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Coming soon: new small SUVs for 2018

Don't buy a new car until you've read this – our ultimate guide to the new models coming in 2017 and beyond

Words ByKris Culmer

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio (June 2018)

Alfa Romeo's debut small SUV, the Stelvio, can't match up to rivals such as the Porsche Macan in its standard guises; we give it three stars, because while it has very entertaining handling and fair running costs, its interior and rear seat space are disappointing. However, the ingredients for a great sports SUV are there, and that's exactly what we'll be getting with this Quadrifoglio version. It's powered by a 503bhp, twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre petrol V6, sending drive to all four wheels; 0-60mph takes just 3.8sec. Price (est) From Β£65,000


Audi Q3 (July 2018)

The second-generation Q3, Audi's rival to the BMW X1, is based on the same platform as the Seat Ateca, Skoda Karoq and Volkswagen Tiguan – all very good small SUVs. It has sharper looks, new and updated engines and, because it's bigger than its predecessor, more room inside. The Q3's interior has been redesigned, too, with more tech and a dashboard similar to that of the latest Audi A3. Price (est) From Β£27,000


BMW X2 (March 2018)

The X2 is a sports-oriented, style-led SUV, aimed at younger buyers, and share many of its parts with the smaller BMW X1. The interior of the X2 shares many interior characteristics with the X1, too, although it does have a small boot. However, this similarity is good news, because the X1 is one of the best small SUVs on sale today. Price (est) Β£30,000


BMW X4 (summer 2018)

And up another one. The coupΓ©-styled X4 is also due for renewal. While refining its coupΓ©-SUV looks, it's built on the same underpinnings as the new X3. The X4 will also share engines with its sibling, but they’ll likely be restricted to the 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre diesels. The hottest model will have 309bhp. Inside, the new X4 will get the latest version of BMW's iDrive infotainment system with a 10.3in screen. Price (est) From Β£42,000


CitroΓ«n C5 Aircross (summer 2018)

CitroΓ«n killed off its C5 executive car last year due to poor sales. Now the name has returned, but this time affixed to something that should prove to be far more popular with British buyers: a small SUV to rival the Renault Kadjar. The C5 Aircross focuses on style, with C4 Cactus-influenced looks, and promises plenty of the latest driving and infotainment technology. It should be practical, too, and shares much with the latest award-winning Peugeot 3008. Price (est) From Β£21,000


Dacia Duster (July 2018)

A new version of Dacia's popular budget SUV will go on sale next year, with the same underpinnings but an upgraded interior and new exterior styling. This means the new Duster should be much the same to drive as its predecessor, while engines will be the same, too: a 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel. Price (est) From Β£9000


Ford Ecosport (early 2018)

Ford’s smallest SUV has been revised for a second time to better suit European tastes. Along with Ford’s signature slatted trapezoidal grille, additions include a new 1.5-litre diesel engine, a sporty ST-Line trim level and Ford's latest Sync 3 infotainment system. The Ecosport's chassis has also been fettled to improve handling. Price (est) From Β£16,500


Honda CR-V (December 2017)

The fifth-generation CR-V is built on a new platform, making it wider and longer. Inside, the new CR-V is intended to be a more premium car than before; Honda promises class-leading space and rear leg room, as well as better-quality materials. Up front, there’s a 7.0in infotainment touchscreen with sat-nav, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. Engines are expected to be a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel. Manual and automatic gearboxes and two or four-wheel drive will be available. Price (est) From Β£24,000 .


Jaguar E-Pace (January 2018)

The E-Pace follows the success of the larger F-Pace, but is smaller and has softer styling. A rival to the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, the E-Pace gets a 10.0in infotainment screen inside, high-quality materials and decent practicality. The entry-level E-Pace is a front-wheel-drive, 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel. All other E-Paces have four-wheel drive, with engine options being the 178bhp 2.0-litre diesel that we recommend in the Discovery Sport, a 237bhp diesel with the same capacity and turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol units with 247bhp or 296bhp. Price From Β£28,500


Jeep Compass (February 2018)

We got an early look at Jeep's new Compass back in September, but details on the new car have now been released. A rival to the Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen Tiguan, it will be offered with three petrol engines and two diesels. Having driven it, we gave it a two-star rating due to its poor road manners, below-average interior and noisy engines. It does, at least, have excellent off-road ability. Price (est) From Β£30,000


Jeep Wrangler (late 2018)

