Best large SUVs 2022

Rory White

07 Dec 2021

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Large SUVs aren't cheap to buy or run, but many people think they're worth it for the luxury and practicality they bring. Here are the top 10 best large SUVs on sale right now.

1. BMW X5

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The BMW X5 is a brilliant large SUV. It's expensive to buy, but if you have the budget you won't be disappointed. It has masses of space and the option of seven seats, plus one of the best infotainment systems on sale. It's superb to drive on all roads too.


2. Mercedes GLE

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The Mercedes GLE's cabin isn't quite up to the quality of the X5's, but it's not far off and has a more in-your-face design. It does the important stuff well too, though, like offering lots of room, the option of seven seats and great engines. Its drive places emphasis on comfort, too, which is great.


3. Audi Q7

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The Audi Q7 is been around for a little while now, but is still one of the best large SUVs. You get seven seats, a very high-quality interior, beautifully smooth engines and a plush drive. Its infotainment system isn't the easiest to use while driving, but it has all the latest tech on board.



4. Volvo XC90

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Like the Q7, the Volvo XC90 is no spring chicken, but it still turns heads like it did the day it was launched. It has a gorgeous interior, too, plus some of the roomiest third-row seats in the business. Its infotainment system is feeling old, but a comfy drive and efficient engines will take your mind off it.


5. Kia Sorento

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The Kia Sorento is one of the best value large SUVs you can buy. For the money, little else can compete on space, practicality and standard equipment. It doesn't feel cheap to drive, either, nor does its interior and infotainment.


6. Land Rover Discovery

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For those who need to transport seven people across the roughest terrain, the Land Rover Discovery was made to do just that. It can handle Chelsea too, mind, and looks the part outside the farm or Fortnum & Mason. There are better infotainment systems, but otherwise, the Discovery is comfy, quiet, spacious and great to drive.


7. Range Rover Sport

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The Range Rover Sport looks superb and feels far more agile to drive than its size and weight might suggest. Unlike the larger Range Rover, it can come with seven seats, too. BMW still does a better infotainment system, but you'll struggle to beat the Sport's plush interior, smooth engines and sense of luxury.


8. Porsche Cayenne

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If you want the best large SUV for a countryside blast, you want the Porsche Cayenne. It doesn't get the option of seven seats, but if that doesn't matter, it does come with a beautiful interior, stunning performance and seriously impressive cornering ability. You can also choose between six and eight cylinder petrol power, or have it as a plug-in hybrid instead.


9. Genesis GV80

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Genesis began its life in the UK in 2021, but already has multiple models on sale. Its large SUV is this GV80, which has proven itself a superbly spacious and luxurious SUV that's also comfy to drive. You also benefit from Genesis' transparent pricing and concierge servicing plans, making it that bit sweeter to own too.


10. Hyundai Santa Fe

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The Hyundai Santa Fe has recently been updated with more space and quality than ever, plus improved infotainment and standard equipment. It's only available as a hybrid or plug-in hybrid, but if that suits your driving, it remains one of the best ways to transport seven people for the least cash.


Things to consider when buying a large SUV.


Petrol, diesel or hybrid?: Large SUVs come with all three options and which you go for really depends on your driving. If you're often in and around town, then a petrol or petrol hybrid will be best, but if you have space at home for a wall box, then a plug-in hybrid would be even better. However, if you do lots of motorway miles a diesel is still the most cost-effective overall.


Two or four-wheel drive?: Most large SUVs come with all-wheel drive as standard, but some come with a front-wheel-drive only option. Think carefully about how much you really need the reassurance of all-wheel drive, because if you live in town and winter doesn't mean tricky driving, two-wheel-drive SUVs will use a decent amount less fuel in the long run.


Five or seven seats?: This clearly depends on how many children you have, or if you need the extra seats to pick up their friends regularly. However, while smaller SUVs with seven seats often don't provide enough room for adults, the majority of these large SUVs certainly do, so it's worth having them even if they spend a lot of time folded down into the boot floor.


Frequently asked questions about large SUVs.


Q: What is the largest SUV in the UK?

A: The largest SUV on sale in the UK is the Mercedes GLS. It measures 5.2m long, a touch over 2m wide and is a little over 1.8m tall. It also weighs more than 2.5 tonnes before you fill it up with people and luggage.


Q: What is the most reliable large SUV?

A: The most reliable car brands in the UK are typically Japanese and Toyota and Lexus are at the top in 2022. Lexus has a large SUV called the RX, while Toyota has a couple of options; the off-road-focused Land Cruiser and more eco and family-orientated Highlander.


Q: What is the roomiest 7-seat SUV?

A: Among the best 7-seat large SUVs are the Land Rover Discovery, the BMW X7, the Mercedes GLS, the Audi Q7, the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe. These large SUVs can all seat adults in their rearmost row in comfort.


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Rory White

07 Dec 2021