Today's market offers a variety of luxury used SUVS and preowned crossovers that are well known for their reliability, raised driving position and muscular looks; which leaves little room to wonder why these vehicles have become so popular.
Stratstone take pride in ensuring our customers have access to and drive the best vehicles on the market, which is why this blog focuses on five of the best SUVS and Crossovers that are available from our UK-wide dealerships.
The Range Rover Evoque
Being one of the best compact SUV's on the car market, a used Range Rover Evoque still has eye catching looks, an astonishing off-road ability and state of the art technology. The car originally went on sale in 2011, and wowed crowds with its perfect blend of performance, style and economy.
Although there are a number of rivals to this vehicle, there isn't anything that can match a Range Rover's style. Visual elements include a sloping roofline, sleek headlights, a large front bumper and small gloss pillars. A floating roof means what would normally be a rugged vehicle has a stylish, sporty look.
This is equally matched when it comes to the interior. Inside, the car features heated leather seats, a touchscreen display, climate control and Bluetooth control as standard. It's evident that a lot of time has been spent designing the dashboard, with buttons clearly well positioned for ease of use.
When driving this vehicle, the first thing you'll notice is the adaptive magnetic 'MagneRide' damper that come as standard. This keeps the car's body roll at a minimum, and helps it to stay stable in even the tightest of corners.
The overall experience of the Evoque is excellent, and we'd dare to go as far as saying it's relaxing on long journeys, which makes it a candidate for a long-distance cruiser and ideal for families too.
However, appearances can be deceptive and the Evoque is surprisingly spacious. Coming in at five metres long and two metres high, there's plenty of space for passengers to relax, and also provides the driver a commanding view of the road ahead. The boot is 575 litres, but can be extended to 1,350 litres with the seats folded down.
The third generation of the largest BMW SUVs is the X5, and this time round they've made sure it's larger and more practical to compete with rivals.
This vehicle range has always been known for its dynamic driving abilities, but with this model, it appears they are pushing more into luxury car territory.
In terms of styling, there hasn't been much of a change, yet this isn't a bad thing. A used BMW X5 is still instantly recognisable for its strong, muscular styling which only adds to its charm. The dashboard functionality is as reliable as ever, with added features of smart switchgear and interior mood lighting.
One of the most impressive additions on newest models is the latest BMW iDrive cabin control system, which is attached to a 10.2 inch screen. Equipment that comes as standard on modern models also includes a three spoke M sport steering wheel, cruise control, two zone climate control and memory seats.
There are very few vehicles that can boast a driving style which mixes sport and SUV capabilities. Yet in this model, they all blend together and create a car that's just as suited to being off-road as it is being on it. The boot is also large at a 620 litre capacity.
Furthermore, it's possible to choose an extra two rear seats, which creates a '5+2' seating arrangement.
A used Mercedes M-Class showcases an imposing design blended with an upmarket aesthetic and lavish interior. This model of car is regarded as the first range premium SUV, providing the 'template' for Porsche and BMW. Now, the M-Class is in its third generation, and it's definitely the most refined model yet.
The vehicle has intricate bodywork, and features LED headlights that create a stand-out look. There are two trim types to choose from, one that looks sporty and another that appears bolder. Cabin wise, it follows the usual Mercedes style, utilising a conservative design made more sophisticated with top quality materials.
Driving is particularly punchy, which comes as a surprise for this type of vehicle. There's a smooth seven speed automatic gearbox that works effectively, regardless of driving surface. You'll struggle to find a similar vehicle with high safety levels like this, as many used M-Class cars feature ESP, ABS, airbags and a PRE-Safe system. Other safety additions include Attention Assist, Pre-Safe® and the Collision Prevention Assist - features unique to Mercedes-Benz.
With large exterior dimensions, cabin space isn't an issue. Both driver and passenger will feel comfortable over large distances. Each seat can be adjusted and the road view is also spectacular. The boot capacity is 690 litres, but when seats are folded down, it can hold a staggering 2,010 litres.
Range Rover Sport
The second Range Rover on our list is the latest model is a Range Rover Sport, which boasts an efficient, poised and smooth drive that makes a used Range Rover sport a good buy. It is widely considered to be one the best large SUV's on the market, and for good reason.
The typical trademarks of comfort, luxury and off road abilities, alongside an enjoyable driving experience, are present. But there's also an impressive feature; it's possible to create an optional seven-seat layout by unfolding a third row of seats from the boot.
The Range Rover sport has an iconic style which is instantly recognisable in the Land Rover range, with a purposeful stance and wide grille. Optional privacy glass creates the effect of a floating roof, and the clamshell bonnet looks sleek and modern.
Most people assume that the Range Rover Sport will be cumbersome to drive due to the size and weight, but that isn't true. The main material used is aluminium, in the Sport's All-Aluminium Monocoque body frame which gives it a surprising amount of agility. No matter what engine you pick, every version is fitted with a Terrain Response System which can adapt to the current road surface, adjusting the throttle response, dampers, and suspension accordingly.
Boot space is more than suitable at 784 litres, with the rear seats folded flat, it extends to 1,652. A third row of seats is also an optional upgrade. These can be made easier to access by lowering the air suspension by 50 mm, improving already impressive access.
It may be into its fourth generation, but regardless, the Honda CR-V is at its best. This range was one of the first compact SUV's to be introduced on the market back in the 1990s, and Honda have gone from strength to strength. New introductions include better sound insulation and a nine speed automatic gearbox.
The styling of the CR-V is certainly no-nonsense compared to other models on the market. It may look less streamlined than other models, but a preowned Honda CR-V is a very popular SUV choice. Wraparound headlights, refined suspension and a new grille also are also fantastic additions.
Not only is the driving fun, but it's efficient too. The 1.6 diesel provides enough power and torque for most applications but also offers efficiency figures on the combined cycle of up to 62mpg.
It's clear to see that an emphasis has been placed on designing an experience that focuses on comfort and practicality. Even severe bumps or potholes will be easily soaked up. Strong levels of grip also mean that tough corners can be dealt with, regardless of the weather.
The standard boot space is 589 litres, whilst folding the rear seats down it increases to 1,146, which is further complimented with a retractable load cover. The seats are also incredibly easy to deal with, requiring only a simple lever pull.
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