Every large 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...

Peugeot 5008

Every large SUV rated

Peugeot 5008

Our pick Puretech 130 Allure
For Quiet cruiser with a comfortable ride, a practical and plush interior and a big boot.
Against Optional panoramic roof harms rear head room and infotainment is fiddly.
What Car? rating 5/5

So, you want your large SUV to be as practical as it possibly can be, but you also want a level of desirability, quality and image that makes it a real cut above the rest. You need to fork out for a prestige badge, right? Well, not necessarily.

The Peugeot 5008 will cost you roughly half as much as an Audi Q7 or a Volvo XC90, yet it offers many of the same virtues: seven-seat practicality, interior flexibility (thanks to three middle-row seats that slide, recline and fold individually), a lofty driving position, a sophisticated driving experience and first-rate safety credentials.

2018 Peugeot 5008 dashboard RHD

What’s more, the big Peugeot’s sharp, individual design – evident as much inside the car as it is outside – combines with exemplary quality to give this car a level of wow factor that goes way beyond its price tag.

Compare the 5008 with direct rivals such as the Seat Tarraco and Nissan X-Trail, meanwhile, and it simply blows them away.

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport front

Our pick D180 S AWD
For Comfy ride and impressive refinement, plus it’s far more practical than key rivals.
Against So-so performance; Land Rover’s reliability record is poor
What Car? rating 5/5

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Seat Tarraco

2019 Seat Tarraco front

Our pick 1.5 TSI 150 SE Technology
For Good ride and handling balance; smart inside and well equipped.
Against Feels a bit underpowered and the third-row seats are very cramped.
What Car? rating 4/5

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Our pick xDrive20d SE
For Smart interior; rewarding handling; superb infotainment; smooth auto gearbox.
Against Diesel engine is slightly grumbly, and buying on nance can be expensive.
What Car? rating 5/5

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Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V

Our pick 2.0 i-MMD Hybrid SE 2WD
For Five-seater offers lots of room inside and a big boot, as well as impressive economy.
Against Low towing weight; infotainment system is one of the worst around.
What Car? rating 4/5


Our pick 220d AMG Line Premium
For Strong performance, plus an appealing interior with seven usable seats.
Against Engine isn’t the most refined, options are limited and the Discovery Sport is roomier.
What Car? rating 4/5

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Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 2.2d SE-L Nav+

Our pick Skyactiv-G SE-L Nav+
For Classy interior; well equipped even in this entry-level trim; class-leading handling.
Against The petrol engine feels weedy at lower revs and the ride is firm.
What Car? rating 4/5

The current political landscape might suggest otherwise, but it’s often a wise move to occupy the middle ground. And that’s why we’re such fans of the Mazda CX-5.

You see, it’s bigger than popular family SUVs such as the Nissan Qashqai and Seat Ateca, suiting buyers who need a shade more practicality, but for those who don’t need seven seats (of which there are plenty), it’s cheaper than the Peugeot 5008 and Skoda Kodiaq with which it directly competes on size. As such, it provides you with a lot of car for your money, especially in petrol form, and that’s always a very appealing prospect.

Mazda CX-5 - interior

The CX-5 isn’t all about value for money, though. A classy interior and a user-friendly infotainment system with a rotary controller between the front seats are also big plus points, as is the generous list of luxury and safety equipment that comes as standard on every example.

Although our recommended 2.0-litre petrol engine is a little short on low-rev oomph (because, unlike most of its rivals, it doesn’t have a turbocharger), there’s enough performance to make easy, relaxing progress.

And while the CX-5 isn’t as smooth-riding as the likes of the 5008, it is more engaging to drive than any of its rivals, with taut handling, sharp steering and a satisfying gearshift.

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Skoda Kodiaq

Our pick 1.5 TSI 150 SE 7 seat
For Well priced, with a classy and spacious interior and good driving manners.
Against Ride is unsettled in town, and the 2.0-litre diesel copes better with heavy loads.
What Car? rating 4/5

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Audi Q5

Audi Q5 driving

Our pick 40 TDI quattro S line
For Superbly refined; strong performance; classy interior; holds its value well.
Against The low-speed ride is quite firm and the automatic gearbox is a little dim-witted.
What Car? rating 5/5

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