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Best large SUVs

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

This is the definitive ranking of the best and worst large 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 7,500 new car reviews from 25 of the top motoring websites in the UK to produce our Expert Rating scores. Why rely on one person’s opinion when you can have all of the top reviews gathered together in one place?

While the unstoppable rise in SUV sales has extended to large SUVs, this is one sector that has grown in a very different way to its smaller siblings. In addition to budget and mainstream models, there has been a huge rush from luxury car manufacturers to push out large and expensive SUVs to cash in on the craze.

Land Rover Defender

The Land Rover Defender has an Expert Rating of 89% from 34 reviews, which is one of the highest scores of any SUV we've analysed.

Aston Martin DBX

The Aston Martin DBX has been praised for its handling and comfort, but criticised for a lack of practicality and interior technology.

Land Rover Discovery

The Land Rover Discovery has received a broad range of media reviews, but has received consistent praise for its off-road ability.

Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 has received universally positive reviews from the UK motoring media and continues to receive awards year after year.

Range Rover

The Range Rover has received generally glowing scores from the UK media, with praise for its ability to combine off-road ability, practicality and opulence.

BMW X5

The BMW X5 currently holds a rating of 81% on our Expert Rating scale, which is a few points behind the class leaders but still competitive.

Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 has received strong media reviews, with our Expert Rating putting it alongside the Volvo XC90 and Land Rover Discovery.

Lamborghini Urus

The Lamborghini Urus has been praised for its performance, but criticised for its price and for not feeling extreme as might be expected.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan has received positive scores from the UK media, with praise for its comfort and quality but criticism for its poor cabin proportions.

Audi e-tron

The Audi e-tron has received positive media reviews, with praise for its smooth and quiet drivetrain, practicality and overall refinement.

Tesla Model X

The Tesla Model X has been praised for its performance, styling and 'Falcon' wing doors, but it has been criticised for build quality compared to rivals.

Peugeot 5008

The Peugeot 5008 has earned similar praise to the smaller 3008. Comfort and driving dynamics have both been praised, while Peugeot's i-Cockpit splits opinion.

Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover Sport has received positive media reviews, with praise for its driving dynamics but criticisms over quality and reliability.

Mercedes-Benz GLE

The Mercedes-Benz GLE has received generally good media reviews, although its overall Expert Rating score lags some way behind the class-leading Volvo XC90.

Porsche Cayenne

In performance and quality the third-generation Porsche Cayenne still defines the premium SUV – just don’t buy a hybrid version.

Skoda Kodiaq

The Skoda Kodiaq has received consistently positive reviews in the UK media, with lower-spec models generally earning higher scores than more expensive models.

Kia Sorento

The new Kia Sorento is a real step-up, with quality and space that sees Kia getting close to, though not quite challenging, premium rivals.

BMW X7

The X7 has received positive reviews from the UK media, although many of the reviews published so far took place at the European launch rather than in the UK.

SEAT Tarraco

The SEAT Tarraco has received consistently good media reviews, with praise for its practicality, spaciousness and value for money.

Mercedes-Benz GLS

The Mercedes-Benz GLS has received praise for its comfort, refinement and spaciousness, although the driving experience is not rated particularly highly.

Bentley Bentayga

The Bentley Bentayga has received good scores from the media sources we currently track but still lags behind its principal rival, the Range Rover.

Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe has received good to very good media reviews, and its overall Expert Rating is very competitive in the large SUV sector.

Volkswagen Touareg

The Volkswagen Touareg has received mixed reviews from the UK media, varying from average to very good with strongly contrasting opinions.

Audi Q8

The Audi Q8 is a sporty version of the Q7 and the brand’s flagship SUV – it’s surprisingly practical but it also can be expensive.

Maserati Levante

The Maserati Levante has received mixed scores from the UK motoring media, with more recent reviews rating the car more favourably than earlier reviews.

Lexus RX

The Lexus RX and RX L have received praise for for their build quality, comfort and refinement, but have been criticised for their driving dynamics.

Toyota Highlander

The hybrid-powered Toyota Highlander is the brand’s biggest SUV with lots of space and equipment, but also lots of strong rivals.

Nissan X-Trail

The NIssan X-Trail has received mixed UK media reviews. It's comfortable and practical, but somewhat off the pace of the class leaders.

SsangYong Rexton

The SsangYong Rexton has received average scores from the UK media, with praise for its towing ability, off-road performance and value for money, but criticism for its comfort and interior quality.

Mitsubishi Shogun Sport

The Mitsubishi Shogun Sport has received generally poor media reviews and is currently the the lowest-rated car analysed by our Expert Ratings aggregator.

While the tumultuous rise in SUV sales has extended to large SUVs, this is one sector that has grown in a very different way to its smaller siblings. Some very long-serving mainstream models are still around in their latest forms, such as the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Nissan X-Trail, and they have been joined by a number of newcomers, typical examples being the Skoda Kodiaq, SEAT Tarraco and Volkswagen Touareg.

It’s upmarket where the most changes have happened, however. Brands such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have expanded their SUV line-ups to challenge traditional big hitters such as Jeep and Land Rover, while at the very top just about all of the luxury manufacturers have joined the market in recent years.

Once it would have been unthinkable to be able to buy SUVs wearing the badges of Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini, Maserati, even Rolls-Royce, but today you can. All of these luxury SUVs are flagship models with price tags to match, and remarkably virtually all of them also boast qualities no longer found in most other SUVs – the ability to go seriously off road.

Electric offerings in this market are like the medium SUV sector, few and led by Tesla with its Model X, but expect this to change quickly, and to include some luxury models. 

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