Haven’t got either. However, in my experience it seems that once cars get past 5 years, there always seem to be little things or extra maintenance- £200 here, £300 there. A Volvo could be particularly expensive to fix as it’s a premium brand.
Having just had a quick look on Autotrader, you might be able to just about get a basic 14 reg Quashqai or Kuga for 10-11k.
I’d also consider a bigger hatchback - you’ll get the same space but pay less. I’m under the impression that there’s a bit of a premium for SUVs as they’re more fashionable. Eg things like Vauxhall Insignia or Skoda Superb come up at 11k and they have tons of space.
I did have a look at Qashquais but owner reviews weren't great - might look into that again. Unfortunately we can't look at Superbs or Insignias as they're saloons so we couldn't put the dog in the boot. Hi
I have a Kuga, it's the first car I've ever been enthusiastic about. Lovely to drive. A tank of diesel costs about £55 and I get about 500 miles from a full tank. We drive to The French Alps once a year, very comfortable on a long journey. I'll be getting a new one next year.
I’ve got an XC60 and I love it. I don’t have the same experience as Pippin, I find it light, responsive, comfortable, efficient and the interior is lovely - spacious and attractive. Maybe it depends which model you have?
The boot is huge (we needed a big boot for DDs wheelchair) and it’s very safe and sturdy.
Friends have a Kuga - I really like it, we looked at one but the boot was too small for us. It’s a good solid car and I’ve had quite a few Fords and loved them, found them very reliable.
I'm on my second XC60 and haven't had any problems with either. Boot size is good and fuel consumption is ok unless DH is driving though we have the 2WD version. However both DC (15&12) complain there's not much legroom when we have the seats back.
Not really similar to what you're considering so far but I have a Ford smax and dh has a xc90 and my car doesn't feel significantly smaller because you lose a lot of internal space when you get an SUV ime.
With the smax you can put seat 6 and 7 flat and then the middle row can move into their leg room. So more leg room in the middle row (which has three full size seats). Also with those back seats flat the boot is massive and quite square so would fit a large dog/crate. I think it works better as a large 5 seater than a 7 seater.
As long as the used car has a reliable service (ie. cambelt change) and MOT history I wouldn't be put off by high mileage. Particularly with brands like Skoda and Volvo. We always buy used cars with 150k plus miles and have had no issues running them to over 200k plus for a couple of years. We generally look for diesel for this reason though (I know, environment, awful etc)
I've had my Skoda for 8 years now and it's great. I would definitely recommend the Superb or Yeti.