The top ten used crossovers for under £15,000
The crossover segment is booming. More than ever, people are switching out of traditional favourites such as hatchbacks and saloons and moving into crossovers where their raised ride height and often quirky looks are quite appealing. They’re usually quite practical, too.
But thankfully for those on a budget, as more crossovers are released, plenty fall into the used market. It means there’s something for everyone, and we’ve picked out a £15,000 budget to show just what you’re able to find in the used car market today.
The Volkswagen Tiguan was one of the kickstarters of the crossover segment, providing a decent amount of practicality combined with good looks and VW’s trademark build quality. It’s an appealing prospect, that’s for sure, and a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines mean it won’t cost the earth to fuel, either.
Plus, our £15,000 budget will net you a clean example with relatively low miles. Tiguans remain quite spec-dependant, mind; darker colours tend to suit it better than jazzier shades - though that’s down to personal preference, of course.
Nissan’s Juke has been a quirky entry into the crossover market for some time now. Despite its relatively compact dimensions, it has proved a hit with drivers across the board. It might not be the most sparkling in terms of driving dynamics, but its head-turning styling, good standard equipment levels and good reliability mean it’s a sure-fire choice in this list.
Our £15,000 isn’t quite enough to net the most recent version, but it’s more than enough to obtain a later-year version of the previous-generation car. This is no bad thing - it remains an impressive crossover option.
Seat was a little later to the crossover party than others on this list, but fortunately when it did enter into the segment with this - the Arona - it more than made up for lost time. It’s based on the same platform as the Ibiza hatch, which means that it still benefits from a compact footprint, yet has loads of storage options and plenty of space for a family.
The Arona drives admirably too, and has a decent range of engines available with it too. Used examples have just slipped under the £15,000 market, making this car one heck of a bargain.
Fancy a little more retro-inspired flair from your crossover? You’ll want the Mini Countryman then. Applying the design of the firm’s popular hatch on a slightly larger scale, the Countryman has everything we love about Mini - great looks, an involving drive and solid build quality - in a platform which benefits from a good degree more space than the regular hatch.
Though used prices have remained strong, the Countryman more than falls within our budget. You’ll pay slightly more for the privilege - so expect a slightly older, higher-mileage example - but it’s unlikely that you’ll be disappointed.
Thanks to its cute retro styling the updated Fiat 500 proved a huge sales hit for the Italian brand. So much so, it has expanded into every possible segment with some variation of this lovable supermini.
Cue the 500X, a small SUV that packs stylish looks into a practical package. While the larger 500L looks a bit odd, the 500X lets you have all the retro chic charm of the supermini but with much more space.
Peugeot has really refound its form in recent years, making some genuinely desirable products that have premium appeal without the premium price tag.
The 3008 is a great case in point, proving a practical family car doesn’t have to be boring. Our budget will even stretch to the cool-looking latest generation, which has a lovely high-quality interior and plenty of efficient engines to choose from.
Range Rover Evoque
Think of the Evoque and you think of an expensive, premium crossover loved by footballers and business people. However, it’s been around for a while now, so there are plenty of used examples of the market for less than our £15,000 budget.
The styling hasn’t changed a great deal over the years so even the older ones look pretty new, and the interior design has stood the test of time, too. It’s even great off road, should you need it to be, making it a fantastic option for this price point.
Looking for a crossover with a little more premium appeal? The Audi Q3 is likely to be right up your street then. Packing the things buyers love about the brand - great build quality, tip-top materials and excellent reliability - into a compact setup, the Q3 is a great option if you’re after a premium car on a relatively modest budget.
Though a little older now, the Q3 remains a great option. Plus, it’s surprisingly spacious inside despite relatively compact exterior proportions.
The Kia Stonic brings funky looks and excellent reliability but - get this - it’s actually rather impressive to drive too. Well-judged control weights and plenty of grip means that this is one crossover that will put a smile on your face when the roads get twisty.
It also comes with a seven-year warranty from new, and this is transferable between owners - so if you’re able to nab an example with this still intact then it only helps to sweeten the deal.
And how could we forget the all-conquering Nissan Qashqai? As one of the most popular cars in the UK the Qashqai is a common sight on the UK roads, and there’s a good reason for that too - it’s practical, spacious inside and well-built too.
A range of efficient engines mean this is one used buy which shouldn’t break the bank when it comes to running costs, while good refinement levels make this one comfortable long-distance cruiser.
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