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Buying new

  • Our recommended choice: Volvo XC40 D3 R-Design auto
  • List price: £34,085
  • Target Price: £32,769

Extend your budget by just a smidgen and you can drive away in the finest family SUV on the market – and our recommended version at that. The Volvo XC40 comes with a boot full of accolades; it was our overall Car of the Year in 2018, and 12 months later it's still our reigning champion in the family SUV market.

What makes it so good? Let's start with the 2.0-litre diesel engine, which mixes power and fuel economy to give you the best of both worlds. Then there's the comfortable, leather-wrapped interior, which is spacious for a growing family but also functions as a mobile office when needed. Indeed, this R-Design version comes with kit such as sports seats, power-folding door mirrors, privacy glass and even ambient lighting. All very swish, and this one's got an automatic gearbox, so those longer journeys will pass in a breeze.

And then there's safety – something that will be high on your list of priorities. Every XC40 comes with automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition and lane-keeping assistance. No wonder it smashed Euro NCAP's safety tests, earning a full five-star rating in the process.

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  • Also consider: Mazda CX-5 2.2d SE-L Nav+ auto
  • List price: £29,225
  • Target Price: £27,793
Mazda CX-5

When it comes to SUVs, why settle for less? So if you find that the Volvo above is too small for your needs, stride on over to this Mazda CX-5 instead. It's a five-seat large SUV that's spacious, comfortable and loaded with kit. SE-L Nav+ trim comes with front and rear parking sensors, a 7.0in infotainment screen and dual-zone climate control, among other luxuries, while this 2.2-litre diesel engine has plenty of pulling power.

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  • Also consider: BMW X1 sDrive18d SE auto
  • List price: £31,525
  • Target Price: £29,464

BMW's smallest SUV is a rival to the Audi Q3 and Mercedes GLC but stands out in such good company by being good to drive and practical inside. This sDrive18d version is responsive from low revs and has a decent amount of power without ruining your fuel economy. SE is our recommended trim, coming with sat-nav, dual-zone climate control and rear parking sensors.