Best small SUVs 2019 (and the ones to avoid)
Thinking of buying a small SUV? Then make sure you read our countdown of the top 10 cars in this booming sector...
7. Suzuki Ignis
Suzuki has taken the 'small' part of the small SUV to the extreme – the Ignis is just 3.7 metres long and 1.7 metres wide. That makes it about the same size as the Volkswagen Up and Kia Picanto city cars. However, with its flared arches, bluff nose and jacked-up stance, there’s no mistaking it for anything other than a radically designed and eye-catching baby SUV.
The Ignis is also well priced and neatly packaged. Only its stodgy handling and so-so interior quality let it down.
The Stonic is the smallest SUV in Kia’s portfolio. It’s spawned from the Rio small hatchback in much the same way Renault uses the Clio as the basis for the Captur. It's only available in front-wheel-drive form, so don’t buy one if you want to cross the Sahara. It does, however, have a slightly jacked-up ride height, roof rails and black plastic wheel arches to give it a rugged look.
The Stonic handles tidily and is well equipped, but there's no bargain-basement entry-level version to tempt budget-conscious buyers. Instead, the range starts at a price slightly above the Renault Captur's and a little below that of the Seat Arona.
5. Kia Soul
It's funny how people like things for different reasons, isn’t it? Take the Soul; in the US, college kids love its boxy but cool looks, while over here in the UK families and those needing a fair wedge of practicality enjoy the Soul’s decent interior proportions.
The Soul is competitively priced, has a roomy interior and is well equipped. None of its engines are the most efficient or quiet, though, and there's plenty of wind noise at motorway speeds. There's a fully electric version to consider if you drive mainly in town.
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