Audi Q2 2.0 TDI quattro S line S tronic

Yellow Audi Q2.

Audi brought its fourth and smallest SUV to the UK market just over a year ago. As mentioned in our first drive report, the Q2 is essentially a junior version of the Q3, quite low and without the high-set driving position which is usually one of the reasons given most promptly for buying an SUV. It doesn’t have a great deal of luggage space, so if that’s a priority you’ll find better value elsewhere, but it can take four adult passengers quite comfortably. This is the first Q2 I’ve driven…

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Jaguar E-Pace

Jaguar E-Pace stunt.

Small is beautiful, and particularly so when the object of desire is the new E-Pace. This newborn cub from the Jaguar lair has been created to compete in the booming compact SUV segment. It follows on from the F-Pace to give the British brand a two-pronged presence in a sector which continues to grow at a rapid rate. Indeed, globally, the brand sold 26,000 more F-Pace models last year than the total number of Jaguars sold in 2011. That instantly puts the importance of these new SUV models into perspective….

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Kia Stonic 1.0 T-GDi First Edition

Kia Stonic First Edition with two-tone grey and red paintwork.

Although it may not be far off, we have not yet reached the point where manufacturers routinely develop compact SUVs from scratch rather than basing them on existing hatchbacks. Kia’s Stonic is an example of the latter procedure. It’s a very close relative of the current Rio, which arrived on the UK market about a year ago. A great deal of what can be said about the Rio can therefore also be said of the Stonic. Both are smart-looking cars, but both also suffer from very low-rent interiors made of…

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Vauxhall Grandland X 1.2 Elite Nav

Vauxhall Grandland X.

As you are no doubt aware by now, the Grandland X is the largest of Vauxhall’s three current SUVs and a very close relative of the Peugeot 3008, created by GM Europe’s new owner Groupe PSA. Although the cars are not identical, a good deal of French technology is common to both. Most obviously, this includes the test car’s 128bhp 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine. A less powerful, more economical 1.6 diesel is also available, but whether I bought a Grandland X or a 3008 I would shy away from…

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Suzuki Jimny SZ4

Suzuki Jimny SZ4.

The Suzuki Jimny will be replaced in the near future – not, you might be forgiven for thinking, before time. It has been around in more or less its current form since 1998, and it wasn’t exactly at the cutting edge of automotive development even then. By today’s standards it’s in many ways a terrible car. Having just lived with one for three weeks, I can happily say there is almost nothing on the market I want to own less. I would guess that this is a majority view, but…

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Volvo XC60 D4 Momentum

Three months ago, when pterodactyls filled the skies and all the world seemed new, I wrote a review of a Volvo XC60 with the T5 petrol engine. No, really, I did! Here it is. One of my comments, as you’ll remember if you read it, was that although it was a fine car in itself, it seemed to make less sense financially than a diesel XC60, even though unfortunate things that some people knew about diesel engines all along have only recently come to the attention of others. Avoiding political…

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Volkswagen T-Roc

Volkswagen T-Roc.

If you think there are a lot of Volkswagen SUVs to choose already, wait till you see what’s coming in 2018. First there will be a new seven-seat version Tiguan Allspace, then a next-generation Touareg which, despite its considerable size, will be based on an extended version of the MQB platform also found in the Polo, and finally a Polo-sized convertible called the T-Cross. Before all that, here’s the T-Roc, which will be available to order in the spring. Slightly smaller than the Tiguan in all dimensions, it’s built in…

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Ford Edge 2.0 TDCi PowerShift Vignale

Highly coloured frontal shot of Ford Edge Vignale.

In October 2016, Ford announced a new Vignale version of the Edge SUV it had launched three months earlier. Vignale, named after a now defunct coachbuilding company established near Turin in 1948, is not quite a sub-brand but certainly Ford’s way of telling you that if you want the highest possible level of equipment in a particular model, this is where you’ll find it. In the case of the Edge, this equipment includes a lot of unique exterior detailing, polished aluminium wheels and, inside, plenty of hexagonal-quilted Windsor leather. There…

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Hyundai Kona

Static shot of Hyundai Kona parked alongside terraces with a glass-fronted building the background.

Just at the point where you might have thought the choice of compact SUVs had become more than wide enough to be getting on with, Hyundai has complicated matters further by introducing the Kona. Like its rivals, it’s what is known in the business as a B-SUV, which is to say a B-segment car (or supermini as you or I would call it) that’s tall enough to provide the high seating position so many customers crave, and to allow a certain amount of off-roading. Uniquely in the class, at least…

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Citroen C3 Aircross

Two-tone Citroen C3 Aircross with white body and red roof.

The first thing to say about the C3 Aircross is that it is not a direct replacement for the C3 Picasso. Picasso is the name Citroen has used for its MPVs, many of which have been riotously successful – remember how popular the Xsara Picasso was back in the 1990s? Nowadays, however, MPVs are on their way out, and car buyers have realised that the only thing they would rather have than a world with lots of SUVs is a world with even more SUVs. Creating a new C3 Picasso…

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