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Best compact SUVs of 2022

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…

volvo XC40

1. Volvo XC40

Battery range up to 26 miles
carwow price from
£343* / month (£31,833)
volkswagen T-Cross

2. Volkswagen T-Cross

carwow price from
£222* / month (£21,280)
peugeot 2008

3. Peugeot 2008

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£208* / month (£20,995)
skoda Karoq

4. Skoda Karoq

carwow price from
£224* / month (£24,733)
nissan Juke

5. Nissan Juke

carwow price from
£197* / month (£18,607)
skoda Kamiq

6. Skoda Kamiq

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£176* / month (£20,422)
renault Captur

7. Renault Captur

Battery range up to 28 miles
carwow price from
£231* / month (£19,854)
citroen C3 Aircross

8. Citroen C3 Aircross

carwow price from
£231* / month (£18,871)
volkswagen Taigo

9. Volkswagen Taigo

carwow price from
£209* / month (£22,375)
hyundai Kona Electric

10. Hyundai Kona Electric

Battery range up to 301 miles
carwow price from
£333* / month (£29,853)

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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.

Check out our guides on the best cars for towing and UK towing laws for trailers and caravans for more advice.

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 Skoda Karoq takes the prize here, because it has really good seats, and it's quite a bit bigger than most of the other models on this list, meaning you’ve got a lot more space for legs and heads.

Check out our pick of the most comfortable cars to buy.

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.