Opting for a used German SUV is an excellent method of getting the best value for your purchase. After all, you will be taking advantage of depreciation while still getting a relatively new and luxurious vehicle. While most used German SUVs are a good investment, a few options stand out from the crowd with exceptional features for their model-year. Check out the following models to see which SUVs in this category will give you the best bang for your buck.
Audi Q5 (2013)
With good fuel economy, a high-quality cabin, and sporty driving feel, the 2013 Audi Q5 is an excellent SUV for those in search of German luxury. You will appreciate its small turning circle and the choice of engines. The 211-horsepower 2-liter turbo base engine has enough power. However, you may appreciate the supercharged 3-liter V6 that became available for that model year or the 245-horsepower Q5 Hybrid. The 2013 model still feels high end, especially if you find a model with brushed aluminum, oak, or ash trim. The rear seats are also surprisingly spacious for a compact, and the standard leather upholstery is a nice touch.
Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class (2012)
The Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class has always been an excellent option, and the 2012 model year offers an exceptional value. This German SUV stands out with its composed handling, smooth ride, and strong acceleration. Despite being an SUV, it also offers car-like handling that drivers appreciate. The 268-horsepower V6 is more than powerful enough for your regular needs, even if you opt for all-wheel drive. The COMAND infotainment system is a strong point in the GLK-Class’s favor with its intuitive use and range of functions, even in 2012. All 2012 models will have dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, an MP3/iPod interface, and COMAND. Many also feature navigation, a rearview camera, and satellite radio.
Mercedes-Benz M-Class (2011)
For those who want a great value on a German luxury SUV, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class models from 2011 are a top choice. In addition to the standard gas engine, you can also find a diesel or hybrid model for a power range of 210 to 503 horsepower. You can get an M-Class with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and enjoy as much as 25 mpg on the highway. The M-Class also has an advantage over some other SUVs in off-road capabilities, and it has all the luxury you expect from a Mercedes-Benz. The M-Class offers leather upholstery as well as ventilated and heated front seats. Also, you can enjoy burl walnut trim, a power glass sunroof, and hard-drive navigation. The six CD player might feel dated, but the interior is more than worth it for the price.
Volkswagen Tiguan (2013)
If you want a truly great value on a used German SUV, you should go with a Volkswagen Tiguan, as it is reasonably priced to begin with. The 2013 model year is sporty with an upscale interior and the choice of front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. It is less powerful than some other vehicles on the list, but the 2-liter turbo 4-cylinder is more than strong enough to move this compact SUV with its 200 horsepower. The backseat is nice and spacious, particularly for a compact SUV. Also, you can opt for luxuries like leather upholstery and heated power-adjustable front seats.
Volkswagen Touareg (2011)
The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg feels like a luxury crossover SUV with non-luxury pricing, offering you an amazing value even before you factor in depreciation. This SUV has top safety ratings and is surprisingly capable off-road. The standard 3.6-liter V6 generates 280 horsepower. Look for a Touareg Hybrid for 375 net horsepower from its 3-liter supercharged V6 and electric motor. This hybrid was new for that model year and able to get 25 mpg on the highway. This SUV also delivers in amenities and rear-seat space, including rear seats that slide and recline.