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18 of the best family SUVs

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If your family is expanding and you need a new SUV to cope with your growing brood, here are our favourites. 

With so many SUVs, crossovers, 4x4s and everything in between available, our car expert friends at Parkers have narrowed the choice for you. 

Find the best family SUV for you

From an Audi to a Volkswagen, browse through our list below - and the gallery above - to find which family SUV would best suit your budget and lifestyle. We’ve included both new and used prices, so you‘ll be sure to find a family SUV within your budget. 

We’ve listed these the best family SUVs by price, starting with the lowest brand-new price. 

Dacia Duster

Dacia Duster - the best family SUVs

With a cheap starting price and lots of interior space, the Duster is great for family life. You get plenty of kit as standard if you go for one of the higher trim levels, and two petrol and one diesel engine to choose from. 

Driving a Dacia Duster isn’t the most exciting experience, but if you’re looking for the best family SUV, then comfort is probably more important - and the ride is comfy for all. The interior is a bit cheap and cheerful, and plasticky - but then this is in the budget end of the market.

New price: £9,495 - £18,395
Used price: £4,165 - £15,005
Fuel economy: 35 - 64mpg
Boot space: 408 litres with the seats up; 1,636 litres with the rear seats folded

Skoda Yeti

Skoda Yeti - the best family SUVs

Now, the unusual styling of the Yeti might not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s certainly distinctive. It’s part family SUV and part hatch, combining practicality and affordability with the option of four-wheel drive.

The Yeti drives well, and is comfy over all road surfaces, with plenty of room for all the stuff that comes with family life. There’s plenty of space for passengers and luggage, but it doesn’t impede on its ease of driving. Rear seats can be folded or removed individually, and you can take out the middle seat to improve shoulder room for the outer rear seats if you wish.  

New price: £17,770 - £28,000
Used price: £4,255 - £19,830
Fuel economy: 35 - 64mpg
Boot space: 416 litres with the seats up; 1,760 litres with the rear seats removed.

SEAT Ateca

SEAT Ateca - the best family SUVs

The Ateca is great fun. Inside it's comfy, thanks to super-squashy seats. The interior is similar to Leon and Ibiza models, and looks of a good quality that will survive family life.

If your car comes with MirrorLink you can take advantage of the SEAT Connect App, developed with Samsung, which will read out emails while you’re driving and can be controlled with hand gestures close to the car’s media screen.

New price: £18,150 - £30,595
Used price: £14,715 - £27,360
Fuel economy: 51 - 65mpg
Boot space: 485 litres with all the seats up; 1,604 litres with the rear seats folded.

Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage - the best family SUVs

Kia’s best-selling model is cheap to run, with lots of tech, and comfortable for all. And of course, it benefits from the company’s famous seven-year warranty.

The interior is well built and hard wearing, with five regular trims to choose from - they’re all well-specified so there aren’t loads of optional extras to consider. Boot space is OK, but the rear seats don’t fold completely flat.  

New price: £18,565 - £32,195
Used price: £12,350 - £27,665
Fuel economy: 37 - 61mpg
Boot space: 491 litres with the seats up; 1,480 litres with the rear seats folded

Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Qashqai - the best family SUVs

The Qashqai is known to some as the original crossover, and really popularised this type of family SUV car. It does feel bulky to drive, but it’s easy to handle and feels safe.

One of its key selling points is its raised driving position, and it’s easy to get comfortable. All passengers will be comfy, too, thanks to seats that Nissan claims were inspired by NASA research. 

New price: £18,955 - £30,235
Used price: £8,960 - £21,480
Fuel economy: 47 - 74mpg
Boot space: 430 litres with the seats up; 1,585 litres with the rear seats folded.

Renault Kadjar

Renault Kadjar - the best family SUVs

Underneath the stylish exterior, the Kadjar is very similar to the Qashqai. It’s comfortable, drives well, and if you want the best family SUV then this is very practical. 

