SUVs are becoming increasingly popular with families all over the world, thanks to their great all round ability. Most SUVs now come with the latest technology available, whilst offering incredible passenger safety. Whether you need a vehicle to haul a large or even small family, transport a lot of luggage or tow a camping trailer for a family holiday, the SUV is now the first choice of vehicle, slowly overtaking the ever faithful hatchback alternative.
With that, we give you this guide we have put together on the best 4×4 for families. This will show you the 10 best SUVs available on the market today, which have the best MPG, which is the safest for your children, which SUV we recommend you buy, and much more.
Top 10 SUVs
- Nissan Qashqai
- Honda CR-V
- Toyota RAV4
- Volkswagen Tiguan
- Nissan X-Trail
- Kia Sorento
- Nissan Juke
- Mazda CX-3
- Fiat 500X
- Dacia Duster
The Nissan Qashqai is a favourite at Milner Off Road, and it’s just as popular across the country too. This amazing multi-award-winning crossover has been setting the standard in the SUV category ever since it first rolled off the production line back in 2006. The Qashqai is one of the most reliable, practical and comfortable vehicles to drive on the road today. What makes this SUV extra special, is that whilst it is classed as an SUV, it feels no bigger to drive than a normal hatchback.
“Advanced, Slick and Stylish” is the tagline Honda gave their new Honda CR-V, and they couldn’t be more right. The Honda CR-V has been built with quality and refinement in mind, and it really shows. The interior boasts a very upmarket feel, and whilst inside the cabin, you are treated with a sufficient amount of space. The cabin also manages to keep out noise when on the move and like the Qashqai, you get a superb ride.
The Toyota RAV4 is one of the most popular SUVs on the planet today and with good reason. The RAV4 provides enough room for a typically sized family but falls slightly short in that it is not available as a 7 seat option. The Toyota offers excellent reliability, excellent rideability, and provides all the thrills with no spills of a traditional 4×4. The new RAV4 now features a bigger boot than before and a more spacious cabin.
The Volkswagen Tiguan needs little to no introduction, think of a Golf on steroids. The New Tiguan is bigger than previous models and the 2.0TDI 150 manual model can tow up to 2,500kg (that’s over 2.5 tonnes!). Whilst it is relatively expensive compared to the Honda CR-V you do get a lot more bang for your buck. The interior in the new model is by far one of the most advanced cabins you could possibly be sat in for an SUV which makes everyday life very pleasing.
The Nissan X-Trail is one of the more spacious SUVs on the market today, with more than enough head and legroom for five adults. The Nissan X-Trail can be ordered with seven seats, but the extra seats are only suited for small children. Ordering this vehicle as a 7 seater also compromises boot space, meaning there may not be enough room for the family dog. Like the other vehicles mentioned, the cabin is a really nice place to be and certainly won’t look out of date in 10 years time.
The Kia Sorento is one of the best all-round SUVs available on the market today, thanks to its seven seats, brilliant tech, five-star Euro NCAP ratings and four-wheel drive fitted as standard. Because it’s a KIA, you also get one of the best warranty’s available.
The Nissan Juke paved the way for small SUV success and is one of the most popular SUVs in the United Kingdom. The Juke has been such a hit, and it’s no doubt down to its hatchback-like appeal and a sensible size for a small family. Prices for a new Juke start from just £13,995 making this SUV a real bargain.
The Mazda CX-3 is no doubt one of the most stylish SUVs available on the market today. Thanks to the Mazda’s impressive cockpit, fun to drive and nature and low running cost the Mazda CX-3 is becoming the preferred choice for many families across the globe.
Fiat is known for their stylish small supermini’s, and the 500X is Fiat’s first attempt in the SUV market. The 500X boasts retro aesthetics with its bold headlights and similar appearances to the Fiat 500. Inside the cabin, you’re introduced to a premium feel, thanks to the high-quality materials used. The 500X also boasts one of the best rides out of all the other SUVs.
You can pick a brand new Dacia Duster up for just £9,495, which makes this SUV an absolute bargain. Not only does it feature on this list because of its fantastic price, the Duster has a surprisingly comfortable ride, has very good off-road abilities, and do to the low cost will be relatively cheap to repair, which makes this vehicle very appealing to families.
Best SUV Family Car
It wasn’t that long ago when your options when choosing a family car were limited to the likes of the brilliant Volkswagen Golf, or estate cars such as an Audi A4 Avant. Now families have the choice between hatchbacks, estates, SUVs and much more. But which SUV is the best family car?
Since the competition is so fierce now, car manufacturers are always devising new ways of combining, style, comfort, low running costs, build quality, practicality, in-car tech and of course safety into their SUVs, but with all doing a similar job, it can be hard to decide on a so-called “Best Family Car”.
It all comes down to your own needs and preferences, but if you’re aren’t too worried about running costs, the off-road ability and just want a good family vehicle that will get you and your loved ones from A to B safely, then you really can’t go wrong with any of the options above. See below for some more vital statistics and figures to help you make up your mind on the best SUV for your family.
