Lexus RX (2009-2015) review

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  • Medium/Large SUV
  • Used only
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verdict: Comfortable and luxurious used SUV

Even though the RX450h can’t quite pull off its green claims, it’s still reasonably efficient, and the fact it’s a hybrid might spare you some of the disapproving looks that can go with 4×4 ownership. The only reason it’s not a Best Buy is because this generation of RX did not go through Euro NCAP tests. We no longer award Best Buys to cars that have been available for more than four years but not tested by Euro NCAP.

Pros
  • Comfortable and luxurious
  • Hybrid technology
Cons
  • Not as green as expected
  • Uninvolving drive
  • Some annoying quirks

Lexus RX (2015-) review

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78%

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  • Medium/Large SUV
  • Available new
  • Full hybrid

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verdict: Impressive Which? Best Buy

It’s got a touch of Darth Vader about it, but the Lexus RX is a very impressive luxury 4×4. It’s extremely well made and has lots of impressive technology, and is spacious and comfortable. Just don’t expect it to match a Range Rover off road.

Pros
  • Very well made
  • Comfortable
  • Very safe
  • Lots of equipment
Cons
  • No combustion only or PHEV option
  • No seven-seat version

Skoda Enyaq iV (2021-) review

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78%

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  • Medium/Large SUV
  • Available new
  • Electric

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verdict: Our top-scoring electric SUV

Skoda’s debut electric SUV comes in as our highest-scoring large battery-powered SUV yet. It doesn’t stray far from the familiar brand recipe of good value, high quality and decent standard specification, but its appeal is further bolstered by a serene driving experience, spacious cabin and a useful driving range. If you want an electric car that’s right for any situation, look no further.

Pros
  • Spacious and practical interior
  • Comfortable and easy to drive
  • Decent standard specification
Cons
  • Model with greatest range not eligible for plug-in car grant
  • Leisurely performance compared with some rivals

Suzuki Across (2021-) review

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78%

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  • Medium/Large SUV
  • Available new
  • Plug-in hybrid (PHEV)

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 verdict: Spacious family hybrid with a performance edge

The Suzuki Across is a welcome addition to the large SUV class. Its plug-in hybrid setup delivers the best of both worlds, with strong performance and the potential for very low running costs. There’s plenty of room inside and it’s backed up by Suzuki’s excellent brand reliability rating. It’s a deserved Best Buy.

Pros
  • Strong performance
  • Spacious and practical
  • Good fuel economy
Cons
  • Weak braking
  • Poor performance in hazard-avoidance test
  • No built-in sat nav

BMW X5 (2013-2018) review

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78%

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  • Medium/Large SUV
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 verdict: Mighty full-size 4×4

The X5 grips the road well, provides a good level of ride comfort and has a range of powerful engines. It’s extremely spacious for five occupants, and has a seven-seat option.

Pros
  • Plenty of space
  • Seven-seat option
  • Safe
  • Affordable two-wheel drive
Cons
  • Poor all-round visibility
  • Very high boot sill
  • Expensive

Lexus NX (2014-2021) review

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77%

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  • Medium/Large SUV
  • Available new
  • Full hybrid

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verdict: Worrying emission levels

Best Buy award removed. In addition to poor mpg figures, we found the Lexus NX emits so much CO (carbon monoxide) in our tests, we cannot possibly recommend it.

Pros
  • Great for city driving
  • Spacious interior
  • High level of safety
  • Reliable
Cons
  • Disappointing fuel economy and emissions
  • Limited rear visibility
  • Stiff ride

Audi Q7 e-tron (2016-2019) review

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76%

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  • Plug-in hybrid (PHEV)

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 verdict: Mighty all-round performer

This is a tremendously refined and high-performing luxury SUV. Whether the e-tron hybrid version of the Q7 suits you depends on the use the car will get. The extra expense of the electric motor system is only worth it if you do a lot of short-distance journeys, when the plug-in rechargeable batteries pay dividends; otherwise the diesel version makes more sense.

