COMPARED: MEDIUM SUVS
The medium SUV segment in the UK is vast. With so many models to choose from, deciding on the best one can be tricky. Find out a little more about some of the most popular vehicles in this segment with the overviews below.
Jeep is a name that has long represented off-road capability. Both the Subaru and Mitsubishi models are strong contenders against the Cherokee. In the Jeep, you will find plenty of standard equipment and space to relax. The rear seats slide and fold for added accessibility, and a wide panoramic sunroof is optional.
Every Mazda car is made to excite you. The Mazda CX-5’s formidable reputation has made it a firm favourite with industry reviewers. It radiates confidence and is always fun to drive. The manufacturer has fused crossover capability with the spirit of the iconic Mazda MX-5 roadster, creating an SUV that thinks it’s a sports car.
‘Adventure’ has been the clear focus in development of the RAV4. It has a more energetic look than many of its chunkier, more rugged competitors. Low running costs mean you can spend more time exploring in the Toyota. Feel free to take along enough luggage to last for the duration, thanks to clever storage solutions and a roomy boot.
Nissan produces several confident crossovers and SUVs. With the X-Trail, the emphasis is on the barely noticeable transition from the tarmac to off-road surfaces. It also seats up to seven, using a longer wheelbase to make more passenger space. The clever interior flexibility makes room for everything and everyone you need with you.
In developing the new Kuga, Ford aimed for perfection. The chassis, suspension and steering settings are completely unique. The resulting drive in the Kuga is impressively agile – hinted at by the crossover’s slim shape. An infotainment screen ensures Ford’s latest safety tech and other clever functions come along for the ride.
The Forester may be the least well-known vehicle on this list. You would be forgiven for only recognising the Outback and the Impreza. Subaru’s SUV could surprise you, as it has a noticeable family-friendly atmosphere, premium finishes, and a solid, consistent 4×4 drive. Pricing for the Forester is competitive, given the equipment levels across the range.
Sleek looks translate to an attractively smooth ride in Hyundai’s ix35 crossover. LED daytime running lights enhance the style – a standard feature, as is air conditioning. Raised suspension will give you a higher seating position in the ix35, perfect for a better view from the driver’s seat.
The CR-V’s closest rival is the Kuga, as the two are very similar cars. In 2015, Honda brought a new nine-speed automatic gearbox to the CR-V. This addition enhances the seamless acceleration and braking in the SUV. It stands out as a well-made, practical family car for frequent driving.
The Outlander is the only model in this list to be offered as a PHEV, or plug-in hybrid model. Combining electric and petrol power results in an efficient, reliable drive. The traditionally-powered Outlander has a tough exterior and relaxing interior. A single diesel engine produces all of the strength, speed and economy you need.
Don’t be fooled by ‘sport’ in the Kia’s name – it is resolutely a crossover and not a hot hatch. The class-leading seven-year warranty and impressive build quality make the Sportage a logical choice. A recent redesign has given the Kia a bolder, more aggressive look, with a sharp headlight shape and prominent front grille.
Many of the medium-sized SUVs on this page can be found as Approved Used vehicles when you come to McCarthy Cars. Our Croydon dealership always has an attractive choice of pre-owned models in stock. Get in touch today.