The best SUVs to buy in the UK 2020

  • What's the best SUV to buy in the UK?
  • We take a look at the best options on sale
  • What actually is an SUV, anyway?

Looking for a new SUV? You're not the only one. The car market is full of crossovers and 4x4s at the moment, so we understand why you're confused by all the choices.

What is an SUV?

SUV stands for Sports Utility Vehicle. They tend to be large, high-riding cars, often with four-wheel drive. Originally all SUVs were designed for off-roading, but that's not always the case now. Some are little more than tall estate cars, but that doesn't mean they're not well worth a look.

They are spacious, safe, with lots of practical solutions and storage for luggage and gear. They have a high driving position, and some can even have seven seats, making them ideal for a large family and all their kit and clobber.

On the downside, their size can mean they are difficult to park, and they're often less efficient than the equivalent estate car or MPV.

With so many SUVs on the market, 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. Plus, you can often get a really large car for a relatively small amount of money - just because an SUV is large, doesn't mean it'll cost the earth. 

Scroll down to discover our list of the best SUVs in the UK - or click on your favourites below to jump down.

1. Range Rover 
2. Dacia Duster 
3. Volkswagen Touareg 
4. Volvo XC90 
5. Audi Q7 
6. BMW X5 
7. Jaguar I-Pace 
8. Skoda Kodiaq 
9. Hyundai Santa Fe 
10. Mazda CX-5

1. Range Rover

2019 Range Rover driving

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.

New price: £83,655 - £170,525
Leasing price: from £1,009 per month
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2. Dacia Duster

Dacia Duster SUV front

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.

New price: £10,995 - £16,955 
Leasing price: from £165 per month
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3. Volkswagen Touareg

2020 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.

New price: £45,445 - £58,745
Leasing price: from £542 per month
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4. Volvo XC90

2019 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.

New price: £53,085 - £71,945 
Leasing price: from £542 per month
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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.

New price: £54,070 - £78,920
Leasing price: from £628 per month
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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.

New price: £59,045 - £71,635
Leasing price: from £1,404 per month
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7. Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace SUV front

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.

New price: £64,495 - £74,995
Leasing price: from £733 per month
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8. Skoda Kodiaq

2019 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.  

New price: £26,140 - £44,065 
Leasing price: from £305 per month
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9. Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe SUV

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.

New price: £33,450 - £43,320 
Leasing price: from £446 per month
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10. Mazda CX-5

2019 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.

New price: £31,900 - £38,010 
Leasing price: from £269 per month
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