Best large crossovers for £10,000

Russell Campbell

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Russell Campbell

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Looking for the best large crossover for £10,000? We have scoured the heycar ads to find the best second-hand crossovers from the likes of Nissan, Kia, Hyundai and Ford.

Large crossovers are an excellent choice if you’re looking for a practical family car that’ll swallow the family and their kit with ease, is easy to drive, cheap to run, but also stylish looking and desirable. 

Don't forget that if this isn't quite your price bracket, we also have guides on the best large crossovers for £15,000, best large crossovers for £20,000 and the best large crossovers for £25,000.

And if these are a bit on the large side, why not take a look at the best small crossovers for £10,000?

Kia Sportage

Year launched: 2016

Kia Sportage 20 plate blue

If you’re looking at the best large crossovers for £10,000, then an early version of the current Kia Sportage is an extremely safe bet. It looks sharp, has modern infotainment, is easy to drive and cheap to run – what’s not to like?

Inside, you get a modern design and smartphone integration in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android auto. You also get plenty of room for four adults, an interior that’s packed full of smaller storage spaces and cup holders, as well as a large and practical boot.

The Kia Sportage is quiet, comfortable and easy to drive. A £10,000 budget’s enough to get you a car with Kia’s economical 1.7-litre 115PS diesel engine, which is capable of returning fuel economy of more than 50mpg and has a useful slug of mid-range punch for overtaking.

Hyundai Tucson

Year launched: 2015

Hyundai Tucson  frontright exterior

The Hyundai Tucson is actually the sister car of the Kia Sportage – the pair are mechanically identical – so it’s hardly a surprise that it also appears on this list of best large crossovers for £10,000.

The Hyundai Tucson’s more conventional looks might appeal if you’re not keen on the bug-eyed Kia. Inside, the Hyundai has plenty of room in the front and the back, and a boot that can handle holidays away or big jobs like trips to the tip.

A £10,000 budget’s enough to buy you a car with around 60,000 miles on the clock that’s fitted with a 115PS 1.7-litre diesel engine. Being a current model, it comes with modern kit like a large infotainment screen that’s fitted with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Nissan Qashqai

Year launched: 2014

Nissan Qashqai backright exterior

The Nissan Qashqai is one of the original and best large crossovers and you can now have one on a budget of £10,000. That buys you a car that’s smart looking, up-to-date inside, comfortable and frugal on fuel.

Inside, the Qashqai has room for four adults, a larger boot than you’ll find in a same-size family car. The Qashqai is also a very comfortable car with suspension that uses the Nissan’s brakes to take the edge of nasty bumps – a system that works impressively well.

Our budget is enough to get you a 2014 car with around 20,000 miles and a 110PS 1.5-litre diesel engine, or a 2016 car with 70,000 miles and the same engine but which is also exempt from paying the London congestion charge. 

Mazda CX-5

Year launched: 2012

Mazda CX-5 2012 side exterior

The Mazda CX-5 is one of the best large crossovers for £10,000. It magically manages to combine a practical SUV style body with a driving experience that feels surprisingly responsive and sporty.

In terms of practicality, you get loads of room up front and even if your kids are towering teens, you’ll not hear them grumbling about a lack of rear-seat space. Factor in the large boot and you’ll find this is an ideal family car.

But it’s also fun. The steering feels direct, there’s not much body lean and the manual gearbox is slick and precise. For £10,000 you’ll get a Mazda CX-5 with a punchy 175PS 2.2-litre diesel engine, or a 150PS 2.0-litre petrol that’s exempt from paying London’s ULEZ charge.

Volvo XC60

Year launched: 2008

Volvo XC60 2009

Okay, so £10,000 isn’t enough to get you behind the wheel of a current Volvo XC60 but it will buy you an example of the excellent older model. It makes a great family car, not least because it’s a Volvo so will be super safe – ideal if you’ll be using it to ferry about the kids.

Inside, the design still looks modern with a floating centre console that has a handy storage tray hidden behind it. You’ll also enjoy the Volvo’s incredibly comfortable seats and its large and spacious boot – which is, of course, another Volvo speciality.

The XC60’s quiet cabin and cosseting suspension make it a great to while away the miles in and a £10,000 budget is enough to get you a car fitted with the company’s excellent D4 diesel engine. It’s very good on fuel and, with 190PS, has plenty of power for overtaking.

