Best large SUVs

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Best large SUVs

By Martin Pratt

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Our top full-size SUVs are more refined and efficient than ever, offering practicality and four-wheel-drive security – and a used Best Buy needn’t cost you a fortune.   

Large SUVs are now one of the most popular types of car in the UK, favoured for their rugged good looks and the confidence they inspire, thanks to their raised driving position and perceived safety.

They're also pretty practical, with large, comfortable interiors and – on most models at least – four-wheel-drive and the ability to venture off road. Few do, but those large tyres also do a good job of smoothing out rough roads and squashing speed bumps. 

The class includes everything from luxury models such as the Range Rover, Audi Q7 and BMW X5, to more affordable mainstream designs such as the Mitsubishi Outlander, Honda CRV and Nissan X-Trail.

But popularity is no guarantee a large SUV will be good to drive or own – the Best Buys below will be, having aced our rigorous tests.

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Best new large SUVs

Typical price £33,304
Brand score 81%
Tested Apr 2014
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This hybrid SUV blew us away in the labs with its impressive fuel economy. It's still got all the features you'd expect from a 4x4 too.

Typical price £22,915
Brand score 80%
Tested Jan 2013
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This SUV is big, comfortable and a pleasure to drive thanks to plenty of on-board tech and a spacious boot.

Typical price £43,725
Brand score 79%
Tested Nov 2013
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This muscular SUV handles like a dream and has more than enough space to comfortably seat five or seven people.

Typical price £35,685
Brand score 77%
Tested May 2010
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This large SUV was built to last and it's full to the brim with technology that augments the comfortable drive.

Typical price £47,430
Brand score 77%
Tested May 2008
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This model is part coupé part SUV and, while its design won't please everyone, it's certainly striking and the performance speaks for itself.

Typical price £14,119
Brand score 76%
Tested Oct 2013
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A cabin that's more spacious than it looks and an impressive mpg means this large SUV is worth considering,.

Typical price £22,285
Brand score 76%
Tested May 2012
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This large SUV puts family first with plenty of space, practical features and comfort over long distances.

Best used large SUVs

Typical price £44,465
Brand score 83%
Tested Jul 2009
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This hybrid wants to combine economy with space and comfort, and it succeeds.

Typical price £39,765
Brand score 81%
Tested Jul 2006
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This enormous SUV is unquestionably the daddy of off-road estate cars. And with seven seats, it should accommodate everyone.

Typical price £3,895
Brand score 80%
Tested May 2003
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The hybrid version of this SUV is expensive but it doesn’t skimp on comfort or practicality and it's cheap at the pumps.

Typical price £24,350
Brand score 80%
Tested Oct 2009
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This may not be the most practical SUV given its limited space at the back but it's a joy to drive.

Typical price £21,645
Brand score 77%
Tested Jan 2007
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This car counts as a medium-sized SUV but the interior space is huge. If you need a family SUV, this is a great choice.

Typical price £41,715
Brand score 77%
Tested Apr 2007
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This confident seven-seater SUV is an easier drive than you might think thanks to its terrific diesel engines and nippy handling.

Typical price £41,880
Brand score 76%
Tested Sep 2005
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This bulky SUV is made to go off road and it's easier to drive than you might think. There's buckets of space in there, too.

Typical price £20,779
Brand score 74%
Tested Mar 2007
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This SUV is expensive to buy but cheap at the pumps and its spacious interior is loaded with technology.

Typical price £24,295
Brand score 73%
Tested Feb 2006
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This car provides the practicality and high driving position of a 4x4, combined with road manners more like a regular hatchback, and its spacious to boot.

Typical price £27,350
Brand score 73%
Tested Sep 2007
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This chunky-looking SUV is comfortable and it handles well. But it's more at home on the road than a muddy field.

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