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 SportBest 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.
Mazda CX-5Best 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.
BMW X3Best 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.