Nissan Juke


The Nissan Juke is the smallest SUV that the Japanese manufacturer has to offer, sitting underneath the Qashqai and X-Trail in its model line-up.

Nissan unveiled a new Juke for 2014, with the compact SUV expected to be priced at just over £15,000.

Three trim levels are available for the new Nissan Juke, which are Visia, Acenta and Tekna. Standard equipment across the range includes LED daytime running lamps, CD radio with an aux-in socket, gear-shift indicator and tyre pressure monitor.

Moving up the trim levels brings desirable features such as air conditioning, alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, remote audio controls, Nissan Dynamic Control, i-Key with Start/Stop and the latest NissanConnect system.

Upgraded models also feature Nissan Safety Shield, which comprises safety technology such as Moving Object Detection, Blind Spot Warning and Lane Departure Warning.

Three engines are available for the new Juke: the 1.2-litre DIG-T petrol, the 1.6-litre DIG-T petrol and the 1.5-litre dCi diesel.

Depending on the powertrain chosen, the new Nissan Juke will emit as low as 104g/km of CO2, while returning average fuel economy of up to 70.6mpg.

With excellent efficiency figures and a host of desirable kit, our choice of the range is the Nissan Juke 1.5 dCi Acenta model.

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque


The sleek and stylish Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is one of the most highly-regarded compact SUVs available in the UK.

With multiple awards under its belt, the £29,200 Range Rover Evoque is certainly one of the best models in its segment – although the large price tag may put some people off.

The Range Rover Evoque is available in four trim levels: Pure, Pure Tech, Prestige and Dynamic, with a range-topping Autobiography Dynamic specification set to join the range in the latter half of the year.

As would be expected with the price tag, the Range Rover Evoque comes very well equipped. Standard kit includes 18-inch alloy wheels, climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth, heated front seats, leather steering wheel, DAB digital radio, eight-inch touchscreen and much more.

Higher-spec models bring additional features such as automatic xenon headlamps, parking sensors, larger alloys, voice-control, sat-nav, front foglights, rain-sensing wipers and a heated leather steering wheel.

The powertrain range consists of the 2.2-litre eD4 diesel engine, the 2.2-litre DS4 diesel unit and the top of the range 2.0-litre petrol powerplant.

Land Rover’s popular model offers a power output between 148bhp and 237bhp, while torque ranges from 340Nm to 420Nm.

Depending on the version chosen, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque will emit between 129g/km and 181g/km of CO2, while returning between 36.2mpg and 57.6mpg.

Our pick of the range is the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 2.2 SD4 Pure 4WD, which comes with all the kit most drivers would want, along with 4x4 capabilites.

Skoda Yeti


Practical and fun-to-drive, the Skoda Yeti was a welcome addition to the compact SUV segment when it was released back in 2009.

The latest generation Skoda Yeti is available in three trim levels: S, SE and Elegance, with a GreenLine II version offered for each trim. Prices for the compact SUV start from £16,605.

Standard equipment for the Yeti is plentiful, with all models receiving 16-inch alloy wheels, leather multi-function steering wheel, air conditioning, leather handbrake and gear lever, black roof rails, electrically-adjustable and heated door mirrors, daytime running lights, front and rear fog lights and numerous airbags.

Moving up the trim levels brings additional features like dual-zone air conditioning, larger alloys, aux-in socket, cruise control, rear parking sensors, full leather upholstery, heated front seats, rain sensor, Bi-Xenon headlights, cornering front fog lights and Hill Hold Control to the mix.

The following engines are available to power the Skoda Yeti SUV: 104bhp 1.2-litre TSI, 104bhp 1.6-litre TDI (GreenLine II models only) and the 109bhp 2.0-litre TDI.

Depending on the version chosen, the Skoda Yeti will emit between 119g/km and 142g/km of CO2.

Those looking for an economical drive should opt for one of the GreenLine II versions. For this reason, we suggest going for the Skoda Yeti 1.6 TDI 105 SE GreenLine II, which comes packed with more desirable kit over the base model.

Dacia Duster


The “shockingly affordable" Dacia Duster was certainly a welcome addition to the compact SUV market in the UK, with the model priced from under £10,000.

With a price tag of just £9,495, the Dacia Duster is the cheapest compact SUV that is available to buy in the UK. The Duster range comprises the following trim levels: Access, Ambiance and Laureate.

Core features that are standard on every Duster model include ABS, ESC, numerous airbags, electric front windows, height-adjustable steering wheel, black roof bars and a chrome front grille.

