Alfa Romeo Stelvio verdict

from £31,6907 Good Engaging handling Punchy diesel engine Charismatic styling Bad Quality of materials inside Shortfall of refinement on UK roads Poor residual values Alfa Romeo is not the first marque beloved by purists to fall for the financial temptations of the rampant SUV segment. BMW, Jaguar and Porsche were all quicker on the draw and have benefited significantly as a …

Alfa Romeo Stelvio ride & handling

From £31,6907 Worthy of a real sports car.’ That’s how Alfa describes the Stelvio’s handling characteristics and, in this case, it’s a statement largely devoid of Turinese hyperbole. The Stelvio’s particular variety of tightly controlled pliancy comes as a very welcome surprise in this segment and is made all the more enjoyable by a fundamentally rear-driven chassis that …

Reviews Alfa Romeo Stelvio design & styling

From £31,6907 The pictures might not convey this but, dimensionally, the Stelvio is more super-sized hatchback than traditional SUV. It’s marginally taller than a Macan and quite a bit shorter than a BMW X5, which illustrates that Alfa is attempting to purvey athleticism over any utilitarian ideals. The by-wire braking system compensates for fade, which seems a bit misguided. You …

Volvo aims its reinvigorated crosshairs at the medium-sized SUV ranks with a premium offering to compete with the Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC and Jaguar F-Pace

Volvo XC60 review From £36,6007 It wasn’t so long ago that Volvo was commonly thought of within car industry circles as ‘that funny Northern European, semi-premium car-maker that nobody wants’. Former custodian Ford had reportedly been pitching around for a new owner for the firm for more than a year when, in 2010, China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Ltd …

Seat’s seven-seat SUV touches down in the UK with a refined diesel motor, but ride quality is a bit questionable

Seat Tarraco 2.0 TDI 150 2019 UK review From £28,5607 What is it? Like any car manufacturer keen on the idea of making a profit these days, Seat hasn’t dallied or dallied in its efforts to bring a full family of SUV-shaped models to market. The mid-size Ateca came first and quickly proved that crossover hatchbacks could actually be …

Numerous premium brands claim they make the best family SUV but we can now put that argument to rest with our definitive top 10 list

Top 10 best family SUVs 2020 Dominated by premium offerings, this chart is populated by some of the best family cars on the road – vehicles that can cope with the school run as well as tackling wintery conditions, mildly rugged terrain, trips to the tip, towing duties and long-distance motorway cruising. It’s a hotly …