Which SUV to choose in 2022 (and why)

Italians love SUVs: mini, city, compact, medium and large, economical, sporty or luxury, Sport Utility Vehicles are still among the best-selling cars in our country

For several years now, those who say cars have been saying SUVs: this type of bodywork, in fact, now punctually represents between 30% and 40% of car sales, competing every month with sedans and alternating with them on the top step of the podium. .

For this reason, for years now the car manufacturers have rationalized their production in order to be able to offer customers on the market an increasing number of SUVs, of all segments: there are small SUVs (also called “city SUVs” or ” mini SUVs “) covering the lower part of the market, compact SUVs, slightly larger in size but still suitable for the city, medium SUVs and large SUVs which, on the other hand, are already more oriented towards comfortable journeys in the suburbs and on the motorway .

Exactly as it happens for sedans, also for SUVs (which are almost always “high-wheeled” sedans) it is often difficult to frame the “segment” of the market: there are officially “compact” Sport utility vehicles but whose dimensions and whose outfitting until a few years ago were from a decidedly higher segment. Any kind of distinction between categories, therefore, can only be arbitrary also because it is the car manufacturers that, in fact, have made their offer more and more fluid with an ever greater quantity of products that are difficult to fit into a single category.

However, today there is a positive result: all those who are looking for an SUV will find (at least) one that suits their needs, their tastes and their wallet.

SMALL SUVS: WHAT THE MARKET OFFERS

The lower part of the SUV market is covered by “mini SUVs” or “city SUVs”, that is, cheap and small SUVs that are good for getting around the city, are easy to park and don’t cost much. In principle, but with the limits already described, we could consider in this category the SUVs of segment A and B up to about 4.10-4.15 meters of length.

The typical engine of these cars, the most common configuration, is the mille petrol three-cylinder with powers of 60-100 horsepower (something more if it is turbo) which is just fine for city use.

In this segment of the market, if we look at the prices we find a bit of everything: fairly expensive cars, like the Audi A1 Citycarver, but also decidedly economical cars like the Dacia Sandero Stepway. In between, several models with more or less high prices: from the very popular Fiat Panda Cross to the equally popular Ford Ecosport. But also the first experiments of 100% electric City SUVs, such as the Dacia Spring.

  • Audi A1 Citycarver starting from 25,150 euros
  • Opel Mokka starting from € 22,980.00
  • Seat Arona starting from 19,800.00 euros
  • Dacia Spring starting from 22,850 euros
  • Ford Ecosport starting from 23,500 euros
  • Dacia Sandero Stepway from 11,500 euros
  • Suzuki Ignis starting from 18,100.00 euros
  • Hyundai Bayon starting from 19,850.00 euros
  • Toyota Aygo X starting from 16,500 euros
  • Mahindra Kuv100 starting from 14,545 euros

COMPACT SUV: WHAT THE MARKET OFFERS

Going up in size and price, we find the compact SUVs even more loved by Italians, a market segment where competition is fierce and the offer of models and equipment is immense. Sport Utilities of this size are those that most resemble the saloon of derivation and, for this reason, the term “crossover” is often used for these cars, ie a mix of two genres. Once again, however, the definitions are narrow and these cars, by and large, have a length between 420 and 440 centimeters.

In this market segment we find more choice of engines, with some diesel engines and several hybrids (even plug-ins), but the prices go up as the size and these cars make sense for those who need to move out of town and ask the comfort allowed by a larger car.

