The term 'SUV' means Sports Utility Vehicle. Not to be confused with a 'Jeep' or a '4x4', they are one of the largest body-types a car is available in and are favoured for their everyday practicality, interior comfort and raised driving position. You can learn more about what constitutes an SUV by heading over to our 'What Is An SUV' page.Click here to find out the meaning behind each car body type.
Certain manufacturers are synonymous with the term 'SUV', namely - Land Rover, Jeep & Suzuki, however as these models come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, SUV's are very popular among both personal car leasing customers and business users. Some people often confuse Cross-overs with SUV's due to how heavily inspired they are by the latter, you can find out more on what defines a Cross-over here.
Almost every single manufacturer offers a variation of the SUV body-type - the five categories we divide them into are Large, Extra Large, Executive, Full-size & Oversize. Below is a list of each model belonging to its respective category.
Bordering on the Cross-over segment, compact SUV's often have more sophisticated off-road systems, making them a cut above the cross-over classification. Aside from this, Large is the category where the bulk of the models lay. With larger size models, tyres are also often slightly wider and more expensive to replace.
Chances are you'll have seen an awful lot of Range Rover Evoques out on the road, while it is Land Rovers entry-level model, they still retain the same level of luxury that Land Rover are known for. Its stylish, haunch looks and modern interior make the model stand out in the incredibly crowded market.
Porsche have a sizeable range of SUV's and sit in the upper-echelon in terms of luxury level, though there's also no compromise on the level of performance associated with being a Porsche. With Porsche having such high standards and build quality, residual values are often very good on their models, with the Macan being the most popular out of their range of SUV's.
The Sorento has very recently had a mid-life refresh and is back once again to offer even greater value for money over the previous model. It's still only available with a diesel engine, but features such as alloy wheels, cruise control, air conditioning & Bluetooth connectivity all come as standard. Whats more, is that the Sorento is quite quick on its feet for a car of its size, with a 0-62 time of 8.7 seconds all while retaining an average mpg of 47.1 MPG. Kia really have upped their game with the new Sorento.You can find out our latest rates on the Kia Sorento by clicking here.
Most known for their great handling and driving dynamics, BMW have a huge range of SUV models, with the X3 sitting right in the centre of their range. As the X3 shares many parts with other BMW models, there is also a wide range of engines, including a full-fat performance X3 M40i.
The XC60 has been given a recent face-lift as part of Volvo's ongoing campaign to modernise their range. Back once again with upgraded lights, minimalist cabin and new autonomous driving & safety tech, the XC60 has remained as one of the best family all-rounders.
The Nissan X-Trail is an affordable seven-seater family commuter car with a nicely spaced out interior and good choice of engines; because of this, it's one of Nissan's best-selling vehicles worldwide. Despite being a step above the Nissan Qashqai, the cost of leasing an X-Trail is only marginally more expensive, offering great value for money.You can find all of our latest Nissan X-Trail lease offers here.
The E-Pace is one of the entry-level models into the Jaguar range. Priced right alongside the XE Saloon, the E-Pace is a stylish small SUV that is essentially a smaller version of the popular F-Pace. It's available with a wide choice of engines and drive-train setups, both petrol and diesel, FWD or AWD can be chosen along with an enormous range of trim levels - Standard, HSE, R-Dynamic, R-Dynamic HSE, R-Dynamic S, R-Dynamic S Black Edition, R-Dynamic SE, S, S Black Edition, SE.Check out our huge range of E-Pace offers here!
Despite the extra size over the usual SUV's, you'd think that extra large SUV's would all have seven seats. Well, not all of them have seven seats as standard but do have the option to fit two extra seats, at the expensive of boot space.
The Kodiaq is the largest model in the Skoda range, as standard it comes with five seats however an extra £1000 will get you a seven-seater variant. The Kodiaq really offers great value for money in the form of build quality, style and efficient engines. The range begins with the SE trim and spans across SE Technology, SE L, Scout, Sportline, Edition, Laurin & Klement and finally - vRS.You can view all of our latest Skoda Kodiaq lease deals here.
The Q5 sits right in the middle of Audi's SUV range, between the smaller Q3 and larger Q7. The Q5 is one of the most luxurious vehicles in the extra large segment, though it's no surprise that the four-rings don't disappoint. As Audi share many of their engines/parts between models, there's plenty of choice when it comes to specifying your personal car.Check out our latest Audi Q5 lease deals by clicking here.
Both Mercedes & BMW have created a secondary variant of their mid-range SUVs - the Mercedes-Benz GLC is available in Estate and Coupe guise, with the latter sacrificing extra boot space for sportier styling. While the GLC is on the more expensive side of the market, it's deservedly one of the Audi Q5's main competitors.Click here to see all of our GLC Estate deals.Click here to see all of our GLC Coupe offers.
The Ford Edge is one of the more affordable large SUVs, it's ideal for the growing family as Ford's incredibly efficient EcoBlue diesel engine will help you save money on fuel while the roomy interior will have you running through the school run in no time - the ISOFIX points are easy to anchor a child seat into as there's lots of space in the back of the cabin.View all of our Ford Edge lease deals here.
