Best and worst large SUVs 2017

The best large SUVs are practical, luxurious and good to drive, with sensible running costs. Here we count down the top 10 – and reveal the ones to avoid

Words BySteve Huntingford

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The best large SUvs

For many people, large SUVs have replaced big saloons as the ultimate expression of luxury motoring, but they also make great family cars, thanks to their spacious and practical interiors.

The very best are well equipped and good to drive, too, with surprisingly good fuel efficiency. Here we count down our top 10, and name the models that are best avoided.

The best large SUVs

10. Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento comes with seven seats – and unlike many rivals its third row is spacious enough for adults, not just children. It also has a punchy engine, heavy towing capacity and comfortable ride, but the very best rivals are cheaper and more refined.

Our pick: 2.2 CRDi KX-2

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9. Mercedes GLC

There are more practical choices than the Mercedes GLC, but it makes up for that by offering the kind of comfort and long-distance touring capability that many high-end SUV buyers are looking for. We recommend avoiding entry-level versions and heading straight for the top-end AMG Line specification because this gets you a more sophisticated suspension set-up that brings improved comfort and sharper handling.

Our pick: 250d AMG Line

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8. Porsche Macan

The Porsche Macan is the most driver-focused SUV yet, and is aimed at the sort of people who have outgrown a Cayman but don’t want to give up the Porsche badge and the driving enjoyment that goes with it. Just bear in mnd that the Macan is no more practical than most hatchbacks.

Our pick: Diesel S

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