Pros
  • Strong performance
  • Refined
  • Spacious interior
  • Very well equipped
Cons
  • Limited visibility
  • Bulk makes it difficult to park
  • Expensive

BMW X5 (2007-2013) review

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76%

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verdict: Gigantic 4×4 for keen drivers

The X5 is a Which? Best Buy and one of the best on-road 4x4s, with very sure-footed handling, although the ride can get a bit jittery on bad road surfaces. The diesel engines are sweet, refined and powerful, and the six-speed automatic gearbox shifts smoothly. However, even diesel versions are still expensive to run.

Pros
  • Surprisingly good fun to drive
  • Smooth transmission
  • Excellent comfort
Cons
  • High fuel consumption
  • Very high carbon dioxide emissions

BMW iX3 (2021-) review

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75%

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  • Medium/Large SUV
  • Available new
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verdict: Deeply impressive electric SUV

The iX3 feels a lot like the X3 on which it’s based – and that’s no bad thing. It’s impressively comfortable and spacious, loaded with kit and satisfying to drive. It offers a decent driving range, largely thanks to being relatively energy efficient, while not compromising on performance. It’s a great SUV and a Which? Best Buy.

Pros
  • Comprehensive standard equipment
  • Very comfortable
  • Moderate energy consumption
Cons
  • Low maximum towing capability
  • Only average braking performance

BMW X6 (2008-2014) review

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 verdict: Gigantic 4×4 for keen drivers

The X6 is a big but typically good-to-drive BMW. It’s got plenty of power and a comfortable ride, yet it’s also quite sporty. The X6’s coupé-like rear end detracts from both comfort and practicality, although generally the car is good on both fronts. There’s a wealth of clever technology, too.

Pros
  • Surprisingly good fun to drive
  • Smooth transmission
  • Excellent comfort
Cons
  • High fuel consumption
  • Very high carbon dioxide emissions

Honda CR-V (2007-2012) review

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74%

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verdict: Proper 4×4 among crossovers

Honda’s 4×4 is well suited to family life, and it’s pretty frugal, too, though it’s not an all-out off-roader. One of the CR-V’s main attractions is the sheer space inside, and it’s one of the easiest 4x4s to drive, with clear controls and an excellent driving position. However, rear visibility and parking can be awkward. It’s a Which? Best Buy.

Pros
  • High-quality build
  • Well equipped
  • Standard 4×4
  • Spacious cabin and boot
Cons
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Poor pedestrian protection
  • Large turning circle

Honda CR-V (2012-2018) review

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 verdict: Cavernous and comfy SUV

Offering a comfortable ride and large amounts of space for passengers and their luggage, the Honda CR-V is a good choice for a practical SUV. Its role as a family hold-all is made better by the wide range of safety equipment available, although those wanting an involving driving experience may be disappointed.

Pros
  • Comfortable ride
  • Large boot
  • New diesel engine
Cons
  • Opinion-dividing styling
  • Fiddly media system
  • No seven-seat option

Audi Q5 (2008-2016) review

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74%

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 verdict: High-quality, grown-up SUV

Mature, refined, spacious and capable, the Q5 has many strengths. Its standard 4×4 system makes it great in poor weather conditions.

Pros
  • Excellent workmanship
  • Great handling
  • Safe
  • Good value retention
Cons
  • Expensive to buy and run
  • Firm suspension
  • Cluttered dashboard

Toyota RAV4 (2016-2018) review

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  • Full hybrid

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verdict: Has a dirty secret

It was so close to being a Best Buy. It’s spacious, comfortable and wonderfully frugal on fuel when driving around town. But let it escape urban confines and fuel consumption goes through the roof, it gets noisy and worse – it produces so many harmful emissions that we’ve had to withhold Best Buy status. Incredibly, the diesel Toyota RAV4 is cleaner and more efficient than this petrol-hybrid.

