If you’re in the market for a practical, economical, and comfortable motor, a sports utility vehicle (SUV) might be the perfect choice. These cars are adored for their unrivalled ride comfort and expansive feature list.

Blending the best of both worlds between a sporty hatchback and a larger 4x4, SUVs can be identified through their medium-large sized chassis, increased riding height and utilitarian looks. To help you decide between them all, keep reading to hear our thoughts on some of the best used SUVs on the market.

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The luxurious option: bmw x5

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First on our list is the most luxurious option available: the BMW X5. The latest X5 improves on all its previous iterations, with powerful engine options, high-end interior, and huge amounts of cargo space.

This 5-seater luxury SUV features 335-617 horsepower and hybrid functioning, which can get you about 30 miles of all-electric range. Introduced in 2000, the BMW X5 has since become a staple, and it’s no surprise it’s recognised as one of the best large used SUVs.

The MBW X5 has been recognised by the SUV industry and is decorated with several awards. From Auto Express’ ‘Best Large Premium SUV’, to Car Buyer’s ‘Best Large Plug-in Hybrid’, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s ‘Top Safety Pick’, and more.

Browse through BMW X5 listings from trusted dealers today.

the small option: mazda cx-5

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One of the best small used SUVs out there is the Mazda CX-5. The CX-5 is a popular choice when it comes to smaller SUVs, combining a refined interior with expert handling.

In fact, the Mazda CX-5 comes in as one of the best rated used SUVs for its price point, having won awards including U.S. News and World’s ‘Best Compact SUV for the Money’.

Browse through our listings of used Mazda CX-5 cars today.

performance king: tesla model x

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Traditionally, SUVs are not always associated with speed and performance; however, Tesla disagrees. The Tesla Model X is an all-electric family SUV that is powered by either a dual or tri-motor, all-wheel drive platform that nets an average mileage of 340 miles per charge.

With a 0-60 time of just 2.5 seconds in the Plaid model, the Tesla Model X seriously packs a punch. But, it’s not all about power - the Tesla Model X also features one of the most futuristic interiors on the market that even includes a 17-inch infotainment system. The Model X is also very practical, boasting an impressive 2,577 litres of storage and just under 2.3kg of towing capacity.

Winner of What Car?’s ‘Large Electric Car of the Year’ award and ‘Best Resale Value’ from KBB, the Tesla Model X deserves its title as one of the best used SUVs to buy.

If you’re in the market for an innovative car with all the bells and whistles, a Tesla Model X might just be the one for you.

expertly efficient: toyota yaris cross

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Competing with the Škoda Kamiq and the Ford Puma, the Toyota Yaris Cross is practical,  and just plain great value. With a true MPG average of 60.1mpg, (courtesy of What Car?), and motorway mpg of 45.5, this hybrid 1.5-litre engine is incredibly economical.

This is an engine designed to suit both everyday commutes and light motorway use. It’s able to run solely on electric power, has an optional four-wheel drive, and offers a raised driving position that is often popular among SUV drivers.

Having won ‘Best Small Crossover’ in the 2022 UK Car of the Year award and What Car?’s ‘True MPG’ award, this small SUV would make an excellent vehicle for new families. Pick a used model  from our network of trusted dealers today.

The best hybrid: audi q5

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Much like all of Audi’s cars, the Audi Q5 is a premium car that exudes luxury. Built with reliability in mind, the Audi Q5 makes for a great companion for those long road trips across all sorts of terrain.

Even though the Q5 isn’t anywhere near as exciting as other cars in the Audi range, it is perhaps one of the most dependable on the market. The hybrid engine is also one of the best available, pushing an average combined mileage of between 31-120mpg. What is the best hybrid SUV? It’s hard to answer, but we’d put the Q5 up there. In fact, it won the KBB ‘Best Buy’ award three years in a row in the luxury SUV category.

Fancy a used Audi Q5? Browse through our featured listings.

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So, as you can see, there is no one best option for SUVs. While this does make it difficult to make one solid recommendation, it does mean that there is no shortage of options for those interested.

With thousands of dealers located throughout the UK, the car of your dreams could be just around the corner.

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