29 August 2014

Top Gear's favourite sensible SUVs

A Range Rover's all very well, but what about the SUVs more reasonably priced?

Mazda CX-5

We recommend: 2.2 SE-L AWD
Price: £25,395
Specs: 148bhp, 280lb ft, 0-62mph 9.4secs, 122mph top speed, 54.3mpg, CO2 136g/km

The surprise of the SUV world. Not because it drives as well as it does - Mazda is normally good at dynamics - but because it's as refined as any German rival.

Read Top Gear's full verdict on the Mazda CX-5

Skoda Yeti

We recommend: SE 1.2 TSI
Price: £18,225
Specs: 104bhp, 129lb ft, 0-62mph 11.4secs, 110mph top speed, 46.3mpg, CO2 142g/km

Skoda's most interesting car. Loses out to the Mazda simply because it's getting a bit old now, but quality, comfort and dynamics are still up there with the best.

Read Top Gear's full verdict on the Skoda Yeti

Hyundai Santa Fe

We recommend: 2.2 CRDI Style Auto
Price: £29,110
Specs: 194bhp, 311lb ft, 0-62mph 10.1secs, 118mph top speed, 41.5mpg, CO2 178g/km

Sharp looks, family-friendly interior and value-for-money, the new Santa Fe carries on where the old one left off. Not the most exciting, but good all the same.

Read Top Gear's full verdict on the Hyundai Santa Fe

Land Rover Freelander

We recommend: 2.2 TD4 SE Tech Auto
Price: £32,270
Specs: 148bhp, 309lb ft, 0-62mph 8.6secs, 118mph top speed, 40.4mpg, CO2 185g/km

If your SUV deals more with rough terrain than tarmac, then the Freelander is the best one for you. Epic off-road, and superbly comfy on-road, too. Small, though, and it's getting on a bit nowadays.

Read Top Gear's full verdict on the Land Rover Freelander

Ford Kuga

We recommend: Titanium 2.0 TDCI FWD
Price: £24,050
Specs: 138bhp, 236lb ft, 0-62mph 10.6secs, 118mph top speed, 53.3mpg, CO2 139g/km

The new Kuga has lost some of the dynamic edge of the first generation model, but build quality and engines are improved. A solid second coming, but not spectacular.

Read Top Gear's full verdict on the Ford Kuga

Dacia Duster

We recommend: Ambiance 1.5 dCi 4x4
Price: £13,995
Specs: 109bhp, 177lb ft, 0-62mph 12.5secs, 104mph top speed, 53.3mpg, CO2 135g/km

If you value substance way above style, this is the place to go. It won't impress like a Freelander on the school run, but there's an appealing honesty and toughness to the Duster. And it's cheap.

Read Top Gear's full verdict on the Dacia Duster

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