SUV Buying Guide: Our Best SUV Cars

Embarking on a thrilling journey to find the perfect SUV is like exploring a vast playground of options, each offering a unique driving experience. To make your decision-making process a breeze, we've handpicked our top selection of SUVs that have not only earned industry awards, but also received rave reviews. 

So let's dive into the detail and discover the standout features that make these SUVs the ultimate favorites for every lifestyle. Get ready to transform an ordinary drive into an extraordinary adventure as we compare our top Suzuki and Subaru SUVs!

Subaru Crosstrek SUV

Brand new for 2024 is the Subaru Crosstrek, surpassing it's predecessor (the Subaru XV) combining its rugged image with extraordinary capabilities. Featuring all-wheel drive as standard, the Crosstrek comes equipped with a whole host of features which you wouldn't necessarily expect to see on a standard SUV such as hill descent control and X-Mode, making it an ideal choice for when you're faced with those tougher than normal driving conditions.

All Crosstrek models include Subaru's 4.0 Eyesight Driver Assistance which offers the very latest in safety technology & improved software for the early recognition of pedestrians and bicycles, helping to prevent any unnecessary accidents. Other safety features include automatic emergency steering, blindspot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and an interior monitoring system warning the driver of distraction or fatigue.

The top spec Touring model adds a little extra luxury with leather-trimmed seats and a power sliding & tilt-adjustable sunroof, finished off with 18" diamond turned aluminum-alloy wheels.

Stylish Aesthetics with All-Terrain: The Subaru Crosstrek's stylish aesthetics and all-terrain prowess have not gone unnoticed in the automotive industry. Industry awards and positive reviews highlight its ability to seamlessly combine style with adventure, making it a must-consider SUV.

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive: Among its accolades, the Crosstrek shines with its symmetrical all-wheel-drive system, praised for providing superior traction and control. Positive user feedback echoes its readiness for urban streets and off-road escapades.

Versatile Interior Design: Awards for interior versatility have placed the Crosstrek in the spotlight. Drivers appreciate its adaptability for various lifestyles, whether it's loading up for a road trip or tackling daily errands.

The Subaru Crosstrek brings real off-road prowess into a neat, family-friendly package

Mat Watson - Carwow Expert

Suzuki S-Cross SUV

The Suzuki S-Cross ticks all the boxes when it comes to standard equipment, living up to Suzuki's promise of getting "everything you need as standard". Currently available with a choice of mild or full hybrid engine, you can easily achieve 53 miles to the gallon without having to think about it (WLTP combined figures).

All S-Cross models come with autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, front & rear parking sensors, rear parking camera, dual-zone climate control along with heated front driver and passenger seats to name just a few!

Upgrade to the Ultra, and you’ll add luxuries such as leather upholstery, double sliding panoramic sunroof and 360-degree surround view camera allowing you to see the entire way around the car!

Contemporary Design Meets Urban Practicality: The Suzuki S-Cross isn't just a visual delight; it's a recipient of accolades for its contemporary design and urban practicality. Industry experts and drivers alike have praised its sleek lines and bold front grille, making it a sophisticated statement on city streets.

Spacious Interior: Awarded for its ingenious design, the S-Cross boasts a spacious interior that has garnered positive user feedback. This compact SUV ensures comfort and versatility for both passengers and cargo, earning it a place among our top picks.

Efficient Performance: Recognised for its efficient performance, the S-Cross strikes a balance between power and economy. Industry awards and positive reviews highlight its advanced engines and fuel-efficient technologies, making it a reliable choice for urban exploration.

"Suzuki's are outstanding value for money, and the new S-Cross Full Hybrid certainly continues that trend."

Tom Scanlan -

Suzuki Vitara SUV

The Suzuki Vitara impresses is a well known favourite and continues to be a popular choice for those looking for a great value, reliable compact SUV. With excellent visibility, light controls for easy parking, and a comfortable interior it makes for a safe and easy drive. 

Again in keeping with Suzuki's ethos, you'll find everything you need as standard with the S-Cross so no additional cost when it comes to added extras. 

