In this guide, you can find our editorial selection of the best midsize luxury SUV 2018 in the market. The SUV is better than the worst cars. To prepare it, we have selected the best options. We have stayed with those SUVs in which we would spend our own money if we were buying a car of this type.
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Best midsize luxury suv 2018
Dynamic design and very broad equipment possibilities define the new Mazda CX-3. It can equip all-wheel drive, something that not all rivals usually offer
The Mazda CX3 triumphs above all by design, consumption, and dynamics, although it offers a boot something just as the main limitation. The technology Skyactiv provides an excellent chassis, very light, and very competitive engines in efficiency, resulting in a very pleasant car to drive and with low maintenance.
In the interior we are again with a very sporty design and great personality and the car as a whole has a male air perhaps more accentuated than most of the competition, aimed almost at the female audience. A car for those who understand cars, maybe that’s why you see little. Keep reading How to Know if Your Mechanic is Trustworthy …
Design, behavior, equipment available, all-wheel-drive option, efficient engines
Fair rear seats, small luggage compartment, the appearance of some plastics
The first small SUV of SEAT stands out for the spaciousness of its interior, and high equipment and customization possibilities. The offer of engines is similar to the one seen in the latest generation of the Ibiza, with the efficient TSI and TDI blocks.
The SEAT Arona is the national bet for the B-SUV segment. It is a SEAT Ibiza that has been granted the “superpowers” of an SUV regarding aesthetics, habitability, and boot, to become the best-selling fashion.
The Arona, only available in front-wheel drive, offers an interesting range of Volkswagen’s latest technology engines, complete and very strong equipment in connectivity, all combined with an attractive and modern base.
The result is a complete car at a competitive price, whose main problem is a probable waiting list when buying it.
Luggage compartment, equipment, and customization possibilities, reasonable price
Quality of some plastics
Located on a lower step to the Tucson, it enjoys a very personal and dynamic aesthetic with which it aims to capture the attention of the younger audience. It is interesting to offer the option of four-wheel drive, an element not too widespread in the segment.
The Hyundai Kona is a B-SUV that has all the ingredients of a best seller. It is spacious, well built, offers good behavior and good engines and has a competitive price.
Although part of a very tight price, the Kona range covers a wide range of engines and finishes that reach up to $ 30,000 in top-end sports configurations, which gives us an idea of the potential of the car.
Its controversial aesthetic presents a modern and youthful appearance. Its interior is well assembled, although in this segment nobody gets rid of some rather hard plastics. In short, a highly recommended option to take into account and possibly something better than its cousin the Kia Stonic with which it does not share a platform despite its similar size.
Possibilities of equipment, available all-wheel drive, risky design, guarantee
The appearance of some plastics, risky design, trunk volume something fair
The Volkswagen Tiguan is a medium-sized SUV, available in a single body with five doors and five seats. It can carry two drive wheels or 4-Motion all-wheel drive in the most expensive finishes.
The Volkswagen Tiguan is the expensive version of its twin brother the Ateca. In it, we can find almost the same mechanical and technological offer. Of course, the same chassis but with enlarged dimensions for the benefit of the trunk and rear seats, with a differentiating point of design and at a much higher price.
The reasons for opting for a Tiguan in front of an Ateca could be above all considerations of the brand (prejudice), love at first sight by its digital scorecard, its greater breadth and general size or aesthetic preferences. In any case, the Tiguan is from our point of view one of the best SUV that can be purchased for its price, although it is already halfway to premium SUVs.
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Termination quality, behavior, engines
Series equipment, high price
The XC40 arrives with the intention of competing with the Audi Q3, Mercedes GLA and BMW X1 betting on a differentiated aesthetics and a lot of technology. Both the quality of execution and the available equipment are at an excellent level. It is also the model responsible for brand new three-cylinder engines.
If you like the Volvo XC40, be prepared to pay a surcharge equivalent to its visual appeal. In exchange for this surcharge, which will be several thousand euros, you will get the latest in design and technology, an exclusive and attractive car in equal parts that will turn heads in the parking garage of the golf club.
The XC40 is a superb execution and has a first level interior in the purest Swedish style: minimalist and luxurious, warm and technological, exclusive but not ostentatious … in short, the summit of style and good taste.
