Best small SUVs 2017 – and the ones to avoid

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Thinking of buying a small SUV? Then make sure you read our count down of the top 10 cars in this booming sector

Small SUVs are among the most popular cars on sale, and include previous What Car? Car of the Year winners, such as the Nissan Qashqai.

Small SUVs

They offer the high-set driving position, practicality and muscular looks of more traditional 4x4s, but usually without the high purchase price or running costs, so can make great family cars.

Here we count down the top 10 small SUVs you can currently buy – and reveal the models that are best to steer clear of.

10. Suzuki Vitara

Suzuki Vitara

While the original Suzuki Vitara was a tiny, rugged 4×4, this latest version is more of a rival to city-friendly models, such as the Nissan Jukeand Renault Captur. Spacious, well equipped and decent to drive, it’s only really let down by the fact its petrol engines have unusually high CO2 emissions by the standards of the class.

Our pick: 1.6 SZ4

9. Renault Kadjar

Renault Kadjar

Renault is part of the same group as Nissan, so you probably won’t be surprised to learn that the Kadjar is based on the hugely successful Qashqai. It offers plenty of space for growing families, and the 1.5-litre diesel version performed particularly well when we put it through our True MPG fuel economy test.

Our pick 1.5 dCi 110 Dynamique Nav

8. Audi Q2

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