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The best compact SUV: eight reliable used all-rounders

Achim Hartmann
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T he SUV market is booming, and not just in the new car segment . These cars are also very popular as used cars. From sporty singles who want to stow away their equipment, to young families who are looking for an unconventional but comfortable means of transport, to businessman who wants to drive up to the customer - SUVs offer something for every taste. That's why these cars are so popular. The compact models in particular are very well received on the market, as their concepts are already very versatile. The range is correspondingly large.

But which model should customers choose, which of these small off-roaders are technically mature? A look at the Dekra used car report provides the answers. There are no fewer than eight compact SUVs that were classified as particularly reliable, as they had only a few defects during the general inspection.

Ford Kuga is a model student among compact SUVs

The model student among them is the Ford Kuga. Three-year-old copies with two-liter diesel are traded for around 19,000 euros and often have automatic air conditioning and leather upholstery on board. The operating costs of a 2.0 TDCi with all-wheel drive with an annual mileage of 15,000 kilometers are 360 ‚Äč‚Äčeuros.

A similarly equipped VW Tiguan is around 20 euros cheaper, although it is a bit more expensive to buy. For example, an approximately three-year-old 140-hp diesel and four-wheel drive model equipped with automatic air conditioning, navigation system and xenon headlights costs around 20,000 euros.

For the same money, you can get a Nissan Qashqai of roughly the same age with 150 hp -Diesel, panoramic glass roof, reversing camera and about 50,000 kilometers on the speedometer. The operating costs are on par with a Tiguan.

Toyota RAV 4 and Honda CR-V for 330 euros per month

But a Toyota RAV 4 or a Honda CR-V can also be maintained for 330 euros a month. With the best executive equipment, a roughly three-year-old CR-V with 140-hp diesel costs 19,000 euros, only a navigation system is not even in the top version and is rather rare on the used market.

Half a class above it is the not exactly cheap BMW X3. For a well-preserved copy you have to calculate around 25,000 euros and get a four-year-old BMW X3 20d with all-wheel drive and around 100,000Kilometers on the speedometer. The 177 hp four-wheel drive diesel costs around 430 euros a month. Nevertheless, it is very popular with car drivers: The small off-roader is one of the most popular SUVs on the online car market mobile.de.

The Mitsubishi Outlander is significantly cheaper to buy, with three from 20,000 euros Year-old specimens going on. But when it comes to maintenance costs, the price is high: around 390 euros per month have to be raised for the 156 hp diesel version. The same applies to the Subaru Forester, which is also quite expensive: a three-year-old and well-equipped car costs around 20,000 euros. In addition, there are the monthly maintenance costs of around 370 euros, which means that the two-liter diesel (147 hp) is not a bargain.

But price, equipment or Dekra used car report should not alone decide on the purchase. Only after an on-site vehicle check is the time ripe for a decision. You have to take a closer look, especially with SUVs (see box below). Because if the car was used off-road or with a trailer, the technical wear and tear is higher. Pay attention to this as well as to a complete checkbook. If the seller can't deliver that - hands off.

You should pay attention to these assemblies

Underbody: More often Off-road use leaves its mark. It is therefore important to take a look under the car. If the underbody seal is damaged, rust has a free run.

Drive train: Not only off-road operations put a strain on the clutch, gearbox, drive shafts and axles, but also trailer operation. If you can hear the drivetrain hitting during the test drive or if the clutch is not disengaging properly, this is not a good sign.

Chassis: Shock absorbers and springs in particular are hard work on SUVs. Therefore they can wear out quickly.

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