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Top 10 Crossovers For £10,000

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Our top 10 alternatives to the new Renault Kadjar on the used car market

The new Renault Kadjar is the latest in a long line of cars to enter the burgeoning crossover market. You can hardly blame Renault for wanting a slice of the pie - crossovers now account for roughly a third of medium-sized car sales in Europe.

It’s not hard to understand why so many motorists have chosen to go down the crossover route. They combine the practicality, styling and commanding driving position of an SUV with the running costs of a family hatchback. What’s not to like?

The Renault Kadjar goes on sale in July and plays the role of big brother to the smaller, but no less appealing, Renault Captur. Prices start at £17,995, but if your budget can’t stretch to that, we’ve selected 10 of the best used crossovers you can buy for £10,000.

Nissan Qashqai

We couldn’t start with anything other than the Nissan Qashqai. Introduced in 2006, the Qashqai replaced the ageing Almera and essentially kickstarted the whole crossover phenomenon. The new and improved second generation Qashqai arrived at the start of 2014 and it shares its platform and engine with the new Kadjar.

Sadly, our £10,000 budget won’t stretch to the latest Qashqai, but it will secure the more desirable post-facelift model. Pick of the engines are the 1.5 dCi and 1.6 dCi diesel units.

Skoda Yeti

Launched at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, the Yeti has been an incredibly successful car for Skoda. The quirky good looks of the pre-facelift Yeti give it real standout qualities in the sector and it drives as well as a standard hatchback. Throw into the mix an excellent record for reliability, neat packaging and a strong dealer network and you’ll begin to realise why it’s one of our favourite new cars.

The Skoda website crashed following an extended appearance on Top Gear and at one point there were waiting lists of up to nine months.

Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V (Compact Runabout Vehicle) was launched in Europe in 1996, long before the Qashqai was even a glint in Nissan’s eye. The crossover term hadn’t been invented back then, but the original CR-V had all the necessary ingredients, including car-like dynamics, compact proportions and excellent levels of practicality. With only a 2.0-litre petrol engine on offer, the only thing it couldn’t offer was low running costs.

Subsequent generations gained more efficient diesel engines and the CR-V became one of the more sensible buys in the crossover sector. The £10,000 budget will secure a late, third-generation CR-V.

Hyundai ix35

The Hyundai ix35 isn’t the most exciting of crossovers you can buy, but it does represent tremendous value for money. Some cars will also offer the remainder of Hyundai’s excellent five-year warranty, introduced across Europe in 2010.

Launched in 2009, the ix35 was a replacement for the ageing Tucson and took Hyundai to a new level of desirability. With a range of efficient engines, a choice of two or four-wheel drive and a surprisingly good interior, the ix35 makes for an excellent secondhand buy.

Dacia Duster

Now here’s a curveball, because you can buy a brand new Dacia Duster for as little as £9,495. For that price, you have to ‘make do’ with the basic Access spec (and it is basic), along with the Renault-sourced 1.6-litre petrol engine. You can, of course, opt for a diesel version and order a few creature comforts, but that pushes the prices up and kind of misses the point of the Dacia brand.

If you want a no-nonsense, no-frills, cheap-as-chips crossover, the Dacia Duster offers a genuinely good solution. Try it, there’s every chance you’ll like its Tonka-toy charm.

MINI Countryman

There’s no denying the MINI Countryman is expensive for what it is. Nobody could ever claim it’s a good looking thing, either. But the Austrian-built Countryman is not without appeal and it does offer something different in a crowded sector.

Early 2010 and 2011 cars recently crept below the £10,000 mark, many of which would have been treated to a lavish array of expensive options and accessories when new. And if you like driving and really need a crossover, the Countryman is probably the car for you.

Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 is a huge seller across the world, with buyers warming to its car-like dynamics and choice of petrol and diesel engines. The £10,000 budget will be enough to secure the more desirable post-facelift model (introduced in 2010) and many cars will have been lovingly looked after by their previous owners.

You should opt for the 2.2-litre diesel engine, which offers plenty of low-range torque, high levels of efficiency and good mid-range punch. Opt for a diesel-engined four-wheel drive RAV4 if you’re planning on doing some towing.

Ford Kuga

The Ford Kuga is based on the Ford Focus, so its dynamics should be in little doubt. Introduced in 2008, Ford pitched the Kuga against a wide range of opposition, including the Qashqai, Tiguan and CR-V. Whilst never class leading, buyers liked the familiarity of the Ford badge and the fact there’s a dealer on every high street.

Avoid the petrol versions and instead opt for the more efficient 2.0 TDCi diesel engines. Shop around and it’s possible to drive away in one registered as late as 2012.

Kia Sportage

With the Kia Sportage, you have a choice. Do you opt for a high-mileage third generation car, first introduced in 2010, or a late and lower mileage second generation car? Decisions, decisions. In truth, both present an interesting proposition. The second generation car was dependable, well-equipped and offered excellent value for money. In fact, it was only let down by its dowdy styling and poor image.

The third generation car of 2010 changed all that, being both sexier - if a crossover can be sexy - and more efficient. Remember, Kia also introduced its seven-year warranty at the start of 2010, so that should play a part in your decision process.

Volkswagen Tiguan

Finally, we arrive at the German option. The Volkswagen Tiguan is hugely popular across Europe and offers a strong image, a good quality interior and typically German levels of efficiency.

They’re not cheap and you will be paying for the badge. But for some people, the driveway appeal of the Volkswagen badge is too tempting to resist.

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