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The 10 best midsize SUVs you can buy in 2024

Midsize SUVs are hugely popular because they can carry a lot of stuff but they’re not so big you’ll find them a pain to park. Here are 10 of the best you can buy

It seems there’s no stopping the SUV craze. More and more UK car buyers have been swayed by the lure of an SUV’s high driving position, an easy climb in and out of the driver’s seat and boot space that tends to dwarf a hatchback’s. 

This explosion of popularity has given birth to small SUVs (your VW T-Rocs, Audi Q2s and Peugeot 2008s, for example), as well as the large seven-seater options (the BMWs X5Volvo XC90 and Skoda Kodiaq fall into this category).

But as the story of Goldilocks taught us, there’s an SUV middle ground which is just right for most bears. Or people. These are midsize SUVs, which can comfortably carry a family of four and all their luggage, but don’t have the length of a large SUV. With this in mind, grab your porridge and read on for 10 of the best midsize SUVs you can buy.

Best midsize SUVs

Skoda Karoq

White Skoda Karoq parked in dappled shade with a pine tree in the foreground

The Skoda Karoq is a midsize SUV that strikes a great balance between premium feel, practical cabin and reasonably affordable purchase price. It’s packed with clever features such as an adjustable boot floor, a smart touchscreen infotainment system and even sliding rear seats on certain models – which can be entirely removed from the car, leaving you with a two-seater SUV-cum-van. The Karoq is also comfortable and efficient, with a good selection of diesel and petrol engines as well as four-wheel-drive options. What’s not to like?

Shop used Skoda Karoq cars for sale or read our Skoda Karoq review.

Peugeot 3008

Blue Peugeot 3008 facelift driving down a road in early spring light

For all the Karoq’s practicality, it doesn’t exactly scream style. The Peugeot 3008 is a more stylish SUV, with sharp looks and a cabin that’s packed with swoops and – in top trims – soft cloth that’s illuminated in a fetching shade of blue at night. The back seats and boot aren’t quite as spacious as in the Karoq, but you won’t struggle as a family of four. We’ve taken one away for a Christmas break with the family and didn’t run out of space despite a bumper haul of presents and pullovers. You can also get the 3008 with a plug-in hybrid or full hybrid powertrain.

Shop used Peugeot 3008 cars for sale or read our Peugeot 3008 review.

Kia Sportage

Blue Kia Sportage parked on a gravel track with a mountain bike on its roof

If you’re after a hybrid or plug-in hybrid midsize SUV then check out the latest Kia Sportage. It’s available with both electrified powertrain options, but also traditional petrol engines. The interior’s a world away from Kias of the past, thanks to two high-res screens for infotainment and your driving dials. Quality and practicality are also strong, with Audi-esque materials and one of the biggest boots in the class, and from new the Sportage has Kia’s seven-year warranty. The only real niggles are divisive looks and slightly fiddly climate controls.

Shop used Kia Sportage cars for sale or read our Kia Sportage review.

Hyundai Tucson

Dark Blue Hyundai Tucson cornering on a UK road

Love everything about the Sportage apart from its looks? Try the Hyundai Tucson – because it’s essentially the same car as the Sportage underneath. Like its Kia sibling, the Tucson comes with a wide choice of petrol, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrain options – and it’s got a decent amount of space in the back seats and a similarly impressive 620-litre boot on petrol versions. The cabin’s full of handy cubbyholes and although it doesn’t have quite the same space-age look as the Kia inside, there’s still most of the same tech, including two large digital screens – which come as standard.

Shop used Hyundai Tucson cars for sale or read our Hyundai Tucson review.

Volkswagen Tiguan

Once the king of the midsize SUV class, the Volkswagen Tiguan only loses points because the two Korean cars above do the same job for less money, and with more warranty. The Volkswagen’s still a properly good car though, and this very latest Tiguan is the best yet. We love the way the rear seats recline so you can maximise either boot space or comfort, and the cabin feels sturdily built.

There’s a plug-in hybrid version of the Tiguan (called the eHybrid) that now manages over 70 miles of electric driving – so even if you’re up and down the motorway you can do a lot of zero-emission mileage. The latest Tiguan also comes as standard with an automatic gearbox to make things nice and easy, and a massive touchscreen that’s been completely overhauled. It now works.

Shop used Volkswagen Tiguan cars for sale or read our Volkswagen Tiguan review.

Nissan Qashqai

Blue Nissan Qashqai parked on a country road with a stormy sky in the background

The car that really started the midsize SUV revolution back in the mid-noughties. This latest generation Qashqai has followed the sales success of the 2006 car, and it’s still an economical and spacious family car that doesn’t especially excel in any one area, but is comfortable and just fits into your life. Perhaps its standout feature is an exceptional safety rating – it earned a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test score in 2021, with a whopping 91% adult and child occupant safety rating.

And to make sure it’s still competitive among its many rivals, the Qashqai has just been facelifted for 2024. It gains a bold front end, built-in Google apps and a fancy new trim level – check out the new Qashqai here.

Shop used Nissan Qashqai cars for sale or read our Nissan Qashqai review.

Ford Kuga

Red Ford Kuga parked against a wall

Another great do-it-all midsize SUV, the Ford Kuga does the job of carrying families and their luggage about without a fuss. It’s available with petrol, diesel, hybrid or plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrains, the latter of which can do about 30 miles on electric power alone. Cabin space and quality are a significant step up on the previous-generation Kuga, and most models get a high-tech digital dashboard for all your driving data. A biggish boot and affordable used prices are the cherries on top. And, like the Qashqai, the Kuga’s just been facelifted for 2024.

Shop used Ford Kuga cars for sale or read our Ford Kuga review.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

A silver Hyundai Ioniq 5 parked against a corporate-looking building

Nope, you’ve not accidentally clicked on a ‘giant retro hatchbacks’ article – the Ioniq 5 is a midsize SUV with gorgeous throwback styling. It’s the first electric-only SUV on our list, so you‘ll need to be prepared to recharge your Ioniq 5 every 250 or so miles depending on the version you pick. It’s been designed from the ground up as an EV, so you get a completely flat cabin floor which makes for loads of storage space in the novel centre console. It’s also a comfortable car for big distances – the only downsides are the price and the fact your rear-seat passengers may feel as if their feet are quite high in relation to their hips thanks to the batteries under the floor. Also check out the Kia EV6, which is the same as the Ioniq 5 underneath its sportier styling.

Skoda Enyaq

Silver Skoda Enyaq iV driving past a forestry block

If you’re after a more affordable electric midsize SUV with a bigger boot than the Ioniq 5, check out the Skoda Enyaq. It’ll do between 250-300 miles on a charge in the real world depending on the battery size and motor layout you pick, yet it also has a charming eco-friendly cabin that makes it feel very zen. We love the large infotainment screen and the use of cloth trimmings on some models. It may be similar to the VW ID.4 underneath, but the Enyaq’s more affordable, more interesting inside and a better all-round family car.


Grey BMW X3 driving along a country road

The BMW X3’s a little longer than most cars on this list, a little posher and a fair chunk more expensive – but it’s worthy of inclusion because it’s a Very Good Car. It has a seriously premium-feeling interior in a typically understated BMW fashion. The infotainment tech’s top-notch, and there are still plenty of nooks and crannies for carrying daily essentials. Couple this with a driving experience that’s noticeably more involving than any other car on this list and you’ve got a cracking premium midsize SUV.

Shop used BMW X3 cars for sale or read our BMW X3 review.

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