A list of the best cars in the world could easily descend into a subjective, personal choice of high-performance cars. However, we think such high-calibre models are made up of more than super speeds ...
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:
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:
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.
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 system. On 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.
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 a top price.
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
With its all-wheel–drive system, the BMW X3 is a joy to drive. The range–topping 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 seats, cruise control and a DAB radio.
With seven seats, the Land Rover Discovery is a top all-rounder which is well suited to families. It’s comfortable, quiet 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!
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.
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.
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.
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 cabin, too, including everything from adaptive cruise control to massage seats.
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.
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