We rate our top five
SUVs are the thing now, a market that every manufacturer is scrabbling to get into. While some brands have been here for years, others are just arriving – and taking the sector by storm. With the new Peugeot 5008 and Skoda Kodiaq arriving early next year, this is a sector that only going to get hotter. But, right now, this is how we rate the top five SUVs on the market.
1. Seat Ateca 2.0 TDI SE
In a sector which has been dominated by the Nissan Qashqai since it had to dodge dinosaur tracks, the arrival of the Seat Ateca has been a bit of a shock to the old guard. It beats everything else on the market with its range of talents, from terrific cabin to great on-road handling. And at a list price of £22,930 it is also the cheapest car here. A clear winner.
2. Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi N-Connecta
It’s still a great SUV, as demonstrated by the fact that it’s the current ‘SUV of the Year’ in the What Car? awards. However, even though it’s immensely practical, affordable and dynamically sound, it just falls short of the new Seat Ateca. A list price of £23,810 still represents good value for money.
3. VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI 150 SE Nav
A list price of £28,035 makes this the most expensive vehicle in our top 5, but that would be more pronounced if we weren’t recommending a lower trim level and the mid-range diesel engine. It’s a classy, practical and well-equipped SUV nonetheless.
4. BMW X1 sDrive 18d SE
The list price of £27,440 puts this X1 behind the VW Tiguan, highlighting that this is the cheapest and smallest SUV that BMW makes. Base-level SE trim brings all the kit you’ll need and this represents a classy, premium option.
5. Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactiv-D 150 SEL Nav
This is a good-sized SUV with a really terrific diesel under the bonnet that is efficient, quiet and strong. For a list price of £24,995 you get a lot of vehicle, with loads of room for five and their luggage, as well as a lot of standard kit. The interior could be a bit brighter and use better plastics, but you’re still getting a lot of SUV for your money.