Best and worst family SUVs 2019

Looking for a combination of space, practicality and value in an SUV-shaped package? We reveal the best, and worst, options...

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Claire Evans
22 December 2018

New Peugeot 3008 vs used BMW X1
Used BMW X1 2015-present

Based on the same underpinnings as BMW's first MPV, the 2 Series Active Tourer, the X1 is a strong rival to the Audi Q3 and Volkswagen Tiguan. It's available with a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine and a range of 2.0-litre diesels, plus buyers can choose between front and four-wheel drive.

The BMW X1 makes a great family car, thanks to its spacious and practical interior. It's also good to drive and holds onto its value better than mainstream rivals.

Volkswagen Tiguan

This one-time Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage rival has been reinvented as a more expensive SUV, so now it’s up against formidable prestige-badged competition such as the BMW X1. Fortunately, the new Tiguan builds on the strengths of the original, offering more space, a classier feel and improved efficiency.

The VW Tiguan is spacious, good to drive and available with some strong and efficient engines. It is quite pricey, though.

New Nissan Qashqai vs Seat Ateca

The Nissan Qashqai is the car that started the trend for mainstream family SUVs and, as hard as it is to believe now, it was seen as something of a gamble when it was first introduced in 2007. Fortunately for Nissan, that elevated driving position combined with stylish looks to make the Qashqai a huge hit and, consequently, a car that every manufacturer wanted to copy.

The Nissan Qashqai is a fine SUV that is a pleasure to live with and makes a terrific family car. Both the 1.3-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines are quiet and efficient.

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