Top 10 compact SUVs 2021

Tyler Heatley

03 Feb 2021

B-segment SUVs are amongst the most popular. With so many to choose from, which should you buy? Here are 10 of the best.

The sheer popularity of SUVs has manufacturers making them all shapes and sizes to fill just about ever niche imaginable. Amongst the most popular of the high-riding vehicles are compact SUVs, or B-Segment models. These cars are usually based on city-dwelling hatchbacks, but now offer more style and a desirable higher driving position.

There are plenty to choose from, so we’ve rounded up 10 of the best for you to peruse.

Peugeot 2008 SUV

Priced from: £20190

Following in the footsteps of its highly successful Peugeot 3008 SUV sibling, the 2008 delivers on the same distinctive style. Its premium design with signature lighting and distinguished grille highlights the change in attitude at Peugeot over the past few years.

It’s the same for the interior with cascading surfaces and even a 3D instrument cluster on some models. A 360-litre boot provides similar cargo space to competitors, but its square opening makes it more practical than some.

You can also order a 2008 as an all-electric SUV in the form of the e2008.

Ford Puma

Priced from: £20,710

Recycling of the Puma name is a point of contention amongst enthusiasts, but this little SUV does deliver one of the sportiest drives in the class. Its curvaceous bodywork also features some hints back to the Puma coupe of the late 1990s. A good looking machine in our view.

Right now there are a three engine options, all petrol and two are mild hybrids. It is anticipated that a diesel may join the lineup soon. A sporty Puma ST is also expected to appear in 2020.

Despite being physically smaller than a Ford Focus, it actually offers a larger boot thanks Fords ‘Mega Box’. This additional underfloor storage features a plug that allows it to be hosed out if needs be.

Skoda Kamiq

Priced from: £18,370

Easily one of the most likeable compact SUVs on sale today, the little Kamiq is the baby of Skoda’s range. Based on the same platform as the Seat Arona, this Skoda offers a slightly more grownup take on the small family SUV.

A wide range of engine and trim levels are available, including the Monte Carlo line that proved so popular on models such as the Fabia hatchback. This car majors on practicality, a great infotainment system and a secure feel when driving.

It’s also packed full of Skoda’s ‘simply clever’ features such as umbrellas hidden within the doors, or a handy deployable torch in its boot.

Seat Arona

Priced from: £18,330

The Seat Arona is an SUV that you can specify to be as distinctive or subtle as you like. A good range of bold colours and contrasting roofs are offered alongside more traditional options. We think it’s a pretty good looking little SUV from the outside, however, the interior is much more conventional.

There’s a good amount of space inside the Arona with a 400-litre boot that’s larger than that of the Peugeot 2008. While there are a few low-rent plastics about the cabin, it feels durable overall and features a pleasingly slick infotainment system.

Citroen C3 Aircross

Pried from: £17,000

It is far from the best handling or fastest car on this list, but the Citroen C3 Aircross has its priorities elsewhere. If you’re looking for a comfortable and practical means of getting from place to place, it’s certainly worthy of consideration.

Competition is fierce in the compact SUV class, and so standing out is important. There are loads of customisation options for the C3 Aircross, meaning that you can really make it your own. Regardless of your ultimate colour pallet, the car itself also features a standout design.

A range of petrol and diesel options should ensure that all are catered for. We’d avoid the automatic gearbox, though!

Nissan Juke

Priced from: £17,445

A vast improvement over its ‘style over substance’ predecessor, the new Juke has matured while retaining its distinctive looks. The interior has also changed for the positive with nicer finishes and plenty of equipment as you climb up the trim levels.

It’s still not the most satisfying SUV to drive spiritedly, and its ride could be more cosseting, but those who fall in love with its quirky looks have more to enjoy than ever.

Volkswagen T-Cross

Priced from: £18,360

Another car that shares its underpinnings with others on this list, the Volkswagen T-Cross at last marked the German brand’s attendance in this crowded class. Sharing many similarities with the Polo hatchback – no bad thing – this small SUV comes standard with an air of premium civility.

While certainly a sober car in concept, Volkswagen have injected some fun into this surefooted machine via the options list. Colour interior trims and even boldly painted alloy wheels can be had to jazz-up your T-Cross.

If you like the idea of a small family car teamed with a higher driving position, the T-Cross would be a commendable choice.

Toyota CH-R

Priced from: £28,625

The Toyota CH-R is not the most practical SUV on this list, nor the most cost effective at the thick end of £30k, but it is one of the greenest. Both the 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engines are hybrids with both being enticing choices for those looking to be greener. There’s loads of standard equipment for your cash, however, the infotainment system is sub par.

It’s actually a good SUV in terms of handling, and the build quality is amongst the best in this class. The recently facelifted CH-R isn’t the newest SUV on the block, but it certainly has its merits.

Audi Q2

Priced from £22,725

For those looking for a premium badge on their compact SUV, the Audi Q2 is a natural choice. Instantly recognisable as a member of the four rings, this car provides owners some substance to go with that style. Its ergonomic interior is amongst the best for usability, however, the rear quarters are more cramped than rivals.

It is a little pricey and the options list can rocket that figure skywards quickly if you get carried away. A range of petrol and diesel engines are available, some with Audi’s famed Quattro all-wheel drive system.

Kia Stonic

Priced from: £17,800

While the Kia Stonic is a commendable SUV for a handful of reasons, one of its biggest attractions has to be the standard 7 year warranty that extends to any future owner of the car. No other car manufacturer offers this sort of cover – a clear sign of confidence from Kia that their product is durable.

Boot space is less than some rivals, but the Stonic does come with more standard equipment than most. 17-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, DAB radio, all come at no cost in entry-level ‘2’ grade.

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Tyler Heatley

03 Feb 2021