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SUVs under $40k

Starting between $30,000-$40,000, SUV buyers can choose between top-end small models, quite a few midsizers, and some of the cheaper 7-seat SUVs.

Our best SUV under $40k picks

Mazda CX-5

What we like

  • Great looking
  • Good value
  • Good safety package

What we don't

  • No Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Still small in the boot
  • MZD Connect starting to look its age

Volkswagen Tiguan

What we like

  • Plenty of cabin and cargo space
  • Handsome new design
  • Comprehensive standard safety

What we don't

  • Pricey from bottom to top
  • Less-than-premium for back-seat passengers
  • Coolest tech - the Active Info Display - a cost option even on most expensive model

Subaru Outback

What we like

  • Lively driving feel
  • Composed ride

What we don't

  • Bit noisy on dirt
  • Sensitive lane-departure warning

Mini Countryman

What we like

  • Lots more space
  • More resolved chassis
  • Excellent ride

What we don't

  • Cooper probably more expensive than before
  • Rear seat bases a little short
  • No CarPlay/Android Auto

Renault Koleos

What we like

  • French flair mixed with Japanese practicality
  • Oodles of storage space
  • Handsome design

What we don't

  • Could use more power
  • Noisy under acceleration
  • Lacks advanced safety features

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