  • Audi Q2 starting from 29,050 euros
  • Citroen C3 Aircross from 20,500 euros
  • Dacia Duster starting from 14,350 euros
  • DR3 starting from 16,400 euros
  • DS3 Crossback from 26,300 euros
  • Fiat 500X starting from 22,850
  • Ford Puma starting from 25,750 euros
  • Honda HR-V starting from 31,800 euros
  • Hyundai Kona starting from 22,400 euros
  • Jeep Renegade starting from 24,900 euros
  • Kia Stonic starting from 18,250 euros
  • Nissan Juke starting from 22,200 euros
  • Opel Crossland starting from 21,330.00 euros
  • Peugeot 2008 starting from 23 650 euros
  • Peugeot e-2008 starting from 39,000 euros
  • Renault Captur starting from 22,100 euros
  • Seat Ateca starting 25,250.00
  • Skoda Karok starting from 27,200.00 euros
  • Suzuki S-Cross starting from 29,090.00 euros
  • Toyota Yaris Cross starting from 25,900 euros
  • Volkswagen T-Cross starting from 23,150.00 euros

MEDIUM SUV: WHAT THE MARKET OFFERS

Moving on to medium SUVs, you enter a clearly superior category and you can feel the leap in quality, even a lot, especially for reasons of available space. We are talking about cars with a length of between 430-440 and 450-460cmtherefore of dimensions that begin to be important and that, thanks to the very high sky, become extremely comfortable even on longer journeys.

On the other hand, with lengths around four and a half meters, medium SUVs begin to be uncomfortable to drive, and above all to park, in historic centers and in the narrowest streets. In fact, it is outside the city that these Sport Utility Vehicles give their best, also thanks to increasingly powerful engines: whether they are petrol, diesel or hybrids of any technology, or even 100% electric, often the engines of these SUVs reach and exceed 150 horses and almost always on these cars we find, sometimes even in the basic equipment, automatic transmissions and refined driver assistance technologies.

Once again, it is difficult to draw precise boundaries between one category and another also because in the large family of medium SUVs we find few truly cheap SUVs and more and more premium SUVs, with equipment that was once exclusive to many other market segments. Prices, for this, start at around 16 thousand euros for a Dacia Jogger from 454 cm LPG from 100 horsepower to over 70 thousand euros that a Land Rover Evoque can cost from 437 centimetersbut with a two thousand 300 horsepower turbo engine.

  • Alfa Romeo Tonale starting from 35,500 euros
  • Audi Q3 starting from 37,300 euros
  • Audi Q3 Sportback starting from 43,250 euros
  • BMW X1 starting from 32,470 euros
  • BMW x2 starting from 33,620 euros
  • Cadillac Xt4 starting from 37,710 euros
  • Citroen C5 Aircross starting from 28,700 euros
  • Dr F-35 starting from 24,900.00 euros
  • Dr 6 starting from € 28,900.00
  • DS4 starting from 31,150 euros
  • DS7 Crossback from 38,900 euros
  • Dacia Jogger starting from 16,250 euros
  • Ford Kuga starting from 36,350 euros
  • Honda CR-V starting from 37,350 euros
  • Hyundai Tucson starting from 30,100,000 euros
  • Jaguar E-Pace starting from 48,985 euros
  • Jeep Compass starting from 32,900 euros
  • Kia Sportage starting from 29,950 euros
  • Land Rover Evoque starting from 41,155 euros
  • Lexus UX starting from 39,800 euros
  • Mazda CX-30 starting from 27,350.00 euros
  • Mazda Cx-5 starting from 35,300.00 euros
  • Mercedes EQA starting from 42,721.31 euros
  • Mercedes GLA starting from 29,727.05 euros
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross starting from 45,350 euros
  • Nissan Quashqai starting from 27,030 euros
  • Nissan Ariya starting from 50,500 euros
  • Opel Grandland X starting from 29,630.00 euros
  • Peugeot 3008 starting from 32 320 euros
  • Renault Kadjar starting from 27,950 euros
  • Renault Arkana starting from 31,350 euros
  • Renault Austral
  • SsangYong Korando starting from 25,840 euros
  • Subaru XV starting from 25,800 euros
  • Toyota C-HR starting from 31,650 euros
  • Volkswagen ID.4 starting from 44,950 euros
  • Volkswagen Tiguan starting from 26,366.16 euros
  • Volvo C40 starting from 54,210 euros
  • Volvo XC40 starting from 34,850 euros

LARGE SUVS: WHAT THE MARKET OFFERS

Large SUVs are the cars that probably offer the most space and comfort today among all those on the market and, at the same time, are also the least agile in the city. In fact, we are talking about cars over 460 centimeters in length, some even over 5 meters. On the other hand, many of these cars also have the option of the third row of seats and, consequently, are homologated for up to 7 seats.

