The term 'SUV' is used in the automotive industry and stands for Sports Utility Vehicle. It refers to a class of vehicle that sits high off the ground, frequently with four-wheel drive and rugged styling. However, there is no universally recognised definition of an SUV, and usage differs from country to country.
The term SUV originated in America. It was initially used to describe large, roomy vehicles that could travel off-road and over rugged terrains, typically aimed at drivers with active lifestyles who participate in activities such as mountain biking and canoeing.
SUV is now used to describe a broader range of cars, some of which are small, like the Ford EcoSport, some of which are large, like the Range Rover. Others, like the Porsche Cayenne, even handle like sports cars. Most SUVs, however, make for excellent family lease cars, perfect for carrying your canine companion, the school run when tackling wintery conditions, and long-distance motorway cruising.