Dominated by premium offerings, the family SUV segment needs to be a good all-terrain: dealing with the school run, as well as to address slightly rugged terrain, tip trips, towing and coverage of the highway miles.
It is a hotly contested segment with style, safety and space at the top of the agenda, and often, space for seven necessary. Underestimated by the manufacturers for its account and risk, given that the segment has been erased, the MPV market. Despite the lack of variety in the style and the approach adopted by many, is diverse enough segment, which has attracted many marks on the crease of the SUV makers.
1. Audi Q5
It’s difficult to pick faults with such a consummate all-rounder, though the dull management is the one that stands out far more. This is not at all sufficient to stop the Q5 to achieve the sales success of its predecessor, however, which became the most sold in its segment in almost every country in which it was offered.
Although an expensive option, with a long list of options, it is quiet, practical, convenient and ergonomic on the inside. Being the top of a class such as this is not an easy task, especially with the new rivals in the trailer.
2. BMW X3
What is this? A proper handling of the SUV? Five years ago would have been unthinkable, but the BMW X3 has down, and then some.
It has a class-leading powertrain, even if it is a little uneducated, to be pushed, but in all other areas, the X3 is a winner, and a close-run second to the Audi Q5. The computer is a touch under-provided, but the self-perception of the quality is above almost all others, while its road manners are impossible to fault, even in run-flat tyres. Goodness.
3. Jaguar F-Pace
Jaguar’s first SUV is a doozy, with remarkable handling, heaps of space in the cockpit and looks that have skyrocketed to the top of the Tip of the range of its best-selling model.
It is only details that take away from the overall experience, with a mediocre diesel engine, a jittery ride, and room for improvement in the address at the top of our complaints. For a first-generation products, which is a remarkable achievement, and it is impressive in the third place, even on top of your Land Rover Discovery Sport cousin.
4. Land Rover Discovery Sport
By now, most entry-level Land Rover is also one of his best.
As with the Jaguar F-Pace, has very good for the management of traditionally difficult to handle SUV segment, and has a practical design – a big selling point in this segment. Despite being one of the older cars in the class, is very long in the tooth. It might improve with a little less fidgety ride and less expensive range-toppers.
5. Skoda Kodiaq
The top of the family SUV not a premium manufacturer, it reduces even the cheapest of the plusher offers in this list by more than Â£ 9000.
Then, what to sacrifice? A piece of the feeling of quality materials to begin with, despite the fact that everything is well screwed together. The first four all have a better balanced handling and ride quality of the Kodiaq, but they don’t offer that all-important third row of seats. Apart from the way it drives, however, there is little room for improvement. Oily-a bit of face lift can easily correct their major problems.
6. Mercedes-Benz GLC
The bottom five of the top ten is where the element of management of ordinations of the leaders of the class of rans.
The GLC, with its well-appointed interior deserves its place in the top ten, but its numb steering means it is far from being the first choice for enthusiasts drivers. It is more car-like than many of the full of the Suvs on this list, but also rides less impressive than that of a Mercedes-Benz on standard suspension, making it more difficult to recommend based on the specs. Suspension settings, and more shear-mode manual levers of change could easily transform the GLC.
7. Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Alpha has everything that makes the Giulia, and transferred to a high-riding SUV.
That means that remarkable handling and typical Alfa Romeo movie star looks, with a decent diesel boot. Unfortunately, that decent handling comes at the expense of the quality of driving in the uk compared with the more gentle European roads, while some of the interior materials could use a little more budget on the next occasion. The price is super-competitive, however, the undercutting key rivals considerably.
8. Volvo XC60
To be the safest car ever tested by Euro NCAP is an award, and on top of this, the XC60 is well-designed, with a sumptuous interior.
It is not the last word in the controller of an appeal or performance, and the gearbox is a particular low point, but as a safe, comfortable family SUV, is likely to attract an equally impressive number of buyers as of its predecessor, which was the best-selling SUV in Europe, despite being priced to compete with the more expensive of the market.
9. Kia Sorento
The Koreans are coming, and the Sorento is only a way in which they are storming the establishment with well-rounded although it is not the leader in its class of products. What will attract customers the most are the generous equipment list, the lower list price, and the media warranty of seven years.
What might put them off are steeply climbing price as it rises in the specification of the staircase, an average interior and a tendency to make a bit of noise around the city, in comparison with the more sophisticated offers up to ten. Prices start directly between the more everyday models such as the Kodiaq and the luxury of alternatives to the German brands.
10. Nissan X-Trail
The Skoda Kodiaq’s fiercest rival, the fusion of seven-seat flexibility with a Â£23k price tag. The ride is comfortable and, being based on the Qashqai, which is handled very well, too.
It’s a little too Qashqai-like for our taste, though, and the borders of the imagination, while the refinement is only average at best. A Qashqai is not, but represents decent value for money as a three-row SUV at least.