Alfa Romeo Stelvio – Kris Culmer
The Stelvio hasn’t been a surprise smash hit for Alfa – partly, I suspect, because the Giulia saloon is more appealing to its traditional customers, while premium SUV drivers know it’s not German. But just look at that uniquely handsome front, with its triangular grille, and those well-balanced proportions. While the V6-engined, four-wheel-drive Quadrifoglio is mega, even the regular 2.0-litre turbo petrols and 2.2-litre diesels are very enjoyable. Added to that, the interior is appealing and has a comprehensive, BMW-style infotainment system. You can get some serious deals on the nearly new market, too.
Suzuki Ignis – Matt Prior
If you’re in the market for a small hatchback or SUV, the Ignis should come higher up buyers’ lists than it does. Suzuki’s small, practical, slightly tall hatchback gives most people all the height they’ll need but none of the inefficiency they don’t.
Our tests show Suzukis tend to return seriously impressive fuel economy figures and, in the Ignis, the very-mild-hybrid system really works to add pep and reduce fuel bills. It’s as spacious as a supermini, drives better than most cars of its size and, with pricing from £12,250, starts at less than virtually all superminis and seriously undercuts small crossovers. I even think it looks good.