Most of the materials in the cabin are of a high quality given the car’s price, and the infotainment system works really well. It’s comfortable for all, unless you’re on the 19-inch alloys, then it can be a bit choppy.

New price: £19,485 - £29,365
Used price: £11,265 - £21,365
Fuel economy: 45 - 74mpg
Boot space: 472 litres with the seats up; 1,478 with the rear seats folded.

Toyota C-HR

Toyota C-HR - the best family SUVs

The look of the C-HR really sets this family SUV apart. The distinctive shape does mean you lose headroom and boot space, and the rear windows are small - but the boot isn’t tiny.

The interior is as bold as the exterior, with the dashboard angled towards the driver, and the prominent Toyota Touch 2 media system screen. In terms of safety, a Toyota Safety Sense package is included as standard on all versions of the C-HR, including: pre-collision system with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian recognition, lane-departure warning, and traffic sign recognition.

New price: £21,065 - £29,680
Used price: £16,640 - £26,180
Fuel economy: 44 - 74mpg
Boot space: 377 litres with the seats up.

Peugeot 3008

Peugeot 3008 - the best family SUVs

The Peugeot 3008 won the European Car of the Year award for 2017. It’s a bit of a mish-mash between a people carrier and an SUV, but is undoubtedly striking in the looks department. It is a 4x4 wannabe though, as it doesn’t have four-wheel drive.

The interior is simple, good quality, and uses unusual fabrics. The 3008 features a glass roof, which does impact on head-room, but otherwise it’s roomy and practical. The boot is a good size - bigger than the Qashqai - and the front passenger seat can be folded flat, meaning you can transport something up to 3m long.

New price: £21,955 - £33,155
Used price: £16,795 - £28,490
Fuel economy: 48 - 70mpg
Boot space: 520 litres with the seats up; 1,580 litres with the rear seats folded.

Volkswagen Tiguan

VW Tiguan - the best family SUVs

The Tiguan has a distinctive style, lots of comfort and practicality, but it’s not cheap. It feels a bit like a Golf to drive, just with an elevated driving position.

Safety is important for any family SUV and the Tiguan scored five stars from Euro NCAP. All Tiguans come with seven airbags and various automatic safety systems such as autonomous emergency braking. There is plenty of space for storage, including drawers under the front seats and dash-top lidded cubbies.

New price: £23,210 - £39,470
Used price: £16,790 - £33,090
Fuel economy: 38 - 60mpg
Boot space: 520 litres with the seats up. 1,655 litres with the rear seats folded.

Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V - the best family SUVs

Looking for the best family SUV? Then you might agree with five million others who have bought the Honda CR-V around the world. It’s practical, reliable, and efficient.

Rear seats have a clever folding mechanism, working with just one touch. The boot capacity is good, plus there are lots of storage options with cup holders, cubbies, and a netted space in the boot. 

New price: £23,475 - £36,780
Used price: £7,925 - £27,305
Fuel economy: 36 - 64 mpg
Boot space: 589 litres with the seats up; 1,648 with the rear seats folded

Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 - the best family SUVs

2017 sees a new version of the CX-5 launched, but for the moment we’ll focus on the outgoing model. This five-seat crossover has lots of room in the cabin, a smooth ride that might help your little passengers get off to sleep, and low emissions.

The interior is very practical and well-laid-out, but some of the plastics miss the quality of others on this list, although it’s undoubtedly well built. The boot is a decent size, and the seats fold flat; the load height is fairly low, adding to its practicality.  

New price: £23,495 - £31,295
Used price: £9,580 - £23,535
Fuel economy: 47 - 61mpg
Boot space: 503 litres with the seats up; 1,620 litres with the rear seats folded.

Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar F-Pace - the best family SUVs

The Jaguar F-Pace looks great, and it drives pretty well too - as you might expect from the company’s first SUV. It’s more of a sporty drive than some of the other family SUVs on the market - it rivals the Porsche Macan’s talents in this area. 

