Opinion is divided on the future of the SUV. Increasingly popular over the last few years with school-run Mums and often referred to in the South East as the Chelsea tractor. The SUV is often a big, heavy vehicle that costs a fortune to run and draws disapproving looks, especially from the more environmentally aware amongst us. In the last few years the government has whacked a hefty road tax penalty on high-polluting vehicles, which often means SUVs so there’s doubt about residual values, running costs and, increasingly, practicality of owning the cars. Yet despite all of this they remain popular. Why is this and will it continue?