The cheapest SUVs for sale in the UK 2020

  • The CHEAPEST SUVs on sale
  • Organised by recommended retail price
  • Compact, medium, and large-sized SUVs make the cut

Dacia Duster 2020 off-roading

If you've found yourself on this page, we bet you already know that SUV stands for Sport Utility Vehicle.

While they're not sporty, they are at least vehicles that offer some kind of utility.

The first types of SUVs have been around since the thirties, or at least the eighties, depending on which type of internet car nerd you listen to.

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But this past decade is where the SUV has changed the most. They no longer solely concentrate on ruggedness or go anywhere-ability. Most modern SUVs exchange four-wheel drive and locking diffs for Isofix points and automatic gearboxes.

Being a cheapest list, you won't find footballer-spec SUVs like a Range Rover or anything as advanced as a plug-in hybrid.

Instead, the cars mentioned here are aimed at people who like the look of something big and expensive, but prefer small car running costs. SUVs tend to be more practical than their humble hatchback counterparts too, usually having slightly increased headroom and a bigger boot. They're also easier to get in and out of.

This list comprises the cheapest SUVs based on their RRP price. Of course, if you're buying with cash you can haggle with a salesperson to a lower price, even if you're buying online. And remember - just because these are the cheapest in terms of cash prices, it doesn't mean they're the cheapest when it comes to finance.

A quick heads up. SsangYongs feature heavily in this list. A) because the South Korean manufacturer specialises in cheap SUVs, and b) because they have old stock to flog. They're still new cars, but just the previous generation model.

Cheapest SUVs

Dacia Duster
SsangYong Tivoli (old)

Suzuki Ignis
SsangYong Tivoli (new)
MG ZS
SsangYong Tivoli XLV
SsangYong Korando (old)
Nissan Juke
Kia Stonic
Hyundai Kona


Dacia Duster - £11,245 

Dacia Duster front end 2020

Dacia is famed (in certain circles maybe?) for holding the title of the cheapest new car in the UK with its Sandero. But, it also holds the title for cheapest new SUV in the UK with the Duster.

The average price of a new medium-sized car is £22,000-£36,000 according to the latest research. To find an SUV that's smart looking and practical at more than £10,000 below this shows just how impressive the Duster is.

Word of warning though: this is for the very cheapest Access model. It's so basic it does without a radio. Dacia's finance deals aren't brilliant either - important if you're not buying in cash. Diesel engines are available with the Duster - but they'll cost you more.*

Lease this car: From £177 per month
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SsangYong Tivoli (old model) - £12,495

SsangYong Tivoli 2020

There are three SsangYong Tivolis on this list, we know. The cheapest version is the old model. It's still a new car, it's just that there's a newer model out (further down this list). This means you'll be picking from cars in stock rather than having a new one made for you.

Still, it offers stonking value for money. Especially, as unlike with Dacia, SsangYongs are packed with kit. Plus, the Tivoli has a whopping seven-year warranty.

Your £12,495 bags you the basic SE model, which means you don't get an automatic gearbox or four-wheel drive. Not that you need it. The big selling point here is the 423-litre boot, which is enormous for sub £12,500. The 1.6-litre petrol engine is smooth and steady, although doesn't have much get up and go.*

Lease this car: From £215 per month
Search for a used SsangYong Tivoli on Parkers here

Suzuki Ignis - £13,249 

Suzuki Ignis 2020

The little Ignis is by far the smallest car on this list. It's an SUV made for the city, which means it's a pretty similar size to other city cars like the Toyota Aygo, Skoda Citigo, and Hyundai i10.

Good news: that means running costs are superbly low. The 1.2-litre engine should do close to its official 60mpg (we certainly got close to that in our Suzuki Swift long-termer with the same engine), plus, Suzuki has a solid reliability record, meaning trips to the dealer should be minimal.

Obviously, this tiny car is nowhere near as practical as other cars on this list.*

Search for a used Suzuki Ignis on Parkers here

SsangYong Tivoli (new) - £13,995 

2020 SsangYong Tivoli

Here's Tivoli number two. This one is the new model, which explains the price hike. What does the extra cash get you?

Inside there's a new infotainment system, which means there's the all-important Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone systems, plus stop-start is standard now too.