What Is The Most Economical SUV
The most fuel-efficient SUVs can come in all different shapes and sizes, and thanks to modern technology, 4x4s are no longer all gas guzzlers, you can now have the perfect balance of fuel economy and the space you need for you and your family. The table below will show you the MPG statistics for our choice of top 10 SUVs. Our table consists of Urban, Extra Urban and Combined MPG.
|Vehicle||Urban MPG||Extra Urban MPG||Average MPG|
|Nissan Qashqai (1.5 dCi Acenta)||67.3 MPG||78.5 MPG||74.3 MPG|
|Honda CR-V (1.6 i-DTEC SE)||58.9 MPG||65.7 MPG||62.8 MPG|
|Toyota RAV4 (2.0 D-4D Icon)||49.6 MPG||64.2 MPG||57.6 MPG|
|Volkswagen Tiguan (2.0TDI 140PS 2WD Match Bluemotion)||45.6 MPG||60.1 MPG||53.3 MPG|
|Nissan X-Trail (1.6 dCi Acenta)||50.4 MPG||62.8 MPG||57.6 MPG|
|Kia Sorento (2.2 CRDi KX-2)||38.2 MPG||56.5 MPG||47.9 MPG|
|Nissan Juke (1.5 DCI Acenta)||61.4 MPG||76.3 MPG||70.6 MPG|
|Mazda CX-3 (1.5 TD SKYACTIV-D Sport)||64.2 MPG||74.3 MPG||70.6 MPG|
|Fiat 500X (1.6 Multijet Cross)||60.1 MPG||74.3 MPG||68.9 MPG|
|Dacia Duster (1.5 dCi Laureate)||49.6 MPG||61.4 MPG||56.5 MPG|
So, if it’s the best economy vehicle you’re after, then the 1.5 dCi Acenta Qashqai is the one for you.
Safest SUV For Children
Now, this is arguably the most important part of this post, which SUV is the safest for your children. After all, you would do anything to keep your children safe, so you don’t want a vehicle that will turn into a crisp packet if a crash happens. All of the vehicles safety ratings in the table below are provided by Euro NCAP.
|Vehicle||Adult Occupant||Child Occupant||Pedestrian||Safety Assist||Euro NCAP Rating|
Quite surprisingly, according to the Euro NCAP, the Fiat 500X is the safest for child passengers, but only scored a 4 out of 5 in the Euro NCAP rating. Each of the cars average scores can be seen below.
|Vehicle||Average Safety Score|
Best Value SUV?
Now we know the economy and the safety stats, we now need to have a look at how much each of these vehicles cost and see which SUV is the best value for money. The prices below are for brand new vehicles and are the starting prices.
It might be surprising for most to see the Kia Sorento costing the most, but with the amount of technology it has, the 7-year warranty and the good safety score, then if you have the cash you really can’t go wrong. Is it the SUV we would choose? Keep reading to find out…
4x4s and SUVs are now the biggest sellers in Europe, but which is the best. Again this all comes down to personal preference, depending on what you want from your vehicle. So in this section of the article we will round up what we think is the best all rounder SUV, in terms of power, boot space, price, safety, and most economical.
|Vehicle||Engine Power||Boot Space||Price||Safety||Average MPG||Road Tax||Number of Seats|
|Nissan Qashqai (1.5 dCi Acenta)||108 bhp||430 litres||£18,545||83.8||74.3 MPG||£0||5|
|Honda CR-V (1.6 i-DTEC SE)||118 bhp||589 litres||£22,775||80.2||62.8 MPG||£30||5|
|Toyota RAV4 (2.0 D-4D Icon)||124 bhp||547 litres||£23,695||80.6||57.6 MPG||£110||5|
|Volkswagen Tiguan (2.0TDI 140PS 2WD Match Bluemotion)||138 bhp||615 litres||£23,005||77||53.3 MPG||£130||5|
|Nissan X-Trail (1.6 dCi Acenta)||128 bhp||550 litres||£21,995||83.8||57.6 MPG||£110||5|
|Kia Sorento (2.2 CRDi KX-2)||194 bhp||142 litres||£28,795||82.2||47.9 MPG||£180||7|
|Nissan Juke (1.5 DCI Acenta)||108 bhp||352 litres||£13,995||76||70.6 MPG||£20||5|
|Mazda CX-3 (1.5 TD SKYACTIV-D Sport)||104 bhp||350 litres||£17,595||78.4||70.6 MPG||£130||5|
|Fiat 500X (1.6 Multijet Cross)||120 bhp||350 litres||£14,499||77.8||68.9 MPG||£20||5|
|Dacia Duster (1.5 dCi Laureate)||107 bhp||475 litres||£9,495||53.8||56.5 MPG||£110||5|
In our eyes, when you put the stats together, we see the Qashqai being the best SUV. This is thanks to its well-respected safety stats, average MPG, £0 a year road tax (depending on the model), good starting price and a large enough boot. However, if you have a large family and need more than just 5 seats you can opt for the Nissan Qashqai+2 or the Kia Sorento.
Which SUV To Buy
As stated before this all comes down to personal preference. But if I were in the market to buy one for me and my family, I would go for the Nissan Qashqai. It offers great luggage capacity, decent starting price, joint best safety ratings, and the £0 road tax is a huge turn on for any motorist. Well done Nissan.
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