The SUV market is highly competitive and that means you have a great chance of finding what you want at a reasonable price. We’re here to help you find the best SUV under 30k.
Best SUVs under $30,000 for safety
With an overall ANCAP safety score of 88.6%, the RAV4 is only bested by luxury SUVs like the Tesla Model X. Later models include autonomous emergency braking (AEB), blind-spot monitoring (BSM) and lane-keep assist with lane-departure warning.
In a Tiguan, you’ll find front, side and head-protection airbags, electronic traction and stability control and an anti-lock braking system with brake-force distribution. The reliable Volkswagon Tiguan’s decade-old models even have a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating.
With nine models, the Tucson range is almost a fleet in itself. All models feature dynamic stability and suspension tuned specifically for rough Aussie roads. Front, side, chest and head airbags plus emergency brake assist all contribute to its 5-Star ANCAP safety rating.
Solid, reliable and a great family mover, the HR-V packs a no-nonsense 1.8-L engine with front-wheel drive. It features AEB with an e-brake that holds you on a hill in stop-start traffic. The HR-V also boasts a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating.
Most versatile SUVs under $30,000
This medium-sized SUV scores big marks in the dirt, thanks to features like 4WD lock, computerised power delivery to the wheels that need it most and hill-descent control. Back on the bitumen, it’s smooth and agile with plenty of room for the family.
Tuned to handle the loose stuff, the Forester’s X-Dirt technology has two modes—Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud—plus 220mm ground clearance. If you’re heading into the Aussie Alps, this SUV will get you there in comfort.
There’s nothing as versatile as a dual-cabin ute, and the tough Triton ticks all the boxes when it comes to practicality. It’s powered by a 2.4-L turbo diesel and five-speed Mitsubishi Pajero gearbox, delivering a massive 3,100-kg towing capacity. It looks like you’ll need a bigger boat!
Best small SUVs under $30,000
It doesn’t like getting dirty and has the same low ground clearance as its city cousin the Mazda 3. Even so, it’s packed with standard features like Bluetooth and rear sensors plus blind-spot monitoring, traffic-signal recognition and heads-up display in some models.
There’s value for money in this little SUV. It’s packed with a multifunction display and infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, it’s roomy for adults in the back and has plenty of boot space. Around town it’s frugal, too, getting 6.6 L/100 km.
It has a bug-eyed look you’ll learn to love, because inside you’ll discover heated leather seats, a 360-degree camera with movement detection, Bluetooth and a touchscreen infotainment system. It’s fun to drive and the newer 2020 models bring a new look and an even better driving experience.
There are thousands of SUVs, 4WDs, crossovers and utes (as well as the best small cars, if you’re looking to go more compact) on display at Gumtree Australia, so grab a coffee, settle back and browse around our virtual showroom.