The Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) or 4x4 is experiencing a small renaissance as modern engine technology means the oversized cars are no longer particularly expensive to run.

Given their size, durability and capacity for coping with almost all aspects of our weather, they have proved popular with UK drivers and particularly with families.

With plenty of internal space for kids, extra seats that can be folded down to make room for more luggage and generally high standards of safety, the SUV remains strongly in demand among parents.

With such a wide range of vehicles available from the luxurious to the economic, choosing the right one can be tricky. Here's our selection of the very best family SUVs on the market.

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