Big SUVs are one of the most popular types of car. Buyers love them for their elevated driving position, practicality and solid feel on the road. You have hundreds of models to choose from, ranging from cost-effective family cars to sporty high-performance models to low-emissions hybrids and some that give you limousine-style luxury. You’ll find all of those and more here as we run though our top 10 used large SUVs.
1. Hyundai Santa Fe
The Hyundai Santa Fe is a large and very practical car that represents excellent value for money. There are models with either five or seven seats, but the seven-seater is our pick because it gives you the option of bringing extra friends or family along on a trip and you can fold the two third-row seats away easily if you don’t need them. The interior is so spacious that even if you are using those rear-most seats there’s still more boot space than you get with many rivals.
On top of that, the Santa Fe is packed with features, even in entry-level versions, including an easy-to-use infotainment system that lets you easily connect to your smartphone. You don’t need to worry about complicated engine choices because there’s just one diesel option and it does the job very nicely.
2. Peugeot 5008
This version of the Peugeot 5008, from 2017 onwards, is a stylish seven-seater that looks great inside and out. Its interior design is more exciting than that of its rivals, but it’s not a case style over substance; your passengers will thank you for buying one of the quietest and most comfortable cars of its type.
Each seat moves individually, which is handy if you need flexibility for larger items in the massive boot, and the front seat folds flat to accommodate longer items. The high driving position gives you a good view of what’s around you, but most models come with front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. Some even have a 360-degree camera that gives you a bird’s-eye view of the car and its surroundings that makes parking and manoeuvring easy, even in such a big car.
3. Kia Sorento
The Sorento, like every Kia, offers you excellent value for money and the reassurance of a seven-year warranty. If you’re after a dependable and practical family SUV it’s a superb choice.
The interior is massive, with lots of passenger and load space, and even the most inexpensive versions are very well-equipped. As much as any other car on this list, you get a lot for your money. Like the Santa Fe, the Sorento has just one diesel engine option to keep things simple, and every version has seven seats and four-wheel drive.
For maximum value go for the previous model, which was sold new until early 2020. The current model is brilliant too, but it’ll cost you a lot more to buy.
4. Skoda Kodiaq
The Skoda Kodiaq is a family-oriented SUV full of clever features designed to make your life easier. You’ll find umbrellas in the doors in case you get caught in a shower, a parking ticket holder on the inside of the windscreen and an ice scraper on the inside of the fuel flap. Some models have door protectors that automatically flip out to save the paintwork in tight parking spaces.
All models have a high-quality interior and an easy-to-use infotainment system. Five-seat and seven-seat versions are available. There’s loads of room for five passengers and their luggage and you can fold away the extra pair of seats in seven-seat versions when you don’t need them. Every Kodiaq is reassuring and comfortable to drive but if you live in an area where road conditions are often bad, or if you regularly tow a trailer or caravan, it might be worth paying a bit more for one of the four-wheel drive versions.
5. Volkswagen Touareg
If you want a big SUV that gives you lots of space and a luxurious interior for less money than you might think, the Volkswagen Touareg could be for you. It gives you huge amounts of space, a high-quality interior and powerful performance for less than rivals such as the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE. The latest Touareg, launched in 2018, moves things on even further, but the previous-generation model gives you a similarly premium experience and even better value.
All models are four-wheel drive, which gives you extra reassurance on slippery roads and is a bonus if you often tow a trailer or caravan. While there’s no seven-seat option, five passengers have the space to stretch out and there’s a huge boot, especially in the most recent model.
6. Volvo XC90
Open the door of a Volvo XC90 and you’ll find a different vibe to other premium SUVs, with a luxurious but minimalist Scandinavian design. The large infotainment screen in the middle of the dashboard looks great and is easy to use, while the seats are especially supportive and comfortable. Seven seats are standard and there’s lots of headroom and legroom wherever you sit, while the boot is huge.
On the road, the XC90 gives you a relaxed, quiet driving experience, and you can choose between some powerful petrol and diesel engines or fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid models. Every version is well-equipped, featuring four-wheel drive, an automatic gearbox, LED headlights and an array of safety features to help keep you and your family safer.
7. Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Many SUVs merely give the impression that they’re tough off-roaders, but the Range Rover Sport genuinely is. If you need to drive over challenging terrain, few cars will do so better than this. It’s also a brilliant luxury car with a top-class interior and it’s smooth and satisfying to drive.
There’s not much that the Range Rover Sport can’t do; it’s spacious inside with seven seats in most versions, and you can choose between a range of powerful petrol and diesel engines or a plug-in hybrid. If you pick a car from 2018 onwards, you’ll get upgraded infotainment with two touchscreens.
8. BMW X5
The BMW X5 is another luxury SUV that can do almost everything. It’s one of the most enjoyable large SUVs to drive, feeling much more agile and responsive than you might expect, yet it’s also as quiet and comfortable as some executive saloons.
The interior has a real feeling of quality, with expensive-looking materials and a very smart infotainment system. There’s lots of space for five plus luggage and seven-seat models are also available. Every version is powerful and well-equipped but we think it’s worth stretching to the newer post-2018 model if you can because it has more efficient engines, a sleeker design and the latest high-tech features.
9. Audi Q7
Even compared with the other cars on this list, the Audi Q7 is big. That means you get a huge amount of interior space for you and your passengers and a massive boot. Whereas some SUVs try to offer a sporty experience, the Q7 has a greater focus on comfort so it’s a very smooth, relaxing car to travel in.
The interior quality is as good as it gets and there’s a satisfyingly solid feel to everything you come into contact with. There are a range of trim levels and engines – including plug-in hybrid models – to suit different needs and budgets. All are well equipped, but models from 2019 have a sharper exterior design, a new dashboard and engines that give you better fuel economy and emissions.
10. Mercedes-Benz GLE
When it comes to choice in luxury large SUVs, not much can beat the Mercedes-Benz GLE. For starters you can choose the regular car or the sleeker Coupe version, which has a lower roof and a sportier design. If you pick the newer model, released in 2019, you can have seven seats instead of five. Whichever one you go for, you’ll get loads of space inside and lots of standard equipment.
A huge digital dashboard display takes pride of place in the latest model, giving the high-quality interior a real wow factor. All models are four-wheel drive, and you can choose between petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid versions. If you really want to splash out, you can opt for one of the massively powerful AMG versions, which have performance that’s a match for some high-end sports cars.
There are lots of high-quality used SUVs to choose from at Cazoo. Use the search function to find one you love, buy it online, and have it delivered to your door or choose to collect it from your nearest Cazoo Customer Centre.
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