Sports utility vehicles, or SUVs as they’re often known, pair a top driving experience with spacious interiors and lots of cargo space. With 4×2, 4×4, diesel and electric options available, SUVs are brilliant both on and off the tarmac and are suited to many different weather conditions. 

We’ve listed the best SUVs currently available, but before we get into that, let’s look at the key benefits of these vehicles:  

  • A high driving position which makes for wide views of the road 
  • Comfortable cabins with lots of legroom and storage 
  • They make excellent family cars 
  • Good value mpg (miles per gallon) and fuel efficiency 
  • They’re versatile and efficient in extreme weather conditions 

Which Size SUV is Right for You? 

You can get small, crossover, medium or large SUVs, with each size comprising different pros and cons. Naturally, a large SUV offers more space. Seven-seaters are available, too, and offer a much larger boot capacity, which can be ideal for big families. When looking for an SUV, it’s worth bearing in mind: 

  • Medium and large SUVs can cost more to run than small crossovers 
  • Small SUVs and crossovers tend to offer better mpg 
  • Medium and large SUVs can tow large items, like trailers, horseboxes and boats  

Top 10 Best SUVs 

We’ve looked at a range of different SUVs, from high-end models to lower-cost vehicles, and rounded up the best to help you to find one which works for you. Without further ado, let’s start with the Volvo XC40.

1. Volvo XC40

The Volvo XC40 gives you everything you’d want from an SUV – it’s comfortable to drive and has handy features like the Pilot Assist system, automatic emergency braking and a lane departure systemOn top of that, entry-level models also come with a 9-inch touchscreen, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, keyless start, LED headlights and rear parking sensors.  

Best features:

  • 7-seaters offer lots of space
  • Ideal for towing

2. Skoda Kodiaq

The Skoda Kodiaq is a unique SUV that, in short, provides practicality at a very reasonable price. The vehicle is available as a seven-seater and includes lots of high-tech equipment and a top-quality interior all at top price.

Best features:

  • One of the best small, family-friendly SUVs
  • Good value for money

3. SEAT Ateca

This small SUV (or crossover) is the first SUV from SEAT and has already picked up numerous awards. The cabin is neatly designed, has plenty of space and a large, practical boot. To get the most out of the Ateca, go for a mid-to-top tier version which features useful equipment like an 8-inch colour touchscreen, cruise control and rear parking sensors

Best features:

  • Comfortable interior that’s well designed
  • Entry-level versions are incredibly well-equipped

4. BMW X3

With its all-wheeldrive system, the BMW X3 is a joy to drive. The rangetopping M40i model comes with a noticeable boost in performance, too – even the base model comes with a massive range of equipment, such as heated leather seatscruise control and a DAB radio. 

Best features:

  • Excellent on and off-road
  • Practical and very spacious

5. Land Rover Discovery

With seven seats, the Land Rover Discovery is a top all-rounder which is well suited to families. It’s comfortablequiet and comes with lots of room and boot space. The standard model comes with an eight-inch touchscreen, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and autonomous emergency braking. If you go for Land Rover’s InControl Remote Premium app, you can even fold the rear seats using your smartphone! 

Best features:

  • One of the most popular large SUVs on the market
  • Comfortable ride with an excellent interior

6. Peugeot 5008

The latest Peugeot 5008 shares much in common with the 3008, but with the added practicality of a third row of seats (which can also be folded down for more boot space). It’s a stylish car with good handling and equipment, while the base entry-level model comes with automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning 

Best features:

  • Solid choice of high-powered engines
  • Great handling

7. Jaguar F-PACE

Jaguar’s first SUV has quickly become one of the most renowned SUVs available. Typical of the marque, the F-Pace is a luxury car on the outside and inside. All models come with leather upholstery and lots of top kit, such as the brand’s latest InControl Touch navigation, which is controlled by an 8-inch touchscreen. 

Best features:

  • Sports car performance
  • Excellent handling and acceleration

8. Porsche Cayenne

The Porsche Cayenne is a sleek looking car that’s a real pleasure to drive and features involved handling, clever suspension and a selection of top engines to choose from. The size of the Cayenne means the interior is spacious and comfortable, while it also offers a host of high-tech equipment, too, like a 12-inch touchscreen. 

Best features:

  • Sturdy on and off-road
  • Luxury, spacious interior

9. Land Rover Range Rover

Land Rover’s Range Rover is a luxury SUV with great appeal, thanks to its on-road and off-road capabilities. The car’s engines are powerful, and the interior embodies both comfort and extravagance. There’s lots of high-tech kit under the bonnet and in the cabintoo, including everything from adaptive cruise control to massage seats. 

Best features:

  • Value for money
  • One of the cheapest SUVs

10. Dacia Duster

The Dacia Duster provides drivers with quality value for money – it’s that simple. Enjoy plush upholstery, electric front windows and solid steel wheels, as well as cruise control and speed limiters, depending on which model you opt for. All in all, the Dacia Duster provides a rugged – yet wholly stylish – SUV that caters to all tastes.  

Best features:

  • Plush upholstery
  • Value for money

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