SUVs have already taken over as the most popular car in the US, and it seems likely that they will dominate in Europe in years to come. The reason SUVs are so popular is because they are great all-rounders: they’re as equally capable handling the school run as they are a long road trip. Car owners with kids particularly love SUVs because they are spacious and safe. But just which type of SUV should you buy?
With so many models to choose from, it can be daunting knowing where to look. To help make things easier, below are just some of the most top rated models that car experts tend to pick.
The Kia Sportage gets good reviews across the board and for good reason – it’s very spacious, great to drive and has an incredible infotainment system. It’s also got a very cool-looking front-end which helps it stand out visually from some of the other generic SUV designs out there. It’s slightly more high-end than other SUVs, but it’s worth the extra quid. Hybrid and EV options are available.
The Hyundai Tuscan is on the smaller side compared to most regular SUVs, but this has its benefits. It’s better for navigating towns and cities, finding parking spaces and doesn’t have such a high ride height. At the same time, it feels equally spacious and capable.
Land Rover Discovery
Land Rover are known for their off-road-capable larger vehicles. However, their vehicles can be just as suitable for the roads – as is the case with the Land Rover Discovery. This rugged SUV is very comfortable and very powerful. It’s ideal for more adventurous families. Check out the latest versions from your local Land Rover dealership.
There’s not much that you can criticise about the Skoda Kodiaq. It has a huge boot and plenty of space inside. It’s also great to drive and has lots of useful technology on its dashboard. On top of this, it’s relatively cheap compared to many SUVs. The only real downside is the lack of electric and hybrid variants.
Audis are renowned for being fun to drive and this even applies to their bulkier SUV models like the Audi Q7. The steering is incredibly responsive and it glides over the most rugged surfaces while offering incredible grip.
Dacia specialise in offering the most affordable car prices while still offering quality. Their small Sandero is the cheapest road car you can buy in the UK. Their SUV, the Dacia Duster, is meanwhile one of the lowest priced SUVs on the market (currently less than £15,000 brand new!). It’s a little more basic than other SUVs, but it still offers the comfort and space to match.
The Peugeot 3008 is another SUV that’s slightly more compact. However, it’s still got plenty of boot space and elbow room. It comes with a futuristic dashboard and instrument cluster that will make you feel like you’re riding a spaceship.
The Mercedes GLC offers all the comfort and space of a regular SUV, but with an added sense of luxury. Everything from the interior to the air con feels more lavish. These cars are also some of the safest and most eco-friendly SUVs you can buy. Just expect to pay a little more than your standard SUV.