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Five Stunning SUVs For Your Lease Car List

 Published 2nd October 2017
Driver Guides 

WITH all the attention being paid to the SUV market at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show we thought it would be a good idea to compile a list. There is always something very satisfying about making a list, especially a list of cars that you should be considering for your next car lease.

These are our thoughts on the best new SUVs that have recently been announced.

So without further ado let us introduce you to the Top 5 New SUVs as seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

1. Hyundai Kona

Hyundai Kona

The new Hyundai Kona is a very funky and rather muscular looking crossover SUV aimed squarely at the urban market. A wide choice of colour combinations and a two-tone paint scheme mean you really can personalise the Kona to suit you.

The mesh grille enhances its dynamic appearance while the sleek profile with short rear overhangs gives it a distinctive shape. A roof rack enhances the sleek roof line and offers those of you with an active lifestyle the capability for mounting a roof carrier to go sailing, cycling, or whatever strenuous activity takes your fancy.

The colour theme continues on the inside with colour accents around the cabin. You also get the usual array of options such as SatNav, climate control, heated steering wheel, and loads of storage space. For the first time in a Hyundai there is also a head-up display option.

The Hyundai Kona will initially be available with two turbocharged petrol engines, a 1.0-litre three-cylinder and 1.6-litre four-cylinder, both offering a good balance of power and economy. A 1.6-litre diesel option is due to follow within 12 months.

The 1.0-litre will only be available in front wheel drive though, so if you want proper four wheel drive you need to opt for one of the 1.6-litre engines.

The Hyundai Kona will be on sale in the UK from November with prices starting at around £15,000.

2. VW T-Roc

VW T-Roc

Like the Kona, the VW T-Roc is a compact SUV aimed at a more urban market, with its snappy looks and two-tone colour schemes.

The wide radiator grille unit with integrated dual headlights make the T-Roc unmistakable even at night. The lines of the silhouette are emphasised with a chrome detail running along the roof line and down the rear pillars to give the T-Roc coupe styling.

Inside the T-Roc you get a robust SUV feel with plenty of space. The Active Info Display and the infotainment system combine to create a new, digital and interactive cockpit. There is also an impressive array of technology options packed into the T-Roc so even the base model has more than enough to keep you happy.

On top of the entry level model, the T-Roc will also be available in two other trim levels, Sport and Style. These two are comparable in terms of what you get but, as you may have guessed from the names, offer a little more personalisation. You could choose decorative panels in the style, or sport seats in the Sport. You get the idea.

VW are offering the T-Roc too with six efficient turbocharged engines: three petrol engines (TSI) and three diesels (TDI). You can also choose front-wheel drive and 4Motion all-wheel drive, a manual transmission or dual clutch 7-speed automatic.

The T-Roc market launch begins in November with prices expected to start from just under £20,000.

3. Volvo XC60

Volvo XC60

It won't come as a surprise to hear that Volvo claims the new XC60 is one of the safest cars ever made. Of course it is, it's a Volvo.

But it does much more than just keep you safe. The Volvo XC60 is a very attractive car. It manages to look rugged and dependable, elegant and stylish, all at the same time. Volvo's signature headlights with T-shaped daytime running lights extending right to the edge of the grille are a very nice touch. Volvo describes it as athletic and subtle. Who are we to argue.

The interior is appropriately Scandinavian, a combination of premium natural materials and the latest technology. The clean design is mainly down to the Sensus touch screen control that allows Volvo to fit fewer buttons. The attention to detail is obvious from first glance. The Volvo XC60 is a luxuriously contemporary way to travel.

The engines in the new XC60 are all 2.0-litre, four-cylinder units. Two diesel engines, the D4 and D5 offer 190bhp and 235bhp respectively. There is also the 254bhp T5 petrol option. The pick of the lot though, is the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid. This produces 407bhp and takes just over five seconds to hit 60mph. It does top the range, with the associated cost that brings, but it's a seriously tempting choice. Despite that it can run on EV mode only for some 20 miles with zero emissions.

This is more of a long term choice as the new XC60 doesn't go into production until early next year. Given you should allow three months to renew a least this is definitely one to bear in mind over the next few months.

4. Lexus NX

Lexus NX

Another compact SUV fresh from Frankfurt in the shape of the premium NX range from Lexus.

This updated version features a new spindle grille and front bumper, and some new alloy wheel options. It has quite a low silhouette giving it a sleek appearance in keeping with the new face. It's a very stylish car.

The styling doesn't come at the cost of interior space though. The new NX is practical and spacious. There's no shortage of technology on offer either, with touchpad controls, a 10 inch display screen, a SatNav that automatically adjusts the clock if you cross a time zone. Lexus has even made the wireless charging tray bigger to accommodate larger smartphones.

A bit like the Volvo, the Lexus NX isn't actually on sale yet so some details have still not been released. We know it will be available as either a petrol or hybrid, and from past experience of Lexus both should offer a reasonable balance of power and efficiency. We also know there will be a number of trim levels including Luxury and F Sport so personalisation won't be an issue.

If you're tempted with the Lexus NX don't worry. We should have a few more details in the next month or so.

5. Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayenne

Clearly saving the best until last, the new Porsche Cayenne looks set to be a phenomenal success. Not to mention absolutely brilliant.

The new Cayenne features a newly enhanced front end has larger air intakes and LED main headlights combined with the optional Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS). At night, the new Cayenne Turbo boasts double-row front light modules not found on other models. The new Cayenne has bigger wheels than the old models. It's also a little longer and a touch lower.

The interior is uniquely Porsche - engineered to perfection. Every button, switch, and dial has been designed to to do exactly what it should with the minimum of fuss. From the display and control concept with 12 inch full-HD touchscreen to the analogue controls on the new centre console, all are perfectly placed. There is even a beautiful smartphone-like, glass-look touch surface that operates some of the functions.

Initially the new models will be available in two variants, Cayenne and Cayenne S. The Cayenne has a 340bhp 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine. The Cayenne S boasts a larger 2.9-litre V6 twin-turbo engine developing 440bhp. Other variants will follow later with a possible 666bhp hybrid version on the way.

The third generation of the Porsche Cayenne is available to order already so if you're looking for a luxury SUV this is probably the one you want. Prices start from £55,965 so which is a lot but as we said at the beginning it's amazing value.

So, that's the five new SUVs we think you should be looking at over the next few months and into early next year. Of course this is only our list. Yours may be very different.

Whichever SUV you may be thinking of, or if you've been banging your head against the wall because you can't decide, get in touch and we could have you driving one of these in no time. Unless you disagree with our list, in which case we'll gladly find you something different instead.

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