Independent, impartial advice for car buyers and car owners

Find an Expert Rating: 

Expert Ratings

Best small SUVs

The definitive ranking of the best and worst small SUVs on sale in the UK

This is the definitive ranking of the best and worst small SUVs on sale in the UK.

How can we make such a bold claim? Because this list isn’t just based on our opinion. We’ve compiled and analysed more than 15,000 new car reviews from 35 of the UK’s top motoring titles to produce our Expert Rating Index.

Why rely on one person’s opinion when you can have all of the top reviews gathered together in one place?

The small SUV sector is about the hottest place in the UK’s new car market right now, with manufacturers adding new models almost every week. Although these cars may look like sturdy go-anywhere vehicles, they’re basically just small hatchbacks in platform shoes and bulky clothing to make them look bigger and tougher than they really are. They’re generally no more capable off-road than a regular car, which is why they’re often referred to as crossovers rather than SUVs.

Kia Niro EV

The Kia Niro EV is an electric SUV with impressive on-board tech, practicality and battery range, but the price has gone up over the previous model.


The BMW iX1 is an electric version of the regular X1 SUV. It offers strong performance, an excellent safety score and low running costs.


The BMW X1 is one of the most spacious and well-equipped options in the small SUV class, but it also one of the most expensive.

Kia Niro

Reviewers agree that the second-generation Kia Niro SUV improves on its predecessor in many areas, but it is not all that exciting to drive.

Toyota Yaris Cross

The Toyota Yaris Cross is a stylish small SUV with an efficient hybrid powertrain, but it's not quite as comfortable as some rivals.

SEAT Arona

The SEAT Arona is one of the highest rated small SUVs, with particular praise for its driving dynamics and equipment levels.

Skoda Kamiq

The Skoda Kamiq has received universally positive media reviews to date, with praise for its comfort, practicality and value for money.

Hyundai Kona Electric

The second-generation Hyundai Kona Electric offers an impressive battery range and interior, but other EVs are more interesting to drive.

Volvo EC40

The Volvo EC40 is a coupé-SUV that is both pleasant and potent on the move, but its price tag is too expensive for it to be a sensible choice.

Volkswagen T-Cross

The Volkswagen T-Cross has received consistently good media reviews, with particular praise for its comfort and driving dynamics.

Renault Captur

Media reviews for the Renault Captur have been generally positive, and it is a significant improvement over the original model.

Jeep Avenger

The compact Jeep Avenger has been widely praised for its practical design and battery range, but other small electric SUVs are more affordable.

Mercedes-Benz GLA

The new Mercedes-Benz GLA crosover range is considered a big improvement over the original model, but it's let down by a high price tag.

Peugeot 2008

The Peugeot 2008 has received positive reviews, with praise for its design and quality but criticism for its relatively high price.

Ford Puma

The Ford Puma has received strong media reviews, and also scores highly for exhaust emissions and safety. It's an excellent small SUV.

Volkswagen Taigo

A stylish and practical coupé-SUV, the Volkswagen Taigo is a sensible choice in a very crowded small SUV class, but rivals are more fun to drive.

Ford Puma ST

The Ford Puma ST is a potent compact SUV that offers a lot of fun, but that brings compromises to its daily usability in the process.

Vauxhall Mokka Electric

The Vauxhall Mokka-e has an effective drivetrain, petrol-like driving characteristics and bold styling, but is less practical than rivals.

Peugeot e-2008

The Peugeot e-2008 has sharp exterior styling and an upmarket interior, although its performance and range aren't up with the best in class.

Volvo EX30

The critically-acclaimed electric Volvo EX30 is a compelling family car package, but compromised practicality may deter some buyers.

Mercedes-Benz EQA

The Mercedes-Benz EQA is an electric SUV/crossover and the entry-level of the battery-powered EQ range, praised for its interior refinement.


The MG ZS EV is a practical small electric budget SUV, although quality is average and it has less range than more expensive rivals.

Hyundai Bayon

The Hyundai Bayon is a sensible small SUV that has received positive reviews thanks to its practical interior and generous on-board tech.

Hyundai Kona

The second-generation Hyundai Kona is more spacious and refined than its predecessor, but the performance of hybrid models is uninspiring.

