For car buyers in the UK, a Sports Utility Vehicle (or SUV as it’s more commonly known) is a popular choice. But a compact SUV ticks all the boxes when it comes to popular attributes that many drivers love, when choosing their next car. Advantages of small SUVs include:
- Easy to drive
- Have decent fuel economy
- Have the manoeuvrability of a supermini; and
- Have the high-driving position of a regular SUV
In fact, small SUVs have been popular for well over a decade. Replacing the mini-MPV, they’re ideal if you’re looking for more space (larger boot and more rear legroom) or need to accommodate your growing family. Whether you’re looking for practicality, sportiness, comfort or style, or a vehicle that matches up to one or more of the above, a compact SUV is a great choice.
On a website like parkers.co.uk, you’re sure to find your next car, and there are some wonderful SUVs on the market. So read on, as we highlight five of our favourites.
If you weren’t previously sold by a Ford SUV, in the EcoSport, you’ll be pleased to know that the Puma is much more efficient. It has been modelled on the ever-popular Fiesta, and it could be argued that it’s even greater than the original model. The Puma is an excellent car to drive – the mild-hybrid engines are economical yet powerful, and the steering is easily handled. But in terms of practicality, there’s plenty of space in the rear seats, and a large boot with a Megabox underneath.
Taking all the best features from the Clio supermini, the Captur is every inch as good as its smaller sibling. It has the same impressive dashboard as the Clio, with a portrait-orientated dashboard, while there’s still plenty of space. Not only does the Captur have a cavernous boot, but the rear seats slide, so you can make the most of the extra space, as required. There is a choice of petrol engines – the 100hp model is perfect for nipping around, but for something more powerful, opt for the 130hp engine.
The Honda HR-V is ideal if you have practicality in mind. It offers plenty of room up-front, as well as excellent legroom, but, in terms of space, the boot is where the HR-V really excels. Not only is it square, wide and deep, but the rear seats can fold into the floor – offering even more space if it’s needed – making the vehicle suddenly almost van-esque. Plus, the rear seats flip-up, so if you’re carrying tall loads, there’s no need to worry. The only downside to this small SUV is that it’s quite narrow – so fitting three adults in the back could be a squeeze. But, if you can see past that, you’ll find the reliability of a Honda shine through in this model.
There’s also a sport version available, if you want something nippier.
It may be the smallest vehicle in Volkswagen’s SUV fleet, but don’t let that put you off – the T-Cross is still really suitable for everyday life. What it lacks in style and flair, it makes up for in practicality, as it’s a really smart car to drive. Where the HR-V lacks space, the T-Cross can easily accommodate five adults – with a sliding rear bench to trade luggage space for legroom (or vice versa, should you need it). The interior is the typical Volkswagen style – simple but no-nonsense. With a choice of peppy petrol or frugal diesel engines, the T-Cross is a likeable car, and one that excels at comfortable cruising.
If the T-Cross doesn’t do it for you, check out Skoda’s alternative, the Kamiq. It’s based on the same specifications, but it’s more spacious and packed full of ‘Simply Clever’ features which make it super-efficient, always keeping the driver and their passengers in mind. The Kamiq is the ideal small SUV for families, with plenty of rear space, and a large boot – the raised driving position makes it easy to get in and out of, too. As well as a choice of efficient engines, there are numerous specifications available. Whether you’re opting for the Monte Carlo, or the high-spec Kamiq, both cars look great, with attractive alloys and stylish interiors.