depth to their load space. And it can be tough to lift heavy stuff into a high-riding tail, as anyone with a BMW X6 will tell you.
And what’s the use of sitting high in your Suzuki Vitara to look out over the traffic when the roads are filled with hulking SUVs like the Toyota LandCruiser that block even more of the road ahead?
Lots of SUV buyers also fail to consider the extra cost of running a vehicle that is big and heavy, and rolls on pricey tyres. Just compare the fuel economy of a six-cylinder Territory with an EcoBoost Mondeo wagon, which both tick the family box in Ford showrooms.
There are plenty of positives in SUVs, especially now that so many, such as the Nissan Dualis and Mazda CX-5, come with front-wheel drive that sharpen the price.
But plenty of wagons do a better job, with better value and safety and comfort, for daily driver families and people who just want some flexibility for dogs, mountain bikes or a home office.
So if you’re shopping for a family car, circle these wagons and put them on your shortlist. This reporter is on Twitter: