Top 10 Best family SUVs 2022

Top 10 Best family SUVs 2022

The second half of our top 10 is where the handling element sorts the class leaders from the also-rans.

The updated Mercedes GLC, with its well-appointed and luxurious-feeling interior, deserves its place in the top 10, but its numb steering means it’s far from the first choice for keen drivers. It’s more car-like to drive than many of the full-blown SUVs on this list, but it also rides less serenely than a Mercedes-Benz should on standard steel coil suspension, making it harder to recommend in base spec.

On optional air suspension, though, it’s among the most laid-back, effectively comfort-oriented cars in the class, and it can be had in mechanical flavours as different as the GLC 300e petrol-electric PHEV, the GLC 300de diesel-electric PHEV and the GLC 63 V8 hot-rod SUV. Worth considering.

Alfa Romeo took the platform and engines that made the Giulia, added some ride height, a raised hip point and four-wheel-drive technology, and created a fine-handling SUV in the shape of the Stelvio.

Remarkable handling and typical Alfa Romeo film-star looks come as standard, with a strong if gruff diesel engine to boot. Unfortunately, Alfa’s focus on decent handling has resulted in a slightly restless ride on poorer UK roads, and some of the cabin materials feel plain and cheap – just as they do on the Giulia.