We gathered 10 of the best compact SUV: Ateca Seat, VW Tiguan, Peugeot 3008, Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mini Countryman, Kadjar Renault, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Renegade and Nissan Qashqai. And we value!
It is not easy to gather today in a comparison to no less than 10 models besides fashion segment, in this case the compact SUV. Are the most popular and sought after cars right now, and it is common for one or the other are in fair renewal process, such as a Nissan Qashqai here that soon will market a new update. However, in the hands of our German colleagues at Auto Motor und Sport we have been able to bring together many of the stars of the class in a spectacular comparison.
We open mouth just enumerating all compact SUV we put together on track and, without further ado, we highlight the most important thing after our tests each with a assessment and final ranking. Face to face, watching the players who go in alphabetical order: Audi Q3, BMW X1, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Renegade, Mini Countryman, Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, Renault Kadjar, Seat and VW Tiguan Ateca. And all gasoline-powered … and most front wheel drive. We started!
In June 2011 came the Audi Q3. That is, with nearly 6 years in the market and a slight restyling in 2014 is one group of veterans… and will soon release new generation. In fact, it advertised with important 2019 Enhancements. But while you should still beat copper in its segment, and does so with absolute solvency yet. With 4.39 meters long, This premium model is true that no longer stands nor by its practicality and space for their solutions. However, it is very comfortable.
Mechanically we have with CoD engine 1.4 TFSI 150 hp, as a novelty introduced itself and the system automatic disconnection of cylinders (When it is not necessary, disconnect 2 of the 4 to consume less), allowing lower its official media consumption 5.9 to 5.5 l / 100 km. Turbo and direct injection, the truth is that it is very fine and vibration, a model propeller in performance. And their behavior, and although Audi retouched the suspensions to make them softer, even with optional variable damping hardness its response it seems somewhat firmer than most of its rivals. Yes, very good brakes and steering is very precise. But of course, starting from 31,000 euros minimum access… compensated? Difficult has it.
¿High cost of Audi Q3? It had to another group premium, BMW X1 136 hp 18i part and a little above: 32,000 euros. And with extras, you can even easily exceed 40,000 end … like the Audi. On this occasion, launched in late 2015, it presents a new modular platform for transverse engines and front-wheel drive BMW, and has more versatility: it can offer sliding rear bench, resulting overall a very spacious model. It also allows even recline the front passenger.
Its engine is a 3 cylinder turbo 1.5, that can be offered as here with an automatic gearbox 6 gears. More demure in accelerating the Audi Q3, also accuses more cargo and demanding hikes or mountain areas. Nor he has spent us less: in fact, their 8.5 l / 100 km actual consumption we have seen are the same as the Audi Q3. With these conditions, it does not stop to take advantage of a chassis, here yes, very talented. Good setting generally more than enough comfort as all new BMW (how much they have improved here) are also factors in its favor. As its security equipment and excellent multimedia system and Infotainment. Therefore, he gets into the car head no doubt. But … it will be enough to be on top?
The Hyundai Tucson is one of the big surprises of recent years. It premiered in 2016 generation returning to its original name (and discarding the ix35) and has been a success. Yet stunning design and dimensions notables (4.48 meters length) today adds a perceived quality. Even with the powerful version that comes to this comparative (TGDI 1.6 turbo with no less than 176 hp and total) drive moves in the numbers of premium rivals in the environment of 33,000 euros. Below there is a 1.6 GDI 130 hp and front-wheel drive, which starts from just 20,500 euros. Much difference to a good overall performance, although in the latter case the atmospheric engine is already clearly behind.
With a very good interior space and, above all, large trunk we measured in 540 liters real (the largest segment), the Tucson is a great SUV in every way … even your weight. Yes, precisely because light is not (even renouncing all-wheel drive still sharpens more), resulting in road in a somewhat higher consumption (9.9 l / 100 km) And a loss of agility. That itself is a SUV very safe, very comfortable and fully convinced. In another version he would rise facing positions, no doubt.
