One of the most competitive car markets in the world barely existed 15 years ago, such is the fast rate of change in the automobile sector. Once widely mocked as road-cloggers for social climbers, family SUVs have become the most sought-after way of transporting young families safely and in comfort.

And while the closest most owners get to going off-road is within 100 metres of Hampstead Heath on the way to Waitrose, manufacturers have nonetheless finessed the four by four capabilities to make them surprisingly adept at handling rough terrain. The results are safe, durable cars that allow their owners to rise above the traffic, and if need be, the neighbours.

Here are the Seven Best Family SUVs currently on the market…