While big SUVs and crossovers combine luxury and practicality, there's no doubt they can be pretty expensive to buy and run, and a real hassle to park.
If you need the 4x4 capability, or simply like the rugged off-road style, but don't fancy the car park woes or fuel bills of a full-size SUV, don't worry, you're not alone. The small 4x4, SUV and crossover sector is booming, thanks to the high demand for vehicles with the security of four-wheel-drive, a commanding driving position and room for all the family - that don't take up too much space on the road, and boast similar efficiency to a family hatchback.
There are many small 4x4 options to choose from these days, which means it can be tough to work out which is best - and that's why we've put together this handy list.
Start off by narrowing down your options a bit. Do you need four-wheel drive, or is it the high driving position and practicality of a 4x4 that you require? Some of these models are available with front-wheel drive, which saves you money on running costs. If you're after the extra traction of a 4x4 without the bulky body shape, try something smaller like the Fiat Panda 4x4 or Suzuki Swift 4x4.
You'll need to make a decision on the engine you'll want in your small 4x4, too: most will go for a torquey and efficient diesel, which will be the most sensible choice for most. However some small 4x4 cars can be just as cost-effective with a petrol, especially thanks to the generally higher purchase price of diesel models and company car tax can be higher, too.
Higher running costs are a small price to pay if you live in isolated rural areas because when the snow arrives, four-wheel drive could be the difference between being housebound and business as usual. So while there are trade-offs, the benefits really come into their own when the weather turns sour.
A small 4x4 will be perfect for many, but you might find yourself needing something a bit bigger. Check out our list of the best 4x4s and SUVs on sale for our top picks overall.
What do you think of the cars in our best small 4x4s list? Let us know in the comments section below...