If you’re in the market for an SUV or 4×4 you’re spoilt for choice these days – making finding the very best model for your needs all the more difficult. The number of SUVs on the market is at an all-time high and the days when 4×4 vehicles were agricultural and hard to live with are long gone. Today’s SUV market covers a wide spectrum from small, economical choices to large 7-seaters and premium models offering the last word in luxury and refinement.
To save you from getting lost in a labyrinth of boot and towing capacities, legroom measurements and infotainment specs, we have compared all the 4×4 and SUV models on the market and created a list of the top 10 best SUVs and 4x4s.
This list covers the whole market but if you’re looking for a specific type of SUV, you can check out our best small SUVs, best crossovers and best 7-seater cars pages as well.
With demand for vehicles in the SUV sector booming, and car makers unleashing new and more competitive models all the time, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best SUVs and 4x4s on sale in the UK to help you find the cars that are worth investigating further. Click the links below to find out more.
Which SUV is right for me?
The good news for SUV buyers is that because there are so many options, irrespective of whether you want to buy or lease your SUV, you need not settle for anything less than perfect. The growth in this sector has largely been fuelled by motorists desiring a commanding driving position, chunky looks and extra grip from 4×4 systems. But there’s more to the SUV package.
The large body of a 4×4 means there’s potential for great practicality, so much so that some SUVs can rival MPVs for family-friendly space and versatility. If you’re looking for a 7-seater car then a large 4×4 could be a perfect fit, they tend to be more desirable than MPVs as well as matching them for space. With their huge boot space, roof racks and towing capacity they make great cars for going on holiday, too.
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Towing a caravan or trailer is a common use for these cars – and if that’s your plan, the high torque of a large diesel engine is the best choice for load-lugging. Check out our top 10 best tow cars to find out more.
As more and more people are opting for an SUV, carmakers have become embroiled in a fierce competition to offer the best ride, refinement, and comfort. What is perhaps most impressive, is that a select few of these new SUVs even exceed the performance and driving dynamics of the more conventional family cars with a genuinely engaging experience.
Some will have concerns about the ethics of driving a big and potentially inefficient SUV of course, but even those concerns can often be put to rest as many of the models on offer are not much thirstier or more polluting than similarly-sized saloons or family hatchbacks. Efficient hybrid models are becoming increasingly popular too, with great mpg figures from their high-tech drivetrains. Just be warned that you may struggle to replicate official figures in the real world.
• Best small SUVs and crossovers to buy now
Despite being known as 4x4s, many SUVs cars are only two-wheel-drive. So, while in the past choosing an SUV probably meant you needed an off-road capable workhorse or wanted to go trail bashing for fun, the picture is very different now.
Four-wheel drive boosts their capability when the weather turns, too, although models with 2WD will deliver the kind of running costs you’d get with a conventional car if you’re looking at the financial bottom line. At the other end of the spectrum, the latest range of powerful performance models mean you can get an SUV that can put a smile on your face on twisty roads.
Style is an important factor with many new SUVs and 4x4s, and plenty of models are available with a range of personalisation options to make the car you choose stand out. And at the top end of the SUV spectrum, the most luxurious SUVs have the quality and refinement to match the best limousines for comfort.
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