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Small SUVs are a good compromise, giving you some of the practicality and interior space of larger models, but with running costs and fuel economy that are at least a little closer to that of hatchbacks and saloons. Plus, they’re stylish. Here are our picks of the best small SUVs on sale in the UK right now…
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The Skoda Karoq is the winner here. If you go for the optional ‘Varioflex' back seats, which both fold flat and lift out, you get a 588-litre boot with the seats up, or a whopping 1,810 litres with them removed.
Bit of a strange one this; while the Skoda Karoq and Volkswagen Tiguan are very closely related under the skin, the Tiguan has a much higher towing weight — 2,500kg instead of 2,100kg. If you want something smaller (and cheaper) that can still tow a lot, a Dacia Duster 1.5 diesel will haul 1,500kg, which is about as good as it gets for smaller SUVs.
It’s the Dacia Duster. Honestly, at £14,845 for the basic model (which comes with cruise control, air conditioning, and LED headlights, plus a very roomy 478-litre boot) it’s a wonder why anyone buys anything else.
The Skoda Kamiq 1.0 110hp TSI and the Peugeot 2008 1.2 PureTech 100 both have an official fuel economy of 52mpg, and should get pretty close to that in real-world driving. That’s good, but it’s beaten by the Renault Captur Hybrid’s 56mpg figure (albeit that’s a much more expensive model than the other two), even that’s obliterated by the Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid’s 65mpg.
To find out how you can improve the fuel economy of your car and save money at the pumps, check out our guide on ways to get better MPG.
The Hyundai Kona Electric should be more or less unbeatable in this respect. Hyundai has an excellent reputation for reliability anyway (backed up by a five-year warranty) and electric cars are mechanically simpler than petrol or diesel models, so there’s less to go wrong.