There’s lots of technology on offer, including Wi-Fi and a waterproof, wearable car key, plus lane-departure warning, autonomous emergency braking, and traffic sign recognition systems. The boot is roomy and practical, and the floor is reversible and rubberised on one side for easy cleaning.  

New price: £34,730 - £53,365
Used price: £28,545 - £61,310
Fuel economy: 31 - 57mpg
Boot space: 650 litres with the seats up; 1,740 litres with the rear seats folded

Mercedes-Benz GLC

Mercedes-Benz GLC - the best family SUVs

The GLC is aimed squarely at families who want a premium car that’s also super practical, and this SUV certainly delivers.

The interior offers a touch of luxury, and there are lots of practical elements that make life ferrying the family around easier. It is incredibly comfortable and relaxed, both as driver and passenger. Tonnes of safety technology makes long journeys feel quick and easy.

New price: £36,500 - £52,075
Used price: £26,770 - £45,790
Fuel economy: 34 - 56mpg
Boot space:  550 litres with the seats up; 1,600 with the rear seats folded.

Lexus RX

Lexus RX - the best family SUVs

The Lexus RX offers two engines, but neither are diesel - choose between petrol or hybrid - which is unusual for this class.

Safety is paramount to the Lexus RX, and it gained five stars from Euro NCAP. Each car features 10 airbags dotted around the cabin. It’s not the most spacious, with five seats but a fifth will be a squeeze between two adults in the back.  

New price: £41,940 - £59,645
Used price: £25,945 - £51,040
Fuel economy: 34 - 54 mpg
Boot space: 453 litres with the seats up; 924 litres with the rear seats folded

Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover Discovery - the best family SUVs

For this feature we’ve chosen the outgoing Discovery, as there are still plenty available to buy and used prices are good. However, the new 2017 Discovery is cheaper to run, more spacious, and better off road - but it is more expensive. 

This older model is iconic, spacious, comfortable and very high quality. It’s really good off road, but equally good for ferrying the family around.

New price: £48,055 - £56,555
Used price: £4,215 - £52,340
Fuel economy: 18 - 36mpg
Boot space: 280 litres with the seats up; 2,500 litres with rear and middle rows folded

BMW X5

BMW X5 - the best family SUVs

Given its size, the X5 is surprisingly nimble and very practical, but it is expensive. It’s luxurious on the inside, with the option of seven seats with a third row that is easy to access. 

There are seven engine options, and lots of technology including Parking Assist available. The latter finds a suitable parking spot, then controls the steering, accelerator and braking to park for you. 

New price: £48,140 - £94,910
Used price: £24,375 - £72,050
Fuel economy: 25 - 53mpg
Boot space: 500 litres with all the seats up; 650 with the third row folded; 1,870 with the third and middle rows folded

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90 - the best family SUVs

The previous version of this car was widely considered to have some of the most comfortable seats in the industry, and this new version is equally comfy.

The second row of seats slides back and forth, with ISOFIX points, and you can get a middle seat which transforms into a booster seat. Long journeys are a breeze as it’s so comfy, with plenty of room for passengers. It’s easy to drive, but can be hard to manoeuvre when parking due to its size - but its got parking sensors and cameras to help you out.

New price: £48,655 - £69,605
Used price: £34,690 - £60,370
Fuel economy: 34 - 49mpg
Boot space: 316 litres with the seats up; 1,868 with the rear seats folded.

Audi Q7

Audi Q7 - the best family SUVs

The Q7 comes with seven seats, although you can choose not to have the third row; if you do have it, the seats can be folded electrically thanks to buttons in the boot. There’s lots of space for everyone, with plenty of head- and legroom in the middle row. 

The Audi Q7 was awarded five stars for safety by Euro NCAP. All passenger seats feature ISOFIX points, meaning you could fit six child car seats if needed. 

New price: £49,560 - £72,320
Used price: £35,565 - £65,620
Fuel economy: 39 - 48mpg
Boot space: 235 litres with all seats up; 770 litres with third row folded; 1,955 litres with third and middle rows folded

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