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Best new SUVs: 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

With sales of SUVs booming, we take a look at the latest cars revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Words by: First published: 12th September 2017
Dacia Duster
The latest, updated version of the Dacia Duster features a new, more rugged look outside, a redesigned cabin and extra equipment. The dashboard has been revamped with the MediaNav infotainment system in the centre, and the seats are all new. Dacia has also added in more stowage spaces than the existing car. New equipment includes a multi-view camera system to help manoeuvring, a blind spot warning feature, curtain airbags and automatic headlights. It arrives in the UK in the middle of 2018.

Read more about the new Dacia Duster here.
Dacia Duster
Dacia Duster
Hyundai Kona
The Hyundai Kona is an all-new model that will become the company’s third – and smallest – SUV in its range (alongside the Tucson and Santa Fe). Although the specification of cars in the UK is yet to be finalised, we know the Kona will offer buyers a choice between two turbocharged petrol engines, with a 1.6-litre diesel engine available in two power outputs joining the range in summer 2018. There’s no word yet on exactly when the car will go on sale in the UK or how much it will cost, but we expect it to appear in Hyundai showrooms before the end of this year. Given its rivals, we expect a starting price for the range of around £14,000.
Hyundai Kona
Hyundai Kona
Kia Stonic
We've already seen the Kia Stonic, but it's made its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It seems like everyone's hitting up the small SUV segment at the moment. The Stonic will rival the likes of the Nissan Juke, Vauxhall Mokka X, and Seat Arona. The Stonic's looks are decidedly ‘Kia’, thanks to several signature design elements, such as the ‘tiger-nose’ grille, and the car fits in well with Kia’s other SUVs, the larger Sorento and Sportage. The Stonic will go on sale in the UK in the third quarter of 2017; and, as with any Kia, it will be covered by the company’s seven-year/100,000 mile warranty. There’s no word on pricing yet, but we expect it to cost from around £14,000.

You can read more about the new Kia Stonic, and watch the video here.
Kia Stonic
Kia Stonic
Land Rover Discovery SVX
If the standard Discovery isn’t extreme enough for you, check out the Discovery SVX, created by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations department. Boasting a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine with 525PS, it also has beefed up suspension, massive off-road tyres, a winch and roof-mounted lights to ensure you can basically drive it over a mountain in the dark. Probably.

Read more on the Land Rover Discovery SVX in our full article here.
Land Rover Discovery SVX
Land Rover Discovery SVX
Porsche Cayenne
Porsche used Frankfurt to give a debut to the new Cayenne Turbo, a 550PS version of the latest Cayenne unveiled earlier this year. The new car uses a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 to generate all that power, which means it'll hit 62mph from standstill in just 4.1 seconds, or 3.9 if specced with the optional Sport Chrono package. It rides on 21-inch alloy wheels and features a different headlight design from other Cayenne models. The twin exhaust pipes also mark it out from the rest of the range.

The new Cayenne’s looks aren’t a big step away from the previous generation, especially from the front, but it does look more streamlined overall. The big changes are inside, where the cabin is much less cluttered and more spacious. The new Cayenne range goes on sale in the UK at the beginning of next year, with prices starting at £55,965.

Read more about the latest Porsche Cayenne and see our exclusive video here.
Porsche Cayenne Turbo
Porsche Cayenne Turbo
Seat Arona
The world and his dog are buying SUVs at the moment, and Seat’s most recent addition to the road – the Ateca – has gone down well with public and critics alike. So hopes are high the next SUV in Seat’s portfolio, the Arona, will continue its good work. Smaller than the Ateca, the Arona takes on the Nissan Juke and Vauxhall Mokka X, as well as Kia’s forthcoming Stonic. It goes on sale at the start of October.

We’ve already had a sneak peek at the Arona, and you can read all the details and see the video here.
Seat Arona
Seat Arona
Toyota Land Cruiser
One of Toyota’s most enduring models globally, the Land Cruiser has had a spruce up. Nothing too dramatic – you don’t change a winning formula, after all – but the looks have been revised and the interior given a refresh with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and features including heated and ventilated seats and a heated windscreen. Power continues to come from a 177PS, 2.8-litre diesel engine, and it’s available with three doors and five seats or five doors and seven seats.
Toyota Land Cruiser
Toyota Land Cruiser
Chery Exeed TX
Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of Chery; it's not selling cars in the UK yet. But the Chinese brand has grand expansion plans and aims to bring this, the Exeed TX compact SUV, to European shores within the next few years. More SUVs, also under the Exeed name, will follow. Chery promises tech-heavy vehicles with plenty of connectivity for things like intelligent navigation and online infotainment, as well as the latest driver safety systems. The Exeed TX will be available as a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and a full electric car and has been developed with various European technology partners. Chinese brands haven’t had the best reputation historically, but China is now the world’s largest car market and manufacturers there have been developing at a fast rate of knots.
Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of Chery; they’re not selling cars in the UK yet. But the Chinese brand has grand expansion plans and plans to bring this, the Exeed TX compact SUV, to European shores within the next few years. More SUVs, also under the Exeed name, will follow. Chery promises tech-heavy vehicles with plenty of connectivity for things like intelligent navigation and online infotainment, as well as the latest driver safety systems. The Exeed TX will be available as a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and a full electric car and has been developed with various European technology partners. Chinese brands haven’t had the best reputation historically, but China is now the world’s largest car market and manufacturers there have been developing at a fast rate of knots.
Chery Exeed TX

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