models, features, prices in comparison

Italians love SUVs: mini, city, compact, medium and large, economical, sporty or luxury, sports cars are still among the best-selling cars in our country

For several years now, those who say cars have been saying SUVs: this type of bodywork now actually represents punctually between 30% and 40% of car sales, competing with sedans every month and switching with them at the top step of car sales. podiet ..

For this reason, car manufacturers have for years now rationalized their production in order to offer customers in the market an increasing number of SUVs, of all segments: there are small SUVs (also called “city SUVs” or “mini-SUVs”). ‘er “”) covers the lower part of the market, compact SUVs, slightly larger in size but still suitable for the city, medium-sized SUVs and large SUVs, which on the other hand are already more oriented towards comfortable travel in the suburbs and on the highway.

Just as happens with sedans, even for SUVs (which are almost always “high-wheeled” sedans), it is often difficult to frame the “segment” of the market: there are officially “compact” sports cars, but whose dimensions and outfitting until a few years ago was from a decidedly higher segment. Any kind of distinction between categories can therefore only be arbitrary, also because it is the car manufacturers who have actually made their offerings more and more fluid with an ever-increasing amount of products that are difficult to fit into a single category.

But today, there is a positive result: all those looking for an SUV will find (at least) one that suits their needs, their tastes and their wallets.


The lower part of the SUV market is covered by “mini-SUVs” or “city SUVs”, ie cheap and small SUVs that are good for getting around the city, can be easily parked and does not cost much. In principle, but with the limits already described, we could in this category consider the SUVs in segment A and B up to approx. 4.10-4.15 meters of length.

The typical engine for these cars, the most common configuration, is the mille petrol three-cylinder with powers of 60-100 horsepower (something more if it is turbo) which is just fine for urban use.

In this segment of the market, if we look at the prices, we find a bit of everything: quite expensive cars, like the Audi A1 Citycarver, but also decidedly economical cars like the Dacia Sandero Stepway. In between several models with more or less high prices: From the very popular Fiat Panda Cross to the equally popular Ford Ecosport. But also the first experiments with 100% electric City SUVs, such as the Dacia Spring.

  • Audi A1 Citycarver from 25,150 euros
  • Opel Mokka from € 22,980.00
  • Seat Arona from 19,800.00 euros
  • Dacia Spring from 22,850 euros
  • Ford Ecosport from 23,500 euros
  • Dacia Sandero Stepway from 11,500 euros
  • Suzuki Ignis from 18,100.00 euros
  • Hyundai Bayon from 19,850.00 euros
  • Toyota Aygo X from 16,500 euros
  • Mahindra Kuv100 from 14,545 euros


When we go up in size and price, we find the compact SUVs even more loved by the Italians, a market segment where competition is fierce and the range of models and equipment is huge. Sport Utilities of this size are the ones that most resemble the saloon of diversion, and for this reason the term “crossover” is often used about these cars, i.e. a mix of two genres. Once again, however, the definitions are narrow, and these cars have pretty much a length in between 420 and 440 centimeters.

In this market segment we find several selections of engines, with some diesel engines and several hybrids (even plug-ins), but the prices increase in line with the size, and these cars make sense for those who need to move out of town and ask comfort allows a bigger car.

  • Audi Q2 from 29,050 euros
  • Citroen C3 Aircross from 20,500 euros
  • Dacia Duster from 14,350 euros
  • DR3 from 16,400 euros
  • DS3 Crossback from 26,300 euros
  • Fiat 500X from 22,850
  • Ford Puma from 25,750 euros
  • Honda HR-V from 31,800 euros
  • Hyundai Kona from 22,400 euros
  • Jeep Renegade from 24,900 euros
  • Kia Stonic from 18,250 euros
  • Nissan Juke from 22,200 euros
  • Opel Crossland from 21,330.00 euros
  • Peugeot 2008 from 23,650 euros
  • Peugeot e-2008 from 39,000 euros
  • Renault Captur from 22,100 euros
  • Seat Ateca from 25,250.00
  • Skoda Karok from 27,200.00 euros
  • Suzuki S-Cross starting from 29,090.00 euros
  • Toyota Yaris Cross from 25,900 euros
  • Volkswagen T-Cross from 23,150.00 euros


If you move on to medium-sized SUVs, you will fall into a clearly superior category, and you can feel the leap in quality, even a lot, especially for the sake of the available space. We are talking about cars with a length in between 430-440 and 450-460 cmtherefore of dimensions that are beginning to be important and which thanks to the very high sky become extremely comfortable even on longer trips.

On the other hand, medium-sized SUVs with lengths of about four and a half meters are starting to be uncomfortable to drive and, above all, to park in historic centers and in the narrowest streets. In fact, it’s out of town that these Sports Utility Vehicles perform at their best, also thanks to increasingly powerful engines: whether they’s petrol, diesel or hybrids of any technology, or even 100% electric, when the engines in these SUVs often and over 150 horses and almost always on these cars we find, sometimes even in the basic equipment, automatic gearboxes and sophisticated driver assistance technologies.

Once again, it’s hard to draw precise boundaries between one category and another, also because we in the large family of midsize SUVs find few really cheap SUVs and more and more premium SUVs with equipment that once was exclusive to many other market segments. Prices for this start at around 16,000 euros for a Dacia Jogger from 454 cm LPG from 100 horsepower to over 70 thousand euros, which a Land Rover Evoque can cost from 437 centimetersbut with a two thousand 300 horsepower turbo engine.

