Top 5 SUV Cars | Best 2019 Deals
Published Date: 1st Apr 2019
We have some excellent deals on new 2019 SUV and Crossover cars from a wide range of vehicles. The SUV and Crossover car segment have seen a massive upturn in popularity and manufacturers have been keen to cash-in on the demand so you’ll find a wide range of options available.
Firstly, lets briefly discuss terminolgy .... what is the difference between a SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) and a Crossover? …Well, the line has been blurred somewhat especially with the use of the term ‘SUV’ which is commonly used to describe a wide range of vehicles these days, Crossovers are often referred to as SUV’s.
In the strictest sense a SUV passenger vehicle is built on a true 4x4 platform/chassis whereas a Crossover is built on a standard passenger car platform but still offers many of the benefits of a true SUV, like jacked up suspension, higher driving position, larger tyres, rugged exterior styling, for example; protective wheel arches and chunkier bumpers. Crossovers also often offer drive modes for more demanding terrain/conditions instead and some do offer 4-wheel drive options too.
Having said all of this you can assume when the term SUV is being used it could be referring to either a pure 4x4 SUV vehicle or a Crossover as it’s commonly used in both cases.
So here are our top 5 recommended SUV/Crossover cars for 2019 with some great deals currently available:
2019 Nissan Qashqai SUV/Crossover
The Nissan Qashqai is Britain’s best-selling Crossover, it’s been at the top ever since the segment began to gain popularity, and despite facing stiff competition it still remains the top-selling mid-sized family SUV today.
What makes the Qashqai so popular is it’s a great all-round family SUV, it’s hard in-fact to find a glaring weak point. Exterior styling is very nice, the drive is smooth and inside is comfortable.
We like the 1.3 DIG-T petrol engines (the same engine used in the Mercedes A-Class), the 140PS and 160PS aptly name DIG-T 140 and DIG-T 160 petrol engines are great. Although the 160 packs more power its really not that noticeable so our tip for most is save money and go the for DIG-T 140. If you want an automatic gearbox then you’re out of look with the DIG-T 140 that’s only available with manual transmission whilst the more powerful 160 is available with manual or automatic gearbox on higher grand models. The most frugal engine is the dCi 115 diesel but it feels a tad sluggish and not as refined as the DIG-T petrol engines.
Inside the Qashqai you’ll find nice quality soft touch materials, while higher-grade models get some very classy interior ambient lighting and black ‘piano’ trim too.
Head and leg room inside the cabin is good, driver and front passenger get plenty of space and we think in the back there is more than adequate room for the vast majority of adults. Boot space when compared with rival family SUVs is somewhere in the middle, if you looking for a bigger boot you might want to look at the Skoda Kodiaq SUV.
We recommend skipping the entry-level Visia model if you want more bells and whistles. The Acenta Premium model comes with 17-inch alloy wheels and extra safety tech and driver aids like; traffic sign recognition, intelligent rear-view mirror, smart emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning system plus front and rear parking sensors. Inside you’ll also get the full 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, sat nav and there’s also dual zone climate control.
Moving up to the Qashqai N-Connecta model sees larger 18-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, roof rails and some more safety and driver aid technology including; push button start, 360 view colour camera, intelligent park assist, intelligent driver alertness, blind spot warning system and rear cross traffic alert.
Qashqai Tekna models add some extra goodies including larger 19-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof (with electric shade), heated windscreen, part leather interior, a premium Bose sound system and heated front seats, Tekna+ models get full premium black nappa leather interior.
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2019 Renault KadJar Mid-Sized SUV
Renault has a working ‘alliance’ with Nissan so you might not be surprised to hear that the Kadjar share a lot of similarities with and is built on the same platform as the Nissan Qashqai, not a bad thing given the status of the Qashqai as Britain’s favourite mid-sized SUV/Crossover.
The Kadjar sits in the most popular mid-sized SUV segment and in Renault’s range in-between in smaller sibling, the compact SUV Renault Captur and its bigger brother the 7-seater Renault Koleos.
The Kadjar also shares the same 140PS and 160PS 1.3 turbocharged 4-cyclinder petrol engines with the Qashqai, named the TCE 140 and TCe 160.
If you want more torque for towing there’s also a Blue DCi 115 diesel or on top grade models the option of a DCi 150 with 4WD. As you go up the model range you get more engine options including automatic or manual transmission with most engines.
