The SUV acronym stands for Sports Utility Vehicle. Commonly dubbed as a Jeep or Four-by-four, SUVs are characterised by their large body size, raised ride height and rugged looks. Birthed from the need to transport equipment, travel off-road and scale rocks/rivers, original SUVs were popular amongst farmers, adventure/equine sport enthusiasts and emergency rescue services for their four-wheel or all-wheel drive capability. They are also much safer to navigate in harsh weather conditions and throughout the snowy roads over winter.
Nowadays the majority of SUV's are more road-focused, as motorists would spend only a fraction of their time actually using their SUVs off-road capability. This means manufacturers are starting to combine the most popular elements of an SUV with that of a smaller car, birthing the 'Crossover' segment. Due to how practical SUVs are, they are very popular among dog owners as there is plenty of room in the rear. Lots of SUVs are even available with optional pet packages which include transportation cages.
Traditionally speaking - No. However, it would be reasonable to consider Crossovers as an expansion of the SUV segment, but they have now become the middle ground between a Hatchback and an SUV. You can learn more about what constitutes a Crossover by clicking here.
Due to the fact that most early SUV models were four-wheel drive, this created the myth that an SUV and a 4x4 are one in the same. As SUVs are being used less and less off-road, manufacturers are opting to save on weight and increase fuel efficiency by using front wheel drive-trains. A modern example of a 4x4 would be the Toyota Land Cruiser or Mitsubishi Shogun, whereas an SUV is usually much more stylish than utilitarian, namely the Land Rover Range Rover or Volkswagen Touareg (pictured above).
Despite their huge size and enormous weight, the increased demand for SUVs has lead to manufacturers experimenting with performance variants of their range of SUVs. Two of the most popular performance SUVs are the Range Rover Sport SVR or Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which you can find more information on in the 'Performance SUV' section of our performance car leasing page.
Due to how popular these models are in the market, a modern SUV can be yours from around £267.99/Month - this Skoda Kodiaq 1.4 TSI S is one of the entry-level models into leasing an SUV. Mid-range models like the Jaguar E-Pace can start from around £330/Month and Upper-echelon models such as the Range Rover Sport start from roughly £721/Month.
If you've got your heart set on an SUV for your next car, take a look at our SUV leasing page for the latest deals along with more details.