And turn to the Jeep Renegade, one of the most special models we are today among SUV. Something smaller and outside (just 4.26 meters), Price itself moves in the fork of general compact: with motor 1.4 MultiAir 140 hp Power of the environment of the 23,000 euros, even with a 6-speed automatic transmission. It can therefore clearly lost in the melee, but we assure you that is one of the SUV with more personality and more emotionally engaging.
Yes, because more than a SUV you feel like a little pure SUV. For height, movements, Jeep spirit. He has always liked. his 1.4 turbo engine It is also not the most prestacionales, or what you perceive up as the finest modern, but it serves but also spends enough. Complete the offer with a more than reasonable for its small exterior dimensions space, penalizing the rear width only slightly. In short, slouch at all, and this is not your league. If you convince Jeep, you’ll love.
We now let’s Mini, where its new Countryman, already second generation, this year began to sell transformed into a Compact SUV 4.30 meters with the same platform and engine of BMW X1. However, despite riding the same 1.5 turbo 3 cylinder 136 hp Cooper in his version, there are notable differences. One is that it costs less, starting from 28,000 euros. And another that it weighs more and offers a different behavior.
But also it features solutions like sliding back row, generally it offers less and less trunk space because of its smaller exterior length. Yes, it seems that even has more character. If we said that BMW you bet on greater convenience, This Contryman a start point to something sportier seen, more direct control. Nimble and quick, it’s an SUV that like to drive. And although as we said in the X1 engine it is not the fastest, in general the answer is more than satisfactory. A very good product … but fighting in a very, very demanding category.
And if not just ask the King of Kings, he Nissan Qashqai. By time we could have in this comparison of its new evolution 2017 will ship in a few weeks, but we looked ugly to leave out the SUV that clearly leads the market in sales. So here we have it, in Version 1.6 DIG-T turbo 163 hp. Although with some significant upgrade, the engine is the same that will equip this summer, and even with modifications chassis tuning, should not vary too much. Its valuation in any case must be taken as a minimum, since the new edition at some factor could escalate positions.
To say a SUV ever round by price, space, performance and usability. That’s why it takes from birth with the number 1. In this version of 163 hp leave now of 23,175 euros, a price as you can see remarkable for the product is. Very well equipped, it is true that his rivals are becoming stronger and therefore begins to suffer in the melee: have studied in detail to get their hands on. maybe section to section today is not the brightest (It’s comfortable but not the most, and agile but not the best), but not really fault anything. It may be missing today more refinement, but consumption has surprised us with only 8.1 l / 100 km Real Media, a very good thing. In short, you may not win the points, but it’s an SUV always to keep in mind and always to get into the pools of purchase.
One of the SUV last to arrive… and he has entered strongly in all lists. In sales, the tastes and the comparative. What a great car Peugeot has launched in 3008. In its first generation crossover SUV pure and great acceptance. And to be fair, if you have to give credit to something is design: both outside, and especially for revolutionary indoor environment, 3008 amazes customers. And his new mechanics convincing.
With the smallest of comparative motor, 1.2 PureTech 3-cylinder turbo 130PS (In its supply of gasoline there is also a 1.6 THP 165) convincing and costs of 23,700 euros starting, Yes, it is not the cheapest. And less when compared by power. In return you’ll find one of the SUV with less consumption Lot (he has marked us here 7.6 l / 100 km average real) and that despite not being either of the lightest: the VW Group MQB platform works miracles among its rivals. Complete with a remarkable comfort of suspensions, It is also not the broader comparative, but we can say that your space is even above average. Its trunk gives us, for example, 500 liters of actual load. A model therefore deserves the podium today to enter the segment.
same platform that the current Nissan Qashqai and, here too, same engine turbo 165 hp petrol (In this case with the TCe acronym) for Renault Kadjar. With these conditions, it can neither let alone be a bad SUV … but we’ve always seemed somewhat less round than the Japanese evolution. And perhaps somewhat hesitantly it began selling to end, yes, tucking already in the group of best-selling compact SUV market. Its price, of 25,000 euros, It is very competitive for power too … although not as much as the Qashqai.
