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Best large crossovers for £15,000

Russell Campbell

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If your kids are growing out of the family hatchback it might be time to consider a large crossover. 

Crossovers combine the good things about a normal low-slung family car and a bulky SUV into one car, so they’re hugely spacious but won’t cost an arm and a leg to run. 

This list covers everything from nearly new mainstream crossovers to larger, posher machines that are a little bit older but have all the space and clever equipment you could ever hope for. You’ll also find a mix of road-biased cars and SUVs that can handle rougher stuff if they need to. Keep reading for our guide to the best crossovers you can get for £15,000. 

Don't forget that if this isn't quite your price bracket, we also have guides on the best large crossovers for £10,000, 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 £15,000?

Skoda Karoq

Year launched: 2017

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If you’re looking for a large crossover that can slot into your family life perfectly then the handsome-looking Skoda Karoq should fit the bill perfectly. It’s very practical, easy to drive and cheap to run with a variety of frugal petrol and diesel models to choose from.

Its interior is custom made for family life. You get loads of room up front and plenty of space in the back plus the interior is strewn with handy storage spaces, USB charging ports and cup holders. The boot’s large and if you’ve got a big job to tackle then you can remove the Karoq’s back seats to create a van-like load bay. All models also come with an infotainment screen that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto fitted as standard so you can use your phone’s navigation apps on the car’s big screen. 

A £15,000 budget means you can choose from a 115PS petrol engine that’s perfect if you mostly drive in town or a 115PS 1.6 litre diesel that’ll sip fuel on long motorway runs. 

Volvo XC60

Year launched: 2008

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If you’re looking for a posh crossover that can slot perfectly into family life then the older version of the Volvo XC60 fits the bill perfectly. It’s handsome-looking, spacious, powerful and you can also rely on it being very safe if the worst were to happen.

Inside, you get an interior that looks and feels nicely built and features like the large buttons for the ventilation system make it very easy to use. Most models come with a leather interior that looks and feels posh and is easy to keep clean, plus Volvo’s seats are some of the most comfortable you’ll find on any car.

A budget of £15,000 is enough to get you an XC60 in sporty R Design trim with a D4 2.0-litre 190PS diesel engine that has lots of power and is also very economical.

Volvo Tiguan

Year launched: 2017

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The Volkswagen Tiguan is a large crossover that will fit into your life perfectly. It’s a smart-looking car that’s relatively new so it comes with all the tech you’d get with a showroom-fresh alternative. You also get your pick of some excellent petrol and diesel engines.

All models come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can use your phone’s navigation and music apps neatly integrated into the car’s big screen. The Tiguan’s tall height makes it easy to get into and load, there’s plenty of room for four adults and the boot’s large.

A budget of £15,000 is enough to get you a car fitted with Volkswagen’s 150PS diesel which will have no problem handling the car when it’s fully loaded and will deliver strong fuel economy.

SEAT Ateca

Year launched: 2016

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The SEAT Ateca shares many of its parts with the Skoda Karoq and the Volkswagen Tiguan and just like those cars it's smart looking, well built inside and comes with technology that's bang up-to-date.

As a result, you can plug your phone into the car’s USB port to use its apps for things like music playback and navigation. The interior feels modern and well built and it's very well designed – there’s space for four, plenty of smaller storage areas to keep the cabin looking tidy and a big boot that’ll swallow everything from the family hound to a fortnight’s worth of luggage.

With £15,000 you can get an Ateca fitted with a 150PS petrol engine that’s got the power to live up to the Ateca’s sport styling, is smooth, quiet, and doesn’t cost a fortune to run.

Renault Koleos

Year launched: 2017

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The Renault Koleos is ideal if you want to get a comfortable modern SUV that offers you as much space as you can get for the money. It’s got all the latest tech and a range of frugal engines. 

The Renault is based on the seven-seater Nissan X-Trail but only has five seats. As a result, there’s plenty of room for adults to stretch out and the cars standard glass roof makes the cabin feel light and airy. The boot is also enormous with a square shape and a low load lip that makes it ideal for packing in suitcases.

The Koleos is available with a choice of 177PS or 130PS diesel engines. The latter doesn’t lose much ground in terms of performance, returns strong fuel economy and £15,000 is enough to get you a 2017 model with less than 30,000 miles on the clock.

