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Family SUVs

The best family SUVs balance interior versatility with efficiency and car-like driving behaviour. Look for vents and airbags covering all three rows of seats. 

Our best family SUV picks

1.
Mazda CX-9

What we like

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Great advanced safety tech
  • Impressive ride and handling

What we don't

  • Engine could have more grunt
  • Brakes are good but could be more responsive
  • Can be tricky to pilot in tight spaces

2.
Kia Sorento

What we like

  • Comfortable ride
  • Great value
  • Practical

What we don't

  • Smaller boot compared to rivals
  • Seating position is high in GT-Line
  • Grey, blue or white - pick a colour

3.
Hyundai Santa Fe

What we like

  • Ride comfort and driveability
  • Luxurious interior on Elite and Highlander
  • Practical

What we don't

  • Cloth seats on base grade Active
  • Petrol four cylinder lacks grunt
  • No front wheel drive variant

4.
Toyota Kluger

What we like

  • Super-comfortable
  • Quiet and refined
  • GX is well-specified

What we don't

  • GXL and Grande are pricey for not much benefit
  • Deeply ordinary entertainment system
  • Thirsty

5.
Nissan Pathfinder

What we like

  • Stronger design
  • Updated safety gear
  • Better in-car technology

What we don't

  • AEB not standard on base model
  • Still not as sharp as class leaders
  • Fuel use in the V6 cracks double digits

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