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Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
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Rivals

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

3.7 out of 5 3.7

Closely-related to the A-Class hatch it’s based on is the Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV. It’s a small crossover that’s the brand’s first foray into the compact end of the market, and rivals cars such as the Audi Q3, the BMW X1 and the Infiniti QX30 with which it shares its underpinnings. Pricier versions of the MINI Countryman and less expensive... read more

PROS

  • Chunky off-roader appearance
  • Diesel offers low running costs
  • AMG offers high performance
  • Three-pointed star badge appeal

CONS

  • Few real advantages over A-Class
  • Poor ride quality
  • Not that capable off-road
  • Lacks rivals’ practicality

Audi Q3 (11-18)

4 out of 5 4.0

First drive: 2018 Audi Q3 review – full driving impressions, spec and pricing Since the Q3 was first launched in 2011, newer versions of the ever-popular Q5 and Q7 have come along, and the smaller Q2 has been introduced to fulfil the desire for compact crossovers. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Q3 is old news, but with competition coming... read more

PROS

  • Compact exterior dimensions
  • Solid, high-quality interior
  • Wide range of engines and trims
  • Classy and refined

CONS

  • Interior design showing its age
  • Cramped rear seats
  • High boot access
  • A little dull to drive

Volkswagen Tiguan (08-16)

4 out of 5 4.0

Volkswagen's first small off-roader is neatly styled, well equipped and powered by some impressive engines - it needs to be, as it's pitted against some of the best 4x4s around including the BMW X1, Honda CR-V and Ford Kuga. It looks similar to the Golf hatchback, although most of the main components are unique to the Volkswagen Tiguan, while... read more

PROS

  • Neatly styled
  • Robust interior
  • Comfortable and safe on the move
  • Off-road version available
  • BlueMotion versions available

CONS

  • Alternatives are better value for money
  • 1.4 TSI engine feels sluggish

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