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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

1.
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

2.
Hyundai Kona

What we like

  • We like the styling
  • A sorted and dynamic drive
  • Tech offering on-point for the segment

What we don't

  • No standard navigation anywhere in the range
  • Cabin materials don't improve as you spend more money
  • Engine and road noise can be an irritant

3.
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

4.
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

5.
Nissan Qashqai

What we like

  • Looks sharper
  • Still good to drive
  • Standard safety gear

What we don't

  • Still no CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Highway tyre noise on the 19-inch wheels
  • CVT could be less flarey

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