Best and worst family SUVs 2018
Looking for a combination of space, practicality and value in an SUV-shaped package? We reveal the best, and worst, options...
Buying a car that will transport and protect your family is one of life’s most important decisions. That's why we've gathered together our favourite family SUVs that cater for the growing number of people looking for a mix of space, practicality and sensible running costs, but also a raised ride height and off-road looks.
Practicality is paramount, but that shouldn’t come at the expense of a decent drive. We’re looking for tidy handling, smooth engines and a ride that is comfy enough to ensure the kids aren’t left feeling queasy.
And along with good space inside, we’d like to see a high-quality interior and an infotainment system that’s easy to use and packed with the latest features.
10. Toyota C-HR
The C-HR sits below the RAV4 in Toyota's SUV line-up. Even the cheapest Icon trim comes with a decent amount of kit, and there's a Hybrid version that will help keep running costs down.
Decent to drive and generously equipped, the C-HR makes a good case for itself, especially if you're a company car driver and opt for the Hybrid. However, it's pricer to buy than rivals and doesn't have as much space for rear seat passengers.
9. Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai's take on the small SUV formula, the Tucson, offers decent value for money, especially if you stick with low-end trims, because even the entry-level versions come with plenty if kit. In fact, we reckon there's little need to step up from S Connect models, which come with a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, reversing camera and air conditioning as standard.
The Tucson is spacious, too, and Hyundai performed well in our latest Reliability Survey – in any case, there's a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty on offer.
Welcome to a French take on the hugely popular Nissan Qashqai – the equally intriguingly named Renault Kadjar. The Kadjar is also a rival to the Kia Sportage, Seat Ateca and Skoda Yeti, but it's the aforementioned Nissan that it has most in common with, because it uses the same platform and engines.
The Renault Kadjar undercuts many of its rivals on costs and CO2 emissions. It's an outstanding option if you’re after a spacious family SUV.
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