Best new SUVs and crossovers coming in 2022

If a raised driving position is a must-have for you, you’ll want to consider one of these new SUVs and crossovers as your next car in 2022

James Allen
Jan 13, 2022

SUVs and crossover cars have really struck a chord with new car buyers. Thanks to factors like their raised ride heights, which can help to improve your view of the road ahead and make it a bit easier to get in and out than with a lower conventional car, they’ve now become a mainstay of many car companies' model lineup.

Considering how popular they are, it’s no surprise that many more SUVs and crossovers will arrive in 2022, with the introduction of a number of new options. Some of them are replacements for vehicles that are due to be replaced in 2022, while others will act as supplements to existing cars to give new car buyers even more options at their disposal.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, there’s plenty of variety in this upcoming selection of cars, too. Included in the intake of new SUVs and crossovers for 2022 are ultra-compact city car crossovers, rugged off-roaders, luxurious 4x4s and a smattering of hybrid and electric family SUVs.

Read on for some of our picks of the most eagerly anticipated new SUVs and crossover cars that will be available to order online and arriving on UK roads in 2022.

New SUVs and crossovers 2022

1. Ineos Grenadier

Ineos Grenadier list price from £49,000*

There aren’t many choices out there at the moment for serious off-roader buyers, though a new option is imminently due in the form of the Ineos Grenadier. It’s a 4x4 in a similar mould to cars like the Toyota Land Cruiser and the previous version of the Land Rover Defender - which prioritise off-road ability over luxury - and will start arriving in the UK from summer 2022.

While it’s pitched more as a rugged workhorse than a family car, the Ineos Grenadier isn’t devoid of creature comforts and tech. For instance, there’s a large 12.3-inch touchscreen media system on the centre console, and the Grenadier uses petrol and diesel engines sourced from BMW. In time, Ineos also hopes to bring to market a version of the Grenadier that’s powered by a hydrogen fuel cell system.

2. Jeep Grand Cherokee

If you’d prefer a plusher 4x4 that can still tackle tough terrain, then you may want to have the Jeep Grand Cherokee on your radar. Thanks to this car’s standard-fit four-wheel-drive system and features like a suite of driving modes for different terrain conditions, the Jeep Grand Cherokee promises to be pretty handy over rougher ground.

Admittedly, those aren’t new attributes for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, though there are areas where the new version improves upon its predecessor. For instance, the interior looks much more upmarket than the cabin in the outgoing model, and in a first for the Jeep Grand Cherokee range, the only engine option from launch will be a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid setup.

3. Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage list price from £26,775*

The outgoing Kia Sportage has been a very strong seller in the UK, so you’d be forgiven for thinking Kia would play it a bit safer with the new version that’s due in 2022. However, the new Sportage isn’t simply relying on its reputation to sell - especially on the design front. The new Sportage has a very striking and distinctive look.

It’s not just on the styling front where the new Kia Sportage is moving the game on from the previous version. The cabin has also been given quite the overhaul, with an overall layout that’s reminiscent of the new Kia EV6 electric crossover. Kia Sportage buyers will also be able to specify their SUV with one of a number of petrol, diesel and self-charging hybrid engine options - and from March 2022, a plug-in hybrid model will be available to order, too.

4. Range Rover

Range Rover list price from £99,375*

In contrast to Kia’s approach with the Sportage, Land Rover has taken almost the complete opposite direction - at least looks-wise - with the latest Range Rover. Bar a few new flourishes, such as the vertical rear light clusters, the new Range Rover doesn’t shake things up that much in the design department.

In other areas, though, the new Range Rover promises to be a noticeable upgrade. The cabin is set to be roomier than ever, with some versions being available with a seven-seater configuration. Engine options from launch will include a selection of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid setups, though you’ll want to hold off ordering a new Range Rover until 2024 if you’d prefer electric power in your luxurious SUV.

