Best SUVs and Crossovers For Families

09 August 2021 Blog

When it comes to choosing a new car for your family, there’s no doubt you’ve considered one of the host of new SUV or SUV Crossovers that have sprung onto the market in recent years.

Whilst some may wonder what’s behind the sudden rise on popularity, many motorists in their thousands have flocked to this new breed of family car.  

When it comes to practicality the humble hatchback was the family favourite for decades, with the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus flooding city streets and sitting perched on your neighbour’s driveway. Now, if you take a peek through your curtains you’re more likely to see the silhouette of a Nissan Qashqai or Hyundai Tucson gracing the road. 

 

Why Are SUVs & Crossovers So Popular With Families? 

Whilst SUVs and Crossovers have been around since the late 90s, growing families and a desire for more comfort led to a surge in popularity for the Crossover market. With the majority of SUV Crossovers based on smaller cars in the manufacturer’s range (e.g. the Volkswagen Tiguan is based on the Volkswagen Golf platform) they have the practicality of parking a car with the cabin space and boot size of a 4x4.  

We’ve put together a list of our favourite SUVs for families, all available in store or online with our team of experts to guide you with any questions you may have.

 

Our Top Family SUVs & Crossovers 

Ford Kuga 

Few brands have such a strong reputation for quality as Ford. Though they’re more commonly known for their family friendly hatchbacks, Ford introduced the Kuga in 2008 at the height of the crossover craze. 

Over 10 years later Ford released the 3rd generation of the Kuga, with a refreshed and modernised exterior and subtle tweaks to the cabin. The Kuga hosts everything Ford are famous for, in a spacious and comfortable package.  

With the latest revision of the Kuga, Ford introduced Mild Hybrid (MHEV) technology for the first time, which helps the 2.0 EcoBlue engine achieve over 64mpg – an impressive figure for a car so substantial.  

The interior of the Kuga feels strong and sturdy, built to compete with even the most energetic family jumping in and out of the car on the school run. The large boot opening and 575L capacity mean the Kuga is ideal for staycation road trips, with a host of tech features to keep the family entertained on the road. 

>> Shop Ford Kuga

 

Hyundai Tucson 

One of the best-selling crossovers to date, it's no surprise the Tucson features on our top picks. 

Thanks to the introduction of the Hyundai 5-year warranty, the Tucson is ideal for those looking for added peace of mind – and even means buying a model that is a few years old gives you coverage against any unexpected costs.  

The Tucson does have a slightly smaller boot than rivals, coming in at 488L, however this reduction in space has resulted in more cabin space particularly for rear seat passengers gaining addition knee room. This extra space helps make the Tucson a popular choice for growing families or those with teenagers. The exceptional quality and durability of Hyundai’s interior materials means the car will stay feeling new for years to come.  

>> Shop Hyundai Tucson

 

BMW X1 

One of the top selling prestige brands, BMW has a reputation for luxury, even in their more family orientated models. The X1 leads the way as their smallest SUV offering in the line-up, against the larger X3, and X5 models.  

Despite being the most compact SUV in their range, the X1 still has a 505L boot, perfect for fitting in suitcases ready for your next family holiday. 

As with any BMW, the infotainment system is one of the best features, with pro media and traffic programming being essential for anyone regularly travelling.  

Regardless of trim level, all BMWs are well equipped from the factory with high quality materials throughout, the premium materials used in the cabin and the trademark German styling make the X1 our top premium pick. 

>> Shop BMW X1

 

Mitsubishi Outlander 

The best-selling hybrid SUV of all time, the Outlander offers something very few manufacturers can match in the premium sector. Exceptional economy from the 2.4 engine teamed with the Plug-in Hybrid motors, the Outlander can achieve up to 139mpg – an impressive figure for such a large car.  

The equipment list on the Outlander show that it is packed with cutting edge technology. The top trim levels feature interior ambient lighting, electric adjustable heated seats and soft high-quality leather across the cabin.  

Designed to offer a refined driving experience, the Outlander has an understated and subtle interior, with buttons laid out in a considered, uncluttered layout. The large steering wheel gives a true sense of the substantial feeling you’ll experience when driving the Outlander, though the hybrid motors kick in to provide ample power to the drive wheels, making it as spritely around town as a smaller city car

>> Shop Mitsubishi Outlander

 

Nissan Qashqai 

It’s impossible to curate a list of top SUV Crossovers without including the car that arguably started the craze. One of the earliest Crossovers available, the Qashqai has maintained a strong foothold in the best sellers lists thanks to Nissan’s focus on constantly evolving the Qashqai.  

One of the main areas of focus for Nissan is on safety, with the Qashqai achieving a 5 star NCAP rating since 2014. As well as the design focusing on safety, Nissan have added a lengthy list of safety options to the Qashqai since its launch, with adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and collision warning technology all available.  

Despite the focus on safety, Nissan don’t skimp on creature comforts either, with high spec models featuring a glass panoramic sunroof, reverse parking camera and built in Sat Nav. 

>> Shop Nissan Qashqai

 

Shop SUV Crossovers 

Whether you are looking for an economical, prestige or super safe option, we can help find the right SUV or Crossover for you. You can browse our entire range online, or view your own top picks in person at your local store. Take a closer look inside, or get a feel for owning it by taking one out for a test drive!