Of the current crop of tiny SUVs, the Renault Captur is one of the more convincing. It’s endowed with a practical interior, with a neat sliding rear bench seat that allows you to prioritise either boot space or rear legroom, and it’s quiet to drive and ride along in. Mind you, there isn’t much space in the back, so if you regularly need to carry adults, you’d best look elsewhere. Another downside is the cheap-feeling interior plastics, but the Captur is a cheap car, which helps to make up for that.
Fancy a small SUV that really will go anywhere? Then it has to be the Land Rover Freelander. It feels like a truly premium product, this, and while plastics aren’t quite up there with the best, you do get plenty of equipment, and a very comfortable ride. And of course, being a Land Rover, you know it’ll climb every mountain and ford every stream. Well, almost. The only problem is you’ll have to pay for the privilege – the Freelander’s one of the most expensive small SUVs you can buy.
We found: 2013 2.2 TD4 XS, 22,000 miles, £17,296
5. Peugeot 3008
Comfortable, spacious, and equipped with one of the most flexible boots in the business – there are lots of reasons to like the Peugeot 3008. True, in its most popular form – without the Dynamic Roll Control suspension that came on larger-engined versions – it isn’t all that much fun to drive. But it’s still comfortable enough for most people, and what’s more, it’s fantastic value nowadays, costing a great deal less as a used buy than many of its rivals.
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