Large SUVs

For many people, the large SUV is the complete family car. It offers a feeling of safety, thanks to an elevated driving position, while go-anywhere ability is desirable, even if it's rarely used in practice. To be in with a chance of winning this category, contenders need to offer the above, plus a generous amount of useable interior space for both passengers and luggage. Sensible running costs are also important, even in comparatively expensive cars, so fuel efficiency and CO2 ratings are key.

Range Rover SportKey facts
0-60mph 6.8sec
Top speed 130mph
Fuel economy 37.7mpg
CO2 emission 199g/km

Range Rover Sport

Best buy more than £40,000

Land Rover may have shot itself in the foot with the latest Range Rover Sport, because it offers all the virtues of the full-size Range Rover, as well as a lower price and the option of two extra seats.

List price £59,995
Target price £59,995
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Mazda CX-5
Key facts
0-60mph 9.2sec
Top speed 126mph
Fuel economy 61.4mpg
CO2 emission 119g/km

Mazda CX-5

Best buy less than £25,000

This is the Mazda's second appearance in the SUV category. A large part of its appeal is down to the 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine which is, frankly, spectacular.

List price £23,295
Target price £22,271
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Key facts
0-60mph 8.5sec
Top speed 130mph
Fuel economy 50.4mpg
CO2 emission 147g/km


Best buy £25,000-£40,000

The X3 has been our SUV of the Year for the past two years, and nothing has come along in the last 12 months to take its place at this price point.

List price £33,425
Target price £31,455
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