Small SUVs

The smaller end of the SUV market is growing rapidly, with plenty of cheaper compact SUV or mini SUV models available that offer SUV practicality for the price of a small hatch.

Our best small SUV picks

Honda HR-V

What we like

  • Acres of space
  • Comfortable flexible interior
  • Steady fuel economy

What we don't

  • Tyres noisy on the freeway
  • Doesn't like crosswinds
  • Eco mode seemingly pointless on long trips

Mazda CX-3

What we like

  • Gorgeous design
  • Easy to drive
  • Economical

What we don't

  • Cramped rear quarters
  • Small luggage space
  • Base car misses out on rear view camera

Toyota C-HR

What we like

  • Design
  • Colours
  • Sporty handling/fun to drive

What we don't

  • High rear doorhandles impractical
  • Engine underpowered
  • Design makes back seats claustrophobic

Nissan Qashqai

What we like

  • Big interior
  • Excellent build quality
  • Comfortable ride

What we don't

  • Interior missing some tech toys
  • Diesel servicing costs
  • Fuel consumption high (no stop-start to reduce it)

Suzuki Vitara

What we like

  • Low starting price
  • Willing engine
  • Fun handling

What we don't

  • Doors don't shut easily
  • Lack of passenger niceties

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