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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.

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.

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.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is stunningly fast for an SUV, but it hasn’t lost all of the practicality either.

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.

Porsche Macan

The Porsche Macan has received very positive media reviews, although the top-spec Turbo tends to score lower than other models in the range.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cupra Formentor

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

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.

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.

Peugeot 3008

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

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.

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.

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.


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.

Kia Sportage

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


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

Toyota bZ4X

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

SEAT Ateca

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

Range Rover Velar

The Range Rover Velar has received many good reviews, with praise for its design and comfort. However, it is considered expensive compared to rivals.

Jaguar F-Pace

The Jaguar F-Pace holds an Expert Rating of 78%, which is not quite the best in its class but still competitive, and has received positive media reviews.

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.

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.

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.

Volkswagen Tiguan

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

Ford Kuga

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

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.

Audi Q5

The Audi Q5 has generally received very good scores from the UK motoring media, with praise for its comfort and build quality.

Dacia Jogger

The Dacia Jogger is a seven-seat MPV that provides unparalleled value for money – but that comes at the expense of a woeful safety rating.

Nissan Qashqai

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

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.

Mercedes-Benz EQB

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

Toyota C-HR

The Toyota C-HR has received broadly positive media reviews, with our Expert Rating putting it in the top half of a very competitive market.

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.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio has received good reviews from the UK media, with particular praise for its driving dynamics and overall performance.

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.

Mercedes-Benz EQC

The Mercedes-Benz EQC takes on premium medium SUV rivals with pace and a classy interior, but loses out on space and driving fun.

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.


The BMW X4 is effectively a sporty version of the X3. While excellent on the road, it’s a more costly way of getting sharper visuals.

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.

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.

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.