1. Range Rover
A countryside workhorse and a luxury limo combine to create what is simply the best SUV around. Cosseting air suspension ensures it’s one of the most comfortable cars on sale today, and it will greedily gobble up motorway miles and yomp across moorlands with ease.
The sheer breadth of trims and engines on offer also sets it out from the rest. Yes, they’re all big and posh. But five different engines are on offer. There are 3.0-litre and 4.4-litre diesels, 3.0-litre and 5.0-litre petrols, and there’s even a 2.0-litre petrol plug-in hybrid model for the more environmentally concerned.
2. Dacia Duster
This offering from Dacia is not only great value, but it’s pretty good offroad too. So good in fact, that it was crowned the Best Off-Roader in the Parkers New Car Awards 2019.
It may be the cheapest SUV in the UK, but buyers won’t feel short-changed. It comes with more kit than ever, including keyless entry and climate control. It’s a contender on our list of Best SUVs in its own right, even before that rock bottom price is factored in.
3. Volkswagen Touareg
Volkswagen’s flagship car is a highly accomplished all-rounder. While it falls under the branch of SUV, it also fits into large and luxury categories too.
Its powerful diesel V6 is a corker, providing near hot-hatch pace when asked. The interior is as easily well appointed as a big Audi, and it brings all of this together at a cheaper price than many more premium-branded rivals.
The tech is top too. For instance, its trailer assist can steer the car and trailer autonomously. No wonder it took home our Best Tow Car of the Year gong for 2020.
4. Volvo XC90
Like the Range Rover above, the XC90’s breadth of ability really makes it stand out. But not standing out, is also a reason to buy it. You see, Range Rovers, among certain circles, have a bit of an image problem. Footballers love them, for instance. But the XC90 is quieter, more subdued, and almost as elegant inside.
As well as a Scandi cool vibe that the Range Rover would kill for, its onboard tech is great too. Its semi-autonomous systems are among the best in the business. Obviously, it gets a five-star rating from Euro NCAP, but there’s also autonomous emergency braking, whiplash prevention systems, and more airbags than a Zeppelin factory.
5. Audi Q7
There’s something special about the Q7, which is why it remains popular despite the arrival of its newer little brother, the Audi Q5. Audi’s aluminium construction means that the Q7 is lighter than you’d expect and consequently, easier to drive than its gargantuan dimensions might lead you to believe.
It comes with loads of standard and optional kit, and seven seats if you wish – but you can delete that third row at no cost. The quality of the cabin is high – as we come to expect from Audi – with plush, premium materials, solid construction, and finely crafted switchgear.
6. BMW X5
This is a massive SUV, but BMW offers a range of engines that get this beast moving with agility. The inside feels luxurious, with a choice of comfort or sports seats, and entertainment options for those residing in the back seats.
Tech levels are high; you can personalise the suspension levels, and Parking Assistant seeks out a parking spot and controls the steering, accelerator and brake while it parks itself. The optional head-up display is excellent. The X5 is a monster, and we like it.
7. Jaguar I-Pace
Jaguar’s first electric SUV is taking on Tesla – and winning. Jaguar claims it’s capable of 298 miles on a full charge, with a real-world capability of 250+ miles if you’re careful and don’t go overboard with the performance.
It looks sportier than the Jaguar E-Pace and F-Pace crossovers and the cabin is roomy with no bulky transmission tunnel. With the seats up, boot space is 656 litres, stretching to 1,435 litres with the back seats folded. We’re holding back the unreserved thumbs-up, however, until there’s a public charging set-up that matches Tesla’s Supercharger network.
8. Skoda Kodiaq
If you’re looking for the best SUV in the UK with seven seats without the massive price-tag, look no further. Available from just a smidge over £26,000, this large SUV is significantly cheaper than its rivals.
The cabin really gives you the feel-good factor, and you’ll wonder if you’re in a car with the VW badge instead of Skoda – and it certainly gives you more space and equipment than the more-expensive Volkswagen Tiguan. The possibility for seven seats – with a sliding middle row – sets the Kodiaq apart.
9. Hyundai Santa Fe
Winner of the Best Seven-Seater in the Parkers New Car Awards 2019, the Santa Fe has loads of interior space and lots of tech. The latest version has upgraded high-quality materials in the cabin, a more rugged design, and the latest technology.
There are plenty of cubby holes around the cabin, and with the third row of seats folded down you get 547 litres of boot space.
10. Mazda CX-5
There’s a good chance you’ve seen quite a few of these striking Mazda SUVs on the road. And while Mazda is famous for its brilliant MX-5, the CX-5 is actually its best-seller.
Deservedly so, too. The sharp angles on the outside are matched with sharper driving characteristics. The CX-5 is more agile and fun than it really needs to be, and if you opt for the manual, it’s one of the slickest ‘boxes around. There’s an excellent, if albeit unfashionable, 2.2-litre diesel on offer too.
Its interior is a minimalist delight – there are no huge touchscreens in here. Just well-made, solid-feeling, and ergonomic buttons and dials.