Volvo XC60

Staying with Volvo, the XC60 is the mid-sized SUV, between the XC40 and the XC90. The XC90 was the first to be introduced and its reputation meant it was held in arguably higher esteem than some of the premium brands.

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Toyota C-HR

The Toyota C-HR has very aggressive styling, and even the entry-level models have a lot of kit. The flagship Dynamic version, as tested here, comes with rear camera, touchscreen, DAB radio, adaptive cruise control, dual-zone automatic air conditioning and satnav – and that really is skimming the surface.

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SEAT Arona

It may have been below zero when the Arona was tested in Austria, but it always felt confident and very at home. The Arona is up against cars like the Nissan Juke and Hyundai Kona, so doing well in this segment is not easy.

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Jaguar E-Pace

The E-Pace is diminutive when compared with the F-Pace, and it doesn’t look much like it. It has more in common with the Range Rover Evoque, because it uses the same chassis. There are other Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) models rolled into the mix, too. The new SUV’s headlights are reminiscent of the two-seater Jaguar F-Type, possibly hinting at the athletic potential of the E-Pace.

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Lexus IS 300h

The IS has a stylish appeal. It’s also a hybrid, so you can enjoy sportiness without having to look sorrowfully at your wallet.

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Mitsubishi ASX

A revamp has given the ASX good looks, matched with a great price. While entry-level models can be snapped up new from £16,250, the one on test here is the 1.6 diesel ‘5’, with an asking price of £27,205.

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Volvo V90 Cross Country

If you fancy an SUV that isn’t an SUV, then the Volvo V90 Cross Country may be the answer. While it’s an estate car, the ‘Cross Country’ moniker is more than a name – it’s higher, has four-wheel drive, and it does work on the rough stuff.

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