Best small SUVs 2017 (and the ones to avoid)

We've rounded up the very best small SUVs on sale in the UK right now, and pointed out the ones you should avoid

Words ByDarren Moss

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Best small SUVs

Small SUVs are big business in the UK right now. They're among the most popular cars on sale, and include previous What Car? Car of the Year winners, such as the Nissan Qashqai.

Cars in this market are perfectly suited to families. They offer the high-set driving position, practicality and muscular looks of fully-fledged SUVs, but usually without the high purchase price or running costs.

Here we count down our top 10 small SUVs, and the ones to avoid.

Top 10 best small SUVs 2017:

10. Kia Soul

The Soul is more of a jacked-up hatchback than a fully fledged SUV. However, it still offers many of the benefits buyers in this market are looking for – it's competitively priced and its interior is roomy and well equippped. All of the Soul's engines could be more efficient and quiet, though, and there's plenty of wind noise at motorway speeds. There's a fully electric version to consider if you'll mainly be driving in town.

Our pick: 1.6 GDi 2

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9. Audi Q3

While high-end versions are pricey, the Q3 is a desirable choice in this market, with a high quality interior. It's also good to drive and relatively inexpensive to run, with engines that are mostly smooth and strong.

Our pick: 2.0 TDI 150 SE

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8. Suzuki Vitara

Compact on the outside but spacious inside, the Vitara is an easy car to live with. There's lots of standard kit on offer and it's relatively practical. It's just a pity that its petrol engines' CO2 emissions are unusually high for this class.

Our pick: 1.6 SZ4

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