These five models offer plenty of space and equipment at a reasonable cost

These five models offer plenty of space and equipment at a reasonable cost


The five most popular compact SUVs. SUVs are needed. Compact crossovers, which offer a lot of space for family and cargo at a reasonable cost, have been very popular for a long time. Five models from the lower league top the best-selling list in Germany this year. A summary of their strengths and weaknesses.

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VW T Roc

Because the second generation of the VW Tiguan has increased in size, suddenly there was room under it in the design of the Wolfsburg model. It was quickly replaced by the short and flat T-Roc, which isn’t quite as practical but a lot easier than its big brother. The space is impressive despite the dimensions suitable for inner-city use, even if the interior is clearly set by VW standards in terms of equipment choices.

In general, five-doors do not necessarily have high-end equipment, many extras are not available in the basic model and have to be purchased at a high cost. However, the T-Roc compensates for the price level with confidence and a high level of driving comfort, a range of engines (up to 221 kW/300 hp) and the option of all-wheel drive. Prices start at 23,345 euros for the model with the 81 kW/110 hp 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine.

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The VW Tiguan is about to be replaced.

VW Tiguan

Almost seven years after its debut, the Tiguan II is about to be replaced. It’s good for customers because they have extra leverage in price negotiations with the retailer, who may be inclined to offer a termination discount. Bad, because VW has already started to reduce the once-luxury driving program. Plug-in hybrids can no longer be ordered, but there is still a wide selection of diesel and petrol engines with all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive.

Other advantages of the model: a lot of space, good diversity and agile, but safe and adequate handling. In terms of transparency, many competitors could learn a lesson. In this case, VW pays a high price for a well-designed overall package, 31,545 euros is appropriate for a well-equipped model. Above all, those who do not buy shelves, but make their own ticks in the list of options, should dig into their pockets.

Ford Kuga is primarily needed as a plug-in hybrid.

Ford Kuga is primarily needed as a plug-in hybrid.

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Ford Kuga

Traditionally, Ford often offers the most active model in the respective car classes. The Cologne-based company is also at the forefront when it comes to dynamics when it comes to compact SUVs, which is also due to its wider body than the top of the Kuga, which almost looks like a large station wagon. The crossover presented in 2020 took the technology from the Focus, which in this regard is probably one of the least compact cars.

In terms of general civility, support systems and drives, both brothers don’t have to hide in their class. The 165 kW/225 hp plug-in hybrid, which is consistently the best seller in Germany and Europe in this vehicle segment, is well known by Kuga. As a weakness, as well as a restricted view, the company’s chassis appears to drivers who focus on comfort. Prices start at 35,000 euros, the equipment is quite good.

The Kia Sportage brings modern chic to the compact SUV segment.

The Kia Sportage brings modern chic to the compact SUV segment.

Kia Sportage

In the lineup of best-selling SUVs, the Korean is the newest model – and you can see it. The front, with its daytime corners and large radiator grille, looks modern without being too polarizing. But the Kia can really shine inside with its digital instruments and large curved panorama display. In terms of equipment and assistants, everything you could wish for is currently on board or can be ordered – from a traffic queue assistant to a WLAN hotspot.

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This is decked out with extras that are not yet available everywhere, such as a panoramic glass roof, air-conditioned seats and a convertible chassis. The vehicle range offers a range of options, with diesel and petrol engines, hybrids and plug-in hybrids also available, the latter with up to 195 kW/265 hp. However, the Sportage is definitely not strong, it likes to be more comfortable during longitudinal and lateral acceleration. Poor all-round visibility can also be cited as a weakness. Prices start at 29,000 euros low. Unlike other Kia ranges, the base model is not a bait version, but already has some impressive equipment.

The Karoq occupies a central position in the Skoda SUV range.

The Karoq occupies a central position in the Skoda SUV range.

Skoda Karoq

The third model of the VW Group in the SUV bestseller list is between the first two in terms of dimensions and price. It also differs from its two siblings due to its special distinction: there are three sliding and individually removable seats available as an option at the rear, which makes it easier to balance the needs of the cargo area and passenger space. The Czech also scores points for exemplary ease of use and ergonomics.

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At the beginning of 2022 there was a facelift, the exterior of which was especially modern. The infotainment is now updated, but Skoda still works without the popular touch controls of the group’s new models. The driving application is suitable for the masses and oriented to the cause, it offers diesel and conventional petrol engines. Prices start at 26,300 euros for a fully equipped base.

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