Budget finalist: DACIA DUSTER
What a revelation the Duster is.
Priced from under £11,500 in diesel guise, this budget crossover is an absolute bargain.
It is small on price but big on delivery of a surprisingly civilised driving experience.
For the money you expect crude build quality and bargain basement dynamics, but the Duster is way superior to any of that.
In fact the only really cheap thing about it is the price tag, and you get a lot of car and a very decent driving experience for a modest outlay.
No wonder you see so many of them on the continent, and no doubt it will be catching on quickly here too.
Commended: Fiat Panda 4×4
Mainstream finalist: FORD KUGA
Another class act from Ford.
Freshly updated, the Kuga has moved onwards and upwards, grown a little in size and kept its top-notch driving dynamics.
By crossover standards it’s pretty economical and it is really good to drive, with taut body control and a well planted feel on the corners.
The high driving position gives an imposing view, but it still sits well on the twists and turns of a winding rural road.
The styling is slick and smart enough to make the Kuga look at home in a cityscape, but the way it drives makes you want to head for the country.
Commended: Mazda CX-5
Premium finalist: RANGE ROVER EVOQUE
What a star of a car the Evoque has proved to be for Land Rover.
Brilliantly engineered, beautifully designed and a real looker, the Evoque ticks all the right boxes for its multitude of admirers.
Best of all is the way it drives, with sporty brilliance that sets it apart and makes it the benchmark in its class.
Behind the wheel is where the young-spirited Range Rover excels, while its uncompromising looks ensure an instant recognisability wherever it goes.
We’re huge fans of the Evoque, a car that is equally at home up a rugged mountain track or outside the Ritz.
Commended: Audi Q3
And the winner is…
RANGE ROVER EVOQUE
|Prices||£29,200 to £48,405|
|Bodystyles||3-door and 5-door SUV|
|Engines||2.2 (148bhp), 2.2 (187bhp)|
|Trim Levels||Pure, Prestige, Dynamic, Special Edition|