Five small SUVs for everyday use

Strengthen weaknesses
+ good handling – rather tight at the back
+ low maintenance costs – simple materials
+ many assistance systems – Combustion engines only

Dacia Spring – the emission-free

The Dacia Spring is the price break between electric cars. (Those: Dacia)

Each Dacia bears the title of “cheapest car in its segment”. This also applies to the Primavera, which at € 20,940 is the lowest price among German electric cars. If you also deduct the environmental bonus, it’s just over € 10,000 – there is hardly a normal combustion engine anywhere else. In return, however, buyers have to make concessions: not so much in terms of range, which at 230 kilometers is quite appropriate for a city car, but in terms of environment, space and driving performance. The four-seater reaches a maximum of 125 km / h, which does not necessarily make driving on German motorways pleasant. Additionally, a private charging option is recommended, as you can hardly spend up to 14 hours charging at a public charging station. Then there is the crash test result: only a five-star rating.

Strengthen weaknesses
+ low price for an electric car – Security weaknesses
+ reasonable range – No fast charging possible
+ small turning radius (10 meters) – moderate driving performance

Hyundai Bayon – the attraction

The Hyundai Bayon has a futuristic front.
The Hyundai Bayon has a futuristic front. (Che: Hyundai)

Since the Koreans have given up on a crossover variant in the new edition of the i20 small car, there was new space in the brand’s SUV range. Since 2021 it has been filled with the 4.18 meter long Bayon, which is visually much more prominent than its near-predecessor, which is mostly clad in sturdy planks. The new is more of an elevated lifestyle than an off-road imitator, causing a stir with its modern dual headlight design. With prices starting at € 17,090, the five-seater is still one of the cheapest SUVs on the German market. When it comes to traction, the offer ranges from the rather slow 1.2-liter petrol engine with 84hp to the lively 1.0-liter light hybrid with 120hp.

Strengthen weaknesses
+ lots of space – petrol engines only
+ simple operation – slow base engine
+ fair price

Jeep Renegade – der Offroader

The Jeep Renegade is also strong off-road.
The Jeep Renegade is also strong off-road. (What: Jeep)

Among all the stylish SUVs, there are still some capable SUVs. The Stellantis Jeep brand, in particular, loves to emphasize the off-road capabilities of its models, and it does so even in the smallest class. In fact, the Renegade easily outperforms most of its off-road competitors. As a rule, they can not even come with all-wheel drive, the Renegade in the particularly off-road “Trailhawk” variant also offers a gear reduction and bumpers with an extra large angle of attack. Since the rough and smooth equipment package is only available in conjunction with the flagship engine, a 240hp plug-in hybrid drive, the off-road crossover costs a whopping 45,200 euros. By the way: All-wheel drive is only available with the Renegade as a plug-in hybrid.

Strengthen weaknesses
+ good off-road capability – slightly slow driving in normal mode
+ contemporary infotainment
+ economical consumption (plug-in hybrid)

Suzuki Ignis – the pioneer

Suzuki Ignis is one of the pioneers in the mini crossovers segment.
Suzuki Ignis is one of the pioneers in the mini crossovers segment. (Those: Suzuki)

After the wave of SUVs moved from the luxury class to compact models and small cars, the next logical step was to flood the segment below as well. At least that was the idea Suzuki pursued with the Ignis, which founded the still young micro-SUV class in 2016. Thanks to the all-wheel drive option, the 3.70-meter-long five-door car has it fares quite well, while its crisp dimensions and economical four-cylinder petrol engine (90hp) give it an advantage in the city. With prices starting at € 16,410, it is also one of the particularly affordable crossovers.

Strengthen weaknesses
+ extensive safety equipment – moderate braking performance
+ sliding rear seat – a fund
+ Delicate hybrid as standard – Noisy interior

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