Honda CR-V

Year launched: 2012

Honda CR-V frontleft exterior

Want a car that feels as posh as a German crossover – like an Audi Q3 or BMW X3 – but isn’t as showy? Then check out the Honda CR-V – a car that’s a masterclass in exuding calm and restrained quality.

Inside, everything feels solid, the cabin is crammed full of handy storage areas for hiding your family’s paraphernalia and there’s loads of room for your passengers and their stuff. The boot is large and square and its huge opening makes it easy to slide bulky items into place.

The Honda’s quiet cabin makes it excellent for long journeys and a £10,000 budget means you can choose from a low-spec car with around 30,000 miles or a higher specification model with around 60,000 miles. Engines include a frugal 120PS 1.6-litre diesel or a 2.0-litre 155PS petrol that’s free from paying London’s ULEZ charge.

Ford Kuga

Year launched: 2013

Ford Kuga Driving Back

Ford’s a master of making its cars a joy to drive and this quality has been engineered into the company’s large crossover – the Ford Kuga – which is much more entertaining than its practical body would have you believe.

Inside, it has plenty of room for a family and the car’s raised suspension means you don’t have to bend your back when fitting a child seat or when sliding heavy luggage into the large, easy-to-load boot. You can also have kit like climate control and leather upholstery.

The Kuga’s accurate steering is fluid and well-weighted so you can enjoy pointing the car into corners precisely and you don’t have to worry about over-the-top body lean. With £10,000 you can have a 150PS 2.0-litre diesel model that’s frugal and also exempt from London’s ULEZ.

Toyota RAV4

Year launched: 2013

Toyota RAV4 Front Side View

The Toyota RAV4 ticks all the boxes for a practical family car. It’s big and spacious, comfortable, cheap-to-run and easy to drive. Naturally, all this is backed up with Toyota’s excellent reputation for building tough reliable cars. 

The RAV4 is one of the roomiest cars on this list of the best large crossovers for £10,000. It has acres of legroom in the back for tall adults, the boot is big, and with the rear seats folded neatly into the floor, the RAV4 should be able to handle any job you throw at it.

It’s also very comfortable, making it an ideal choice if you do lots of motorway driving. Our budget is enough to get you a 2015 car with around 60,000 miles on the clock. The majority of cars come fitted with a 116PS diesel engine that’s cheap to run and has just enough power.

Audi Q3

Year launched: 2011

Audi Q3 white

The original version of the Audi Q3 (2011-2018) gives you everything you’d expect from an Audi on a practical SUV body, and it still looks handsome today thanks to its chrome grille and consistent shut lines.

Inside, you’ll find the poshest cabin of any car on this list. Plastic quality is excellent with soft and squidgy materials used almost exclusively, the Audi’s controls work with an oily smoothness and the infotainment system is intuitive. As you’d expect, there’s easily enough room four passengers and their kit.

Earlier examples are just keeping below £10,000 meaning you can get an entry-level 2014 SE model with a 150PS diesel engine – which is an excellent all-rounder – and a five-speed manual gearbox on budget. 

Volkswagen Tiguan

Year launched: 2008

Volkswagen Tiguan on road

Love everything about your Volkswagen Golf, but want an upright driving position and more interior space? Then the original version of the Volkswagen Tiguan makes a very strong case for itself. 

Everything about the Tiguan makes your life easy. It’s interior looks smart and is very logical to use and you get an infotainment screen that’s simple to navigate. There’s no shortage of room on the inside and the large boot can be expanded by folding the rear seats neatly into the floor for an impressive overall carrying capacity.

With £10,000 to spend, you can have a Tiguan fitted with Volkswagen’s 150PS diesel engine which doesn’t cost the earth to run and also has plenty of poke to shift the car when it’s fully loaded. It’s easy to drive, too, thanks to its light and slick controls. 

The Kia Sportage is the most reliable large crossover you can get on a budget of £10,000 – it was awarded 10/10 for reliability by readers of our sister title, Honest John.

The Kia Sportage is the best crossover for under £10,000. That money’s enough to buy you an early version of the current model which has modern looks and a practical interior, and a cheap-to-run 1.7-litre diesel engine.

The Toyota RAV4 is the biggest crossover for under £10,000. Its long boxy shape translates into lots of front and rear passenger space, you get a massive boot and with the rear seats folded away, the RAV4 is like a stylish van that’ll be a big help for big jobs like house moves.

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