The Best SUVs of 2021

The Best SUVs of 2021

SUVs and crossovers are some of the most sought-after cars available on the market, and we’re unlikely to see a decline in their popularity any time soon.

That’s because these vehicles come packed full of perks and benefits. They’re spacious and comfortable, but they’re also modern and stylish. In terms of drive, they’re typically powerful, speedy in spite of their fairly imposing size. And for those manufacturers at the top of their game, newer models are constantly being brought out with new and exciting features, which are becoming expected as standard by many customers.

An SUV might be the perfect type of vehicle for your next lease or purchase, but with so many options available, it can be hard to decipher which is the right one for you. In this article, we’ll outline the best SUVs of 2021.

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It can be hard to find a car that offsets practicality against its visual appeal and a genuinely fun driving experience, but the BMW X3 manages it.

As you’d expect from the reputable German manufacturer, the X3 is stylish and modern. It’s sportier than your average SUV, but without compromising on space or comfort. There’s plenty of room for passengers or luggage without feeling cramped - three adults could fit comfortably in the back, and each seat is trimmed with leather.

The BMW X3 offers a lot of variety, catering to a wider range of people. First of all, there are multiple engine types; a 2.0 petrol engine perfect for city driving, or for those who frequently go the distance on motorways and such, a 20d diesel engine would be more applicable. For the environmentally conscious, the X3 is available as a plug-in hybrid.

All models come with a 4-wheel drive and an 8-speed gearbox as standard.

BMW X3 Leasing prices start from £502.13 exc. VAT per month

Volkswagen ID.4

While the Plug-In Hybrid model of the BMW X3 is a more eco-conscious choice than its petrol or diesel counterparts, this year’s release of the Volkswagen ID.4 was even more welcome news to the sustainable driver.

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This is a sleek, modern, fully electric SUV. If an EV is what you’re after, this is a fantastic place to start, simply due to the level of variety available with the ID.4. There are a large number of variants, meaning there’s a good range in terms of price, features, power and speed, so there’s bound to be a model perfect for just about any road user. Even in its simplest variety, the ID.4 has a reasonable range and a good amount of safety and in-car tech features as standard.

Volkswagen ID.4

The ID.4 has a lot of appeal: space, comfort, tech. But its biggest appeal is its green credentials. SUVs have plenty of advantages, but the fact remains: they are often among the worst offenders when it comes to emissions. The ID.4 is the way around this.

Volkswagen ID.4 Electric Leasing prices start from TBA

Peugeot 3008

The Peugeot 3008 is striking, standing out as one of the more stylish SUVs available, with an array of chrome trim from one headlight to the other. The exterior is impressive, but for many drivers, the interior is that bit more important. Don’t worry - the Peugeot 3008 doesn’t compromise on either. The interior, style-wise, has plenty of options, from red Nappa leather or black Alcantara trimmed seats. In terms of engine, variety isn’t lacking with two petrol engines, one diesel option, or two hybrid options.

Peugeot 3008

It's practical, easy to drive, and for those who find in-car tech sometimes a little overwhelming, it’s simple and straightforward in the 3008. Vehicle and infotainment controls are clearly laid out, whilst still contained and convenient.

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And, while SUVs aren’t typically known for being particularly lightweight, the 3008 certainly feels it. Steering is light, driving feels comfortable with little effort. Suspension is good, and you won’t notice a lot of bumps while driving.

Peugeot 3008 Leasing prices start from £286.02 exc. VAT per month

Volvo XC40

The Volvo XC40 is up there with the top SUVs of 2021. It’s a sleek, stylish model that visually impresses with an optional two-tone paint job. Overall, the look is minimalist and modern, much of what you’d expect from a Volvo. But while the car looks good, it has so much more to offer than just aesthetics.

The XC40 is a comparatively small SUV, but this works in its favour, giving the vehicle excellent manoeuvrability. And despite its size, it’s powerful - its best option is the 150 Horsepower D3 diesel engine, with fuel economy of around 50 miles per gallon when driven with care. There are other options though: there are two diesel engines in total, three petrol engines, but it’s also available as an EV if that’s more your cup of tea. Its smaller stature doesn’t compromise spaciousness, either, with the minimalist interior promising a reasonable amount of room.

Volvo XC40

It also impresses in terms of safety features. Using a mixture of cameras and sensors to control acceleration, braking and steering, drivers have more opportunity to monitor their speed and control steering. For long journeys, pilot assist is also really helpful.

Volvo XC40 Leasing prices start from £255.67 exc. VAT per month

Skoda Kodiaq

On the other end of the size scale, the Skoda Kodiaq is a larger SUVs. This is a spacious, five or seven-seater, with plenty of room to fit all of the family comfortably. The interior is stylish and uses high-quality materials to procure quite a high-class feel.

Skoda Kodiaq

In terms of engine variety, there’s a good range to choose from - though all of these are petrol and diesel. In any case, it’s an easy car to drive, and despite its size doesn’t feel particularly heavy or bulky. Its practicality is what makes it stand out - it’s a really family-friendly car, and in terms of size and safety, is one of the best out there.

Skoda Kodiaq Leasing prices start from £315.52 exc. VAT per month

What is the most reliable SUV?

Overall, the winner for reliability has to be the Volvo XC40. It’s got a great number of safety features as a standard, but if you want to enhance these, there are upgrades available to take it to the next level. In any case, the XC40 promises a reliable, practical and safe drive, perfect in particular for inner-city driving.

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What is the best SUV 2021?

Ultimately, any of the above-mentioned cars could be strong contenders for the best SUV of 2021. The thing is, this depends entirely on what aspect of an SUV appeals to you.

For city driving, it's the XC40 again. In terms of comfort, we’d go with the BMW X3 - though for spaciousness or for a family car, perhaps the Skoda Kodiaq. For green credentials, it’s undoubtedly the ID.4, and for style and aesthetics, the Peugeot 3008 certainly stands out.

Either way, we’re spoiled for choice in the SUV market. And we’ve got plenty on offer here at Rivervale. Alongside the cars highlighted in this article, take a look at our other leasing deals to find your perfect fit.

If you need any help finding the perfect vehicle for you, or just have some questions, feel free to give our friendly team a call on 01273 433480, or request a callback at a time that suits your schedule.

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