It’s no secret that the UK loves SUVs. We see them everywhere – down the local Tesco, in front of you at the KFC drive-thru and in the car park at work. They make an ideal family car as they are spacious, practical and safe. Here is a rundown of the best family SUVs.
The Peugeot 3008 is one of the most stylish SUVs on the market. It is an easy car to drive, with all-weather tyres and traction control to provide grip. The interior is very futuristic and plenty of kit comes as standard, with the option to add more. The boot is huge, and the engine is very efficient, which makes it one of the most affordable options for a family SUV. Overall, it’s an ideal family car thanks to its safety (a five star Euro NCAP crash-test rating has been awarded), comfort and style.
Engine choices for the Renault Kadjar range from a 1.2 petrol to a 1.6 diesel. You can choose from a manual or an automatic gearbox, and a four wheel drive option is available. The Kadjar is comparable to the Nissan Qashqai, but it is slightly cheaper and it has a bigger boot. The Kadjar has a four-year warranty, making it a reliable choice. It’s a practical option, with plenty of space for five adults.
The Kia Sportage is a small SUV, which is known for its stylish looks. Since the relaunch in 2010, it has become one of Kia’s best-selling models, and appears to be getting better on the inside as time goes by. The recommended engine is the 1.7 diesel option, but you can choose other engines with a four wheel drive, or an automatic gearbox. The Kia doesn’t fully integrate with your phone, which is a drawback, and the entry level infotainment system is quite basic. One of the best things about purchasing a Kia car is that it comes with a seven year warranty, which gives you peace of mind if anything goes wrong.
Land Rover Discovery Sport
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is a premium compact SUV. It’s ideal for large families, as it has seven seats for practicality, combined with stylish looks and the pride of knowing that you are driving a British made car. All models come with a four wheel drive, and a mode which you can use to adapt to off-road situations. The interior is similar to the Range Rover Evoque with a luxury feel, so the car combines the best of both worlds – a sporty exterior with a stylish interior. If you’re worried about the upfront cost, try leasing a Land Rover to make it more affordable.
Citroen C4 Cactus
The Cactus is a very distinctive car, with its Airbump panels on the side. They aren’t decorative, they protect the car, but in today’s society, it’s probably more likely to protect you from a driver who misjudged a parking space than a rocky off-road terrain. The Cactus looks small, but it has plenty of space on the inside to keep a family happy. The engine is small but efficient, and the Diesel engine is highly economical, keeping costs down as much as possible.
The Nissan Qashqai is one of the most popular SUVs on sale in the UK, and for good reason. Both the petrol and diesel engines are great, running smoothly and efficiently. There’s plenty of space inside, but the car is compact enough that it easily fits into parking spaces. There is enough technology to ensure that the car remains safe to drive, and four wheel drive mode is available for models with the 1.6 litre diesel engine.
Would you consider an SUV as your family car?