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Other than a reasonable price, one thing all of the 10 most affordable SUVs have in common is they are more like cars than the trucks from which sport utility vehicles were originally derived. Roaring along since the late 1990’s, the SUV boom, while admittedly less energetic than in the past, still has a great deal of steam left in it. One of the factors keeping the segment alive is the exceptional civility of the current crop. While this also means few vehicles in this category have what it takes to handle serious off-road duty, most people seldom require them to, so it’s pretty much a non-issue. These days, the vast majority of the 10 most affordable luxury SUVs are all about comfort and convenience features. And, here they are.

Buick Encore

Looking for something in a more manageable size? Barely bigger than MINI’s Countryman, the Buick Encore could go a long way toward fulfilling that mission, and yet it’s still packed with luxury features. Further, you’ll find a remarkably quiet interior environment, thanks to the application of Buick’s Quiet Tuning features. Power comes from a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline four generating 138 horsepower and 148 ft-lbs of torque. A six-speed automatic and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive complete the powertrain. Standard features include heated exterior rearview mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a seven-inch touchscreen, WiFi, and smartphone apps integration. Options include heated front seats upholstered in leather, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Pricing starts at $24,065.

Nissan Murano

Freshly redesigned for the 2015 model year, Nissan’s Murano is an affordable luxury SUV capable of allowing you to have your luxury features without the ostentation of a premium-badged automobile. Sumptuously outfitted, the Murano’s interior offers the first application of white ash simulated wood trim we can recall seeing in any automobile and it is absolutely gorgeous. Further, the Murano’s front seats are remarkably comfortable. Smooth in operation and a responsive handler, Murano has a lot to offer. Power is supplied by a 260-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 with 240 ft-lbs of torque. Depending upon your choice of drivetrain, a continuously variable transmission routes power to the front, or all four wheels. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth, a seven-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, and smartphone app integration. Pricing starts at $29,560.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The only go anywhere sport utility vehicle on this list, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is as equally at home slogging through mud as it is rolling up to the country club. If you think you know Jeeps and haven’t been in a Grand Cherokee since 2010, you’re in for a huge surprise. Plush, with just the right touch of tough, the Grand Cherokee’s passenger accommodations are the equal of any of model on this list of the 10 most affordable luxury SUVs. Power comes from a choice of four engines (three V6 and two V8), ranging in output from 290 up to 475 horsepower – one of which is a turbodiesel V6 with 420 ft-lbs of torque. While all use eight-speed transmissions and four-wheel drive, you can get rear-drive with the standard V6. Pricing starts at $29,995.


If you love to drive, BMW’s X1 handles crisply and pulls strongly off the line. It’s also extremely smooth in operation, quiet on the highway, and offers handsome styling with a nicely turned out interior. Power comes from a choice of two engines; the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four makes 240 horsepower and 260 ft-lbs of torque. The 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six makes 300 horsepower and 300 ft-lbs of torque (although it feels much stronger). An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines. With the four you can choose between rear-drive and all-wheel drive. The six is straight up all-wheel drive. Standard features include automatic headlights and windshield wipers, cruise control, automatic climate control, and Bluetooth. Options include keyless entry and ignition, navigation, a panoramic sunroof, and a rearview camera. Pricing starts at $31,200.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

As much four-door hatchback as it is compact crossover SUV, the all-new for 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 is seen by some as posing as a compact crossover to avoid the stigma of being considered a premium hatchback offering. To our eye, it’d be better looking were it set at a more reasonable ride height, (as indeed the AMG version of the GLA is), but your results may vary. Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four with 208 horsepower and 258 ft-lbs of torque. A seven-speed automated manual transmission routes power to your choice of front- or all-wheel drive. Standard features include a power rear liftgate, foglights, automatic wipers and headlights, cruise control, Bluetooth, smartphone integration, power adjustable front seats, a 5.8-inch monitor, and the MBZ COMAND interface for secondary functions. Pricing starts at $31,300.

Audi Q3

Audi’s Q3 has the “cute ute” thing going on in a big way. Further, it delivers a quiet and comfortable ride, a refined interior, and an abundance of standard luxury features. All-new for the 2015 model year, the Audi Q3 is one of the newest models among the 10 most affordable luxury SUVs. High style, with presence significantly overshadowing its size, the Audi Q3 is a lovely vehicle in which to turn up. Power comes from a 200-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four with 207 ft-lbs of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission feeds either the front wheels or all four – if you order quattro all-wheel drive. Standard features include a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, heated power adjustable front seats, automatic headlights and wipers, keyless entry and start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Bluetooth. Pricing starts at $32,500.

