Every family SUV rated

Thinking of buying a new SUV? Here we give our verdict on all of them, from small through to luxury, plus the hybrid and electric options...

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque front tracking RHD

Every family SUV rated

Range Rover Evoque

Our pick D180 S
For High-quality interior; comfortable ride; quiet cruising manners; superb resale values.
Against So-so fuel economy and emissions; Land Rover’s reliability record.
What Car? rating 5/5

If we had reservations about the original Range Rover Evoque, we have no such qualms about the latest one. Pretty much all of the gaps in that previous car’s armoury have now been plugged, to the extent that it’s now the best family SUV on sale.

With a design that stays faithful to the original, but with flourishes taken from other glamorous Range Rovers such as the Velar, the Evoque looks better than ever.

What's more, so does the interior, with this now a match for anything else in the class, thanks to gorgeous materials and an impressive standard of fit and finish. The dashboard design is clean and elegant, while the driving position is one of the best in the business.

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque dashboard RHD

The Evoque is roomier than most of its rivals, too, and the rear seats fold in a 40/20/40 arrangement for a little bit of extra versatility.

On the road, the Evoque provides a good mix of abilities, delivering a quiet, comfortable ride along with assured handling and accurate steering. And when you venture off road, it’ll leave all its rivals for dust.

Perhaps best of all, though, the Evoque makes plenty of financial sense, thanks to the class-leading resale values that more than offset the relatively high purchase prices.

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Seat Ateca

Ateca FR Moving

Our pick 1.5 TSI Evo 150 FR
For Plenty of kit as standard; great to drive; good performance; roomy inside.
Against Some rivals have more flexible seating and the interior isn’t that plush.
What Car? rating 4/5

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Peugeot 3008

Peugeot 3008

Our pick Puretech 130 Allure
For Striking-looking interior; good to drive; decent amount of standard safety kit.
Against The touchscreen is a little sluggish and resale values aren’t as strong as rivals’.
What Car? rating 4/5

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BMW X1

6: BMW X1

Our pick sDrive18d SE
For Good to drive, with a high-quality interior that’s spacious and practical.
Against There’s lots of road noise, it’s fairly pricey and its reliability is only average.
What Car? rating 4/5

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Skoda Karoq

skoda-karoq-2020-review

Our pick 1.5 TSI 150 SE L
For Cosseting ride; peppy yet economical engine; outstanding practicality.
Against The engine and suspension are a bit noisy; less fun to drive than an Ateca.
What Car? rating 5/5

Despite facing tough competition from the Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008 and Seat Ateca, among many others, at the affordable end of the family SUV class, the Skoda Karoq still reigns supreme.

Skoda Karoq interior

Practicality is its main trump card, with loads of space for both people and luggage, and our recommended SE L trim comes with rear seats that slide, recline and fold individually or can be removed altogether.

The interior is also robust and packed with equipment, while prices and running costs are really competitive. Finally, the Karoq's class-leading ride comfort and composed handling make it enjoyable to drive.

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Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40 D4 R-Design front three quarters

Our pick D3 R-Design FWD Geartronic
For Comfortable and practical, with a classy-looking interior and great safety.
Against There’s some road noise and the infotainment is rather fiddly to use.
What Car? rating 5/5

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Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan

Our pick 1.5 TSI 150 SEL
For Spacious and practical interior; good to drive; plenty of kit as standard.
Against It’s comparatively pricey to buy and fuel economy could be better.
What Car? rating 4/5

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Dacia Duster

Dacia Duster front three quarters

Our pick TCe 130 4x2 Comfort
For Roomy inside, reasonably comfortable and incredibly cheap compared with rivals.
Against Interior is decidedly low-rent and there isn’t much standard safety kit.
What Car? rating 4/5

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Audi Q3

Audi Q3 35 TFSI Sport S tronic [Comfort and Sound Pack]

Our pick 35 TFSI Sport
For Interior is high in quality and impressively spacious, while the boot is big.
Against Ride is firmer than that of its best rivals, and performance is only adequate.
What Car? rating 4/5

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Kia Sportage

Our pick 1.6 CRDi 48V ISG 2
For Great value (in the right spec), with decent space in the rear seats and boot.
Against Engine is very noisy, while the ride is lumpy and AEB is lacking on some trims.
What Car? rating 3/5

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Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Qashqai

Our pick 1.3 DiG-T 140 Visia
For Comfortable ride with surefooted handling and a smooth, punchy engine.
Against Dated interior, stingy standard kit and no automatic emergency braking.
What Car? rating 3/5

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Mazda CX-30

Mazda CX-30 driving

Our pick 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV SE-L Lux
For Interior is classy, with loads of standard kit, while this engine is flexible and frugal.
Against Ride is firm and practicality is limited, with cramped rear seats and a small boot.
What Car? rating 3/5

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And the rest...

Hyundai Tucson - 3/5
Infiniti QX30 - 2/5
Jaguar E-Pace - 3/5
Jeep Compass - 2/5
Kia Niro - 3/5
Lexus UX - 2/5
Mercedes GLA - 4/5
MG GS - 2/5
MG ZS - 3/5
Mitsubishi ASX - 2/5
Renault Kadjar - 3/5
Ssangyong Tivoli XLV - 2/5
Ssangyong Korando - 3/5
Subaru XV - 2/5
Suzuki SX4 S-Cross - 3/5
Vauxhall Grandland X - 3/5


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