Best large SUVs 2016 (and the ones to avoid)

For many people, the large SUV is the complete family car. Our favourites are well equipped and good to drive, with sensible running costs and decent fuel efficiency

Words ByDarren Moss

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The best large SUvs

A large SUV often makes sense as a family car; the elevated driving position offers a feeling of security, and there’s a generous amount of interior space. Some SUVs have real off-road ability, too, as well as almost unequalled on-road presence.

Our top contenders should be well equipped and good to drive, with sensible running costs and decent fuel efficiency. You can watch our video reviews of all these cars below, and click through the story to find out what is our favourite large SUV, and which models you should avoid at all costs.

The best large SUVs

10. Kia Sorento

The Sorento is a practical large SUV that also comes with seven seats - perfect if you suddenly find yourself with two extra passengers to carry. When not carrying a full complement of people, the Sorento's rearmost seats fold almost flat, opening up more space in the already roomy boot. There's only one engine on offer, a 2.2-litre diesel, and while it doesn't offer the last word in refinement, it is reasonably powerful.

Our pick: 2.2 CRDi KX-2

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9. Mercedes GLC

The Mercedes-Benz GLC (formerly known as the GLK) isn't as practical as some other large SUVs, but it does offer the kind of comfort and long-distance touring capability that many high-end SUV buyers are looking for. It's also pretty clean, whith all engines emitting 129g/km of CO2. We'd recommend avoiding the entry-level cars and heading straight for top-end AMG Line specification because this gets you a more settled suspension set-up and sharper handling.

Our pick: 250d AMG Line

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8. Porsche Macan

Sports SUVs don't come much better than the Porsche Macan. This stylish five-seater is aimed at those families who have grown out of Porsche's other models - namely the Cayman - but aren't yet ready for the significantly larger Cayenne. If you can look past the Macan's price tag, and the fact that underneath it's closely related to the Audi Q5, then the Macan is a very enjoyable SUV. It's got a high-quality interior, and some versions offer sports car levels of performance.

Our pick: Diesel S

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