5. Polestar 3

Polestar is in an unusual club of car manufacturers at the moment; it’s currently one of only a handful of mainstream car makers that doesn’t have an SUV in its lineup. That’s all set to change, though, as a Polestar 3 large SUV will go on sale in the UK in 2022.

Full specifications will be confirmed closer to the car’s launch, though expect the Polestar 3 to share similarly sporty handling and performance characteristics with its Polestar 2 saloon sibling. The Polestar 3 is also a significant car for another reason; under the skin, it will be very closely related to the car that will end up replacing the current Volvo XC90 family SUV, as Polestar and Volvo are sister companies.

6. Nissan X-Trail

If the latest Nissan Qashqai is a bit on the small side for your needs, then Nissan will soon have a more practical alternative for you in the form of the latest X-Trail. Like the current car, the new X-Trail is a large SUV that can seat up to seven people, so it’s a better fit than the Qashqai for new car buyers with big families in tow.

While the new Nissan X-Trail will pick up where its predecessor leaves off on the practicality front, it will be a bit different in other areas. One area where this will definitely be the case is on the engine front; a range-extender hybrid setup will be available, where the electric motor that drives the wheels is powered by a battery pack, which is in turn recharged by the car’s petrol engine.

7. Renault Austral

Renault will launch a successor to its Kadjar in 2022, and in an unexpected move has confirmed the car won’t be retaining its predecessor’s name. Instead, this upcoming family SUV will be called the Renault Austral, though it will offer a similar proposition to SUV buyers.

As well as a new name, the Renault Austral will be different to its predecessor in other areas. Judging by the images of the disguised development cars that have been published, the Austral will sport a similar look to the upcoming new Megane, and Renault has confirmed that the Austral will drop diesel engines entirely in favour of petrol hybrid and mild hybrid options.

8. Skoda Enyaq Coupe

Skoda Enyaq Coupe list price from £52,305*

Skoda has got off to a strong start with its first dedicated electric car, the Enyaq family SUV, so it makes sense that Skoda’s next electric model is a derivative of that car. As its name suggests, the Skoda Enyaq Coupe will be very similar to the regular Enyaq when it goes on sale in 2022, with the main difference being its sloping rear roofline.

Because of the shape of the roofline, the Skoda Enyaq Coupe won’t be as practical as the regular model, though it should still have a decent-sized boot and good amounts of interior space. Thanks to its marginally improved aerodynamics - resulting in reduced wind resistance - expect the Enyaq Coupe’s official range to be a little bit better than the standard Skoda Enyaq’s maximum claimed range of up to 336 miles.

9. Toyota Aygo X

Toyota Aygo X list price from £14,805*

Such is the popularity of SUVs and higher-riding vehicles in today’s new car market, that even dinky city cars are being given the crossover treatment. One of the latest to arrive is the new version of the Toyota Aygo, which will go on sale in the UK in spring 2022.

As part of its SUV-inspired makeover, the Toyota Aygo now sports new styling additions like extra bodywork cladding around the wheel arches, and a raised driving position that should result in improved visibility around town. The Aygo X’s 72hp 1.0-litre petrol engine and five-speed manual gearbox have been carried over from the outgoing Toyota Aygo, though drivers can now specify a CVT automatic gearbox instead as an option.

10. Volkswagen ID.5

Volkswagen ID.5 list price from £49,735*

Skoda isn’t the only car maker that’s bringing an electric coupe-SUV to the UK in 2022. Volkswagen is also joining in, with its upcoming ID.5 model that acts as the sportier sibling to the existing VW ID.4. These models are closely related to the two versions of the Skoda Enyaq, as Skoda and VW are part of the same parent company.

Because the ID.5 is closely related to the ID.4, both cars have very similar qualities. Claimed ranges per charge are very similar, with the ID.5 (up to 323 miles) having an ever-so-slight edge over the ID.4 (up to 322 miles). Expect to pay a slight premium for the Volkswagen ID.5 over a like-for-like VW ID.4 when the order books open in early 2022.

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

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