The SUV sector is the fastest growing on the market and is being filled with vehicles that are becoming more and more capable by the day.
Driving performance is becoming all the more important as well, as many motorists want more involvement when behind the wheel.
Here are seven SUVs on sale that fill that role well…
The composed Edge is predictable to drive in a good way and when on slippery surfaces, the four-wheel drive system is able to distribute torque around to give you the most grip possible. Those looking for a sportier drive should opt for the ST Line model, which offers sports suspension and a more honed feel through the corners. But if you go for the standard option, long range driving should be a doddle.
The F-Pace is one of the best SUVs to drive around, as with Jaguar’s sporting heritage employed, the chassis feels well-balanced and it corners excellently. The steering and controls are very responsive, while the engine line-up offers something for everyone – including the ballistic SVR version that’s soon to go on sale.
If you’re after comfort and stability from your SUV, then look no further than the Audi Q7. The high driving position paired with a composed setup allows the user to enjoy their journeys and settle down for longer stretches behind the wheel. All the engines allow for very smooth progress, while the SQ7 is a true bahnstorming performance machine.
Volvo is adept at building quality vehicles, and the XC90 is no different. Kicking off the current design ethos seen throughout the brand’s line-up, the XC90 is comfortable, well-engineered and very easy to place on the road – while the engines offer more than enough punch to get up to speed for overtakes. The light steering makes it easy to navigate around town as well.
The mid-sized Mercedes SUV has excellent road manners, especially with sports suspension, as there’s plenty of grip on turn-in and it can hide its weight through the corners well. The engines are refined, while the transmissions available are impressively smooth to allow for excellent progress.
Fitted with its small steering wheel as part of the iCockpit setup, the 3008 feels much easier to drive than its size would suggest. The light and direct steering means that you can nip in and out of traffic relatively easily, while the smooth-shifting transmissions are paired to equally excellent engines.
Range Rover Velar
Arguably Land Rover’s most stylish model to date, the Velar is also very well behaved in terms of road manners. The light steering can be overly so at times, but that makes driving around town very simple – while the comfortable setup makes cruising in the large car very easy indeed.