Best new SUVs coming in 2022

Nick Francis

27 Oct 2021

With SUVs more popular than ever 2022 will be another bumper year for high-riding cars, many of which will be electric. Here we look ahead to the best SUVs arriving in 2022.

1. Dacia Bigster 

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How cool does the Dacia Bigster look? As the name suggests, it will be the first large SUV from the budget brand, being similar in dimensions to cars like the Land Rover Discovery Sport. We expect prices to start around £20,000, and there’s even talk of a hybrid model. 

2. BMW X8

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The X8 is a coupe-style version of the hulking BMW X7. It’s thought BMW will also make an X8M model which will use the same 4.4-litre V8 engine found in the M5, but it’s rumoured the X8M will also be a plug-in hybrid, which could send power north of 800hp. 

3. Audi Q6 e-tron

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Sharing the a platform with the upcoming electric Porsche Macan is the Audi Q6 e-tron, which will sit below Audi’s flagship electric SUV, the e-tron, and above the entry Q4 e-tron. As you would expect it should offer the same 400-plus miles of range as the Macan EV, and there will also be a hot model which produces 476hp from two motors.

4. Toyota bZ4X

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Astonishingly, the bZ4X will be Toyota’s first all-electric car when it arrives next year, so far it’s focussed on owning the hybrid space. It will rival small electric SUVs like the Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq. Toyota hasn’t revealed anything in the way of performance or range figures yet, but we expect at least one all-wheel drive version.

5. Volvo C40 Recharge 

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The Volvo C40 Recharge is actually on sale now, but deliveries will arrive early 2022. An electric coupe SUV, the C40 has a maximum range of 260 miles and offers a leather-free interior, as seems to be the fashion these days.

6. Tesla Model Y

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The Tesla Model 3 EV saloon is proving to be a massive hit in the UK. This Model Y shares 75% of the 3's parts but comes as a more upright and spacious SUV. Like the 3, the Y counts as a more affordable way to own a Tesla, with prices starting at just over £50,000. 

7. Alfa Romeo Tonale 

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Alfa Romeo is late to the party with a small SUV, but its Tonale will finally arrive in 2022. Expect bags of style inside and out and plug-in hybrid power from launch. It will rival premium compact SUVs like the Audi Q3 and BMW 1 Series. 

8. Maserati Grecale 

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The Maserati Grecale is a small SUV that will join Maserati's range below its Levante large SUV. Its launch has already been delayed due to the ongoing semi-conductor shortage, but we can expect it to arrive in 2022 with a stylish and luxurious interior and powerful engines.

9. Skoda Enyaq Coupe 

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The Skoda Enyaq is a superb EV. It's spacious, has a decent range, charges quickly and costs sensible money. Next year we'll see a coupe version go on sale that ups the style and agility. A long-range model should be good for 300-plus miles from a single charge. 

10. Nissan Ariya 

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With striking futuristic looks and a maximum range of 310 miles, the Ariya is bound to be popular. All-wheel drive and two-wheel drive models will be available, as well as a potent version that will do 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds. 

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Nick Francis

27 Oct 2021