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SUVs are more popular than ever. What should be considered when buying? Which is the right size? Do you even need all-wheel drive? The ADAC has put everything together on the subject of SUVs

  • The spectrum ranges from small car SUVs and hybrid SUVs to luxury SUVs

  • Not every SUV has automatic all-wheel drive

  • Main reasons for buying: Better overview, easy entry, space available

  • SUV test: The best cars of all classes in the ADAC rating

SUV more popular than sedans

One in five car buyers in Germany now uses an SUV - hardly anyone wants boring limousines any more. Why this is so is obvious: You sit higher and thus have a good overview, the space is often better and thatvariability is just as good on some SUVs as it is on a van. But SUVs are not undisputed. The particularly bulky representatives such as the Audi Q8 or BMW X7 have the reputation of being out of date gas guzzlers and are almost too big for local streets: they find it difficult in narrow parking garages and duplex parking lots. And if you use it to occupy two parking spaces, you are extremely unpopular with other drivers.

But there are not only SUV giants: the high demand generates one accordinglyWide product range - also for small SUVs like Ford Puma, Opel Mokka or VW T-Cross. There is hardly a manufacturer who does not have one or more of the trend mobiles in its range. The customer then has more choice, but also the agony of choice. Here is a little guide.

Meaning: What does SUV mean?

SUV (read: essjuhwie) is the abbreviation for "Sports utility vehicleIt is literally a sporty vehicle with utility value. The SUV differs from the off-road vehicle in that it has only limited off-road capabilities. For example, there is no reduction gear and the ground clearance is often not particularly good apart.

Here you can read the exact differentiation criteria between SUVs and off-road vehicles.

Whether you are for THE SUV or THE SUV decides, it doesn't matter: According to Duden, both forms are correct.

Not every SUV has all-wheel drive

With medium-sized SUVs, the question often arises: should it stay with two driven wheels, or do you treat yourself to all-wheel drive for an extra charge? It depends. On snowy roads oron muddy pathsfor example has four wheel drive advantages. So if you often drive under such conditions or even live in the foothills of the Alps, you should think about the option. TheAdditional consumption In most cases, it is kept within limits, especially since the second axle is usually only switched on automatically when required (i.e. if there is a loss of traction). Anyone who is at home in the northern German lowlands can save the extra price.

Smaller SUVs are often only offered with front-wheel drive, such as a VW T-Cross, a Seat Arona or even a Citroën C5 Aircross. Exceptions are the Fiat 500X or the Hyundai Kona, which are also available with all-wheel drive for a surcharge. The larger and more powerful the SUV, the more often all-wheel drive is on board.

Does an SUV have more space than other cars?

Not necessarily. Because an SUV has more ground clearance than a van, for example, space is lost, as is the massive bonnet. With its "one-box design", a classic van usually offers more space than an SUV, compared to a station wagonFeeling of space but usually better with an SUV.

On some models theInterior variability almost close to a van. The Seat Tarraco offers a sliding back seat and a third row of seats for a surcharge, so that up to seven people can be seated. The slightly raised seating position means that entry is usually more comfortable and the overview - at least towards the front - better than in a car. For many, this is exactly the most convincing reason to buy.

From small to huge: what size should it be?

The Federal Motor Transport Authority sees SUVs as just a general type of vehicle. But as with other cars, there are actually different classes: VomSmall car SUV (e.g. Ford Puma, Kia Stonic, Škoda Kamiq, Seat Arona, Renault Captur)Compact SUV(e.g. Mitsubishi ASX, Ford Kuga, Opel Grandland X, Seat Ateca, VW Tiguan) to representatives ofMiddle class (BMW X3, Mercedes GLC), theupper middle class (Audi Q8, Ford Edge) andUpper class (Bentley Bentayga, Rolls Royce Cullinan) the bandwidth is sufficient. The price level differs accordingly.

But which size is the right one? Anyone who sees the small SUV T-Cross as a more practical alternative to the VW Polo is right. For example, it is only six centimeters longer than a polo, but 13 higher; the interior is a bit more spacious as a result - but it is not a space miracle. After all, the T-Cross is technically based on the Polo platform. An SUV offshoot is therefore usuallyabout half a size larger than its counterpart.

Warning: not every SUV has shot up. A Seat Arona or a Kia Stonic may have a different body than an Ibiza or Rio, but you hardly sit higher. The term "Crossover"Established instead of an SUV. A crossover is a car that cannot be assigned to any type of vehicle. It is therefore important to test it out thoroughly before buying it - and of course also to test drive it.

They're pretty much on the rise tooSUV coupes like Audi Q3 Sportback, BMW X4, Mercedes GLC Coupé and Porsche Cayenne Coupé. They are often confusing (especially towards the back) and have less space than their counterparts. For rational reasons you certainly don't buy this type of car.

Hybrid SUV, electric, gas, gasoline or diesel?

For large SUVs is an economical oneDiesel engine Certainly not a bad choice, especially since with current models of the Euro norm 6d-TEMP and 6d, according to the measurements of the ADAC, the exhaust gas values ​​are also in the green area, i.e. well below the limit values. For smaller models, aTurbo gasoline engine be a good alternative, as the torque is right here too and consumption is kept within limits. In the ADAC Ecotest, for example, the Škoda Karoq 1.5 TSI (150 PS) makes do with 6.9 liters of Super per 100 kilometers.

The choice of alternative drives is growing steadily, not just for expensive SUVs. Seat offers the Arona as aNatural gas version on, and Hyundai Kona and Kia Niro are suitable for everyday useElectric cars already blessed with good ranges of 300 to 400 kilometers.