The VW Touareg was given a face-lift in the later half of 2018, back again with revised exterior bumpers and an intelligent trailer parking system, so whether you're towing a caravan or a trailer the car will be able to do the tough job of reverse parking for you!You can find all of our lease deals on the new Volkswagen Touareg here.
The X4 sits in a similar bracket to the Mercedes GLC Coupe, it's a sporty looking SUV with a saloon inspired body. While you don't get as much choice of engines as other SUV's in its class, the range of diesels are fairly powerful right from the entry-level engine, however if you prefer petrol there's currently only one to choose. What differs the X4 from other large SUVs is that it's also four wheel drive as standard.Click here to view our BMW X4 offers.
As you can imagine, the executive SUV class is dominated by luxury brands. The price point is much higher than other cars on the market, but manufacturers offer some of their very best features to make it worth your while.
The F-Pace is very diverse in the way it can be specified - there is a huge range of trim levels to choose from, along with being able to choose between Front-wheel drive, All-wheel drive & Rear-wheel drive. Due to how successful the F-Pace has been, Jaguar now make a cross-over SUV based off of it - the E-Pace.
The Velar is one of the latest models to join the Land Rover line-up. It sits between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport and features an ultra-modern interior to help make the model stand out. Like the Range Rover Sport, the Velar also has very sporty looks, especially when specified in 'R-Dynamic' trim.
The Q7 was previously the most expensive SUV in the Audi range, however this was recently knocked off the top spot by the new Q8. The Q7 is enormous in size and has seven seats as standard, its excellent build quality will never let you down and it will keep you comfortable on longer journeys thanks to the raised ride height and soft suspension.
The Discovery Sport has been a long standing model in the Land Rover range, it's a popular seven-seater with genuine off-road capabilities, luxurious interior and an enormous amount of space. It's based off of the larger Discovery model, which is typically more suited to going off-road much more frequently, whereas the 'Disco' sport takes the bits best suited for road use and is easier to live with.
The XC90 was one of the first models to undergo Volvo's complete overhaul of their range. It's their flagship model and is quite possibly the most luxurious vehicle Scandinavia has to offer. The XC90 is diverse in its specification too - you can opt for three different trim levels, each bringing a different angle to the car. The range begins with 'Momentum', but if you prefer sportier styling you'll want the 'R-Design' version or if luxury is more your thing - Inscription. The model is also available with a powerful T8 plug-in hybrid engine, which is a rarity for a model of it's size, but this is the most expensive engine in the line-up.
The X5 is very bold in it's design, the traditional BMW kidney grille has been enlarged and is now one-piece, the rear lights have been revised with 3D full LED taillights. You'll get to pick from a line-up of powerful engines, making this luxurious SUV both comfortable and fun to drive.
The Cayenne is one of the executive SUVs that isn't available as a seven-seater, but it makes up for this by really making the most of the interior design. It's also one of the sportiest SUVs in its segment, which makes sense given Porsche's heritage. Like with most Porsche models, the apple hasn't fallen too far from the tree - the model still takes heavy inspiration from the classic 911.Find your next Porsche Cayenne lease by clicking here.
The GLE is one of Mercedes' largest SUVs and is available in two forms - Estate or Coupe, much like the BMW X4. Its enormous size gives it huge presence on the road. On the inside, the GLE is seriously impressive compared to its competitors, though it's the polar opposite of the likes of Volvo or Audi whom are known for their minimalist approach to interior design. If you go for the Estate variant of the GLE you have the choice for seven seats, but if you prefer the Coupe you'll have to make do with five.Click here to see our latest Mercedes GLE Estate lease deals.
Full-size SUVs sit in the upper-echelon when it comes to their price point, but with high cost comes high levels of luxury, which is why so few models sit in this bracket. Much like the executive SUV segment, only premium manufacturers make an appearance in this list.
The Range Rover Sport really is a jack of all trades, if you want high performance, there's an SVR model available, if you want luxury there's the autobiography variant - but unlike most SUVs, there's even a hybrid engine to choose from. Being a British manufacturer, there is also a strong network of Land Rover dealerships across the UK for all of your servicing needs!Find our latest Range Rover Sport lease deals by clicking here.
The BMW X6 is another one of the 'Saloon/Coupe' styled SUVs - it sits very high in BMW's range - just below the new X7. It's enormous in size and has a lot of presence on the road. It's surprisingly fun to drive when considering how large it is and there's a good line-up of engines to pick from, whether you prefer petrol or diesel; but there's no option for a hybrid.
Over-size models are the largest of the large, much like the full-size segment - there aren't many models in this category and you'll rarely see these models out on the road, mainly due to price-point and a somewhat limited level of practicality when navigating small British roads.
The full-fat Range Rover is one of the largest SUVs money can buy, it's often favoured by board level business people and celebrities alike. The interior has an enormous amount of space, beautifully crafted leather seats and the very best technology that Land Rover has in their arsenal.Click here to view our current rates on the Land Rover Range Rover.