Pros
  • Efficient around town
  • Quiet and easy to drive
  • Spacious and comfortable interior
Cons
  • Noisy at higher speeds
  •   motorway fuel economy is poor
  • High carbon monoxide emissions.

Toyota RAV4 (2019-) review

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  • Full hybrid

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verdict: Sure-footed and well-equipped hybrid SUV

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a likeable new mid-size SUV. It’s well-made, comfortable and easy to live with. With decent practicality and the potential for high fuel economy around town with its hybrid drivetrain, there are few downsides – bar its frustrating infotainment system. It’s a deserved Which? Best Buy.

Pros
  • Low CO2 emissions
  • Hybrid drivetrain boosts efficiency in town
  • Comfortable and easy to drive
Cons
  • Not the most fun SUV to drive
  • Clunky infotainment system
  • Relatively high list prices.

Volkswagen Touareg (2010-2018) review

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74%

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 verdict: Big, bold, comfortable 4×4

Plenty of space inside and solid build quality mark the Touareg out as a true premium player. Clean design and lots of technology further boost appeal. The comfortable interior means long journeys are never a chore. For a big SUV, the Touareg is very good to drive, if a little dull, and the engines are very capable.

Pros
  • Refined
  • Comfortable
  • Optional air suspension
  • Decent fuel economy
  • High quality
Cons
  • Dull to drive
  • Not as capable off-road as some 4x4s

Mercedes-Benz GLE Plug-in hybrid (2020-) review

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74%

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  • Medium/Large SUV
  • Available new
  • Plug-in hybrid (PHEV)

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 verdict: High-class hybrid

Just as with the regular model, the GLE 350 de plug-in hybrid qualifies as a Which? Best Buy. It combines all the benefits of a luxury SUV – including huge space and masses of comfort – with lower potential fuel costs than a conventional diesel, even if its overall energy consumption is still quite high.

Pros
  • Huge boot
  • Lots of safety kit
  • Comfortable
  • Powerful and refined
  • Low official CO2 figure
Cons
  • Feels unwieldy
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Thirsty

Volkswagen ID.4 (2021-) review

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74%

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  • Medium/Large SUV
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verdict: Impressively complete electric SUV

VW has created a truly appealing family car in the ID.4. Over and above its electric vehicle appeal (such as low running costs, ease of driving and zero tailpipe emissions), it offers an impressive range of abilities, including great space inside, strong performance and a very comfortable ride. This capable SUV is a well deserved Which? Best Buy.

Pros
  • Comfortable ride
  • Generous range
  • Well-equipped
  • Safe
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Complex infotainment system
  • Disappointing cabin materials

Porsche Cayenne (2010-2018) review

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73%

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verdict: Sports SUV of choice

The Cayenne is the sharpest 4×4 to drive and very luxurious with it: it really is a high performance sports car in a family-sized SUV body. But it certainly isn’t cheap to buy or run, and some competitors have a more comprehensive tally of safety equipment.

Pros
  • Great handling and dynamics
  • Powerful diesels
  • Huge boot
  • Luxury cabin
Cons
  • Immensely expensive to buy and run
  • Poor visibility
  • Expensive options

Peugeot 3008 Plug-in hybrid (2020-) review

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73%

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  • Medium/Large SUV
  • Available new
  • Plug-in hybrid (PHEV)

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verdict: Highly competent all-rounder

In hybrid form, Peugeot’s 3008 offers a wide spread of attributes. It’s very lively in a straight line, easy to drive and very spacious inside. Equipment levels are generous, and the well-built cabin is comfortable and stylish. If your journeys are mostly short, running costs should be low, too. Despite its high purchase price, it’s a great choice.

Pros
  • Great performance
  • Excellent cabin
  • Generous passenger space
  • Safe
Cons
  • Thirsty once battery is depleted
  • Smaller boot than regular 3008