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Best SUV cars of 2022

Everyone wants an SUV right now, and car makers are falling over themselves to bring new tall-and-chunky models to the market as quickly as they can. Here are the best new SUVs on sale in the UK right now…

Skoda Kodiaq

1. Skoda Kodiaq

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£350* / month (£31,550)
Volvo XC40

2. Volvo XC40

Battery range up to 26 miles
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£376* / month (£32,325)

3. BMW X3

Battery range up to 26 miles
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£569* / month (£43,820)
Audi Q5

4. Audi Q5

Battery range up to 32 miles
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£506* / month (£44,362)
Volkswagen T-Cross

5. Volkswagen T-Cross

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£246* / month (£21,510)
Kia EV6

6. Kia EV6

Battery range up to 328 miles
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£474* / month (£44,800)
Peugeot 2008

7. Peugeot 2008

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£239* / month (£21,448)
Skoda Karoq

8. Skoda Karoq

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£265* / month (£25,006)
Audi Q4 e-tron

9. Audi Q4 e-tron

Battery range up to 314 miles
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£644* / month (£49,806)
Land Rover Defender

10. Land Rover Defender

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£690* / month (£60,705)

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Advice about SUV cars


An SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) typically has raised ground clearance making it look like a four-wheel drive car. People love the higher driving position and great view out you get in these type of cars. SUVs are generally fun to drive – that’s why Sports is in the title – but are practical for families too, with spacious interiors and decent-sized boots – which is why Utility is used in their name.

While an SUV car looks like a 4x4 they don’t necessarily have four-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive systems can be heavy, making the cars not particularly fuel efficient. Many customers like the styling of SUV cars but don’t need a car with off-road capability. That’s why many modern SUV cars today have the option to have both two- and four-wheel drive. Indeed some SUVs are two-wheel drive only.

Today, SUVs are some of the most popular styles of cars you can buy.

On paper, this is a tie between the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350de plug-in hybrid diesel, and the just-arriving new BMW X1 xDrive25e, both of offer 353mpg on the combined WLTP fuel economy test. Of course, that relies on you carefully charging up all the time and making the most of their electric driving abilities. For real-world economy, your best bets at the Toyota RAV4 (especially the plug-in hybrid version), the Mazda CX-5 SkyActiv-D, and at the smaller scale, the Peugeot 2008, which can hit 47mpg in petrol form, and an official 65mpg in diesel form.

To find out how to improve the fuel economy of your SUV, check out our guide on ways to get better MPG.

The Land Rover Defender is the theoretical winner here, with a maximum braked towing weight of 3,500kg. That can be matched by others, mind, and if we’re talking expert opinion, then the Caravan Club recommends the current Porsche Cayenne, which has lots of clever software that helps you tow more easily.

Check out or guides on the best SUVs for towing and UK towing laws for trailers and caravans.

The Skoda Kodiaq is the winner here, with a massive 835 litres beating even the massive Land Rover Defender’s 646-litre boot. Even the seven-seat version of the Kodiaq is big in the back, with 735-litres available. That said, if you want a seven-seater with a massive boot, check out the Peugeot 5008 which has a 780-litre boot when you fold the third row seats into the floor.

Take a look at our guide on the best cars with big boots to find out which cars we recommend.

Easy answer here — it’s the Land Rover Defender. Not only does it have permanent four-wheel drive, low-ratio gears, and optional adjustable air suspension, it also has a swathe of electronic off-roading aids from a low-grip launch control system to a camera setup that kinda-sorta allows you to see through the bonnet. Can’t afford a Defender? That’s OK — pick up a Suzuki Jimny. It’s tiny and unrefined, but brilliant in the mud.

Technically, you can pick up a Suzuki Ignis for just £14,749 and that’s kind of an SUV? Isn’t it? Ok then, how about a Fiat Panda Cross for £16,674? No? Still too small? OK then, what about a Citroen C3 Aircross for £21,005? Or a Volkswagen T-Cross for £22,130? Sorry, we’re just messing about here, really. The actual answer is a Dacia Duster for — wait for it — £14,485. Which makes anything else look like the wrong answer.