BMW X3

Year launched: 2011

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You could spend your £15,000 on a car from a mainstream manufacturer or equally you could have a slightly older car from a premium brand. A car like the BMW X3, which blends smart looks with a posh interior and an engaging drive.

This may be the older version of the X3 but expensive feeling plastics and pretty trims mean it’s a nice car to sit and the car’s iDrive infotainment control is a piece of cake to use. There’s also room for four adults and you get a large, boxy boot.

Our budget is enough to get you a 30d model with a powerful six-cylinder diesel engine, however, we’d advise going for the four-cylinder 190PS 20d diesel which is plenty quick enough to enjoy the X3’s sharp handling but doesn’t cost the earth to run.

Audi Q5

Year launched: 2008

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The Audi Q5 is another car that will hint to the neighbours that life’s going well for you. It looks every inch a posh crossover thanks to its bold chrome grille and millimetre perfect shut lines. 

Inside, it feels like the cabin is solid and plastered with expensive metal trims. You get luxurious levels of interior space, too, the back seat is particularly impressive but you get loads of room up front and a large boot, too.

The Q5 is neat and tidy to drive, but it excels at being extremely quiet and comfortable. A £15,000 budget means you can choose from a 240PS 3.0-litre diesel or a 180PS 2.0-litre petrol, but the 170PS 2.0-litre diesel delivers the most compelling mixture of power and economy.

Honda CR-V

Year launched: 2011

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If you want a car that oozes quality but doesn’t shout about it, the Honda CR-V could be the crossover for you. Its solid looks are backed up by Honda’s peerless reliability record.

Above all else, though, this is just a great family car. The Honda sits higher than many other crossovers so it’s easy to get in and out of, loading the large boot is simple and you can fit a child seat without doing your back in. 

A £15,000 budget is enough to pick up a top-of-the-range EX model with kit like a leather interior, a glass roof and keyless entry. We’d go for a 2015 two-wheel-drive 160PS 1.6-litre diesel model, which is quiet and refined, but also relatively cheap to run. 

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Year launched: 2015

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The Land Rover Discovery Sport is a crossover that can handle tough off-road conditions. That might come in handy if you live somewhere that’s prone to bouts of extreme weather but, even if you don't, it’s nice to know you won’t be stranded by a light dusting of snow.

It feels like a proper off-roader from the inside. The Discovery’s raised body gives you a commanding view of the road ahead. It’s also very spacious in five-seat form with a comfortable excess of space for four tall adults and a boot that the family pooch will love.

The Discovery Sport has plenty of grip but does lean noticeably in corners. Our £15,000 budget is enough to get a 2.2-litre 190PS diesel model with four-wheel drive that lets you get the best out of the Land Rover’s off-roading credentials.

Range Rover Evoque

Year launched: 2011

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If you want the cachet of a Range Rover but can’t quite rise to the high price and running costs of a full-sized model, then the Evoque is worth a look. It looks great, feels as posh as the firm’s larger models but is cheaper to run and neater to drive.

Inside, the Evoque is lavished with leather – on the seats, dashboard and door trims – and you can choose from traditional wood trims or go-getter metal finishes. It combines the glitzy fixtures and fittings with genuine practicality and the Evoque will have no issues fitting into family life.

The Evoque clings to corners doggedly and is available with a smooth-shifting automatic gearbox that makes it very comfortable to drive. A £15,000 budget is enough to get you a 2013 automatic car with around 60,000 miles on the clock, which is fitted with Land Rover’s punchy 190PS 2.2-litre diesel engine. 

A £15,000 budget gives you a wide range of great options. You can choose from a current model that’s got all the latest technology or go for a car from a premium brand that’s a little bit older but has genuine badge appeal. 

Deciding which crossover is best for you depends on what you’re looking for. On a £15,000 budget, you can choose from a current model, like the VW Tiguan, which is spacious and has up-to-date technology or go for an older car, such as the Audi Q5, that has a posher badge.

The Skoda Karoq is a great buy if you’re looking for the best large crossover on a £15,000 budget. It’s got handsome styling, all the latest tech, a practical interior and is available with a range of modern petrol and diesel engines that are cheap to run.

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