Today the Renault Kadjar meets, but is neither the model in its class with the most advanced equipment, or the best road performance, or the best space, which penalizes even against the Qashqai. his trunk is real in 475 liters nor the back row is the most legroom presents. In short, it is a proper SUV, but not enough to dig deep today in the leading group. We will see in future developments.
Make way because, interestingly alphabetical order, we the two most complete SUV now this group next to Peugeot 3008. And precisely two common platform. I started with the Seat Ateca, born of the MQB based Volkswagen Group and that has meant a success. It came too late, if it is true, but he has managed to get as a product of the most balanced. And we do not mean only in Spain: so extol our German colleagues … with what it already means.
Here by the same engine of the Audi Q3 also, ie with 1.4 TSI 4-cylinder, 150 hp and with cylinder shutdown system, Ateca Seat shows great performance, being lighter and consume less: here only 7.8 l / 100 km actual average values very close to the 3008 3 cylinders. this version of 26,000 euros (For less than 22,000 euros you have with the small 3-cylinder 1.0 TSI and 115 hp surprised us by how well it goes) to be a very complete car. In addition space is larger of class (Grand second row seats) and is well equipped. Dynamically, and thanks to its lightness, it feels more agile, very direct feel like all Seat cars. In short, a safe bet, but … how to be the leader?
Yes, certainly, if you have a price cap … let alone if it were not the VW Tiguan. Of course, it is. And is that, although much more expensive (Part already in same version of at least 5,000 euros), the Volkswagen is slightly better usually all. It will be a matter of putting it on the scale and see if the money here is problem or not. But as we hold ourselves we especially data, analysis and measurements, the Tiguan with its 1.4 TSI engine can not be more than the winner. A superb SUV.
A reference back, the VW Tiguan shines on practically everything. Their 4.49 meters (By 4.36 meters from Ateca) lets you earn in space. It is practical and can offer sliding second row, and thus reaches almost 600 liters of luggage. It is very livable and wide. Something also has nearly 5 cm over the Seat battle. Its refinement is very good, with filtering suspensions great and while holding the body well. Let alone if we choose to DCC adaptive suspension. Right direction, more assistance and safety systems that Ateca in equipment, an engine that we said fine and spends little … what more could you ask for? Because it cost a little less. There is also the difference in Ateca. Decide.
The final ranking: the top 10
1- Tiguan 1.4 TSI: General comfort, refinement, soft suspension, great deal, a very good engine … has almost everything. Only the price could discuss his leadership.
Seat 2- Ateca 1.4 EcoTSI: Great space, great response, same engine fantastic. But it is slightly worse all the Tiguan. Of course, not price: valuing, perhaps it could lead too.
3- Peugeot 3008 1.2 PureTech / 130: Big surprise. Very good and very striking. Great engine, low consumption. Very comfortable but slightly less spacious in general. Closes the podium.
4- BMW X1 18i: Another superb SUV. However, very expensive and without being the brightest in almost any section, although very full at all. He stays at the gates of the first three.
5- Mini Countryman Cooper: dynamically is the most stimulating. Very agile and fun, but with less space and overall comfort. Otherwise, it would be higher.
6- Audi Q3 1.4 TFSI: It is the oldest and pay even if an engine (the Ateca and Tiguan) extraordinary. Fails him and his equipment and space succumbs most modern and versatile products.
7- Qashqai 1.6 DIG-T: It is not the best at anything, but it does at all. Good price and good space. It is neither the most agile and most comfortable. We’ll see if improvement update.
8- Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDI: Improve positions in another version, because it’s a big SUV. However, here it is consuming and size and weight is not the most dynamic of the group.
9- Renault Kadjar 1.6 TCe: Nissan Qashqai twin, does not become so completely Kadjar. It lacks some refinement and better mechanical performance to reach opt to stay ahead.
Jeep Renegade 1.4 MultiAir 10-: Sympathy could be on the podium. And personality. But that does not mean hitch in the melee, miss for space, comfort, agility. Plays in another league and points to another customer.
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