in key areas.

It's especially enjoyable to drive for a family SUV, with responsive steering and a nimble feel on twisty roads. All of the available engines are quiet and mix good fuel economy with decent acceleration. Inside, the Ateca feels solid and most versions come with lots of useful high-tech features. Interior space is excellent and there's a big boot, yet the Ateca is compact on the outside and easy to park.

3. Volvo XC40

The Volvo XC40 distils the qualities of Volvo’s large cars into a small one. The XC40 has a sleek and stylish interior, and there’s a choice of power options that give you good performance and the choice of low or even zero emissions. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid XC40 models are available and there’s an excellent full-electric model that mixes efficiency and a long battery range with impressive acceleration.

What’s also impressive is that for the price, the XC40 is loaded with lots of features as standard, including heated front seats and, on some models, heated back seats. Space is great for four adults and you could just about squeeze in a fifth for shorter journeys.

4. MG ZS EV

The MG ZS EV proves that you don’t need to pay lots of money to buy an excellent pure-electric SUV. It’s one of the biggest bargains we can think of, offering family-friendly practicality, a long warranty, a great battery range and a very roomy interior for its size.

Although it’s not quite as sophisticated as some rivals in the way it looks or drives, not much else gets close when it comes to bang-for-your-buck. It also has a boot that’s big enough for most families’ needs. Cars sold new from late-2021 have a sleeker exterior design and an upgraded infotainment system.

5. Audi Q5

There’s strong competition from the BMW X3, Volvo XC60, Jaguar F-Pace and Mercedes-Benz GLC, but the Audi Q5’s spacious interior, superb quality and comprehensive engine range make it stand out in a competitive category.

It ticks just every box you can think of, with a top-quality interior that's packed with features and has a luxurious feel, even if you go for one of the least expensive versions. It feels safe and relaxing to drive and there's a wide choice of petrol and diesel models available, as well as a plug-in hybrid version.

6. Ford Kuga

The Kuga is a great choice for people who want a bit more space than a hatchback but don’t want a large car. Models made from 2020 onwards (as pictured) are roomy and more fun to drive than most SUVs. There are mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid options for the latest model, which is ideal if you want the full SUV experience but have an eye on your environmental impact and running costs.

All post-2020 Kugas have loads of standard tech, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and voice control, and you can get wireless phone charging and keyless start on more expensive trims. If you find the endless trims and engine choices overwhelming, then the pre-2020 Kuga’s one petrol and two diesel engine choices are refreshingly simple.

7. Land Rover Discovery Sport

The Land Rover Discovery Sport is the smaller, more affordable alternative to the Land Rover Discovery. You still get seven seats, so there’s plenty of space for Grandma and Grandpa in the back if the kids hop in the third row for a trip to the seaside. The Discovery Sport will cost you a lot less than the full-size Discovery, though, and it’ll fit in a much smaller parking space.

You get a similarly upmarket interior to Land Rover’s larger models, as well as the latest safety equipment and the option of useful features such as front and rear parking sensors and a 360-degree camera that gives you a bird's eye view of the car (on the centre display) that makes parking simpler still.

All Discovery Sports sold new since 2020 have mild-hybrid technology, which makes them more fuel-efficient, and if you do need to go off-road there are few cars better suited to it than a Land Rover.

8. Nissan Qashqai

The original Nissan Qashqai was one of the original compact, road-focused SUVs and the latest models will give you great interior quality at an affordable price.

The tech in newer models includes a 12.3-inch touchscreen that’s super-fast to respond and sits high on the dash so it’s very easy to use while you’re on the move. You can choose between manual or automatic gearboxes and opt for four-wheel drive if you want it. All options are easy to drive and comfortable on long journeys.

The latest-generation Qashqai (sold new from 2021, pictured) has mild-hybrid technology across all trims, which helps to lower your fuel costs.

9. Skoda Kodiaq

The Skoda Kodiaq does just about everything you could want – and probably a bit more – for a great price.

It’s available with five or seven seats, ideal for weekends with the grandparents or car-pooling on the school run. There’s a good variety of engines and you can choose from two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. It’s easy to find a well-kitted-out mid-level trim that combines value and comfort.

10. Volkswagen Tiguan

It’s easy to see why the Volkswagen Tiguan is a popular option for families. It’s a great all-rounder, mixing a premium feel with a quiet and comfortable driving experience.

Every Tiguan come with an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, through which you can control your smartphone apps using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. You can also get a row of easy-to-use buttons underneath, which makes it simpler to switch between functions. The car’s smart interior is easy to clean and very practical and the exterior is sleek and understated.

Fuel economy is impressively low in the most popular models and a plug-in hybrid version called the eHybrid is also available, which can travel on electric-only power for short distances.

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