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Best medium SUVs

The definitive ranking of the best and worst medium SUVs on sale in the UK

This is the definitive ranking of the best and worst medium SUVs on sale in the UK.

How can we make such a bold claim? Because this list isn’t just based on our opinion. We’ve compiled and analysed more than 15,000 new car reviews from 35 of the UK’s top motoring titles to produce our Expert Rating Index.

Why rely on one person’s opinion when you can have all of the top reviews gathered together in one place?

The small SUV sector might see the most action in the UK market right now but medium SUVs are not far behind. And no matter what their size, the vast majority of today’s SUVs are far removed from the earliest models which were basically spartan machines designed to go far off the beaten track.

Tesla Model Y

The Tesla Model Y offers similar tech and performance to the popular Model 3 with extra practicality, but the ride quality is disappointing.

Skoda Enyaq iV

The Skoda Enyaq iV is the Czech brand's first bespoke EV and an SUV attracting a lot of positive vibes from reviewers.

Nissan Ariya

The Nissan Ariya is a capable all-rounder and a serious EV contender, but rivals have more storage space and it's by no means cheap.

Toyota bZ4X

The Toyota bZ4X SUV is a spacious and well-equipped electric all-rounder, but some of awkward design elements hinder its practicality.

Volkswagen ID.4

The Volkswagen I.D.4 is a very effective EV crossover with lots of space, although promised cheaper models cannot come soon enough.

Ford Mustang Mach-E

The Ford Mustang Mach-E has scored highly with UK reviewers, with plenty of praise for its fresh styling and strong performance.

Audi Q4 e-tron

The Audi Q4 e-tron electric SUV offers quality, practicality and comfort, but optional extras can drive the price up very quickly.

Nissan Qashqai

The third-generation, still British-built Nissan Qashqai remains a complete SUV – enough to keep it ahead of an ever-expanding pack?

Lexus NX

The second-generation Lexus NX SUV is a polished all-rounder with impressive interior quality, but top-spec plug-in models have steep pricing.

Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson has been described as the company's biggest step forward to date, bringing it level with long-established brands like VW.

BYD Atto 3

Chinese brand BYD's first model to arrive on UK roads, the Atto 3 is a credible all-electric contender that is well-equipped and reasonably priced.

Subaru Solterra

The electric Subaru Solterra is as refined as its bZ4X sibling, but does little to stand out when compared to its cheaper Toyota counterpart.

Genesis Electrified GV70

The Genesis Electrifed GV70 is an impressive upmarket electric SUV with a generous aftersale care plan, but its key rivals are more affordable.

Lexus RZ

The electric Lexus RZ's polished interior poses a challenge to its upmarket rivals, but its battery range can't match the best of them.

Mercedes-Benz EQB

The Mercedes-Benz EQB has received mixed reviews, with impressive build quality but average battery range and an expensive price tag.

Cupra Formentor

The Cupra Formentor has received positive reviews from the UK motoring media, with praised for its styling, comfort and technology.

Mazda CX-30

The Mazda CX-30 has received positive media reviews, with praise for its driving dynamics and quality but criticism for a tight cabin.

Volkswagen ID.5

The Volkswagen ID.5 is a capable coupé-SUV with plenty of tech and a good battery range, but it is hard to justify over its talented rivals.

Kia Sportage

The fifth-generation Kia Sportage is a practical and tech-filled family SUV, but alternatives offer a more comfortable driving experience.

Jaguar I-Pace

The Jaguar I-Pace has received many outstanding reviews from the UK motoring and technology media, as well as winning several awards.

Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 has received good to very good reviews from the UK media and has won many awards since it was launched, including the 2018 World Car of the Year.

Mazda CX-60

The Mazda CX-60 is a family-sized SUV with an upmarket interior, but its not as spacious as some premium rivals.

Ford Kuga

The third-generation Ford Kuga has received positive reviews, being considered good to drive although not as spacious as most rivals.

Ford Mustang Mach-E GT

The Ford Mustang Mach-E GT is a high-performance electric SUV with serious pace and power, but reviewers find its steep price tag hard to justify.

Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid has received generally good, if not great, reviews from the UK automotive media and ranks several points behind the best in its class.

Mercedes-Benz GLC

The second-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC is both spacious and well-equipped, but putting your foot down won't result in many driving thrills.

Mazda MX-30 R-EV

The Mazda MX-30 R-EV is a plug-in hybrid that is certainly more usable than its EV twin, but it comes with the same practicality issues.

Suzuki Across

The Suzuki Across is a RAV4 PHEV with a different badge and if you can afford its top-spec status, worth looking at.

Honda ZR-V

The Honda ZR-V is a capable mid-sized crossover with a widely-praised hybrid engine, but its relatively high price tag may deter some buyers.

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

The electric Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV is an upmarket family car with a long battery range, excellent infotainment, and an eye-watering price tag.

Land Rover Discovery Sport

The Land Rover Discovery Sport has received very mixed media reviews since its launch, with scores rating from very poor to outstanding.

Mercedes-Benz GLB

The Mercedes-Benz GLB has an Expert Rating that ranks it in the middle of the mid-sized SUV field, although its seven-seat option is a plus.

Citroën C5 Aircross

The C5 Aircross has received consistently good reviews from the UK media, with particular praise for its comfortable ride and clever interior design.


The BMW iX3 is quieter and more refined than the petrol or diesel X3 models on which it's based, but it's an expensive alternative.

Skoda Karoq

The Skoda Karoq has received many good reviews and awards from the UK media, with particular praise for its practicality and value for money.

Peugeot 3008

The Peugeot 3008 SUV has received unanimously positive media reviews, as well as many awards in the UK and internationally.

SEAT Ateca

The SEAT Ateca has received positive scores from most of the UK media, and has won a large number of awards.


The BMW X3 has received consistently positive reviews from the UK motoring media, with particular praise for its driving dynamics and high-quality interior.

Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan has received generally good media reviews, with widespread praise for its refinement and practicality.

Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 has received many good media reviews, with an Expert Rating that places it at the top end of the mid-sized SUV sector.

Honda CR-V

The sixth-generation Honda CR-V is an efficient, spacious and comfortable family-sized SUV, but some buyers will be deterred by its price tag.

Genesis GV70

A generous customer service package makes the Genesis GV70 an attractive proposition, but it fails to stand up against its premium rivals in many areas.

Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester has received mixed UK reviews, with mostly poor to average scores that rank it in the bottom half of its class.

Skoda Enyaq iV vRS

Skoda Enyaq vRS certainly looks sporty, but delivers neither the performance nor the handling that you might expect from the vRS nameplate.


The value-for-money MG HS is a spacious SUV capable of ferrying the family from A to B, but rivals offer better interior quality.

KGM Korando

The Korando is a significant improvement over the previous model. It's also the first SsangYong (now KGM) to earn a five-star safety rating.