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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 medum 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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Peugeot 3008

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

Cupra Formentor

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

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.

BMW iX3

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.

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.

BMW X3

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

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.

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.

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.

Ford Kuga

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

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.

Audi Q5

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

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.

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.

Volkswagen Tiguan

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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.

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.

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.

Renault Kadjar

The Renault Kadjar has received generally good media reviews, with praise for its styling, practicality and good equipment levels.

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.

Mercedes-Benz GLC

The Mercedes-Benz GLC has received generally positive reviews from the UK media, with an overall Expert Rating that is above average for the premium SUV class.

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.

Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V has received mostly good media reviews, with the hybrid model generally scoring slightly better than the petrol version.

BMW X4

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.

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.

Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage has received a range of reviews, from average to outstanding. It's very good value and has a seven-year warranty.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has received average to good reviews from the UK media. It has been on sale for five years now, and other cars have caught up.

Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler has received mixed reviews, with praise for its off-road ability but criticism for its on-road dynamics and very poor safety score.

DS 7 Crossback

The DS 7 Crossback has received average to good media reviews, with praise for its comfort but criticism for its driving experience.

Suzuki S-Cross

The Suzuki S-Cross is a practical mid-size SUV offering decent value for money, but it's showing its age against newer and better rivals.

Lexus NX

The Lexus NX has received mixed reviews, with scores ranging from poor to very good. Our overall Expert Rating ranks it in the bottom half of the field.

SsangYong Korando

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

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Vauxhall Grandland X

The Vauxhall Grandland X has received average to good reviews from the UK media, with praise for its practicality and safety features.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has received poor media reviews, with our Expert Rating placing it right down near the bottom of its class.

Subaru XV

The XV has received mixed reviews from the UK automotive media, with praise for its off-road ability but criticism for its on-road dynamics.

Jeep Compass

The Jeep Compass has received poor reviews from the UK media. Our unique Expert Rating index ranks it second last in the medium SUV segment.

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.

MG HS

The MG HS has received reasonable media reviews, particularly for its low price, although it only ranks 14th out of 18 mid-size SUVs.

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.

Today in an SUV technical specification phrases such as all-wheel-drive are rare, low-ratio transfer boxes almost non-existent – a typical 2021 medium SUV is a high-riding family car with styling panels designed to give it a more muscular visual appearance. Even SUV body shapes, once box-like and bulbous, have in recent years become sleeker and much closer to their family hatchback sister models.

There is a wide and ever-growing choice of medium SUVs – not only have mainstream manufacturers rushed to tempt with new models, but all of the upmarket brands have also got in on the act with such newcomers as the Jaguar E-Pace. And with models such as its Macan, today Porsche sells many more SUVs than sports cars.

Electric choices are at present few when it comes to medium SUVs, with the Jaguar I-Pace leading the way, but this will change rapidly, with a host of new electric models on the way.

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