Best family SUVs 2021

Rory White

05 Oct 2021

SUVs are great for families because their raised ride height just makes day-to-day life easier. Here are what we think are the top 10 best on sale.

1. Volkswagen Tiguan

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The Volkswagen Tiguan might look a bit boring in its lesser trims, but pick the sporty-looking R-Line model like the one above and things start to get more exciting. The Tiguan is an excellent family SUV, with great space, sliding rear seats and a cavernous boot. It feels plush inside, too, has great infotainment options and is easy and comfy to drive.

2. Skoda Kodiaq

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The Skoda Kodiaq is essentially a VW Tiguan with a Skoda badge. If you aren't worried about the Kodiaq's badge, it offers even more space for less money. It doesn't feel much less premium inside, either, plus comes with the option of seven seats, unlike the VW. Its infotainment is similarly great, it has nice engine options and is also comfy and quiet on the move.

3. Peugeot 5008

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The Peugeot 5008 is a striking car to look at, both inside and out. Peugeot is making some fantastic interiors of late and the 5008's is both stylish and practical. There's seating for up to seven people and sliding and folding seats galore, plus all the latest infotainment and safety tech you want and need. It isn't quite as fun or quiet to drive as the VW or Skoda, but it's not far off.

4. BMW X3

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You'll need a heftier budget to buy and run a BMW X3, but if you have it, you won't be disappointed. The X3 has a wonderful cabin, one of the best infotainment systems on sale and plenty of space for a family of five and their luggage. There are also great engines to choose from and a genuinely fun drive for an SUV. It isn't cheap, but nothing about an X3 feels so.

5. Mazda CX-5

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The Mazda CX-5 has been around for a while now, but it's still one of the best family SUVs on sale. Mazda's design team has done a superb job with the CX-5's exterior and interior look, plus the quality inside is up there with the very best. Its infotainment is feeling long in the tooth in places, but it has all the latest tech plus you'll engine Mazda's brilliant engines and driving experience.

6. Land Rover Discovery Sport

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If you need to head off-road, no family SUV will do it better than a Land Rover Discovery Sport. That's not its only party piece, mind you. It's also great to drive on road, has a lovely cabin and some tasty infotainment touches like a digital rearview mirror. It'll seat seven, although its rearmost seats are pretty tight, so are best for occasional use.

7. Volvo XC60

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The Volvo XC60 is a cracking family SUV. You get Swedish style inside and out, plus a genuinely spacious and practical interior for a family of five. The boot is a good size and shape, too, while the isn't a bad engine in the range. Its infotainment system is starting to look and feel old these days, but otherwise, the V60 should be on your list of family SUV options.

8. Audi Q5

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Audi does interior quality extremely well and the Audi Q5 is no exception. Everything looks and feels plush, as well as rock-solid in terms of built quality. There's also the latest infotainment and safety tech available inside, plus loads of space for a family of five and practical touches such as sliding rear seats. There are only two engine options, but at least both a good.

9. Skoda Enyaq

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The Skoda Enyaq is the electric family SUV to beat right now. It's based on the same underpinnings as EV SUVs like the VW ID.4 and Audi Q4 e-tron, but manages to be more practical for less money.

It seats five, has a generous boot and there are two battery sizes to choose between. The only slight annoyance is that you have to pay extra to add the fastest charging rates as an option.

10. Genesis GV70

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There are sharper family SUVs to drive, but to be honest, comfort comes first with cars like this and here the GV70 does very well. It also has a very high-quality cabin, keen pricing and a long equipment list for your money. You might not recognise the badge, but the Genesis GV70 is well worth a test drive.

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Rory White

05 Oct 2021