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The latest SUVs reviewed – including Mini Countryman vs Skoda Karoq

Which SUV is a new Best Buy?

The popularity of SUVs continues to grow, and we’ve reviewed the latest entrants to the market. Ranging in size from compact crossovers to full-size SUVs, we’ve tested them from top to bottom to see how they stack up. Are any worthy of being Best Buys?

If you’re looking for sporty off-road looks but still need to navigate narrow side streets, we have the hottest new entrants battling it out in the compact SUV space. Namely the Mini Countryman, Skoda Karoq and Mazda CX-5.

Looking for roomy luxury with a twist of Italian style? You could consider the Alfa Romeo Stelvio full-sized SUV, with its very practical big boot showing that you don’t need to compromise on aesthetics if you need a lot of interior space.

Ready to buy? Check out our top cars to buy in 2018, or keep reading for our latest reviews.

Mini Countryman

Entering its second generation in 2017, the British-made Mini Countryman medium-size SUV is the largest Mini ever, and aims to be the most practical of all Minis, with spacious room for the whole family.

It comes in both front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive guises, and can also be bought as a plug-in hybrid.

It has five doors and a premium fit and finish, with a price tag to match, and takes the fight to upmarket rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz GLABMW X1 and Audi Q3.

Is this the smart choice for Mini fans looking for a versatile car, and is it fun to drive? How does it stack up against the competition?

Find out in our Mini Countryman review.

Skoda Karoq

The new Skoda Karoq replaces the distinctive Skoda Yeti, and is made on the same Volkswagen Group platform as other compact SUVs such as the Seat Ateca.

The Karoq’s aimed at those looking for a spacious SUV for navigating city life and beyond. It features lane-assist technology, parking assist, a rear view camera and blind-spot detection.

But does it have enough to set itself apart in a very crowded market, and does it deliver on its promises of convenience and being ideal for urban driving?

We give the new Skoda Karoq a comprehensive workout in our extensive review.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the Italian brand’s first ever SUV. It’s named after the legendary Stelvio mountain pass linking Italy and Switzerland, which has 48 hairpins in quick succession. Quite the challenge to take on.

So you’d expect the Stelvio full-size SUV to have excellent handling and brilliant safety, not to mention good fuel economy to go the distance.

The Alfa marque is steeped in history, and has produced some very stylish and desirable cars. But can Alfa Romeo really raise its game to stand out in this crowded market, particularly against talented rivals such as the Audi Q5 and Jaguar F-Pace?

We leave no stone unturned in our Alfa Romeo Stelvio review.

Mazda CX-5

Launched in 2017, the second-generation Mazda CX-5 has been completely redesigned inside and out. Mazda aims for the compact SUV to be the perfect spacious companion for long outings, as well as daily duties as a family car.

It features Mazda’s i-Activsense safety technology, which helps the driver to recognise potential hazards through an alert system, avoid collisions, keep in lane with lane-assist tech. Alongside that, its smart braking support is designed to reduce the risk of accidents.

All this tech sound great, but how does it work in practice? We give it the full shakedown in our comprehensive Mazda CX-5 review.

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