The sport utility vehicle, or SUV, is fast becoming the most popular style of car in dealerships across the world, and is set to overtake regular passenger cars like sedans and hatchbacks as early as this year. The major obstacles of SUVs – fuel consumption, and driving and parking in inner-city areas – are being solved thanks to new develops in mechanical and electronic technology, meaning SUVs are safer, easier to drive and more efficient than ever. If you’re currently looking at cars for sale on websites such as Auto Trader or at your local dealer, then here are the hottest SUV models worth checking out.

Volvo XC60

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Volvo has a long-standing reputation as one of the safest cars around, and the mid-sized XC60 continues to satisfy. The XC60 comes with a suite of advanced safety features, including forward-collision and distance-alert systems, as well as Volvo’s standard City Safety low-speed collision avoidance system. Together, this package will alert a driver if they are driving dangerously and apply the brakes if needed. This is an ideal family wagon, with generous boot space allowing for plenty of weekend trips away.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

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While this SUV hasn’t yet hit the market, it’s already got auto enthusiasts talking. The Eclipse nameplate initially belonged to a small high-performance coupe in the 1990’s, and gained notoriety worldwide after appearing in The Fast and the Furious. The Eclipse Cross promises to live up to its sporty predecessor, with a coupe-like silhouette and an all-new CVT automate transmission with an ‘eight-speed’ sport mode manual control option.

Fiat 500X Cross

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This spunky little wagon is perfect for city-slickers wanting to zip through busy urban streets. The 500X is an SUV incarnation of the 60-year old Fiat 500 and contains a four-liter turbo engine matched to a six-speed manual transmission. The Italian-styled crossover vehicle comes loaded with safety features, including forward-collision and lane-departure warning, and seven airbags as standard.

Jeep Cherokee Trackhawk

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If you’re thinking about tearing up the dirt in a new Cherokee, then it might pay to hold off until the Trackhawk is available later this year. Jeep calls this beast the most powerful SUV ever, with a 6.2-litre V8 engine that generates 527kW of power lurking under the hood. The supercharged SUV can reach 0-100 in just 3.6 seconds, and has a top speed of 290km/hr.

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

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The enduring Range Rover is an iconic SUV, and the latest model continues to please. Land Rover have fine-tuned the engine to improve fuel efficiency by 14 percent while maintaining the same power specifications as previous models. A range of 14 different petrol and diesel options range between 2 and 2.2 liters, and drivers can choose between three, four and five doors.

Mazda CX-5

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The lightweight, sporty CX5 is a fun SUV that handles city and country roads like a dream. While the car looks small, it contains a 2.5-litre engine and the option of all-wheel drive. While it lacks some of the connectivity seen in other late-model cars, Mazda has prized substance over style and given drivers an easy, approachable SUV that’ll still fit the family.

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