DriveTribe Creators' SUVs of the year
Which SUV has tickled your fancy this year?
Over the last few years, we have seen a dramatic increase in SUVs from all manufacturers, including some which we thought would only ever do supercars. The rise of the big family car has brought lots of interesting new designs to the car scene this year.
So, here are eight of our favourite 2019 SUVs who will battle for a place as the DriveTribe Creators' Car of The Year. They have some tough opposition from other categories such as the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera and Porsche Taycan Turbo S.
Love or hate SUVs, these are some of the best currently on the market.
- Image: Toyota
The RAV4 has been around since the early 90s and is still regarded as one of the most capable and all-round solid SUVs money can buy. With the 2019 model starting at just £30,645 it puts it in good stance against more expensive alternatives. My grandad is already on his third RAV4 and still swears by them. These cars seem to just keep on going like its no ones business and they are cheaper than a Land Cruiser.
Land Rover Defender
- Image: Land Rover
Now then. The new Land Rover Defender is probably the most anticipated car of the year. Many people were pleased, some were disappointed but I think everyone was satisfied. This car is set to be the ultimate off-road machine. No, it isn't the same as the older generations but that's a good thing. Welsh farmers drive L200's these days, people. With a starting price of £43,370 it is slightly more than the RAV4 but does that mean it's not worth it?
Lada Niva Bronto
- Image: Lada
If you think the new Defender is too soft and you want something a little more utilitarian then you may turn to this. This is the Lada Niva Bronto and it is incredibly cool and retro looking. This is perhaps one of the best little off-roaders money can buy and goes up against the Suzuki Jimny. It comes ready to tackle almost everything but is probably not as comfortable as a Range Rover.
- Image: Kia
Unfortunately, for us Brits it is unlikely we will ever see one of these on the roads but Americans are going to adore this thing. In fact, it was actually named Motor Trend's SUV of 2020. The interior is really the selling point for this borderline 'luxury' SUV. It is filled with plush leathers which remind me of the Lincoln Navigator, in a good way.
Skoda Kodiaq VRS
- Image: Skoda
To try and make this as unbiased as possible, we won't mention that staff at DriveTribe had a great time with this car as a long-termer, including James May. Damn, I've said it. That aside, if you are wanting a reliable yet sporty family SUV then this is probably what you should be looking at. It starts at around £40,000 so isn't too crazy and packs some great features too.
BMW X3 M
- Image: BMW
Like the Skoda, this is yet another performance SUV but on another level. Being from BMW, it has a great heritage of sporting history as well as questionable looks and a grille big enough to barbeque a whole blue whale. The performance however, is impressive. It has a 3.0-litre twin-turbo charged M engine which produces around 500 hp. That's a lot for an SUV. But, £75k is a little steep.
Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography
- Image: Range Rover
We could not have this list without a Range Rover. That would be like having a 10cc reunion and not inviting Kevin Godley. The Range Rover is often looked at as the benchmark for SUVs and that's because it is. Clarkson even says so. The Velar SVAutobiography is perhaps the most interesting of the lot. It is smaller than the Vogue but still packs a punch in terms of performance and comfort.
Mercedes G63 AMG
- Image: Mercedes Benz
If raw power and a brutish feeling is what you are after, then ignore all the cars above and choose the G63 AMG. DriveTribes' very own Tim Rodie took this for a spin and fell in love with it. This two+ tonne, V8 powered SUV is one of a kind and is certainly one of the most aggressive looking family cars on the road today. I mean, you look like a proper drug dealer in one of these...in a good way.
So, here are the eight nominations for the DriveTribe SUV of the year. Now it is up to you to choose the best of these by voting in the poll below!
Stay tuned for the upcoming nominees from other categories. It is most surprising car of the year tomorrow!