SUVs - part two

* Our guide to what to buy * Get the most for your money * Top fives in key categories...

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22 Apr 2009 16:40 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

Ford Kuga 2.0 TDCi Zetec (2wd)
Price 19,790
Target Price 17,241
Average economy 46.3mpg
CO2 159g/km

Despite the 4x4 looks this SUV is two-wheel drive only, but that'll save you money on the list price and fuel bills.

Road manners are good, so is the handling and ride comfort, while the powerful diesel engine is smooth and refined.

The finish and cabin materials are up to Ford's usual quality, so should stand the test of time and children. The Kuga also has a five-star crash rating.

Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRTD GSI 7st
Price 22,645
Target Price 20,634
Economy 38.7mpg
CO2 191g/km

Great value, well put together and seven seats: the Santa Fe doubles as a people mover and 4x4.

Its refined road manners and strong diesel engine make it a great motorway-mile muncher, yet it's just as easy to drive in the town.

Despite the performance on tap you still get reasonable fuel economy for this size of SUV. There's room enough for five adults and the two extra seats are perfect for kids.

Land Rover Discovery 2.7 TDV6 GS
Price 30,190
Target Price 27,468
Economy 30.7mpg
CO2 224g/km

The Discovery has Land Rover's off-road know-how behind it, yet it still makes an excellent family car.

Considering how well it performs in the rough, the Landie is supremely refined on tarmac, producing minimal wind and road noise. Great high-speed stability and comfort make it an ideal motorway cruiser, while seven seats means it can swallow plenty of passengers.

All in all, its a sophisticated work horse.