Forget low-ratio gears, knobbly tyres and an ability to climb mountains. Most small SUVs are bought as alternatives to conventional family hatchbacks. To have a chance in this category, then, a car must offer a classy, practical interior with plenty of equipment. It should combine a comfortable ride with composed handling, and be a quiet and strong performer. Our winner needs to offer affordable running costs, too.
Nissan QashqaiBest buy £16,000-£22,000
The previous Qashqai was all about comfort, sacrificing fun to achieve it. However, this new version is much more rounded; it feels agile and secure in corners, yet still rides well.
Renault CapturBest buy less than £16,000
Most of the smallest SUVs have big flaws, but the Clio-based Captur is different. For starters, it has a spacious and user-friendly cabin and is one of the quietest cars of its kind.
Audi Q3Best buy more than £22,000
Move north of the £22,000 mark and there are several premium-badged models to choose from, but none matches the ability of the Audi Q3.