No.2 – Compact SUV’s

Today, I’m back and talking about the world of the compact SUV and just what you can get for your money. Recently, one was unaware that Victoria Beckham had a qualification that enabled her to design automobiles, however I have been proven wrong by Range Rover’s latest release, the Evoque.

Range Rover Evoque

Wow. And not only has the Evoque sold hundreds of units, but the publicity has generated sales across the board for Range Rover with an increasing number of the original Range Rover Vogue being sold during the month of the release. The striking, yet charming looks of the new Evoque are inspiring. In my opinion, the 3 door version is one of the best looking cars on sale today. Specifications for a middle of the range 2.2l Diesel are as follows:

Price: £39,990

Power/Torque: 187bhp/309lb ft

Top Speed: 121mph

Acceleration: 0-62mph in 8.5sec

Fuel Economy: 44mpg

CO2 emissions: 169g/km

VED band: H

The fact of the matter is that this car is ruddy expensive. But, it looks and feels special. The interior is fresh and luxurious and everything looks perfect and bespoke.

Inside the Evoque

It might not be worth £39,990 but 1 year on, an approved used Evoque will be just as good and a reasonable price. However, if you want an off roader, look no further than the Freelander. The top of the range HSE model will cost you £33,005, a lot less than the Evoque, and with its rugged design, you can take it wherever you like. I can’t help but feel that the Evoque would be slightly lost in the scary off roading world. Like a fish out of water. Like wearing your Rolex to do the washing up. It doesn’t belong in the great outdoors, but on the school run. Still a nice car though. 7 out of 10.

Now, for the more realistic price range. The Nissan Juke.

Nissan Juke

Yes, I know it’s very weird looking. Yes, I also know that it’s not very cool. This car says “Deal with it.” The sales for the Juke have rocketed. Goodness knows why. And don’t think you’re taking it off road either. You’d have more luck in a Smart Car. For a 1.6l Petrol, here are the specifications:

Price: Starting at £13,395

Power/Torque: 187bhp/177lb ft

Top Speed: 134mph

Acceleration: 0-62mph in 8.0sec

Fuel economy: 40.9mpg

CO2 emissions: 159g/km

VED Band: G

The sad thing is that this Compact SUV doesn’t have the best figures in the economical department. So then, Greenpeace won’t approve. And the speed and power don’t make me jump up and down. So what does this car have to offer? It’s crazy, it’s likable, and it’s got a massive grin on its face. I wouldn’t have one, but then again, so many others would. Cool car. 6 out of 10.

My final recognition of the Compact SUV’s, the new Audi Q3.

Audi Q3

I’ve never really liked Audi’s. The seats are too hard. I’ve never liked the design. This new Audi however, looks set to rival the likes of the Evoque and the BMW X1 and I don’t see any reason that it won’t do as well as its bigger brothers, the Q5 and the mighty Q7. The car itself looks sublime. Inside, it’s more of the same old leather and wood, but that’s OK, because as a young old fart, that suits me perfectly. Let’s have a look at some specs for a middle of the range 2.0l Diesel:

Price: £28,460

Power/Torque: 174bhp/280lb ft

Top Speed: 132mph

Acceleration: 0-62mph in 8.2sec

Fuel economy: 47.9mpg

CO2 emissions: 156g/km

VED Band: G

Some good figures. The car will no doubt be excellent value and good to drive. I just hope they make the ride more comfortable. For now, it doesn’t look to bad. 6 out of 10.

You might be wondering why Mercedes Benz don’t have a say in the world of the compact SUV. In fact, they do. But for some unknown reason, they don’t sell it in the United Kingdom. It’s called the GLK Class.

GLK Class

Interior of the GLK

It’s on sale pretty much everywhere else in Europe, but here. The GLK is loosely based on the C-Class on the inside and I recommend that if you are desperate for the best Compact SUV, import one of these.

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