What alternatives should I consider to a used Volkswagen Tiguan estate?
The first-generation Nissan Qashqai dominated this class for many years. It was smooth, offered good petrol and diesel engines, looked chunky and funky, and kick-started the small SUV movement. The second generation was even more refined as well as being nicer to drive and to sit in, but there are reports that its reliability isn't as good as it should be.
Launched back in 2008, the original Ford Kuga was arguably, like the Tiguan, one of the first mainstream SUVs that promised sporty handling. Sadly, it failed to live up to its smart looks. It wasn't very practical, for starters, and it was actually a bit disappointing to drive.