Large SUV options for extra space
If you’re coming from a hatchback or even a mid-sized SUV, one of our best large SUV picks is going to feel like a huge step up in many ways.
Not only is there a drastic size difference to take into consideration, but there’s also more practicality, often a larger fuel tank, and many new controls and switches to learn.
It’s an exciting change up in the car world, but there are just so many to choose from on the used car market.
So, to save you the hassle, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the best large SUVs you can buy – you’re welcome.
One of the main reasons you may choose to move up to a large SUV is to seat more people, and the Peugeot 5008 can certainly do that.
With seven seats and a large 2,150-litre boot (when all the seats are folded flat), this used Peugeot is easily one of the most practical large SUV picks at this price point.
It's great to drive too thanks to a solid selection of petrol and diesel engines, with the top-spec model coming as an even more fuel-efficient hybrid.
It can be had in two configurations, depending on whether you’re after five or seven seats.
There’s also a huge 735-litre boot at the rear for family camping trips, large food shops or even the family pet.
The Swedes never miss a beat when it comes to building a solid and robust vehicle, and the XC90 is proof of that.
There are plenty of engine options available including a petrol, diesel and the top-spec plug-in hybrid that offers up to 31 miles of range.
We also see this becoming somewhat of a future classic in its current iteration, as the arrival of the all-electric EX90 is just around the corner.
Whether you live in West London or Chipping Norton, you’ll always find a Range Rover.
It’s simply the go-to vehicle, whether you need a farm vehicle or a comfortable cruiser.
The interior is the best in the game, with plush leather seats and a world-class infotainment system.
There are also some splendid engines on offer including a petrol, diesel, mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid and top-of-the-range V8 in the SVR.
BMW’s flagship electric SUV, the iX is one of the most impressive electric vehicles (EVs) ever made.
Not only does it look like a spaceship from Star Wars, but it also has an interior as hi-tech as one. From its swish curved central screen to its updated BMW iDrive infotainment system, BMW has nailed it with this one.
This used BMW is roomy too, with plenty of space throughout and a large 500-litre boot to store suitcases and shopping bags.
The Audi Q7 is a monster of a vehicle, spanning more than five metres and offering up to seven seats and a 770-litre boot.
There are a vast range of engines on offer. As standard, you get a petrol engine, but upgrade and you can get a diesel or plug-in hybrid (which Audi now exclusively offers instead of the diesel).
It makes for a great family car – especially if you tend to drive longer distances. Plus, opting for a used Audi model can help save on the cost of a brand-new option.
The Sorento is a bit like Lidl. It offers good prices for essentially the same products as a more high-end supermarket such as Waitrose.
You pay significantly less for a Sorento than some of its rivals, but won’t get let down by the quality.
Inside, there’s plenty of leather, tech and comfort – not to mention the fact it can seat up to seven people comfortably.
Tesla Model X
Once electric car manufacturers got a whiff of other brands making large SUVs, they had to have a slice of the pie. And the best bit? They’re phenomenal options to consider.
One of the best is the Tesla Model X – it’s roomy, packed with advanced tech and has ‘falcon wing’ rear doors that bring out the six-year-old in all of us.
Being electric, there aren’t any engine options but instead, you get the choice of electric motors that come with the following battery choices: 60; 75; 90; or 100 kWh.
Tesla even offers a 1,000hp version called the Plaid that’s sure to be quicker than any other car you encounter on the road (or even racetrack).
Because of its size and level of onboard safety tech, the X5 is one of the safest SUVs the brand makes – but it offers so much more than that.
It’s incredibly soft, despite some models benefitting from BMW’s sporty ‘M’ suspension, and you can have yours with either a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine – there’s something for everyone.
Hyundai Santa Fe
If you need a dependable and large family SUV that’s reliable, practical and hard-wearing, there are very few options as great as the Hyundai Santa Fe.
There are a handful of trim levels available, and while newer models are exclusively available with hybrid engines, there are also some diesel options on the used car market that are great for those longer motorway journeys.
Better still, this used Hyundai can seat up to seven people and has a large 571-litre boot.
If you’re after a solid large family car, look no further.
What makes a good large SUV?
The best large SUV options are the ones that offer you just the right amount of space for your needs. It's worth considering if you need a large boot, extra seats, plenty of leg and headroom, or all of that!
Extra head and legroom is ideal if you or your passengers are on the taller side, making it a more comfortable drive.
Seven-seater SUV options are obviously great for fitting in extra people, but they're also handy if you know you might want to fold those rear seats and use your car as a large loader. This can allow you to extend your boot and fit large items in some big SUVs.
You might also want to consider if you need actual off-roading ability from your SUV or just enjoy the styling. There are plenty of large SUVs that are great off-road and offer 4x4 functions.