No catch can be attributed to the XC40, neither in engines nor design or applied technology, but for the price of an XC40 with decent equipment you can buy a SEAT Ateca equivalent to a matching SEAT Arona. It is to think about it.
Design, quality, the range of engines, equipment options, safety
Very high prices, just series equipment, expensive options
The Ateca is an alternative to the Nissan Qashqai. It can have a lot of equipment and a range of motors that oscillates between 115 and 190 HP of power. An all-wheel drive is an option, somewhat extendable to the super-slim DSG double-clutch gearbox.
The SEAT Ateca represents the best that can be manufactured by the Volkswagen group in SUV bodywork, at the lowest possible cost. Twin brother of the Volkswagen Tiguan, both are virtually identical except for the excellent digital picture that equips the Volkswagen and that the Ateca suppresses in exchange for an interesting difference in price.
We are facing one of the best SUV in the market, equipped to the top with cutting edge technologies such as the interesting assistant for jams that starts and stops automatically and with the best engines available in the market, both in diesel and in gasoline.
The only downside that we can put is the abundance of hard plastics in the interior, especially in the doors, which lower the level of general apparent quality and partially justify its very interesting price.
Behavior, habitability, trunk, equipment
Expensive DSG exchange, Reference level equipment, non-slip rear bench, somewhat classic interior design
Similar to the SEAT Ateca with which it shares many pieces, the new Karoq aims to become the somewhat more sober and elegant alternative. It stands out for its beautiful interior and remarkable presentation
The Skoda Karoq is the twin brother of the SEAT Ateca but played by Skoda. Both share platform, mechanics and practically everything that is not visible to the naked eye. In design, they present an almost identical side view, but the front, the rear and especially the interior are different. Particularly, I think that the Karoq dashboard is soberer but also more mature in its design.
The Skoda Karoq best meets family pretensions by incorporating interesting interior storage solutions, in addition to the wonderful Skoda VarioFlex seats, which allow the displacement, folding and removal of each of the three rear seats independently. It is a fabulous solution, do not forget to check that box because it is also not expensive.
On the side of the behavior, we can say that it is a more comfortable point than an Ateca but also a less sporty point, with a greater degree of inclination of the body in the curve.
Amplitude, trunk, presentation, equipment possibilities, Varioflex seats, quality sensation
Loses the sportsmanship of an Ateca in exchange for more comfort
The Mazda CX-5 is a mid-sized SUV similar to a Nissan Qashqai or a Volkswagen Tiguan. It is offered in a single body with 5 doors and 5 seats, with no option of 7 and can carry two or four-wheel drive with manual or automatic, according to versions.
The Mazda CX-5 is a general-purpose SUV with clear premium aspirations. By space, design and above all by the quality of finishes, materials and rolling can be compared directly with the most Granada of Mercedes, Audi or BMW without complexes.
All Mazdas are built around a philosophy of simplicity and low weight and incorporate high-efficiency engines. Also, its dynamic behavior is very good despite being a pretty big car. In short, this Mazda will delight its driver, but also the passengers who accompany him in this luxurious cabin.
As the main point against, the price seems somewhat high compared to certain cars of the competition, since that premium halo that distills per pore at the end also results in production costs and therefore in sales price.
Equipment, quality, behavior, efficient engines
Prices somewhat high, expensive options
Range Rover Evoque
The Range Rover Evoque is a compact SUV, with versions of 3 doors and 5 doors. There are gasoline and diesel versions with two or four-wheel drive.
The Range Rover Evoque was the king of style and design until the arrival of the Volvo XC40. Now we can discuss it.
The Evoque represents a concept of premium compact SUV with a level of design that has gone over traditional premium brands such as Mercedes, BMW or Audi presenting an attractive product that, although very expensive, has managed to conquer the masses.
The Evoque boasts an exquisite interior design and assembly in which everything reminds us that we are in an exclusive car. The traits of the brand are transferred to interior and exterior giving a feeling of strength and quality. The Evoque also stands out for its real off-road skills, although this is an aspect that few will dare to explore.
As points against, apart from a somewhat high price, we can say that neither its interior nor its trunk is especially spacious. So, it could stay a little short as a family car.
Interior and exterior design, exclusivity, quality finishes
Fair interior space, high price, expensive options
This prodigy of luxury and benefits has a fairly high price and maintenance costs in the same line. And even there the faults of the car.