Best small SUVs: 7 of the best you can buy in the UK  

Written by Nigel Simpkins

Now firmly one of the most popular car choices for UK motorists, the SUV market is enjoying a huge boom. In 2018, it was estimated that one in three cars on British roads was an SUV. And car makers were quick to notice this trend – introducing newer, smaller models that catered to those who wanted the versatility of a hatchback and the practicality of much bigger off-roaders.

That’s why we’ve seen a new generation of smaller, more dynamic SUVs hit the road. Offering style, space and strength at an affordable price point, they’re becoming the go-to choice for an ever-increasing number of people. But, with so many options, which is the perfect one for you? Here are seven of the best small SUVs to consider if you’re in the market for your next vehicle:

Peugeot 2008

It might nudge you towards the higher end of your budget – but you do get a lot of car for your money. It comes with some fantastic features and tech touches. It’s also pretty spacious inside and offers an enjoyable driving experience. One to think about if your budget has some flex.

Skoda Karoq

There’s no doubting Skoda’s reputation for creating quality vehicles. As a small SUV, the Karoq fits the bill too. Well-built and comfortable to drive, it’s perfect when you need a reliable family runaround. You can dial that peace of mind up a notch with an extended Karoq warranty too.

Ford Puma

You don’t get awarded What Car? Car of the Year for nothing – so the Ford Puma must be on to something. Low emissions, great economy, smart storage and an agility that you’d expect from a Fiesta are just some of the reasons that a Puma makes for an excellent small SUV.

Nissan Juke

The Juke is arguably one of the original cast members when the small SUV show started taking to the road. Yet, Nissan didn’t rest on its laurels and came back with a refined second-gen Juke that remains as relevant today as it ever did – with improvements in almost every area.

Kia Stonic

It’s the smallest option in the Korean car maker’s SUV range, but don’t let that make you steer clear. The Kia Stonic handles nicely, packs in the features and is agile enough if you enjoy your driving experience. A six-speed gear box and Kia’s start/stop system help avoid fuel waste too.

Seat Arona

For running costs, few small SUVs can arguably rival the Seat Arona. CO2 emissions are decent for a car of this size and its fuel economy is impressive. It’s one of the more spacious SUVs on the inside when compared with some of its rivals too, while its handling doesn’t disappoint.

Audi Q2

If the budget for your next vehicle is flexible enough to take you into a more premium realm, the Audi Q2 might well be your first port of call. The quality of its interior spec is where you’ll find this small SUV really shines – but its handling is equally as appealing.

The seven options here are just some of the examples that’ll provide you with plenty of food for thought if a small SUV is top of the list for your next vehicle. As with everything, it comes down to personal opinion and what you need from your car – but these tick the right boxes.