SUVs are gradually becoming comfortably the most popular vehicle for UK motorists thanks to their spaciousness and high-performance levels. If you’re looking for a vehicle that oozes style and capability, check out our list of the best 2018 SUVS.

What makes SUVs popular?

Since 2016, SUVs – otherwise known as Sports Utility Vehicles – have been the most popular type of car in Europe, while they also make up one in every three vehicles purchased in the UK.
Why? Because they offer an abundance of storage space, a comfortable ride, powerful performance and great tech. One look at the latest Land Rover or BMW X Model tells you everything you need to know about these fantastic cars.

What about fuel economy?

Fuel efficiency is a concern among those considering their first SUV, particularly with the recent reports regarding petrol and diesel engines.
It is true that, as a rule of thumb, SUVs consume more fuel due to their larger size. However, they can also carry more people and luggage, so if it’s a choice between taking two trips in a smaller car or one trip in an SUV, the decision becomes a lot easier.
There are of course plenty of fuel-efficient options in the SUV market. If you’re looking to save money (and the planet!), we suggest opting for a hybrid. The Toyota C-HR is a fantastic option, as is the brand-new Range Rover Sport PHEV.

Best Small SUV 2018

Compact SUVs are the perfect option for motorists looking for a bit more space and oomph to their ride, without sacrificing fuel economy or spending over their budget.

Volvo XC40

Volvo has built a name for building engines that just run and run… and run. The XC40, winner of the What Car? of the Year 2018 is packed with character, tech and practicality. A comfortable interior is enhanced with a fantastic infotainment system while the eye-catching exterior aesthetics are backed up with a tremendous, connected driving experience.

Range Rover Evoque

Land Rover promotes the Evoque as “More than a Compact SUV”; it’s hard to disagree with the luxury British brand. From the moment you sit behind the wheel, the Evoque gives off a sense of luxury, elegance and capability. Add Land Rover’s iconic all-terrain capability to that and you’ve got a terrific compact SUV on your hands.

Best Medium SUV 2018

Looking for a bit more power and cargo space? Consider one of these slightly larger medium SUVs.

Volkswagen Tiguan

Space, comfort and practicality are guaranteed with the VW Tiguan, which boasts 4Motion four-wheel drive, a range of engine options and a 615-litre boot. The infotainment system in the Tiguan is also worth a mention, with an 8-inch touchscreen, Sat-Nav and phone mirroring capability.


The latest generation BMW X3 certainly has the wow-factor most SUV drivers crave. Critics love the 2018 X3, no doubt because of its gorgeous design, innovative tech and smooth drive. In the words of BMW, the X3 is “an advocate for unlimited opportunity”.

Best Large SUV

Those with a large family or an eye for adventure may prefer the option of a large SUV. If you want the biggest, most powerful vehicles in this range, these are what we recommend.

Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 is an SUV that promises to turn heads on the road. LED headlights, a huge, elegant grille and the classic sophisticated Audi design combine to create what can only be considered one of the best SUVs of 2018. The interior and what’s under the hood are no less impressive, with a varied engine range (including a hybrid option), as well as cutting-edge technology and comfort.

Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover Sport almost speaks for itself. Packed with everything that’s made Land Rover the go-to name for adventure, the Range Rover Sport is an exquisite SUV. If you’re looking for a muscular, powerful vehicle that’s as capable on the road as it is off it, look no further than this model.

Best SUV to buy in 2019

So, there you have it: the best UK SUVs of 2018. Already thinking of what your next vehicle will be? If you’re considering a 2019 SUV, it’s worth getting excited about the following models. Remember, with a short-term lease you can change your vehicle every 6 months!

Alfa Romeo Grand SUV

The as-yet unnamed Alfa Romeo SUV will have seven seats, making it the largest model the automaker has ever made. It will also be the first electric vehicle designed by Alfa Romeo.

Land Rover Defender

Defender is back! Land Rover fans rejoice – the iconic SUV that’s steeped in heritage is returning in 2019 after months of rumours and speculation. A Jaguar Land Rover representative recently claimed it would be “an authentic successor” with fantastic off-road capability. Keep your eyes peeled!

Lease an SUV

Do you like to change your vehicle regularly in order to drive the latest and greatest models? Our flexible, short-term leases allow you to get behind the wheel of a brand-new vehicle every 6 months! Learn everything you need to know in our vehicle leasing guide or by calling 01636 858458.