Starting life as military vehicles, SUVs have grown in popularity over the years – particularly in the UK. The same extends to large SUVs, which initially found a large-scale audience in America. It’s easy to see why. Typically, these cars are:

  • Practical, with lots of cabin space
  • Comfortable and roomy
  • 5 or 7 seaters
  • Capable on and off-road
  • Great for towing
  • Useful for the great outdoors
  • Very handy for big families

Choosing an SUV: Large vs Mid-sized vs Small vs Crossovers

With the popularity of SUVs at an all-time high, the market is keen to meet customer demand so there’s a sports utility vehicle for pretty much every kind of need or want. If you decide a big car’s not for you, have a look at our list of The Best Small SUVs. Equally, if you want a sports utility vehicle with better fuel economy, check out our top 10 of The Best Hybrid SUVs.
Here are some useful points to remember about different SUV body sizes:

  • Large SUVs tend to offer 7 seats
  • Small SUVs and crossovers offer better fuel economy
  • Large SUVs often prove more capable off-road
  • Crossovers and smaller body types can be easier to drive and park in the city
  • Large SUVs usually come with larger price tags
  • Mid-sized SUVs tend to sit neatly between the two

Top 10 Best Large SUVs

All the cars on this list scored an impressive five stars out of five in Euro NCAP safety tests, with the exception of the Mercedes GLS, which has yet to be tested at the time of writing. However, the Mercedes GL-Class did score five stars and the GLS is a facelift of that car, so should score just as well. Read on to discover our pick of the best large SUVs.