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Car tips & advice | 29.07.2014 - 15:42

The best modern SUVS for the family

The progression of modern life sees most of us with a family of a sizeable number. And if our family isn’t large, what we’ve acquired in addition to our family might be. This means our vehicles need to match this size. But the question is which SUV’s might be best for us.

The progression of modern life sees most of us with a family of a sizeable number. And if our family isn’t large, what we’ve acquired in addition to our family might be. This means our vehicles need to match this size. But the question is which SUV’s might be best for us.

 

Audi Q5

 

Combining all the necessary features for family use, the Audi Q5 is often held up as an example of an excellent, all-round SUV.

 

Power by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, it packs plenty of power. It comes standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission. According to reviewers, the gear changes handle smoothly and quickly. The V6, a supercharged engine, is optional and provides great, powerful acceleration. Drivers say the 2014 Q5 is fun to drive, has easy handling, precise steering and a comfortable, smooth ride.

 

2014 Mazda CX-5

 

With excellent fuel-economy, space management and general all-round practicality, the CX-5 is regarded by many as the perfect family SUV.

 

The standard four-cylinder engine is adequate for urban driving but can struggle with steeper hills. Its recommended you get the more powerful engine on higher trims, which gives that much needed boost. Both kinds of gear transmissions – the standard six-speed manual transmission and automatic – shift smoothly.

 

Fuel economy is part of the design philosophy, with both drivetrains providing much needed piece of mind in that regard. Easy handling and responsive steering are part of what make the CX-5 a joy to drive.

 

Chevrolet Captiva

 

This exceptional vehicle was featured in its exclusive capacity in The New York Times. The Chevrolet Captiva combines all the necessary parts needed to make an affordable, functional and versatile family-sized vehicle.

 

It is available as a 6-speed automatic, with a high pressure direct fuel injection engine. This helps maintain power and sustainability.

 

It has a lowered bumper, chromegrille with signature “Chevrolet Bowtie”. It’s sporty and has an edge that shows it off from many other SUV’s. Most importantly, it’s a highly regarded in the safety department. With six airbags, three-point seatbelts, and even a passenger warning for seat-belts. It also features a Traction Control System, Electronic Stability Control, and Brake Assist System to ground you as a whole, in terms of keeping you and your family safe.

 

Also to aid your driving and safety is the Hill Start Assist, which lets you start easily on an incline and prevents rolling.

 

Buick Enclave

 

With refined handling, classy interior, the 2014 Buick Enclave is a highly impressive vehicle. It obtained consistently excellent safety scores, yet it still maintains affordability. It was named the 2014 Best 3-Row Midsize SUV for Families by US News.

 

The Enclave’s fuel economy ranks about average for the class but many are pleased with its driving. It is very comfortable without feeling strangely soft, as some tend to do. Its feel and responsiveness are noted to, in the steering and braking.

 

Powered by a V6 engine that manages all driving situations. 6-speed automatic transmission is the standard. It can be slightly difficult to maneuver through tight spaces, due to its size, but mostly this isn’t an issue for users.

 

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