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Most Popular SUVs: Expectations vs. Reality

The British public has been harboring a love affair with the SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) for some time now.

The traditional buying habits have moved on from the more traditional choices of saloons, hatchbacks and estates to the more versatile 4x4-style SUV. With the SUV becoming more popular than ever before, the combination of family-car virtues and the safety and comfort of a larger and more practical car has drawn the British car buyer right in.

The great thing about SUVs now is that they are also surprisingly fuel efficient too, meaning that you are not going to break your monthly budget for fuel, while also having the luxury of space and comfort. The SUV rose to the most popular car type in 2015 with its 22.5% market share, the most popular model being the Nissan Qashqai. The success of the SUV is not limited to the UK. Across Europe SUV sales also took 22% of the market share, with the Qashqai and its brother the Juke accounting for one in eight of all SUVs sold across Europe last year. Let’s look at some of the great SUV options that are available in 2017.

1. Peugeot 3008 SUV

Peugeot 3008 SUV in snow

This is a really amazing SUV, with impressive petrol and diesel engines bringing down your running costs, and with a bigger boot than the Nissan Qashqai the Peugeot 3008 is a real contender for top of its class. It has a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating and is spacious enough for the whole family.

2. Skoda Kodiaq SUV

Skoda Kodiaq SUV in showroom

Skoda make some brilliant, and affordable car options, with classy exterior and high quality interior this Kodiaq makes for a very grown up feeling car. Also offering a seven seat option the Kodiaq is enjoyable to drive with plenty of power from either petrol or diesel engines. The Kodiaq also offers a four-wheel drive option, meaning it con accommodate even the most adventurous passenger.

3. Renault Kadjar SUV

Renault Kadjar SUV sideview

The Renault Kadjar puts in mind of the hugely popular Nissan Qashqai, which is a great recommendation already. The boot is slightly bigger which can never be a bad thing in an SUV and has a great choice of engines. It is also slightly cheaper than the Qashqai so for those on an SUV budget it is a great option.

4. Citroen C4 Cactus SUV

Citroen C4 Cactus SUV front shot

The Citroen C4 Cactus has an unusual outer design, really setting it apart from the crowd. The panels on the side help the Citroen shrug off any damage from bumps or mud on off road trails, as well as protecting against car park scrapes and shopping cart bumps. The C4 cactus harnesses plenty of power, making you feel like you are driving a real machine.

5. Jaguar F-Pace SUV

Jaguar F-Pace SUV on white background

At the higher end of the cost spectrum is the Jaguar F-Pace SUV. Sister company Land Rover providing the SUV know ow, the F-pace provides a driving experience which is closer to a sports car than to that of your traditional, reliable SUV. It provides spacious seating for five adults as well as a huge boot. The 3-litre version certainly provides lots of tempting boy-racer bating power!

With the popularity of SUV rising steadily each year this would be the perfect time to invest in one of these comfortable, spacious market leaders. With four out of five car purchases being made on some kind of finance deal, the finance route is a very attractive one.

Many motorists are drawn to a personal contract purchase (PCP) plans, which is used for 70% of all finance deals and is a really great way to help you invest in a new car. With a PCP you would be asked to put down a deposit, then pay a monthly figure, for a set period of time (usually two or three years) and at the end of the time period you hand the car back, or buys it for a pre-agreed price.

PCP are a fool proof method of getting your hands on a brand new car- so what are you waiting for?