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Best SUV's to buy for £10,000?

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Winter has well and truly arrived, with millions of motorists being forced to deal with treacherous weather conditions. More than any other season, this is the one that you need a secure, stable and luxurious SUV…

… And thanks to a competition being run by RAC Cars, one lucky winner may be able to grab an SUV of their choice for free, by scooping £10,000 bounty to spend on a dream car of their choice!

An SUV used to be seen as an extravagance, but today, the sector is so diverse, they’ve become almost mainstream. There are dozens of SUVs on the market, of all shapes and sizes, meaning the choice on the used market is huge.

This means that £10,000 will go a really long way in picking up a top-choice SUV. Here are some suggestions on where we’d shop – with examples of what you’ll be able to pick up if you won our big money prize…

Volkswagen Tiguan

What you’ll get for £10,000: 2009 model
The models you should look for: 2.0 TDI SE

Volkswagen’s safe, sensible and surprisingly stylish take on the compact SUV is a real winner. Hard to fault, it may not excite quite as much as some others on the market, but it’ll certainly satisfy.

Honda CR-V

What you’ll get for £10,000: 2009 model
The models you should look for: 2.0 ES, 2.2 i-CTDi EX

The brilliantly reliable Honda CR-V is one of the most dependable vehicles on the road. Owners love ‘em as it does most things really well: our choice buy is the super-smooth diesel engine.

Lexus RX 400h

What you’ll get for £10,000: 2008 model
The models you should look for: RX 400h SE, RX 400h SE-L

Lexus pairs a creamy V6 petrol engine to a smart battery-electric hybrid drive to create the upmarket RX. Sips fuel in town and doesn’t require any special techniques to drive. One of Lexus’ best sellers and it’s easy to see why.

Skoda Yeti

What you’ll get for £10,000: 2010 model
The models you should look for: 2.0 TDI S/SE

Skoda comes up with another budget-priced winner with the Yeti. A highly practical compact SUV, its utilitarian style is appealing and the sheer common sense that pervades it is hard to argue with.

Toyota RAV4

What you’ll get for £10,000: 2007 model
The models you should look for: 2.2 D-4D XT3/XT4

The original compact SUV isn’t quite as small as it was in the early 1990s, but remains a strong choice for those after reassuring motoring and a semblance of all-wheel drive ability.

Volvo XC90

What you’ll get for £10,000: 2005 model
The models you should look for: 2.4 D5

The first SUV to cleverly incorporate three rows of seats, the Volvo XC90 is a bit of an icon for the Swedish brand and, more than a decade after launch, remains very appealing. Still lovely to drive, at this money it’s a bargain.

BMW X3

What you’ll get for £10,000: 2006 model
The models you should look for: 2.0d

The BMW X3 is an unloved model from the German masters: the styling of this first-generation car just didn’t cut it, and the interior wasn’t up to scratch either. But, stiff ride apart, it’s good to drive: 2.0d guise is best.

Land Rover Freelander 2

What you’ll get for £10,000: 2008 model
The models you should look for: 2.2 Td4

The long-running Land Rover Freelander is practical, thoughtfully designed, understated yet stylish and very satisfying to drive. It doesn’t grab the headlines like its Range Rover Evoque sibling, but is a lovely car to live with.

Vauxhall Antara

What you’ll get for £10,000: 2010 model
The models you should look for: 2.0 CDTi S/SE

Leftfield Vauxhall compact SUV only seats five when its Chevrolet Captiva sister car seats seven. Still, rattly engine apart, it gives a lot of car for the money – secondhand, it’s a bit of a bargain.

Hyundai Santa Fe

What you’ll get for £10,000: 2008 model
The models you should look for: 2.2 TD CDX

A breakthrough car for Hyundai, the Santa Fe has long been considered its best model. Good looking, roomy, nice to drive and staggeringly well equipped, it’s also built to last and is a sterling used car buy.

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