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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Rivals

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

Ford Kuga

3.7 out of 5 3.7

The Kuga is consistently one of Ford’s most popular models, and it’s a safe and solid option for family buyers looking for an SUV that’s good to drive. It sits between the EcoSport and Edge in the company’s SUV range. There’s a huge amount of competition, though, with rivals including the Volkswagen Tiguan, Skoda Karoq and SEAT Ateca from the VW... read more

PROS

  • Great to drive
  • Relatively cheap to run
  • Lots of safety systems

CONS

  • Ride is on the firm side
  • Media system lags behind rivals
  • Not as capable off-road as looks suggest

Honda CR-V (12-18)

3.5 out of 5 3.5

The British-built Honda CR-V is now in its fourth generation. The five-seat SUV has been in production since 1995 and has proven incredibly popular for the Japanese manufacturer. Indeed, five million CR-Vs have gone to happy homes around the world. Its blend of practicality, reliability and efficiency has stood it in good stead, but competition... read more

PROS

  • Reliable
  • Proven formula for family SUV
  • More practical than ever

CONS

  • Not as efficient or cheap to run as competitors
  • Not a huge step forwards

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