If you commute to work every day, you might come with onePlug-in hybrid like the Mitsubishi Outlander well clear. You can drive it purely electrically for around 50 kilometers before the gasoline engine switches on. A pure hybrid like the Toyota RAV4 shows its advantages primarily in city traffic and on country roads.

How well is an SUV suitable as a towing vehicle?

If the SUV is also to be used as a towing vehicle, it makes sense to find out about the maximum trailer load in advance. Becausethere are big differences. Small models and vehicles with alternative drives can often only pull a little on the hook - some are even not allowed to pull anything at all. So if you want to go on tour with a large caravan, a Lexus UX is not well served: It can tow a maximum of 750 kilograms - regardless of whether as a hybrid or a gasoline engine. The all-electric Jaguar i-Pace is due to the lack of any trailer loadCompletely unsuitable as a towing vehicle. Its electric competitor, the Audi e-tron quatttro, has a trailer load of 1,800 kilograms.

Larger SUVs with a powerful diesel engine are best suited as towing vehicles. Even the Audi Q3 40 TDI with 190 hp has a trailer load of 2.2 tons, a BMW X5 diesel 3.5 tons.

The cost - there are cheap SUVs too

SUVs cost a little more than comparable station wagons or sedans.Cheapest model on the market is the Dacia Duster, which is available in the basic version for around 11,500 euros. Small car SUVs usually start around 20,000 euros. The Opel Crossland X, for example, is available with an 83 hp petrol engine starting at 18,400 euros. A family-friendly SUV costs between 25,000 and 40,000 euros, depending on the equipment and engine. A Renault Kadjar is the basic model for just under 25,000 euros, a Honda CR-V for around 29,000 euros. However, the upper limit is open. With a large engine and sophisticated equipment, even mid-range SUVs are no longer bargains.

But the purchase price is only half the story: Fixed and operating costs such as insurance, taxes and inspections are just as important as the tires, which are usually larger and therefore more expensive than conventional cars ultimately thetotal cost most influenced. However, SUVs are generally quite stable in value.

With the ADAC car cost calculator you can calculate the individual costs per month or per kilometer for each model variant.

Comparison: These are the best SUVs in the ADAC test

What applies to ordinary cars is no different for SUVs: Before buying, you should definitely choose the model of your choice with the right engine / transmission combinationtest drive extensively. How is the entry and exit? Can I find a suitable seating position? Does the operation become accessible right away?

If you then add to your subjective impressions theobjectiveADAC car tests consult, there should be no more surprises. The ADAC tests every vehicle under the same, reproducible conditions in more than 300 points. Objective measured values, for example for interior size and consumption, result in an overall rating. The chaptersenvironment (Pollutants, CO2, consumption) andsecurity are most important to us - therefore they are counted twice.Here are the top 10 of the best current SUVs of all classes.

Status: February 12, 2021

The 10 best small car SUVs

Model under test

drive

power

Price*

Overall grade


Hyundai Kona Electric (64 kWh) Premium

Electric

150 kW / 204 PS

45.600 €

2,1


Kia e-Soul (64 kWh) Spirit

Electric

150 kW / 204 PS

43.190 €

2,1


Peugeot e-2008 GT

Electric

100 kW / 136 PS

39.700 €

2,2


Skoda Kamiq 1.0 TSI Ambition

petrol

85 kW / 115 PS

22.323 €

2,3


VW T-Cross 1.6 TDI Style DSG

diesel

70 kW / 95 PS

26.300 €

2,3


DS 3 Crossback E-Tense So chic

Electric

100 kW / 136 PS

38.690 €

2,4


Renault Captur TCe 130 GPF Intens EDC

petrol

96 kW / 130 PS

24.808 €

2,4


Seat Arona 1.0 TGI Excellence

natural gas

66 kW / 90 PS

22.320 €

2,4


VW T-Cross 1.0 TSI Life

petrol

70 kW / 95 PS

20.075 €

2,4


Peugeot 2008 1.2 PureTech 130 Allure

petrol

96 kW / 131 PS

25.686 €

2,5


Seat Arona 1.0 TSI Xcellence

petrol

70 kW / 95 PS

20.820 €

2,5

* Price at the time of the test

The 10 best SUVs in the compact class

Model under test

drive

power

Price*

Overall grade


Mercedes GLA 200 d Progressive 8G-DCT

diesel

110 kW / 150 PS

41.442 €

2,0


Kia e-Niro (64 kWh) Spirit

Electric

150 kW / 204 PS

44.790 €

2,1


VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI Elegance 4MOTION DSG

diesel

110 kW / 150 PS

42.910 €

2,1


Audi Q2 35 TDI Sport quattro S tronic

diesel

110 kW / 150 PS

35.450 €

2,3


BMW X1 sDrive18d xLine Steptronic

diesel

110 kW / 150 PS

41.700 €

2,3


Cupra Ateca 4Drive DSG

petrol

221 kW / 300 PS

42.850 €

2,3


Mazda CX-30 SKYACTIV-X 2.0 M Hybrid Selection

petrol

132 kW / 180 PS

29.490 €

2,3


Seat Ateca 1.5 TSI ACT FR DSG

petrol

110 kW / 150 PS

30.795 €

2,3


Škoda Karoq 1.5 TSI ACT Style DSG

petrol

110 kW / 150 PS

30.490 €

2,3


Volvo XC40 T5 Twin Engine R Design DKG

Gasoline hybrid

192 kW / 261 PS

52.160 €

2,3


VW T-Roc 1.5 TSI ACT Sport

petrol

110 kW / 150 PS

25.275 €

2,3


VW Tiguan 1.4 TSI ACT Comfortline

petrol

110 kW / 150 PS

30.150 €

2,3

* Price at the time of the test

The 10 best mid-range SUVs