1. Kia Sportage 1.7 CRDi
Head-turning kerb appeal married to an SUV-style sense of softness, size and height.
2. Skoda Yeti 1.6 TDI
Time has barely dented the Yeti’s appeal. It has an uncanny ability to make modern seem hassle-free.
3. Mazda CX-5 2.2
Despite being burdened by a yen-inflated price. Mazda’s new SkyActiv tech makes the CX-5 worth a look.
4. Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi
The Qashqai virtually invented the crossover recipe, and its successor is still good enough to make the grade.
5. Ford Kuga 2.0 TDCi
Still good to drive and seriously comfortable, but the interior has dated and it remains resolutely expensive.