5 Best Compact SUVs
There was a time when SUVs were reserved for rural drivers and adventurous types, but now, they are commonplace on UK roads and the amount of choice on the market is overwhelming.
Here are our top five picks from the small SUVs currently on offer…
The Mazda CX-5 is one of the most stylish SUVs on our list and also one of the best to drive, with impressive handling. It provides ample room in the cabin and boot and with a frugal nature, it is strong all round. The only thing that lets it down a little is that CO2 emissions are slightly higher than those of competitors.
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After the popular Golf and Polo hatchbacks, the Volkswagen Tiguan is the brand’s third best seller. Versatile, capacious, well-built and refined, it ticks a lot of boxes. It is not the most premium model to appear on our list, but it is certainly a cut above most.
BMW offers plenty of great SUVs to choose from, but this compact option is one of the best. Admittedly, it’s not the most fuel efficient in its class, but it is practical, engaging to drive and you’ll be more than comfortable sat inside the premium cabin. Its also more affordable than rivals like the Audi Q3 and the Range Rover Evoque.
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With design influences from its larger sibling, the Audi Q8, the latest Audi Q3 has been treated to some much-appreciated improvements. There is more rear space for passengers and a number of technical upgrades. LED lights, a 10.2-inch virtual cockpit, an advanced navigation system and rear parking sensors now come as standard. Although, driver involvement and handling aren’t quite as impressive as rivals like the BMW X1 and Mazda CX-5.
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Range Rover Evoque
The ‘baby rangie’ may be small for a Land Rover SUV, but it still carries a large price tag. For the amount you’re paying, you’ll be within your rights to expect a lot from this vehicle, and it delivers. The Range Rover Evoque is stunning inside and out, handles beautifully and is luxuriously comfortable. If you are prepared to pay the premium price, you’ll get a premium car.
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