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What is an 'SUV' in car rental?

What is an 'SUV' in car rental?

In car rental, SUVs (short for sport or suburban utility vehicles) are good-sized vehicles with a rugged look, set higher off the road than normal cars.

Rental companies change their fleet frequently, and they often don’t know precisely which cars will be available because some cars will need cleaning, servicing, repairing and replacing. This is why every rental car has ‘or similar’ next to the make and model you’re looking at. If you choose to rent an SUV, the ‘or similar’ options will be other SUVs.

Helping you compare: SUVs

Here are some examples of SUVs. Car hire companies often divide up the SUV group into smaller sub categories such as a ‘Compact SUV’, ‘Full Size SUV’ or ‘Luxury SUV’, and if the specific SUV you’ve booked isn’t available, the company will try to supply an alternative from the same sub category to fulfil your booking.

However, any one of these – as well as other SUVs not shown – could be provided when you book any car in the SUV group.

Picture of four cars
Top row, left to right: Honda CR-V, Nissan Pathfinder
Bottom row, left to right: Hyundai Tuscon, Volkswagen Tiguan
Picture of four cars
Top row, left to right: Volkswagen Touran, Jeep Renegade
Bottom row, left to right: Peugeot 3008, Jaguar F-Pace

To find out more about rental car categories, see:
What is a 'compact' car in car rental?
What is an 'economy' car in car rental?
What is an 'intermediate' car in car rental?
What is a 'mini' car in car rental?
What is a 'people carrier' in car rental?
What is a ‘standard’ car in car rental?

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