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There’s nothing like going on a memorable road trip or holiday with friends and family, but it’s even better if you have a great car to travel in. SUVs are great for this because they are practical and spacious. They also make for great vehicle leasing options if you’re considering getting one.

If you’re still not convinced that getting an SUV is the way forward, consider the benefits, and check out our three favourite SUVs.

• You get extra seats! Some SUVs even have the option of seating up to 9 people. This is great if you want to take all your mates along for a weekend trip, or for fitting in all of your family’s luggage.

• You can carry loads of things that you wouldn’t be able to fit in a regular sized car, and your passenger’s space won’t be compromised either.

• SUVs have towing capabilities that other cars don’t have. They can handle extra weight such as a boat or trailer, which you normally wouldn’t be able to tow unless you got yourself a truck.

• It’s a lot safer. Because SUVs are higher up from the ground, they are able to drive over debris easily, and also handle more severe off-road and weather conditions. Most SUVs also have a grill on the front for extra protection for both the engine and passenger compartment.

BMW X5 

If you’re looking for a luxury crossover, the BMW X5 is great choice. It’s surprisingly agile for an SUV, and the engine offers some great performance. The rear space is a lot better than most of the SUVS in its class, and the fuel economy and emissions are pretty impressive too. The cabin is very driver friendly, with a very comfortable and supportive driving seat which can be easily adjusted. Dashboard controls are simple to use and the infotainment screen is definitely one of the best we’ve seen.


NISSAN JUKE 

Nissan Juke is a fun and funky, small crossover, which is quite speedy. It definitely stands out from the crowd with its dynamic and quirky style. Its light steering and all-wheel drive make it a great car for tearing down twisty, country roads and for throwing around bends. It also comes with plenty of tech, and has a pretty decent fuel economy. The only downside is that the boot is on the small side, and there’s not a huge amount of room for the rear passengers.

RANGE ROVER SPORT

A quiet car with tonnes of class. It’s also incredibly plush, so a great choice for people who enjoy travelling in comfort. The sport is also surprisingly practical with some pretty nifty handling and one of its best features is its luxurious cabin. The seven seats are incredibly comfortable, with an option to get a third row of seats fitted. There’s a handy infotainment screen and the all-round visibility is fantastic. However, it doesn’t come cheap, and the fuel economy isn’t great.

There are loads of UK car leasing options available online, so make sure you check them out!

Launched in 2010, the Nissan Juke was an immediate hit with the public due to its quirky, individual style. The Juke is a supermini/SUV crossover that shook up the industry, forcing its rivals to start making similar styled smaller SUVs. It was redesigned in 2014 to freshen up its looks and make it more practical.


They did this by making the boot bigger and adding more equipment. The Juke is great as it offers drivers the chance to own a crossover at an affordable price. It also makes for a fantastic cheap car leasing choice if you’re looking for a ride with individual style and loads of tech, for a reasonable price.

The best engine, if you’re going for economy, is the 1.5 litre diesel. It’s a powerful engine, if a little noisy. It’s cheap to run with an impressive economy of 67.3mpg and 104g/km CO2 emissions. This means that road tax is only £20 a year. The turbocharged engine means you gets some really great performance and nifty acceleration that you don’t get from the petrol engines. The only downside being that it’s a bit noisier.

The Juke has a high driving position, and the suspension is fairly comfortable as long as you’re not driving over potholes. However, steering is a little on the light side. In our opinion, the best model to go for is the diesel hatchback 1.5 dCi Acenta 5dr.

When it comes to the interior design, it’s just as funky as the exterior. The centre console is stylish and comes in a variety of colours. There’s loads of space for the driver and front passenger, and the steering wheel is height adjustable. However some of the materials used don’t feel as high quality as they could be, making parts of the interior feel a bit cheap.

Also the cabin noise and cramped rear-seats mean that the Juke probably wouldn’t suit you if you have passengers for extended periods of time during long journeys. Rival cars such as the Vauxhall Mokka and the Peugeot 2008 are more practical with bigger boots and more backseat space.

The Juke makes up for this however, by coming well-equipped with some pretty decent features. Even the basic models get air-con, electric windows, alloy wheels, body coloured mirrors and an adjustable driver’s seat. We’ve seen some pretty cool modified Nissan Juke’s driving around like these:

If you’re looking for even more spec, then the next trim level up ‘Acenta’ gives you larger wheels, climate control, cruise control, chrome door handles, Bluetooth, and a leather steering wheel and gearstick. If that still isn’t enough, then the top-spec Tekna will also include luxury leather seats, sat nav and glossy black finishes for extra added classiness.

So if you’re looking for a car lease that is radically styled, quirky, and is a unique combination of supermini and SUV, then the Juke is the car for you.