Jeep's Wrangler is something of a throwback in terms of its styling and its drive, which is rugged and off-road-biased. Next year, the Wrangler will be renewed, with tweaked looks, a more modern interior and a new 2.0-litre diesel engine to replace the current 2.8-litre unit. Off-roading assists and a trailer stability aid are also new. Price (est) From Β£33,000


Lynk&Co 01 (early 2018)

Lynk&Co is a new brand from Geely, the company that owns Volvo, so its debut model is based on the upcoming Volvo XC40 (see below). The 01 is said to be 'the most connected car yet'; it’s always online and allows owners to code new infotainment functions. The 01 will offer 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre petrol and diesel Volvo engines, as well a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Inside, it promises competitive space and a tech-focused yet easy-to-use dashboard with a large infotainment touchscreen. Price (est) From Β£18,000


Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross (January 2018)

Mitsubishi's new Eclipse Cross is a rival to the Nissan Qashqai. Having driven it, we awarded it three stars, being well equipped and spacious and offering a smooth petrol engine. You can read more about the Eclipse Cross here. Price (est) From Β£21,275


Seat Arona (December 2017)

Seat's second SUV will go after the Nissan Juke, Mazda CX-3 and Renault Captur. Based on the new Seat Ibiza small hatchback, it will offer three turbocharged petrol engines: 94bhp and 113bhp versions of a 1.0-litre unit and a new 148bhp 1.5-litre. The Arona will be front-wheel drive only, and five and six-speed manual gearboxes are standard. The interior is the same as the Ibiza's, which means it's sturdy and functional, with an 8.0in infotainment touchscreen. Price From Β£16,430


Seat Ateca Cupra (early 2018)

The Cupra name applies to Seat's hot hatches. Our 2017 Small SUV of the Year, the Ateca, is also expected to get a hot version next year. With sporty alloys, large brakes, four tail-pipes and more aggressive bodywork, the Ateca Cupra is expected to be powered by the 2.0-litre petrol engine from the 286bhp Leon Cupra. A 0-62mph time of 6.5sec is expected. Price (est) From Β£35,000


Skoda Karoq (December 2017)

The replacement for the individualist Skoda Yeti is a far more conventional model called the Karoq, which has styling very much in the vein of the larger, seven-seat Skoda Kodiaq. The Karoq gets advanced driver assistance technology and four new turbocharged engines. It shares its underpinnings with our current Small SUV of the Year, the Seat Ateca, and the Volkswagen Tiguan, and straddles the gap between them, being more comfortable than the Ateca while slightly more enjoyable to drive than the Tiguan. It retains the Yeti's practical, removable VarioFlex seats as an option, too. Price From Β£20,085


Subaru XV (February 2018)

We won't dress this up: the current XV is pretty poor. Good news, then, that its replacement is built on a new platform, from which Subaru promises much better handling and class-leading safety. The second-generation XV also has a plusher and roomier interior with a new 8.0in infotainment touchscreen. Two petrol engines are on offer, both with a single-speed CVT automatic gearbox. These are a 113bhp 1.6-litre and a 154bhp 2.0-litre. As with all Subarus, four-wheel drive is standard. Price (est) From Β£22,000


Volkswagen T-Roc (December 2017)

Volkswagen is launching a high-riding, chunkily styled small SUV spin-off of its Golf family hatchback to rival the Nissan Juke. Pitched as a more fun, 'emotional' kind of Volkswagen, the T-Roc offers plenty of personalisation options. It offers a choice of petrol and diesel engines, manual and automatic gearboxes and front or four-wheel drive. Inside, it's roomy enough for a family and featuries a digital instrument display and an 8.0in infotainment touchscreen. You can read our full T-Roc review here. Price From Β£20,425


Volkswagen T-Cross (late 2018)

Volkswagen sure is serious about small SUVs, with its third arriving soon. Sitting below the Seat Ateca-rivalling Tiguan and the new Golf-sized T-Roc, the T-Cross will be the high-riding equivalent of the Polo hatchback and use that car’s small petrol engines. Like the T-Roc, it will have muscular styling and plenty of personalisation options. The T-Cross was previewed by a convertible concept, which could also make production. Price (est) From Β£16,000


Volvo XC40 (March 2018)

Volvo's stylish new rival to the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 promises to beat others for safety, practicality and technology. The XC40 will be available with petrol engines (with up to 247bhp), diesel engines and, from 2019, a hybrid drivetrain. It's taller than many other small SUVs, meaning it should have good space for passengers, while the technology includes a 9.0in infotainment touchscreen and a 12.3 digital instrument display. Standard kit is very generous and active safety systems include the ability for the car to brake and steer itself away from danger. Price From Β£27,905

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