The Audi Q3 is a car which sits within a very competitive segment. There are rivals across the board to make this compact SUV’s job as tricky as possible - but it weighs into battle with some great technology, a reality well-made interior and the option of a sleek Sportback model which throws some coupe-inspired looks into the mix.
The GLA has proven to be a very popular option from Mercedes. Essentially a raised-up version of its A-Class hatchback, the GLA brings in some clever new technology - including an eye-catching wraparound screen inside which makes ready sat-nav information or switching between radio stations a breeze.
It’s also available in a variety of specifications while there’s also a high-performance AMG GLA 45 version there at the top of the range.
The BMW X1 has recently been updated and with this edit has come a wide variety of upgrades which make it an even stronger performer than before. It’s got a far chunkier exterior design, too, which makes it ‘look’ much larger than it really is.
Inside, you’ve got a spacious and practical cabin while BMW’s new ‘Curved Display’ is fitted as standard. There’s also an electric version available in the iX1.
Range Rover Evoque
If this was a popularity contest, then the Evoque would be coming out close to the top. Being the smallest Range Rover in the line-up means that the Evoque gets all of the high-end features associated with these premium models but in a smaller and easier-to-live-with package.
It can be equipped with a plug-in hybrid engine, too, which can deliver up to 39 miles of fully electric range from a single charge.
The Tiguan is one of Volkswagen’s most popular models and it’s easy to see why; it’s got loads of space to offer alongside plenty of equipment and some really efficient engines. It’s good to drive, too, with pleasant levels of refinement that make the Tiguan a good choice for all occasions.
Plus, if you need a little extra room then Volkswagen offers a handy seven-seater ‘Allspace’ version which takes the Tiguan recipe and adds in some handy practicality.
Volvo recently announced that it was ditching its estate-car line-up entirely to focus on its range of SUVs. It’s cars like the XC40 which showcase why it has made this decision; it’s a car which is popular in the UK and continues to ride the tidal wave of popularity for compact SUVs.
You can get it as a fully electric version, too, while there’s even a sleek coupe-inspired version in the eye-catching C40.
Finally, we have the Lexus NX. Lexus has become one of the go-to choices in the segment hybrid vehicles, mainly due to this brand’s longstanding experience of electrified powertrains. The NX is one of its more compact models, but it’s got a really classy interior which looks quite a bit different to the norm.
You can get it either as a self-charging or plug-in hybrid, but both bring very low running costs and the ability to travel on fully-electric power at certain points.