Chelsea Tractors. 4x4s. Crossovers. All Terrain Vehicles. Jeeps. Whatever description works for you, there’s no doubt that the SUV, or ‘crossover’ vehicle, is incredibly popular on our roads.
It’s not just here in the UK, either, that drivers enjoy the high up seating position, the commanding view of the road ahead, the practicality of bundling the kids into the back, and the carry-all ability whether it’s for the weekly supermarket run or the family getaway (not to mention their robustness for lifestyle sports). No, the rest of the world is pretty much switched onto them, too.
In fact, according to leading automotive analyst Felipe Munoz, SUVs were the most dominant type of car across the world in 2019.
If you look at the segmentation of passenger cars, SUVs outsold any other car style by almost three to one, the next most popular being the family hatch style of vehicle.
Here’s our rundown of the best-selling SUVs, compiled by analyst Munoz, with our quick guide to each of the models.
Toyota’s original three-door Mk1 RAV4 precipitated the switch in interest to SUVs from rugged off-roaders to softer on-roaders. RAV4, in case you wondered, stood for Recreational Active Vehicle with 4-wheel drive when the compact three-door was launched in 1994.
Today’s car is very different. It’s a much bigger five-door car with the choice of both two-wheel and four-wheel drive. Power is supplied by hybrid technology - the sort that offers assistance for you automatically, so there is nothing to plug in - which you’ll notice most when you start off silently. It also helps improve fuel consumption - official consumption is around the 50mpg mark.
Check out our latest RAV4 leasing deals on our Toyota leasing offers page.
The Honda CR-V has always been around on the SUV scene in the UK, offering its appealing blend of easy driving and immense practicality with its ultra-reliable reputation. This is generation five of the ‘Comfortable Runabout Vehicle’ and for the first time there is the option of seven seats.
You’ll also notice those beefy diesel engines are no longer available. Instead there’s the choice of a 1.5-litre turbo petrol or a 2.0 hybrid petrol engine, plus there’s the choice of two-wheel or four-wheel drive. And what’s it like to drive? It’s undemanding and as easy as before - although fuel consumption at around 40mpg is not as good as the RAV4.
Have a look on our Honda leasing page to see what sort of CR-V and rental would suit your budget.
A Nissan X-Trail above the Qashqai? It’s true, on a world level of course. The X-Trail is a bigger SUV offering the option of seven seats and four-wheel drive if you wish, so if you do like taking your family away camping or like the outdoor lifestyle, then the X-Trail is worth investigating. It’s certainly more rugged than urban smooth, that’s for sure. Choose between diesel and petrol models from our Nissan X-Trail leasing page.
Another Honda in our top six, this time the smaller HR-V (that’s HR-V for ‘Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle’ because we knew you would ask…).
The HR-V is a more nimble vehicle, ideal for the urban cut and thrust as well as the wider outdoors. That personality is reflected in the choice of engines - there’s a 120PS 1.6-litre diesel for higher mileage drivers, a 130PS 1.5-litre petrol and a 182PS 1.5 turbo model in Sport specification if you want your SUV to get a bit of a shift on. Check out our Honda HR-V leasing offers here.
If there was one car that epitomises the move to SUV motoring by the UK’s driving consumers it’s this car: the Nissan Qashqai. After years of designing some really ho-hum cars, Nissan took a leap of faith with the design for the original Qashqai. As Autocar said of the original 2007 model in a review piece, the Nissan Qashqai was regarded as an ‘extreme’ example of a new trend in the market.
Hard to believe now that we have grown so used to SUVs. But the latest Qasqai continues the trend of offering good value, low cost motoring in a car that’s ideal for families with young children. And the good news doesn’t stop there. We have a great selection to lease on our Nissan Qashqai SUV car leasing offers page.
At number six in the world SUV charts is the mid-size Tiguan. It’s a car that has done Volkswagen well with a brilliant sales record. And being a VW it does what you expect. It’s solid, reliable, enduring, upmarket but not too posh and there's a whole variety of different petrol and diesel engines to choose from, plus both two-wheel and four-wheel drive. For bigger families you can move up to the seven seat Allspace.
The Tiguan is due a facelift shortly, along with the introduction of fast R versions too. But for now we have some great lease deals on the current Tiguan - move quick before they go.
If you want to discuss your next SUV lease car with us, please give us a call at Sensible Cars - 0203 915253.
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