The SUV was once the vehicle of a tougher folk.
These adventurers had a need for all-wheel drive and ridiculously powerful engines to get them out of a jam.
Today, the SUV is the iconic vehicle of what our American friends would call the 'Soccer Mom'.
This is someone, typically in their 30s/40s who has absolutely no need for an SUV, other than to flex over smaller, more inferior cars.
Sorry lads, but you’re ‘Soccer Moms’ too. Your bi-monthly 5-a side game doesn’t make you an athlete who needs a ‘Sports Utility Vehicle’.
This new species of SUV-driver has motivated everyone wanting to make some cash in the car industry to put out an SUV model.
In all seriousness, this is great for us, as a lot of people like big cars. The higher viewing position makes driving a lot easier, and the roomier interior makes for a comfy experience.
SUV. Crossover. Is there actually a difference?
Short answer yes. Long answer, go read our blog on the differences between SUV cars and crossovers.
For the sake of this article, we'll be using the word 'SUV' on all our top ten picks, even if some are technically crossovers. If you need a 'true' SUV, you likely live rurally or have a rugged, Bear Grylls lifestyle. This is a pretty small percentage of us.
This blog is for the average Joe who wants an SUV to commute and kick around town in, not for those who need a tractor just to get into their driveway.
Do I want an SUV?
Let's take a look at some of the pros and cons of owning an SUV:
Big and spacious: One of the main appeals of the family SUV is the spacious interior. Whether you need the extra room for the kids, or you're just sick of feeling cramped in your Kia Picanto hatchback, the SUV body style is a good option.
Higher driving position: Shockingly, a taller car comes with a higher driving position. This means you can better see what’s happening on the road around you, and it has the added bonus of giving you a priceless sense of superiority as you lord over the smaller peasants on the road.
Competitive pricing: With pretty much every car manufacturer jumping on the SUV bandwagon these days, you can find one for a pretty reasonable price. Of course, if you want to splurge, there’s some expensive luxury options around too.
Lower mpg: SUVs are big cars, and big cars have their downsides. Because they're heavier than smaller cars, the MPG isn’t as good. The fuel economy in a Land Rover Discovery is obviously going to be a lot worse than in a Toyota Aygo!
Safety issues: While you'd probably rather be in an SUV than a city car in a head on collision, there's actually quite a few safety issues that comes along with the SUV. Due to their height, there's a risk of the car tumbling over in an accident - which wouldn't be fun. This in turn leads to...
Increased insurance cost: As your big fancy SUV is more likely to roll over in a crash, your insurance is notably higher.
In summary, the practicality of an SUV is balanced out by the increased price of insurance and fuel economy.
That being said, it's important to actually enjoy the car you drive, and if you're a big fan of an SUV style and can afford it, go for it!
If you're working with a smaller budget and have to admit that an SUV just doesn't make sense for you right now, check out our favourite small cars list instead.
Best SUV Cars of 2019
You're convinced, you simply must have an SUV, as simply no other car style will do.
Where do you start? The SUV market can be overwhelming due to the sheer number of models available these days.
To help you decide, we've done all the boring research for you, and we’re happy to present to you our best SUV cars of 2019!