Lexus NX 200t

An all-new, never seen before entry for the 2015 model year, the Lexus NX 200t is the venerable luxury brand’s first attempt at a compact crossover. As you might well expect from the frequently overachieving marque, it’s really nice. The handsome exterior contains a beautifully done interior treatment, and it’s remarkably spacious for its size. Smooth and quiet, as you’d expect from a luxury-oriented Lexus model, the NX rolls into the marketplace a first-tier contender. Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four with 235 horsepower and 258 ft-lbs of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-drive are standard, all-wheel drive is optional. Other standard features include automatic LED headlights, keyless entry and ignition, driver selectable vehicle dynamics, dual-zone automatic climate control, a seven-inch monitor, and Siri-based voice controls. Pricing starts at $34,480.

Infiniti QX50

OK, so which Infiniti model is this? The QX50 is the smaller of the marque’s two crossovers; the model formerly known as EX37. An absolute delight to drive, QX50 is wonderfully agile with strong acceleration and a comfortable ride. Long story short, the Infiniti QX50 is a highly luxurious driver focused compact crossover SUV. The interior treatment; a striking amalgamation of leather, wood, and chrome, also hosts a copiously abundant array of luxury features. The QX50’s propulsion comes from a 3.7-liter V6 with 325 horsepower and 267 ft-lbs of torque. A seven-speed automatic is standard, as is rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. Additional standard features include automatic headlights, power adjustable front seats, power folding heated exterior rearview mirrors, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, cruise control, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Pricing starts at $35,000.

Acura RDX

Comfort, smoothness, and an abundance of contemporary tech features are among the highlights of Acura’s entry-level luxury crossover sport utility vehicle. It’s also a strong performer with excellent handling. The interior design is clear-cut, with everything laid out pretty much where you’d expect to find it–even with all of the features the Acura product-planning team saw fit to include. Power comes from a 273-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 with 251 ft-lbs of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission routes power to either the front- or all four wheels if the all-wheel drive option is selected. Standard features include heated exterior rearview mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, leather, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated power adjustable front seats, Bluetooth, a sunroof, automatic headlights, and a rearview camera. Options include navigation, voice controls, and a power liftgate. Pricing starts at $35,270.

GMC Terrain Denali

Often overlooked by shoppers in the luxury category, GMC’s Denali models are but a half a step short of Cadillac in terms of luxuriousness. Because of this, the Terrain Denali could be thought of as a low-key, tastefully understated entry on this list of the 10 most affordable luxury SUVs. Power comes from either a 2.4-liter inline four with 182-horsepower and 172 ft-lbs of torque; or a 301-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 with 272 ft-lbs of torque. Front-drive and a six-speed automatic are standard; all-wheel drive is optional. Other standard features of the GMC Terrain Denali include rear cross traffic alert, heated power adjustable seats, leather upholstery, navigation, lane departure warning, automatic climate control, a power liftgate, WiFi, Bluetooth, a touchscreen interface, parking sensor arrays, voice activation, remote start, and a sunroof, Pricing starts at $35,490.

Looking for a combination of practicality, value and class in an SUV-shaped package? Here we reveal the best, and worst, options...

Deciding which car is best for transporting you and your family is one of life’s more important decisions.

So, here we've gathered together our favourite family SUVs.

All of them cater well for the growing number of people looking for practicality, comfort and sensible running costs, but also a raised driving position and off-roader looks. And to help prevent you from making a big mistake, we've also named the models that are best avoided.

Finally, don't forget, if you decide one of the cars featured here is just what you're looking for, you could potentially save thousands without any haggling by using our New Car Buying service. You'll find links to our latest deals with each car.


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10. Kia Sportage

Stick to the lower trims and the Sportage is good value, giving you a lot of space and equipment for your money. It isn't as good at dealing with bumpy roads as the very best family SUVs, though, while the engines can be noisy and aren't especially frugal.

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Kia Sportage (cont.)

What Car? Target PriceRRP from £23,445 to £34,335 £22,019

Great value - in the right spec
Good resale values
Decent rear seat space and boot

Diesel engines are very noisy
Lumpy ride
No AEB on the most recommendable versions

09. Nissan Qashqai

The Qashqai is the car that started the trend for mainstream family SUVs and, as hard as it is to believe now, it was seen as something of a gamble when it was first introduced in 2007. Fortunately for Nissan, the blend of an elevated driving position and stylish looks made the Qashqai a huge hit. And while it's been surpassed by several rivals in the last couple of years, it remains a sound proposition, particularly if you choose the quiet and efficient 1.3-litre petrol version.

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Nissan Qashqai (cont.)

What Car? Target PriceRRP from £20,565 to £36,295 £20,565

Quiet and smooth
Quiet and smooth 1.3 petrol and 1.5 diesel engines
Surefooted handling and easy to drive

Top-end versions are very pricey
Ride comfort isn't great on 18in and 19in wheels
Reliability is a concern

08. Audi Q3

Audi's second-generation Q3 offers a high-tech interior with plenty of space for both passengers and luggage. It's a decent car to drive, too, with composed handling and accurate steering. However, the ride can be a little firm and some of the bigger-selling engines can sound rough.

