Great­est SUV

Many SUVs, a shop­ping cen­tre, a dog and some muddy TG staffers. Oh dear, oh dear

Top Gear (UK) - - CONTENTS - KEW JACK RIX & OL­LIE WORDS:

Where does a cross­over end and an SUV or an ofroader be­gin? Damned if we know. What we do know is that “SUV” has be­come the adopted la­bel for a rash of high-rid­ing, ruggedised cars that span mildly jacked-up su­per­mi­nis to seven-seaters ca­pa­ble of ford­ing the Ama­zon. This presents a prob­lem. So, to fnd the very best of this di­verse bunch, we need stern rules and a mul­ti­fac­eted test that lev­els the play­ing feld.

There could be only one car from any one maker, and each of our eight con­tenders had to be our cur­rent favourite from a dis­tinct cat­e­gory. That gives us, in no par­tic­u­lar or­der: Land Rover Dis­cov­ery (muddy), Alfa Romeo Stelvio (dy­namic), Audi SQ7 (fast), Bent­ley Ben­tayga (lux­ury), Skoda Ko­diaq (fam­ily), Jaguar F-Pace (stylish), Da­cia Duster (bar­gain) and Peu­geot 3008 (sen­si­ble).

The test it­self has been care­fully crafted to make it pos­si­ble for a Da­cia to com­pete with a Bent­ley, and a Peu­geot to look an Audi square in the eye. For ex­am­ple, what ex­cels in our ofroad test will surely stum­ble in the drag race, and what­ever is the most prac­ti­cal can’t also be the most de­sir­able, can it? Points will be awarded for each test, and the win­ner has the high­est score when we’re done and dusted. Sim­ple.

& MARK RICCIONI MARK FAGELSON PHO­TOG­RA­PHY:

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