The best 4x4s and SUVs in 2016
SUVs and 4x4s are some of the most popular cars on the market - here is What Car?'s guide to the best models to buy...
We love 4x4s and SUVs here in the UK. These cars offer a raised driving position, excellent visibility, and the kind of go-anywhere driving experience which we're increasingly looking for. It's no surprise to find that SUVs, both small and large, are becoming some of the most popular cars in the country.
But, with almost every major car maker offering an SUV these days, how do you know which ones to look at, and which to avoid? What Car? has hand-picked 10 of the best 4x4s and SUVs out there to help you decide.
The best 4x4s and SUVs of 2016 - the What Car? guide
10 - BMW X5
A premium SUV in every sense, BMW's X5 is great to drive and offers enough space inside to take the family and their luggage without any trouble. No matter what engine you go for, the X5 feels agile. There's even a performance-oriented V8 version if you're feeling adventurous, but the diesel engines aren't as refined as you'll find in some rivals. The cabin too, while undoubtedly spacious, isn't as posh as you'll find elsewhere.
Price from: £44,575
Our favourite version: BMW X5 xDrive25d SE 5dr Auto
9 - Kia Sorento
If you're looking for an SUV which offers seating inside for 7 and doesn't carry the price tag of some of the premium models on this list, then look no further than the Kia Sorento. Even in standard form, it's loaded with kit, and comes with four-wheel drive as standard. There's only one engine available, a 2.2-litre diesel, and while it's punchy enough in the big Sorento, it does need to be kept between 2000 and 3500rpm to perform at its best.
Price from: £28,795
Our favourite version: Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-2 5dr
The Mercedes-Benz GLC is an easy SUV to recommend, but only in the right specification. It's slightly smaller inside than rivals like the BMW X3, but still offers enough space for four tall adults to sit comfortably, plus a decent sized boot. Again, it comes with four-wheel drive as standard, but make sure you opt for AMG Line specification, which makes the ride a lot more comfortable. The cabin is undoubtedly premium, but the infotainment system could be easier to use.
Price from: £34,950
Our favourite version: Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d 4Matic AMG Line 5dr Auto
7 - BMW X1
The BMW X1 is one of our favourite smaller SUVs. Sure, it's only seats five rather than seven, but it's superbly practical and spacious inside. Plus, its diesel engines offer impressive fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. It's comfortable on most roads, but for the best experience we'd recommend avoiding run-flat tyres. The cabin is well laid out and offers plenty of equipment, but other SUVs offer better visibility.
Price from: £27,090
Our favourite version: BMW X1 xDrive20d SE 5dr
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