SUVs/Crossovers have become extremely popular with most manufacturers having at least two or three of varying sizes and specs in their line-up. They offer a higher/more commanding driving position, more rugged exterior styling and often modified suspension/4-wheel drive to tackle more demanding conditions.
Here are a current top 5 recommended Crossover/SUVs with some generous savings available
- Renault Captur - save up to £3,951
- Nissan Qashqai - save up to £9,794
- Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid) - save up to £7.698
- Ford Kuga - save up to £6,856
- New Toyota RAV4 Hybrid - save up to £5.052
The Captur is Renault’s great-looking compact crossover, the latest model is bigger than its predecessor and takes on a more SUV-like appearance than before.
One of the strongest points of the Captur is customisation; there are 11 different paint colours and over 90 different customisation options including contrasting roof/door mirror colours and some funky looking two-tone interior options.
The latest Captur model gets plenty of new tech, higher grade models get a large 7-inch digital driver display and there’s a best in class/large 9.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
There’s also plenty of driver aids and semi-autonomous tech on offer, including Renault’s ‘Highway and Traffic Jam Companion’ (adaptive cruise control, stop and go and lane keep assist). Further safety tech includes automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition and a lane departure warning system.
The Qashqai is Nissan’s flagship model, built at Nissan Sunderland plant in the North of England. The car manufacturing plant is the biggest in the UK, so buying a Qashqai means you are supporting the British economy and workforce.
The Qashqai has been at the forefront of the SUV revolution, it’s a tried and testing formula and makes an on all round great family car.
All models are well-equipped, although the entry-level Visia model lacks the 7-inch touchscreen and parking sensors, skip this trim if these are essential for you and start your research with the Acenta model (includes as standard 17-inch alloy wheels, 7-inch touchscreen with sat nav, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, dual zone climate control, front/rear parking sensors).
As you move up the range you get more safety tech and driver aids as standard and more touches of luxury, Tekna models get part leather interior while top-grade Tekna+ models get full premium Nappa leather upholstery, both Tekna trims also include a premium Bose sound system.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid) has been at the forefront of plug-in car technology, especially where SUV’s are concerned it has been something of a pioneer.
It’s a spacious SUV, with a very big boot, 4-wheel drive and it’s a very attractive proposition as a company car with tax as low as 16% it could potentially save you £1000s. Emissions are as low as 40g/km with a combined fuel economy in PHEV mode of up to 159mpg meaning super-low running costs.
The Outlander has a full electric range of up to 28 miles, so for regular short journeys your running costs could go to a new ultra-low level. SUVs were traditional fuel guzzlers in bygone times and the Outlander was one of the first to break the mould.
All models are well equipped and include alloy wheels, parking sensors (or review view camera system), cruise control, automatic windscreen wipers and headlights, front seat heaters, Bluetooth and DAB radio as standard.
The Kuga Is Ford’s mid-sized SUV competing in a crowded segment with other popular vehicles like the Nissan Qashqai and KIA Sportage.
The latest Kuga model continues it evolvement to a much less boxy SUV, moving closer to a traditional family car, it’s wider and lower stance gives it a smarter look, while interior space is not compromised. In fact, interior space is more generous than before thanks to a longer new Kuga, rear passengers benefit the most with improved leg room.
Built on the same platform as Focus, it delivers a great drive and handling for an SUV. It also shares the same 1.5 EcoBoost engines which are refined and offer a great compromise between performance and running costs.
Also featuring for the first time is a new plug-in hybrid Kuga with a range of up to 34 miles in full electric mode, emissions are as low as 29g/km and a fuel economy in full PHEV mode is up to 200mpg.
Inside cabin quality has been improved and you get standard features like Bluetooth, 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
If you aren’t ready to make the leap to a full plug-in car or fitting-out your home with a convenient EV charger is an issue, then the RAV4 may be right up your street.
The RAV4 is a good-sized self-charging hybrid SUV that will offer running more like a small car/runner, like a 1.0 petrol Fiesta for example. CO2 emission are as low as 105 g/km while fuel economy is up to 49mpg.
The RAV4 is stylish, Toyota are clearly not following rival vehicles when it comes to exterior design, with the sharp, defined angles it has a very strong appearance. Its exterior looks may not be quite as radical as Toyota’s CH-R, but it is still unmistakable in a crowd.
Inside the RAV4’s cabin, there a feeling of quality, it’s spacious too and you get an 8-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, a rear parking camera and adaptive cruise control standard on all models.
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