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SUVs under $30k

Starting between $25,000-$30,000, buyers have the greatest choice of any SUV segment, with several small and midsize alternatives to a hatch or sedan.


Our best SUV under $30k picks

Mazda CX-5

What we like

  • Very easy to use
  • Diesel drivetrain is a beauty
  • New interior is terrific

What we don't

  • FWD car not as nice as AWD versions
  • Not as much cargo room as rivals
  • Base model misses out on almost everything

Hyundai Tucson

What we like

  • Great looks and quality
  • Excellent value, particularly Active X
  • Accomplished ride and handling

What we don't

  • Some cheap plastics
  • 2.0 GDI a bit thirsty
  • Only Highlander has advanced safety tech

Kia Sportage

What we like

  • Contemporary design
  • Incredibly practical and simple
  • Industry-leading warranty

What we don't

  • Petrol engines can feel underdone
  • No driver aids in lower grades
  • Top grade cars are expensive

Ford Escape

What we like

  • Stronger new looks
  • 8.0-inch screen with sat nav on all grades
  • Dual zone climate on all grades

What we don't

  • No advanced safety kit as standard
  • Lower quality feel in places
  • Handling not as good as some rivals

Nissan X-Trail

What we like

  • No price penalty for new model
  • Among the most versatile offerings in its segment
  • Safety updates add plenty of appeal

What we don't

  • CVT auto a loud and intrusive annoyance
  • No Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Not as dynamic as segment leaders

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