Equipped with features like adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning (as standard), it makes motorway drives a breeze. On twisty roads, it has responsive handling and minimal body lean. The optional ALLGRIP 4 wheel drive system on the top spec SZ5 models ensures traction in any condition. 

As with the S-Cross, you get a choice of mild or full hybrid While both excel when it comes to economy and efficiency. 

Smart Urban Design: The Suzuki Vitara's urban elegance and smart design have earned it accolades in the automotive world. Positive user feedback emphasises its sleek exterior and distinctive features, making it a standout choice for those who appreciate style in the city.

Tech-Savvy Features: User feedback applauds the Vitara's tech-savvy features, including a user-friendly infotainment system with touchscreen displays and seamless connectivity options. Recognised for enhancing the driving experience, the Vitara stands out in the tech department.

Roomy Interior: Recently crowned as the second most reliable car in the small SUV category with a score of 99.3%, the Vitara offers more than just style. Its reliability is unmatched, providing a thoughtfully designed interior that prioritises comfort and versatility. Drivers have praised its adaptability for various journeys, making it a top pick in our SUV Buying Guide.

"Pick the Vitara if you want an enjoyable small SUV that can actually go off road"

Mat Watson - Carwow Expert

How they compare

We've taken a look at the top spec in each of the line ups to provide an even comparison as these are the models which all come with 4 wheel drive as standard.

Subaru CrosstrekSuzuki S-CrossSuzuki Vitara
VersionTouring 2.0 Petrol e-BOXER Automatic Ultra All-Grip 1.5 Full Hybrid AGS SZ-5 All-Grip 1.5 Full Hybrid AGS
On The Road Price (excl offers)
£36,290 £32,649 £30,399
Current Offers (as at 31/1/24)£2,000 Finance Deposit Contribution (5.9%) + 3 Years Servicing for £299

£3,000 Finance Deposit Contribution (7.9%) or 0% APR (min 20% deposit, max 25 mths)

£3,000 Saving on all models

Fuel Consumption (MPG)(awaiting official WLTP figures)48.747.8
Warranty 3 years 3 Years (Up to 7 years with Service Activated Warranty) 3 Years (Up to 7 years with Service Activated Warranty)
4WD Permanent Symetrical

AWD (All-Wheel Drive)

ALLGRIP 4-mode 4-wheel Drive system ALLGRIP 4-mode 4-wheel Drive system
Rear View Camera Yes Yes Yes
Heated Front Seats
Yes Yes Yes
Sunroof Yes Yes Yes
Apple Car Play Android Auto Yes (+ Wireless) Yes Yes

10-Way Power Adjustable

Driver's Seat (+ Lumbar Support) + 8-Way Power Adjustable Passenger's Seat

Manual Adjusted Manual Adjusted
Lane Departure, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor, Keyless Entry with Push Button Stop/Start, LED Headlights and SAT NAV Yes Yes Yes
Trim Leather Trim Leather / Cloth Leather / Suede
Driver Monitoring Eyesight System Yes N/A N/A
Parking Sensors/Alert Subaru Alert System Front & Back Parking Sensors Front and Back Parking Sensors
Thatcham Cat 1 Alarm System & Immobiliser Yes N/A N/A
Alloys 18" 17" 17"
Co2 Emissions 174 132 132

Award-Winning Excellence Tailored to Your Journey

Our SUV Buying Guide is not just about our preferences; it's a showcase of award-winning excellence and positive user feedback.

You can choose your ideal SUV rest assured that both manufacturers are synonymous with exceptional build quality and reliability. Suzuki's recent accolades for the Vitara as the second most reliable car in its category is a testament to the brand's commitment to longevity and worry-free driving. Subaru, with its unwavering dedication to robust engineering and NCAP five star safety, ensures your journey is not just memorable but also secure, mile after mile.

So whether you're drawn to the compact sophistication of the S-Cross, the urban elegance of the Vitara, or the adventure-ready style of the Crosstrek, rest assured you'll be in a driver's seat of a vehicle crafted with precision, built to endure, and designed for an exceptional driving experience.

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