Group 6: Compact SUVs
Practical, stylish and fun to drive, the latest small, road-biased 4x4s are ideal if you don’t plan to venture far off the tarmac. But which will qualify?
Reaching the finals of a World Cup is a big achievement in itself – and this sector proves why. The five cars here represent only a handful of the compact SUVs on sale.
And the fact that the likes of the Vauxhall Antara and Toyota RAV4 aren’t even in our line-up goes to show the choice and variety in the small 4x4 market. While none of our finalists will disappoint family buyers, only one can reach the knock-out stages. And it isn’t the Honda CR-V. Despite a recent Auto Express group test victory (Issue 1,099), it faced even more talented and affordable machines here.
The VW Tiguan is another former group test winner to fall short. We are big fans of the smart off-roader, but it doesn’t have the appealing looks, interior space or price tag to match our winner. The Peugeot 3008 is keenly priced; if only it didn’t have such unconventional styling. Dynamically, it can’t match our compact SUV favourite, either.
When it comes to driving fun, the Ford Kuga takes some beating. As with the Tiguan, it’s available with two and four-wheel drive. And the entertaining handling and sporty appearance make it a genuinely desirable choice. However, a string of price rises last year means the Ford is now an expensive option.
That leaves only one car: the brilliant Skoda Yeti. We were blown away by its robust looks, superb handling and classy cabin. Add competitive pricing, a choice of 2WD and 4WD models, plus the firm’s famed reliability, and it’s the unanimous choice of our judges.
In this review
- 1IntroductionWe name best family car on sale in 2010’s biggest road test.
- 2Final: Skoda Superb vs Renault ScenicMPV champ meets our top hatch in epic battle. Will it go to penalties?
- 3Semi final 2VW Group duo have put in polished performances so far in our showdown. Now, they come together for a chance to take overall glory
- 4Semi final 1We’re only one round away from the final, and the nerves are jangling as French people carriers come face-to-face. So, which one gets the nod?
- 5Quarter final 4Skoda Superb vs Skoda Yeti
- 6Quarter final 3Kia Cee'd vs Volkswagen Golf
- 7Quarter final 2Renault Scenic vs Volkswagen Golf Estate
- 8Quarter final 1Citroen C3 Picasso vs Renault Clio Sport Tourer
- 9Group 8: Family hatchbacksPracticality, affordability, styling and driving fun... Buyers demand a lot from modern family cars. So which large five-door scores across the board?
- 10Group 7: Compact MPVsEuropean models dominate this sector of the market. Now, we reveal which flexible five-seater takes the glory on the global stage
- 11Group 6: Compact SUVs - currently readingPractical, stylish and fun to drive, the latest small, road-biased 4x4s are ideal if you don’t plan to venture far off the tarmac. But which will qualify?
- 12Group 5: Compact family estatesGet a load of five of the most practical carriers on the market. One of these luggage-swallowing big hitters could go all the way!
- 13Group 4: Compact familyTo get through to the quarter finals from this keenly contested sector, our class winner needs to be an all-round star.
- 14Group 3: Budget family carsWhich models make the most financial sense? We bring together four of the best value buys in UK showrooms to name our winner
- 15Group 2: Supermini-MPVsThese cars combine the driving dynamics of a supermini with the versatility of a people carrier – and competition to reach the quarter finals is fierce.