There's also a couple of new engines. The cheapest model has a 1.2-litre (rather than a 1.6-litre of old) petrol and the downsizing results in cleaner and cheaper motoring, because CO2 emissions are reduced, and MPG has increased.

Like the old Tivoli, it's backed by SsangYong's 7-year/150,000 mile warranty.*

Search for a used SsangYong Tivoli on Parkers here

MG ZS - £14,495 

MG ZS 2020

In case you were unaware, MG has been back for more than ten years. And instead of natty sportscars, it's churning out Chinese-made hatchbacks and SUVs.

The ZS is the smallest car in its SUV lineup. Unsurprisingly, it's designed with value in mind. It offers Nissan Qashqai shaped practicality, but undercuts it by several thousand pounds. It's even cheaper than the Qashqai's little brother, the Juke.

Your sub £15,000 will afford you an Excite model with the 1.5-litre engine and a manual gearbox. Standard kit is good - you'll get Apple CarPlay, (but weirdly, not Android Auto), plus a reversing camera.*

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SsangYong Tivoli XLV - £16,395 

SsangYong Tivoli XLV 2020

And finally, we have the third prong in our trident of Tivolis. The XLV is based on the old Tivoli, but with more metal behind the rear wheels.

In essence, it's a bit like a Tivoli estate. The extra 245mm in length results in a 720-litre boot (up from 423 litres) making it the most practical car on the list.

Unlike the regular sized Tivoli, the Tivoli super-size me only comes with one trim to choose from, ELX. This gets heated leather seats, keyless entry, sat-nav, and a rear-view parking camera.*

Search for a used SsangYong Tivoli XLV on Parkers here

SsangYong Korando - £16,495 

2019 SsangYong Korando

Our final SsangYong. Like with the Tivoli at number two in this list, the Korando is an old model. It's still a new car - it's just that you'll be picking from cars in stock rather than ordering fresh from the factory.

The truth of the matter is that the newer version is a lot better. This old car isn't as good looking, has less technology, and is less efficient. What does the Korando offer then?

Its saving grace is that it brings medium-sized SUV practicality down to small-SUV pricing. Plus it's available with a 2.0-litre diesel engine with a hefty 266lb ft of torque, meaning it can tow two tonnes.*

Search for a used SsangYong Korando on Parkers here

Nissan Juke - £17,440 

2020 Nissan Juke rear

The Juke was the car that hurried in the supermini-sized SUV craze. Now in its second generation, it's been transformed from a blobby mess to a slick looking fashion accessory.

For a bit of context, the Juke is bigger than the Ignis further up this list, but much smaller than behemoths like the SsangYong Tivoli XLV. It'll seat four comfortably, or five for short journeys.

At this price you'll get the most basic model. Still, these cars receive LED lights, alloy wheels, and two-tone paint colours.*

Lease this car: From £196 per month
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Kia Stonic - £18,060 

2018 Kia Stonic front

A bit of a surprise here from Kia. The Stonic follows the pretty tried and tested formula of giving small car off-roader looks with black plastic cladding and a raised ride height. But despite this, the Stonic is actually far sportier than you'd imagine.

Handling-wise it's firm and engaging, and provides great feedback. The engines aren't as athletic - they're more geared towards economy.

The 1.4-litre petrol engine found in the '2' model should crack around 45mpg. While kit is pretty good - you'll get Apple CarPlay/Android auto and rear parking sensors.*

Lease this car: From £205 per month
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Hyundai Kona - £18,250 

2020 Hyundai Kona

What we have here is Hyundai's tiddliest SUV. And what might surprise you is that mechanically, it shares a lot with the Kia Stonic above.

However, the Kona, like many others on this list, is aimed squarely at young-folk. Despite the similarities in terms of price and size with the Kia Stonic, there's no denying that the looks are a bit more avant-garde and a bit less garden centre.

The Kona comes with lots of different methods of propulsion. There's a hybrid model, as well as a fully electric one. Not at this price though. The budget choice is a 1.0-litre petrol with 120hp, which is fine for most people. S is the cheapest model. It has Bluetooth, air con, and lane keep assist, but does without Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.*

Lease this car: From £216 per month
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