SUV range surges by 430%

A new study has revealed that the number of SUV models available has increased by 430% since 2000.

The Car Body Type Study by CarGurus analysed 35 UK brands and found that that there are currently 159 new SUV models compared to just 30 in 2000. Of these, 41 are fully electric.

Meanwhile, the growing demand for SUVs has resulted in a decrease of other body styles, with the analysis finding that the number of new convertibles offered in the UK is down 56% since 2005. The number of new MPVs and hatchbacks peaked between the 2011 and 2015 timeframe before declining by 70% and 43%, respectively, while the selection of new coupés, saloons, estates has fallen by 45%, 41%, and 33%.

Chris Knapman, CarGurus UK editorial director, said: “The growth of the SUV market over the past two decades has been exponential. Consumers are now spoilt for choice as they increasingly turn away from other car body types that once dominated the roads. In parallel, in the used market buyers are also able to choose from a wider selection of second-hand SUVs than ever before.”