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Which used seven-seater should I buy for 15-20k?

Asked by Y Mo

Hi, I am looking for a used car (seven-seater) for my family with a budget around 15-20K. What would be a good choice? Some people have told me that the Hyundai Santa Fe is the best, but others have different views, so better to ask an expert. Any thoughts?

Answered by CarsGuide

4 Nov 2020 David Morley

Either the Santa Fe or its close cousin, the Kia Sorento are good choices for a seven-seat SUV. In fact, they’ve risen to the top of the heap when it comes to a seven-seater within your budget. Both offered petrol engines, but in this type of vehicle, the turbo-diesels probably did a better job.

Unfortunately, the top end of your budget rules out all but the tattiest current-shape Kias and Hyundais. If you can stretch to maybe $3000 or $4000 more, you’ll get into good-condition examples of the current version of either and, thanks to the great factory warranties offered by the South Korean brands, you might even find one with some factory cover left to run.

If $20,000 is your absolute limit, that’s not the end of the world, as it will still get you into a very useable vehicle with lots of life left in it. Make sure you check the service record and only buy a car with a documented history of preventative maintenance.

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