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Audi Q3 (cont)

What Car? Target PriceRRP from £31,885 to £49,480 £29,970

Big boot
Impressive interior space
Relatively agile for a family SUV

Interior quality not up to usual Audi standards
Firmer ride than some rivals
Fiddly infotainment system

07. Peugeot 3008

The 3008 taps right into the current trend for aggressive exterior styling, while its interior looks like something you'd see in a motor show concept, with its mix of unusual materials and avant-garde design. It also offers good ride comfort and handling, and a large boot, but mediocre rear leg room and a sluggish infotainment system stop it finishing any higher on this list.

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Peugeot 3008 (cont.)

What Car? Target PriceRRP from £26,905 to £46,760 £25,220

Stylish, high-quality interior
Large and practical boot
Strong engines

Rear space isn't class-leading
Pricier than some rivals
So-so infotainment system

06. Volkswagen Tiguan

This one-time Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage rival has been reinvented as a more expensive SUV, so now it’s up against formidable prestige-badged competition such as the BMW X1 and Volvo XC40. Fortunately, the latest Tiguan builds on the strengths of the original, offering more space and comfort, and improved efficiency. Unfortunately (for Volkswagen), it has two sister cars that are cheaper to buy and just as capable.

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Volkswagen Tiguan (cont.)

What Car? Target PriceRRP from £25,420 to £43,815 £23,914

Handles well despite its size
Plenty of seating flexibility
Lots of standard equipment

Higher trims get pricey
CO2 emissions could be lower
Automatic gearbox is laggy

05. BMW X1

Based on the same underpinnings as BMW's first MPV, the 2 Series Active Tourer, the X1 is a very practical choice that's available in both front- and four-wheel-drive forms. It's not very good at keeping out road noise, so you'll need to be sure you can live with that.

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BMW X1 (cont)

What Car? Target PriceRRP from £29,455 to £42,860 £27,542

Fantastic infotainment system
High quality interior
Spacious and practical

Lots of road noise
Firm ride
So-so reliability

04. Seat Ateca

The Ateca broke new ground for Seat, because the Spanish brand had previously built as many SUVs as it had spaceships. However, it proved well worth the wait, combining a spacious interior with best-in-class handling and much more attractive pricing than the closely related Volkswagen Tiguan.

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Seat Ateca (cont.)

What Car? Target PriceRRP from £23,040 to £37,435 £19,265

Spacious interior
Surprisingly fun to drive
Keen pricing

Firm ride – especially with big alloys
Some rivals offer lower emissions
No clever seating tricks

03. Skoda Karoq

Like the Ateca, the Karoq offers many of the best bits of the Tiguan for thousands less. And while it's the least sporty of the three to drive, overall it's the best all-rounder, offering a polished ride and clever rear seats that can slide, recline or be removed entirely. It also comes with more standard equipment than the Ateca.

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Skoda Karoq (cont.)

What Car? Target PriceRRP from £22,765 to £35,255 £21,233

Cosseting ride
Excellent space and seating flexibility
Smart-looking and sturdy interior

Less fun to drive than a Seat Ateca
Mazda CX-30 offers improved crash protection
Top models are rather expensive

02. Volvo XC40

The XC40 may have similar front and rear lights to the company’s other models to ensure a family resemblance, but the rest of the detailing and the overall proportions of the car are quite different; it certainly doesn't look as if Volvo has put the blueprints for the larger XC60 in a photocopier and set it to 75%. More importantly, though, the XC40 mixes its distinctive style with space, comfort, cutting-edge safety and relative affordability so ably that it's a former What Car? Car of the Year.

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Volvo XC40 (cont.)

What Car? Target PriceRRP from £25,295 to £59,920 £25,295

Stylish and high-quality interior
A comfortable ride on most versions
Comprehensive list of safety features

Lacks the rear seat flexibility of some rivals
Fiddly infotainment system
Road noise on the motorway

01. Range Rover Evoque

It might well be the Evoque’s looks that first pique your interest, but it’s a sensational car on more objective levels, too. Good to drive, really posh inside and surprisingly practical, it even makes financial sense thanks to incredibly strong resale values and attractive monthly PCP finance costs. In short, it's the best family SUV you can buy today.

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Range Rover Evoque (cont.)

What Car? Target PriceRRP from £31,725 to £51,860 £30,090

Great driving position
Well equipped
Slow depreciation

There are cheaper alternatives
So-so fuel economy and emissions
Land Rover's reliability record

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Mitsubishi ASX

Although it's well equipped and has a decent infotainment system, there are too many areas in which the ASX is poor. Despite soft springing, it isn’t very comfortable, while the engine needs working very hard. Factor in tight rear head room and it’s a long way off the class best.


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Unlike the ASX, the GS has a peppy engine and a very spacious interior. Unfortunately, the ride is poor and it feels very cheap inside. If you're on a tight budget, the Dacia Duster is a much better choice.

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