  • Alfa Romeo Tonale from 35,500 euros
  • Audi Q3 from 37,300 euros
  • Audi Q3 Sportback from 43,250 euros
  • BMW X1 from 32,470 euros
  • BMW x2 from 33,620 euros
  • Cadillac Xt4 from 37,710 euros
  • Citroen C5 Aircross from 28,700 euros
  • Dr F-35 from 24,900.00 euros
  • Dr 6 from € 28,900.00
  • DS4 from 31,150 euros
  • DS7 Crossback from 38,900 euros
  • Dacia Jogger from 16,250 euros
  • Ford Kuga from 36,350 euros
  • Honda CR-V from 37,350 euros
  • Hyundai Tucson from 30.1 million euros
  • Jaguar E-Pace from 48,985 euros
  • Jeep Compass from 32,900 euros
  • Kia Sportage from 29,950 euros
  • Land Rover Evoque from 41,155 euros
  • Lexus UX from 39,800 euros
  • Mazda CX-30 from 27,350.00 euros
  • Mazda Cx-5 from 35,300.00 euros
  • Mercedes EQA from 42,721.31 euros
  • Mercedes GLA from 29,727.05 euros
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross from 45,350 euros
  • Nissan Quashqai from 27,030 euros
  • Nissan Ariya from 50,500 euros
  • Opel Grandland X from 29,630.00 euros
  • Peugeot 3008 from 32,320 euros
  • Renault Kadjar from 27,950 euros
  • Renault Arkana from 31,350 euros
  • Renault Austral
  • SsangYong Korando from 25,840 euros
  • Subaru XV from 25,800 euros
  • Toyota C-HR from 31,650 euros
  • Volkswagen ID.4 from 44,950 euros
  • Volkswagen Tiguan from 26,366.16 euros
  • Volvo C40 from 54,210 euros
  • Volvo XC40 from 34,850 euros


Large SUVs are the cars that probably offer the most space and comfort today among all those on the market and at the same time they are also the least agile in the city. In fact, we are talking about cars over 460 centimeters in length, some even over 5 meters. Conversely, many of these cars also have the option of third row seats and are consequently homologated for up to 7 seats.

It is clear that large SUVs are the ideal cars for long trips on the highway, which use the highest possible comfort and often even in luxury. It is also very expensive cars, especially the electric ones with large batteries like the Audi e-tron and those with real sports engines like the Aston Martin DBX with 551 horsepower V8. Those looking for a large SUV that costs little will therefore have to surrender to the fact that there is no large economic SUV in the literal sense of the word.

  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio from 53,500 euros
  • Aston Martin DBX from 188,126 euros
  • Audi Q5 from 53,250 euros
  • Audi Q7 from 74,200 euros
  • Audi Q8 from 79,350 euros
  • Audi Q4 e-tron from 46,850 euros
  • Bentley Bentayga from 176,142 euros
  • BMW X3 from 56,200 euros
  • BMW iX3 from 71,900 euros
  • BMW X4 from 61,320 euros
  • BMW X5 from 69,870 euros
  • BMW X6 from 81,870 euros
  • BMW X7 from 99,220 euros
  • BMW iX from 82,870 euros
  • Ford Mustang Mach E starts from 56,750 euros
  • Ford Explorer from 88,750 euros
  • Hyundai Ioniq 5 from 42,750.00 euros
  • Hyundai Santa Fe from 56,300.00 euros
  • Jaguar F-Pace from 67,080 euros
  • Jaguar I-Pace from 83,690 euros
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited from 74,800 euros
  • Kia Sorento from 45,450 euros
  • Kia EV6 from 49,950 euros
  • Lamborghini Urus
  • Land Rover Range Rover Velar from 64,400 euros
  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport from 95,300 euros
  • Land Rover Range Rover from 129,100 euros
  • Land Rover Defender 110 from 55,550 euros
  • Land Rover Discovery from 66,800 euros
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport from 40,455.00 euros
  • The Lexus NX starts at 60,000 euros
  • Lexus RX from 76,000 euros
  • Maserati Levante from 86,970 euros
  • Mercedes GLB from 31,024.59 euros
  • Mercedes GLC from 56,034.43 euros
  • Mercedes GLE from 61,400.00 euros
  • Mercedes GLS starts from 79,569.02 euros
  • Mercedes G-Class from 107,024.59 euros
  • Mercedes EQB from 44,565.57 euros
  • Mitsubishi Outlander from 30,670 euros
  • Nissan X-Trail from 28,755 euros
  • Peugeot 5008 from 35,470 euros
  • Porsche Macan from 67,950.00 euros
  • Porsche Cayenne from 86,970 euros
  • Seat Tarraco from 32,650.00 euros
  • Skoda Enyaq iV from 38,000.00 euros
  • Skoda Kodiaq from 32,150.00 euros
  • Ssangyong Rexton from 49,000 euros
  • Subaru Forester from 37,750 euros
  • The Subaru Outback starts at 44,000 euros
  • Suzuki Across from 47,400 euros
  • Tesla Model Y from 64,970 euros
  • Toyota Rav4 from 36,400 euros
  • Toyota Land Cruiser from 49,600 euros
  • Toyota Highlander from 52,200 euros
  • Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace from 41,000 euros
  • Volkswagen Touareg from 77,500 euros
  • Volvo XC60 from 53,400 euros
  • Volvo XC90 from 77,050 euros

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