- What's the best SUV to buy in the UK?
- We take a look at the best options on sale
- Choose between cars from £10,000-£100,000
Looking for a new SUV? The car market is full of crossovers and 4x4s at the moment, so we'll understand why you're confused by all the choices. Some are off-roaders, others are little more than estate cars on stilts, but all are jockeying for the custom of active car buyers. To help you decide which is best for you, we've narrowed down the choices to help you decide.
With so many rivals to your favourite SUV, it's important to decide what's vital in your choice of new car, and what your budget is. With help from the Parkers experts, you might be surprised at what your budget could stretch to thanks to finance and leasing deals.
You might also be surprised at how much you can get in a new SUV for not much cash - some of the best SUVs in the UK don't come with the massive price-tag you might expect.
Great SUV choices from £10,000
Scroll down to discover our list of the best SUVs in the UK - or click on your favourites below to jump down.
1. Audi Q7
2. BMW X5
3. Dacia Duster
4. Hyundai Santa Fe
5. Jaguar I-Pace
6. Kia Sportage
7. Lexus RX
8. Nissan Qashqai
9. Peugeot 3008
10. Cupra Ateca
11. Skoda Kodiaq
12. Toyota Land Cruiser
13. Tesla Model X
14. Volvo XC40
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 technology means that the Q7 is lighter than you'd expect and consequently, easier to drive than its gargantuan dimensions might lead you to believe.
The Q7 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.
New price: £51,425 - £89,905
Lease a new Audi Q7: From £623 per month
Used price: £26,140 - £78,155
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.
New price: £43,600 - £95,045
Used price: £18,120 - £63,440
This affordable small SUV won Best Off-Roader in the 2019 Parkers New Car Awards 2019. It might be the cheapest SUV in the UK, but you won’t be short-changed. The entry-level Access model is ultra-basic and stripped out, but it costs less than £10,000.
It’s great value – it looks good, it’s good to drive, and the interior is practical. It comes with more kit than ever, including keyless entry and climate control. This is definitely a contender on our list of Best SUVs in its own right, before you even see the price tag.
New price: £9,995 - £18,695
Lease a new Dacia Duster: From £136 per month
Used price: £7,760 - £16,930
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 with 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.
New price: £33,425 - £43,295
Lease a new Hyundai Santa Fe: From £376 per month
Used price: £26,625 - £36,960
Jaguar’s first electric SUV is aiming to take on Tesla – and wants to win. The range is claimed to be 298 miles, with a real-world capability of 250+ miles if you're careful and don't go overboard with the performance.
Its look is sportier than the E-Pace and F-Pace crossovers, futuristic in shape, and the cabin is roomy thanks to 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.
New price: £64,495 - £81,495
Lease a new Jaguar I-Pace: From £697 per month
Used price: £56,985 - £78,410
The Kia Sportage is a household name and it’s not surprising that it makes it on to our list of the best SUVs, and its newest version is vastly improved.
Driving the Sportage is impressive in terms of both comfort and handling, and it’s well equipped as standard. This is a solid and capable choice of SUV; you might be surprised by how well it drives, and it’s comfortable and solidly made to boot.
New price: £20,305 - £34,545
Lease a new Kia Sportage: From £202 per month
Used price: £10,050 - £27,555
If you can get over the ‘spindle’ grille, the RX offers a tempting package in terms of value for money when you’re looking at the best SUVs in the UK. In September 2017, the petrol engine was removed from the line-up so you can only buy a new hybrid RX now. It’s quieter, cheaper to run, and better to drive than the petrol 200t.
The interior is luxurious and the quiet RX suits being driven sedately and relaxed. The infotainment system isn’t the best, with old-fashioned graphics. Well-made and super reliable, the RX offers an interesting, left-field alternative to the established SUV brands.
New price: £48,690 - £61,995
Lease a new Lexus RX: From £697 per month
Used price: £18,625 - £54,410
The Qashqai remains one of the most popular cars in this competitive category. If you want to Buy British, rest assured with the Qashqai, which is designed, developed, and built in the UK.
The most recent facelift gave the cabin better materials, and it’s much quieter than previously. There is plenty of room for all the paraphernalia of family life; an electric handbrake gives space for a large storage box. When looking at the best SUV in the UK, the Qashqai is still one of the default choices, and for good reason.
New price: £21,595 - £29,695
Lease a new Nissan Qashqai: From £205 per month
Used price: £7,365 - £24,280
The new 3008 is a revelation compared with the model that came before. Its looks are striking, there’s plenty of room for all the family and won’t cost the earth to run. It’s not an actual off-roader, mind you – four-wheel drive isn’t available at all.
The bold looks of this compact SUV will make you rush to the dealership – it makes its rivals look bland and old-fashioned. Materials inside the cabin feel high-quality and plush, especially given the price-tag – the 3008 starts just below the £22,000 mark.
New price: £24,109 - £36,379
Lease a new Peugeot 3008: From £222 per month
Used price: £15,065 - £29,305
You might have heard the Cupra name attached to popular SEATs such as the Leon and Leon ST, but now it’s a brand in its own right. It’s a bit in-your-face, with an aggressive badge, big grilles, and an extensive bodykit, but if you get the spec right you’ll end up with equal amounts of menacing and special. It’s not that different to the normal Ateca, though. The all-wheel drive system means the boot is smaller than the regular Ateca, but it’s still got 485 litres of space.
New price: £35,915 - £41,190
Lease this car from new: From £429 per month
Used price: £28,650 - £35,260
If you’re looking for the best SUV in the UK with seven seats without the massive price-tag, look no further. Available from around £22,000, 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 Tiguan. The possibility for seven seats – with a sliding middle row – sets the Kodiaq apart.
New price: £22,755 - £38,005
Lease a new Skoda Kodiaq: From £335 per month
Used price: £15,165 - £32,635
When you’re looking for the best 4x4 SUV, you have to consider the Land Cruiser; this SUV is truly capable of off-roading. Unfortunately, it’s not as great on the road as most of its rivals.
It’s well equipped, and most models come with seven seats. If you head off into the wilds, this 4x4 SUV will make sure you come back in one piece. The Land Cruiser is a safe, if not altogether exciting, choice.
New price: £34,690 - £54,915
Lease a new Toyota Land Cruiser: From £378 per month
Used price: £11,605 - £51,995
The world’s first all-electric SUV gives us great performance, seven seats, and zero emissions all at once. It’s not often you can describe an SUV as playful, but the Falcon Wing rear doors certainly put fun back into this category.
In terms of performance, the Model X rivals many sports cars – the P100D is claimed to accelerate from 0-62mph in just 2.9 seconds.
New price: £81,555 - £137,705
Lease a new Tesla Model X: From £880 per month
Used price: £57,805 - £119,240
It was the car of 2018, and brought Volvo’s premium brand image into the SUV market. It’s packed to the rafters with safety gear – as you would expect from the Swedish manufacturers – and scored five stars from Euro NCAP in the summer of 2018.
Petrol and diesel engines are available, with a hybrid on its way. There’s plenty of room for driver and passengers, and lots of storage for larger items such as laptops and 1.5-litre bottles of water; the boot is good, but not class-leading.
It’s not the sharpest to drive, but it is comfortable. So why is the XC40 on our list of the best SUVs in the UK? Because it’s a stylish, practical, nice to drive, tech-filled SUV. Say no more.
New price: £28,310 - £40,070
Lease a new Volvo XC40: From £304 per month
Used price: £23,030 - £41,735
*Prices correct at the time of publishing and are all subject to change