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Nationwide Vehicle Contracts list ten of the best SUVs to lease this autumn

Autumn is finally here. The nights are drawing in, the cold mornings have arrived, and the roads are becoming more slippery now that the trees are shedding their leaves. This means it's a perfect time to look for your next lease vehicle to take you through the colder months of autumn and into the freezing winter season.

To help make choosing your next lease vehicle easier, Nationwide Vehicle Contracts has compiled a list of the best SUVs to lease this autumn in the UK, based on looks, practicality and road safety.

1. Volvo XC40

The XC40 may be Volvo's smallest SUV model, yet it's still one of the best SUVs to lease. With its trendy styling and great practicability, the XC40 offers up to 460-litres of boot space, as well as plenty of room inside, making it ideal for small families. Head and legroom for back-seat passengers is excellent thanks to the XC40 having a long wheelbase. The Volvo XC40 also scored five stars in Euro NCAP tests, thanks to its amazing safety features, such as its lane-departure system and automatic emergency braking, all of which come as standard across the XC40 range.

2. Audi Q5

Next up is the Audi Q5, one of the most popular premium SUVs on the market. Facelifted in 2020, the Q5 brings extra styling and tech tweaks to the already practical, well-made family SUV. Inside there's plenty of room for everyone to ride comfortably, and with a boot space of 550-litres, the Q5 is large enough to hold all the family’s luggage too. The Q5 has a maximum five-star Euro NCAP rating due to its safety features such as Audi's Pre-sense city system, which warns of a potential collision and can initiate emergency braking if required, which comes as standard.

3. Volkswagen Tiguan

With its high driving position, chunky-looking styling, roomy interior, and 520 litre boot, the Volkswagen Tiguan makes for an incredibly popular family car. Not only does it look good, but it's practical, easy to drive and relatively comfortable, with generous headroom and legroom throughout. The Tiguan comes with a great range of safety features as standard, with entry-level models boasting Road Edge Recognition and Pedestrian Monitoring, giving the Tiguan a full five stars in Euro NCAP safety tests.

4. Land Rover Discovery

The Land Rover Discovery is one of the most capable SUVs and 4x4s on the market. Blending unmatched off-road ability and toughness, with excellent on-road driving experience and greater efficiency, the Discovery offers plenty of space for up to six passengers and the driver to ride in comfort. At the rear, the Discovery offers up to 258 litres of luggage space even with all seven seats up, but fold the extra two seats down, and this increases to 1,137 litres. All models across the Discovery range have autonomous emergency braking as standard, which helped the car achieve a maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. No wonder this safe, stylish seven-seater SUV is so popular.

5. Mercedes GLC

If you're looking for an upmarket SUV with a quality interior and plenty of space inside, the Mercedes GLC is a great option. Its distinct family face, jacked-up suspension, and high-quality interior make the GLC one of the best looking SUVs on the market. It also matches its rivals in passenger and boot space with its 550-litre boot capacity making light work of carrying all sorts of cargo, with additional flexibility thanks to its 40:20:40 split-fold rear seats. Add in a safety kit including Dynamic Cornering Assist and Collision Prevention Assist, it's easy to see why the GLC earned a five-star Euro NCAP rating.

6. Peugeot 3008

The Peugeot 3008 is a great stylish SUV with a spacious interior, making it ideal for your next family car. It's impressively comfortable to drive, and in the back, you'll find that the 3008 has plenty of space with lots of legroom and headroom even for tall passengers. As for your luggage, the 3008 has a wide opening and roomy 591-litre boot, one of the largest boots in its sector. It also features safety equipment and driver aids, including automatic emergency braking, as standard, helping to gain the maximum five stars on Euro NCAP safety tests.

7. BMW X3

The BMW X3 has been considered one of the best family SUVs for almost two decades. It's extremely practical for a family car, and the interior has a luxurious ambience thanks to its stylish design and quality materials. The X3's has an extended wheelbase meaning there's plenty of space inside for occupants to travel in comfort and stretch their legs. The low lip square boot can hold 550-litres making it easy to load a buggy or the heavy weekly shop. The BMW X3 was awarded a top five-star rating from the Euro NCAP due to the SUV’s solid structural integrity and a full complement of airbags, which are standard across the X3 range.

8. Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage is a great all-round family SUV with plenty of interior space, robust build quality, and a great driving experience. There's plenty of room in the Sportage's rear seats for tall adults to get comfy and a decent amount of headroom despite the sloping roof-line. There are also Isofix points in the two outer seats, making installing child seats in the back easier. The Sportage has 491 litres of boot space which is plenty of room for all the family’s luggage, plus the boot sits low, making it easier to load items. The Sportage is well equipped with safety features including ABS, stability control, a speed limit detection system, and lane-keeping assist. All these safety features and more helped the Kia Sportage achieve a Euro NCAP five-star safety rating.

9. Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson is a mid-size SUV that is roomy and well-equipped. The spacious interior can accommodate up to four six-foot passengers, with plenty of knee, leg and headroom to travel in comfort. The Tucson has an impressive 620 litre boot capacity meaning it's family-friendly and great for carrying all sorts of cargo. The Tucson also has an excellent level of safety kit as standard, with multiple active systems, including lane-keeping assist and autonomous braking. The new Hyundai Tucson has not been crash-tested by Euro NCAP yet, but the previous model achieved a full five-star rating.

10. Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai is one of the UK's most popular SUVs as it's well-equipped, practical and decent to drive. Inside there's plenty of space, and all the Qashqai’s seats are comfortable and supportive. The doors open to a full 85 degrees, which means fitting a child seat is a lot easier. As for boot space, the Nissan Qashqai can hold 504-litres which isn't the biggest boot in its class but is more than enough for the family necessities. The Qashqai also comes with some great safety features as standard, like its Intelligent Mobility tech, including a blind spot warning, a rear cross-traffic alert and traffic sign recognition. The latest Nissan Qashqai hasn't yet been tested by the Euro NCAP.

There has been no better time to lease an SUV this autumn. View our Amazing Autumn Deals online or call one of our leasing consultants on 0345 811 9595 for specialist advice.