Higher-spec models feature more desirable kit such as alloy wheels, front fog lights, Bluetooth connectivity, height-adjustable driver’s seat, aux-in and USB connections, leather steering wheel, cruise control and manual air conditioning.

Two engines are available to power the Dacia Duster: a 104bhp 1.6-litre 16V unit and a 109bhp 1.5-litre dCi powerplant. Both versions offer a 2WD and 4WD variants.

Depending on the version chosen, the Dacia Duster SUV will return average fuel economy of between 35.3mpg and 56.5mpg, while emitting between 130g/km and 185g/km of CO2. This means that the Duster will have a BiK tax rating of between 22% and 30%.

We suggest opting for the range-topping model in order to receive an adequate level of equipment. For this reason, our pick of the range is the Dacia Duster 1.5 dCi Laureate 2WD.

Vauxhall Mokka


The Vauxhall Mokka joined the popular British manufacturer’s range towards the end of 2012, offering customers a reliable and generously-equipped compact SUV.

Prices for the Mokka start from £15,999, with three trim levels available: Exclusiv, Tech Line and SE. Vauxhall has stated that the Tech Line trim is aimed at company car drivers.

Models come packed with equipment as standard, with features including 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, leather-covered steering wheel, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth, USB connection with iPod control, front and rear parking sensors, front fog lights and numerous airbags.

Moving up the trim levels brings additional kit such as sat-nav, CD player and stereo radio, intelligent four-wheel-drive (4x4 models only), electrically heated front seats and steering wheel, sports front seats and dark-tinted rear windows.

Three engines are available to power the Vauxhall Mokka: 113bhp 1.5-litre petrol, 138bhp 1.4-litre Turbo petrol and the 128bhp 1.7-litre CDTi diesel.

CO2 emissions will range from 120g/km to 153g/km, depending on the version of the Mokka chosen by the customer.

As even entry-level models come packed with more than enough equipment for the average driver, we recommend the Vauxhall Mokka 1.7 CDTi 130 Exclusiv S-S.

Audi Q3


The Audi Q3 is one of the most stylish compact SUVs available to purchase in the UK today, with sleek lines and jam-packed with desirable kit.

Priced from £23,870, the Audi Q3 is available in three trims, which are SE, S line and S line Plus, with each version coming well equipped.

Standard equipment across the range includes 17-inch alloy wheels, Concert radio, 6.5-inch display screen, Audi Music Interface, Bluetooth, voice control system, dual-zone climate control, leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel, rear parking sensors and front and rear fog lights.

Additional equipment on higher-spec models includes larger alloys, dynamic suspension, front sports seats, leather-trimmed multi-function Sports steering wheel, leather gear knob, Xenon plus headlights, cruise control, sat-nav, Audi parking system plus, Alcantara/leather upholstery and privacy glass.

Numerous petrol and diesel engines are available to power the Audi Q3. Depending on the version chosen, the model will emit between 137g/km and 179g/km, while returning average fuel economy of between 36.7mpg and 54.3mpg.

Such figures mean that the Q3 will carry a BiK tax rating of between 19% and 27%, while falling under a VED tax band between ‘E’ and ‘I’.

Well equipped, low CO2 emissions and offering the best fuel economy, our pick of the range is the Audi Q3 2.0 TDI 140 SE.

Renault Captur


From one stylish model to another; the Renault Captur is one of the forefront compact SUVs in terms of style and popularity.

With such style and high standard of equipment, it may come as a surprise that the Renault Captur would only cost from £12,495.

Four trim levels are available for the Captur: Expression, Expression+, Dynamique MediaNav and Dynamique S MediaNav.

Standard equipment for the compact SUV includes 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, radio CD player, Bluetooth, aux-in and USB connections, ESC, body-coloured bumpers, Electronic Traction Control, Hill Start Assist and front and rear electric windows.

Upgraded models add such desirable features as air conditioning, larger alloys, hands-free keycard with push button start/stop, Renault MediaNav with seven-inch touch-screen and sat-nav, body coloured rear parking sensors and extra tinted windows and tailgate.

Engines on offer include the 89bhp TCe Stop&Start, 89bhp dCi Stop&Start, 89bhp dCi Auto EDC and the 118bhp TCe Auto EDC.

Depending on the version chosen, the Renault Captur will produce between 95g/km and 125g/km of CO2 emissions, placing the compact SUV in a VED tax band between ‘A’ and ‘D’.

Our pick of the range is the Renault Captur dCi 90 Stop&Start Dynamique MediaNav, with its sub-100g/km CO2 emissions and generous level of equipment.