Mazda MX-30

The Mazda MX-30 is an unconventional electric SUV, with a smaller battery pack that makes it better to drive but seriously limits its range.

Volvo XC40

The Volvo XC40 has received many good reviews and awards, with particular praise for its quality, refinement, styling and safety.

Nissan Juke

The Nissan Juke has received widespread praise for its smoother styling compared to the divisive original, as well as being much better to drive.

Alfa Romeo Tonale

The Alfa Romeo Tonale is one of the most stylish and sporty compact SUVs on the market, but several reviewers take issue with its interior.

Audi Q3

The Audi Q3 has received generally good reviews from UK motoring media sources, with most praising its quality and technology systems.

Honda HR-V

The hybrid-only Honda HR-V is an efficient all-rounder, but other family SUVs are more engaging to drive, and more practical too.

Range Rover Evoque

The Range Rover Evoque is a very capable premium SUV with a plug-in option, but reliability issues blunt its appeal.

Volkswagen T-Roc

The Volkswagen T-Roc has received generally positive media reviews, with an overall Expert Rating that is very competitive in its market segment.

Volvo EX40

The Volvo EX40 is an impressive, fast and well-built electric crossover, but it isn't as spacious as its ICE-powered XC40 counterpart.

Renault Arkana

The Renault Arkana is a larger and sleeker version of the Captur SUV, but it appears to be a victory for style over substance.

DS 3 E-Tense

The DS 3 E-Tense electric SUV has been praised for its distinctive styling, but it's expensive and the battery range is sub-par.

Fiat 600e

The Fiat 600e is a stylish electric crossover that is easy to drive, but the 500's big brother puts style too far ahead of practicality.

Lexus UX Hybrid

The Lexus UX has received average to good scores from the UK media, with praise for its urban fuel economy and urban driving dynamics.

Lexus UX Electric

The Lexus UX Electric has received mostly average scores to date, with praise for its urban driving dynamics but criticism for its poor range.

Kia XCeed

The Kia XCeed has had generally positive reviews, although it's more expensive than the Ceed hatch and less practical than an SUV.

Vauxhall Mokka

The new Vauxhall Mokka is the first model to feature Vauxhall's latest design language, but it's not as highly rated as the Ford Puma.

Audi Q2

The Audi Q2 range has received generally good media reviews, although its overall score is off the pace of the best in its class.

Honda e:Ny1

Reviewers agree that the compact Honda e:Ny1 is a solid EV choice, but strong competition and its high pricing makes it hard to recommend.

Volkswagen T-Roc R

The Volkswagen T-Roc is a performance compact SUV with impressive pace and handling, but its price tag will deter many buyers.

Suzuki Vitara

The Suzuki Vitara has received generally good reviews from the UK media, with our Expert Rating currently placing it in the top half of the small SUV field.

Citroën C3 Aircross

The Citroën C3 Aircross has received average reviews, with praise for its versatility but criticism for a lack of refinement.

DS 3

The DS 3 has received average to good scores from the UK media, with an Expert Rating that places it in the midfield of the small crossover sector.

Jaguar E-Pace

The Jaguar E-Pace has received mixed reviews from the UK motoring media, with performance-oriented titles giving it better scores than consumer titles.

Mini Countryman

The Mini Countryman has received good media reviews, with the plug-in hybrid scoring better and the JCW model not as well.

Vauxhall Crossland

The Vauxhall Crossland has received average media reviews, and our unique Expert Rating places it in the bottom half of its market segment.

Kia Stonic

Other than stiffing buyers of the base models when it comes to safety, the Kia Stonic is praised for its driving dynamics and Kia's seven-year warranty.

Fiat 500X

The Fiat 500X has received mostly average to good reviews from the UK media, with praise for its stylish design and driving dynamics.

Dacia Duster

The Dacia Duster has received a broad range of media reviews, ranging from outstanding to outright recommendations not to buy one.

Jeep Renegade

The Jeep Renegade has received average media reviews. Its Expert Rating of 60% is poor and ranks it only 18th out of 20 cars in its class.

KGM Tivoli

The KGM Tivoli range has received mixed reviews rfrom the UK motoring media. It's considered good value but relatively unrefined.


The MG ZS has received generally poor media reviews, and currently has one of the lowest Expert Ratings of any car we have analysed.