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Buying guide: Small SUVs

Compact SUVs are well-suited for drivers, who want something that is more spacious than a saloon, but comes with the distinctive features of a standard-sized SUV. Generally, smaller SUVs will also be cheaper in terms of the actual cost of the vehicle, and also its fuel consumption. This market sector has grown in recent times, and sales are expected to grow in the coming years.

Compact SUV benefits

Smaller sized SUVs cannot really be considered hardened-off roaders, but they do have some benefits when compared to other cars and typically sized SUVs.
Feeling of elevation
Many SUV drivers enjoy the feeling of elevation, and a mini SUV still provides this. Reliable and fuel-efficient
Also, because of their smaller size, some compact SUVs are more reliable, are more maneuverable and are more fuel-efficient. This type of vehicle can be a good choice for families, and also for those who enjoy the outdoors. What models are available? There are more options than ever available for potential buyers in 2011. The GMC Acadia
The GMC Acadia is good value, and comes with 32mpg, the best in its class.
The Volkswagen Tiguan The Volkswagen Tiguan is stylish, and overall, the vehicle has a familiar feeling of German quality. The Tiguan comes with a fuel efficient 2.0 litre, four cylinder turbocharged engine that can create 200 horse-power. It has a smooth six speed gear box, and the city driving can achieve 19mpg, whilst on the motorway, it can get 26mpg. The starting price is also reasonable. The Volvo XC60 The Volvo XC60 is new for 2011, and it features a large of number of safety functions. It has a lane cross-over warning system, roll stability control, blind spot warning and also a back-up camera. The XC60 has plenty to offer under the bonnet with a three litre, turbocharged engine that can generate 281 horsepower. SUV reviews have given the Honda CR-V good ratings for its dependability and stylish look. The power is created by its 2.4 litre, four cylinder engine. Mitsubishi Outlander The spacious Mitsubishi Outlander has plenty of cargo space, but it does not compromise on handling, and the overall driving experience.

Plenty of choices

There is an increasing number of options available for those looking for a smaller SUV car. It's also worth noting that many of these types of vehicles come with a large range of safety features, that a few years ago, would have only been found on luxury cars.

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