Despite being Audi‘s smallest and cheapest SUV, the Q2 still has the sort of classy interior you expect from the brand. What’s more, it’s great to drive, with composed handling, precise steering and impressive refinement. True, it’s a little cramped in the back and is still more expensive than most similarly-sized models, but because of its desirability it’s predicted to hold its value well.
Our pick 1.4 TFSI 150 Sport
7. BMW X1
There are plenty of premium badged small SUVs, but the BMW X1 stands out from the crowd thanks to its luxurious and practical interior. It’s also good fun to drive, and the sDrive18d version we recommend is responsive from low revs. Stick with entry-level SE specification, because it gets you everything you’re likely to want, while also having comparatively small 17in wheels which are good for ride comfort.
Our pick sDrive 18d SE
6. Volkswagen Tiguan
Like the X1, Volkswagen‘s second-generation Tiguan oozes practicality. And while it is quite an expensive choice, it handles well and has a smart interior. To keep costs down, we recommend opting for a mid-range diesel model in SE Nav trim; this gets you sat-nav as well as three-zone climate control, cruise control and more comfortable seats.
Our pick 2.0 TDI 150 SE Nav
5. Seat Arona
A smaller sibling to the Seat Ateca, the Arona competes with the likes of the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Suzuki Vitara. It’s good to drive and roomy inside, while its low running costs only sweeten the deal. Our recommended SE Technology trim gets you an upgraded infotainment system as well as rear parking sensors.
Our pick: 1.5 TSI 150 SE Technology
4. Nissan Qashqai
The Nissan Qashqai is the car that started the trend for small, family-friendly SUVs and it remains one of the best following a recent update. True, there are cheaper alternatives, but the Qashqai makes up for its price premium with a spacious and well designed interior, solid build quality and superb comfort and refinement.
Our pick 1.5 dCi 110 NConnecta
3. Peugeot 3008
Striking looks help Peugeot’s small SUV stand out from the competition – but it’s inside where the 3008 really impresses. In fact, its i-Cockpit design won our Technology Award at the 2017 What Car? Awards. There’s no need to look beyond the entry-level 1.2-litre petrol engine, either, because it provides plenty of power while also being efficient.
Our pick 1.2 Puretech Allure
2. Seat Ateca
Such is the breadth of the Seat Ateca’s talents that we named it our Small SUV of the Year at the 2017 What Car? Car of the Year Awards. No rival is more enjoyable to drive, plus the Ateca combines a spacious interior with a generous standard spec and keen pricing.
Our pick: 1.4 TSI SE Technology
1. Skoda Karoq
This replacement for the Yeti is even more practical than the Ateca, thanks to rear seats that slide independently and can even be removed. And while it doesn’t handle as sharply, it compensates with a cushier ride. If you’re looking for the best small SUV out there you’ve found it.
Our pick: 1.5 TSI 150 SE
The Jeep Wrangler is excellent off-road but unsophisticated on it, with roly-poly handling and a jittery ride. Vague steering and uncomfortable seats only add to the disappointment.
Like the Wrangler, the Suzuki Jimny feels like it belongs in a different era. It’s woeful refinement, feeble performance and shortage of safety and security equipment all count against it.