Nissan's latest Micra comes loaded with safety aids, and these helped it earn very strong adult and child occupant protection scores when it was crash tested by Euro NCAP. It also has a smart interior and peppy engines on its side.
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Think of the X-Trail as a bigger version of the Qashqai with two extra seats on board. Those extra seats may only be practical for shorter journeys, but if you want an SUV that's decent to drive, offers plenty of space and which won't break the bank, then the X-Trail should be on your shortlist.
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The Clio is stylish and reasonably practical, and most of its engines offer decent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. There's a decent touchscreen infotainment system inside, too.
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Even though this Celerio's 67bhp 1.0-litre engine might not sound overly powerful, but it's peppy performance is well suited to a car as small as this. The Celerio is an ideal choice if you'll mainly be driving on city streets, and while SZ2 models are fairly basic you do still get a digital radio.
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Pretty much everyone builds an SUV these days, but Toyota was one of the first, and its RAV4 remains one of the more practical cars of this sort. Like all Toyotas, it also comes with the reassurance of a five-year warranty.
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