For general around town driving and some motorway use we recommend saving some money and going for the 140PS petrol. If you travel frequently with a full load or do mostly motorway travelling you may want to take a look at the more powerful TCe 160 petrol.
The Renault Kadjar Play model offers generous levels of equipment for an entry-level model, in fact it trumps its close relative the Qashqai Visia albeit you should be able to pick a Qashqai Visia a bit cheaper. The Play model includes 17-inch alloy wheels, electrically adjustable/heated door mirrors, front fog lights and LED daytime running lights, inside there’s a 7-inch infotainment system with DAB radio and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support and dual zone climate control. Driver aids and safety features are plenty and including rear parking sensor, cruise control with speed limiter, tyre pressure monitor, automatic headlights/windscreen wipers and emergency brake assist. Inside the infotainment system get the additional of built-in sat nav.
The entry-level Play is a good option but if you want more driver tech move up to the Kadjar Iconic model and it adds larger 19-inch alloy wheels, hands-free keycard and roof rails. Additional driver aids include front parking sensor (in addition to rear sensor), a rear-view camera and lane departure warning system.
The S Edition adds LED headlights and front fog lights, a panoramic sunroof, inside there’s the addition of the electrochrome rear-view mirror and blue stitching finish on the upholstery.
The top-grade GT Line adds more safety and driver aids including hands-free parking, blind spot warning system, 360° parking sensors and active emergency braking. Inside the GT-Line model adds leather upholstery and a premium Bose sound system.
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2019 Volvo XC60 SUV
The XC60 IS Volvo’s mid-sized SUV that sits between their smaller Crossover the XC40 and its’s very closely related bigger brother, the 7-seater XC90.
If you’re looking upwards at the more luxurious end of the mid-sized SUV segment, this XC60 is as good a place as any to start looking. Exterior looks are muscular and stylish in equal measures and inside has a premium quality and modern feel. In keeping with Volvo’s repution you’ll be very safe in one of these but that doesn’t mean it’s a cumbersome lump by any means.
Engines are a mix of 2.0 litre petrol and diesel engines with manual and automatic transmission, there’s also a plugin petrol hybrid option and all engines have the option of AWD. The D4 (190bhp) diesel (AWD with auto transmission) offers good economy figures combined fuel economy up to 51mpg) whilst still feeling punchy enough (0-62mph as fast as 8.5 seconds) and it packs 295 lbs/ft of torque.
The XC60 may not be quite as thrilling to drive as some rivals at the luxury end of the SUV segment like the Audi Q5 or the Land Rover Discovery Sport but if you want comfort, luxury and safety its right up there with the best and opt for the R-Design and you get the lowered sport suspension which will definitely improve the fun factor.
Inside the cabin is spacious and classy, the boot is OK for space (average in this segment). Seating position and comfort are excellent, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat is standard on all models with a memory function on higher grades. The centre-piece of the dash is a large 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay for smartphone support and sat nav standard on all models. A lot of functions a controlled via the touchscreen meaning the dash looks clean with some metallic or wooden inserts/trims depending on which model you choose. Leather upholstery comes as standard on all but the entry-level Momentum model.
The XC60 is a very impressive SUV, equipment levels are excellent across the range, sitting in the cabin especially on longer journeys is an absolute joy and you can’t fail to be impressed.
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2019 BMW X3 SUV
The latest version of the X3 features subtle improvement and refinements. Inside build materials are of very good quality as you'd expect, it’s a subjective thing and a matter of personal taste, but we still prefer the Volvo XC60 cabin.
Entry-level SE models get a 6.5-inch touchscreen/infotainment system and higher grades get the more impressive 10-inch infotainment system. Whilst Apple CarPlay is available (as an option) there is no Android Auto option for Android smartphone users. However, the infotainment does come with sat nav as standard across all models along with DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB input.
Driver aids and safety tech across the range include front and rear parking sensors, rear camera, cruise control with braking and speed limiter functions. Inside there’s triple-zone automatic air con, eather interior and heated front seats.
The X3 offers some very interesting engine options, especially if you’re looking for something to get your pulse racing and it should be noted all are 4WD. The 2.0 petrol and diesels will be the best-sellers and in their own right they pack enough of a punch both taking you from 0-62mph in little over 8 seconds, the 2.0 diesel packs more torque (295 Ibs/ft) and there’s also a more powerful 3.0 litre diesel. As you’d expect the diesels offer the best fuel economy, up to 51mpg (combined) for the 2.0-litre and up to 47mpg for the 3.0-litre. All engines come with automatic transmission with shift paddles or automatic sports gearbox on the higher end models.
