7. Honda CR-V
Hassle-free and dependable: that’s how Honda aims to build its cars. And in the CR-V, it’s done just that. You can also throw in masses of space, as the boot and rear seats of the CR-V offer a heap of room for luggage and passengers. True, driving excitement has been taken out of the equation, but in its place the CR-V offers comfort and an easy-going nature. What’s more, there are plenty of high-specification, well-cared-for cars out there to choose from.
6. Volvo XC60
The XC60 built on Volvo’s large SUV experience with the XC90 and operates under a similar premise: comfort, quality and user-friendliness in a large, premium SUV. It certainly delivers; while it’s a little roly-poly to drive, its fluid chassis makes it a relaxing long-distance cruiser, while its smart, tactile interior is a joy to behold. In the back, there’s space for the family and the detritus that goes therewith, and there are some neat design touches and lots of useful cubbies. In short, this is a clever, easy-going SUV that puts family first. Prices are distinctly reasonable, too.
5. BMW X5
If you need a truly sizeable SUV but still want it to be fun to drive, the BMW X5 is a great option. A range of strong, punchy petrol and diesel engines are combined with a sharp, responsive chassis and crisp steering to make the X5 one of the most involving SUVs going. Most used X5s were specified in five-seat form, so finding the seven-seat option is rare – but the five-seater does at least offer a huge boot and acres of space in the rear seats. Prices aren’t excessive, and neither is fuel economy, which means the X5 stacks up as a very recommendable used SUV.
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