Clearly, large SUVs are the ideal cars for long journeys on the motorway, which spend in the highest possible comfort and, often, even in luxury. They are also very expensive cars, especially the electric ones with large batteries like the Audi e-tron and those with true sports engines, like the Aston Martin DBX with the 551 horsepower V8. Those looking for a great SUV that is cheap, therefore, will have to surrender to the fact that there is no great economic SUV in the literal sense of the term.

  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio starting from 53,500 euros
  • Aston Martin DBX starting from 188,126 euros
  • Audi Q5 starting from 53,250 euros
  • Audi Q7 starting from 74,200 euros
  • Audi Q8 starting from 79,350 euros
  • Audi Q4 e-tron starting from 46,850 euros
  • Bentley Bentayga starting from 176,142 euros
  • BMW X3 starting from 56,200 euros
  • BMW iX3 starting from 71,900 euros
  • BMW X4 starting from 61,320 euros
  • BMW X5 starting from 69,870 euros
  • BMW X6 starting from 81,870 euros
  • BMW X7 starting from 99,220 euros
  • BMW iX starting from 82,870 euros
  • Ford Mustang Mach E starting from 56,750 euros
  • Ford Explorer starting from 88,750 euros
  • Hyundai Ioniq 5 starting from 42,750.00 euros
  • Hyundai Santa Fe starting from 56,300.00 euros
  • Jaguar F-Pace starting from 67,080 euros
  • Jaguar I-Pace starting from 83,690 euros
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited starting at 74,800 euros
  • Kia Sorento starting from 45,450 euros
  • Kia EV6 starting from 49,950 euros
  • Lamborghini Urus
  • Land Rover Range Rover Velar from 64,400 euros
  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport starting from 95,300 euros
  • Land Rover Range Rover starting from 129,100 euros
  • Land Rover Defender 110 starting from 55,550 euros
  • Land Rover Discovery starting from 66,800 euros
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport starting from 40,455.00 euros
  • Lexus NX starting at 60,000 euros
  • Lexus RX starting from 76,000 euros
  • Maserati Levante starting from 86,970 euros
  • Mercedes GLB starting from 31,024.59 euros
  • Mercedes GLC starting from 56,034.43 euros
  • Mercedes GLE starting from 61,400.00 euros
  • Mercedes GLS starting from 79,569.02 euros
  • Mercedes G-Class starting from 107,024.59 euros
  • Mercedes EQB starting from 44,565.57 euros
  • Mitsubishi Outlander starting from 30,670 euros
  • Nissan X-Trail starting from 28,755 euros
  • Peugeot 5008 starting from 35 470 euros
  • Porsche Macan starting from 67,950.00 euros
  • Porsche Cayenne starting from 86,970 euros
  • Seat Tarraco starting from 32,650.00 euros
  • Skoda Enyaq iV starting from 38,000.00 euros
  • Skoda Kodiaq starting from 32,150.00 euros
  • Ssangyong Rexton starting from 49,000 euros
  • Subaru Forester starting from 37,750 euros
  • Subaru Outback starting at 44,000 euros
  • Suzuki Across starting from 47,400 euros
  • Tesla Model Y starting from 64,970 euros
  • Toyota Rav4 starting from 36,400 euros
  • Toyota Land Cruiser starting from 49,600 euros
  • Toyota Highlander starting from 52,200 euros
  • Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace starting from 41,000 euros
  • Volkswagen Touareg starting from 77,500 euros
  • Volvo XC60 starting from 53,400 euros
  • Volvo XC90 starting from 77,050 euros



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