SUVs have become the default choice for many motorists and their popularity has prompted manufacturers to introduce new models to their ranges to take advantage of this trend and satisfy the burgeoning demand.

In general, though, SUVs cost more than their hatchback and saloon counterparts, which means cars like the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and VW Golf still top the sales charts. The Nissan Qashqai in sixth and Ford Kuga in tenth place are the only SUVs in the UK’s top-ten best-sellers list.

While there is a lot to recommend the smaller hatchbacks that dominate the top sales rankings, those wanting to move to an SUV can still do so without spending any more by picking from one of our top used choices. 

We have stuck to nearly new models with low mileages that have depreciated enough to become savvy used buys. If you are in the market for a new family car and are on a tight budget, then read this before heading down to your dealer.