It’s the sportier end of the spectrum where the X3 excels, if you’re looking for a SUV that delivers a nippier, more exhilarating experience the BMW X3 M40i model catapults you from 0-62mph in under 5 seconds and its diesel counterpart, the M40d is in the same ball park. The 3.0 diesel M Sport model is also pretty nippy, capable of 0-62 mph in around 5.8 seconds and if you drive it gently you can still get up to 47mpg (combined).
At the backend of 2019 there will also be a new plugin hybrid BMW X3 xDrive30e that will be capable of travelling a tad over 30 miles in full electric mode.
If you’re looking at the 2.0 litre petrol or diesel models the entry-levels X3 SE model is a great choice, it offer good levels of equipment and comfort with standard features like sat nav, heated front seats and parking sensors and it should fit the bill for most people. If you’re looking for more excitement and have a bigger budget, one of the M models will be up your street.
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2019 Ford Kuga SUV
Ford have tweaked and made the Kuga bigger, so it is in effect now competing with popular mid-sized SUV’s like the Qashqai, Mazda CX-5 and the KIA Sorento. Bigger also means a tad more head and leg room in the cabin and a slightly bigger boot than older Kuga models.
The new, bigger Ford Kuga still rides very nicely though, its built on the same platform as the Ford Focus which is synonymous with a refined driving experience.
There are plenty of engine options to choose from with the Ford Kuga including a selection of Ford’s multi-award winning Ecoboost petrol engines plus three diesel engines with manual or automatic transmission on most along with 2WD or 4WD, the latter on more powerful models.
The two lower powered Ecoboost petrol engines with 2WD are 120PS and 150PS units, both are smooth, the 120PS is a great little around town runner, if you frequently travel with a full load or do most of your driving on the motorway the 150PS may be your best option. If you want a 4WD petrol model it’s available with the 176PS Ecoboost models with six speed automatic transmission. The diesels follow a similar trend with lowered powered models (120PS and 150PS) only available with a 2WD option. The most powerful 180PS diesel offers 4WD and manual or dual clutch automatic transmission (Powershift transmission).
Its hard to pick a stand-out engine as they are all very good, the diesels pack more torque so are great for towing, especially the more powerful diesels and they offer great fuel economy, up to 54mpg on the smaller diesels and up to 47mpg on the most powerful 180PS with 4WD. The smallest Ecoboot petrol offers almost 40mpg (combined) and is great little runner and very smooth especially where urban driving is concerned.
Inside the Kuga is refined and while it won’t be competing with the much more expensive Volvo XC60 and the BMW X3 it’s still competes very well with similar priced SUVs.
The good choice of Ford Kuga trim-levels give you plenty to mull-over, the entry-level Zetec model has all the basics covered with front and rear electric windows, manual air com, Bluetooth, DAB radio, cruise control with speed limiter.
The Ford Kuga Titanium Edition won’t break the bank but still offers good levels of equipment and tech. Inside you get the full 8-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, voice control, dual zone climate control and part leather interior. Driver aids and safety tech include automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, electronic parking brake, rear parking sensors, emergency brake assist and cruise control (with speed limiter). Exterior features include 18-alloy wheels and rear privacy glass.
Our pick is the Ford Kuga Titanium X Edition which adds some very nice additions, including electrically operated panoramic sunroof, power operated tailgate, electrically adjustable drivers seats and heated front seats.
The ST-Line and ST-Line Edition models offers their own blend of sports styling with red stitching detail against the leather interior, similarly the floor mats get the same red stitching treatment and ST-Line branding. Front sports seats are complimented with the sporty a flat-bottom steering wheel with the same red stitching detail and additional touches like a silver gear stick, ST-line badged scuff plates and alloy metal covered pedals.
The range topping Kuga Vignale model offers its own unique styling with more of a luxury theme, inside the bold ST-Line red stitching is replaced with a more subtle grey and the upholstery is luxury ‘Windsor’ leather, the exterior gets a unique Vignale body kit.
The appeal of the Kuga is wide, it delivers a lot for the price-tag and there should be something here for most tastes and needs with so many options available.
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