These are the premium-com­pact ri­vals the XC40 D4 AWD will have to beat

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#1 AUDI Q3 2,0 TDI QU­AT­TRO S TRONIC

En­gine: 2,0-litre, 4-cyl, tur­bod­iesel Trans: 7-spd dual-clutch Price: R597 000 Power: 135 kw Torque: 380 N.m 0-100 km/h: 7,9 sec Top speed: 219 km/h Fuel cons: 6,4 L/100 km CO : 139 g/km 2

It’s been hugely suc­cess­ful, but in its twi­light years the Q3’s ap­peal has started wan­ing. Still, in terms of cabin fit and fin­ish, and on-road man­ners, the XC40 will have a tough task on its hands beat­ing this Ger­man.

#2 BMW X1 XDRIVE20D STEP­TRONIC

En­gine: 2,0-litre, 4-cyl, tur­bod­iesel Trans: 8-spd AT Price: R610 940 Power: 140 kw Torque: 400 N.m 0-100 km/h: 7,6 sec Top speed: 219 km/h Fuel cons: 5,9 L/100 km CO : 130 g/km 2

It has the best en­gine here – fru­gal and punchy – and the most prac­ti­cal cabin, but there are ques­tion marks sur­round­ing the X1’s ride qual­ity, the com­fort of its seats and re­fine­ment at a cruise.

#3 MERCEDES-BENZ GLA220D 4MATIC 7G-DCT

En­gine: 2,1-litre, 4-cyl, tur­bod­iesel Trans: 7-spd dual-clutch Price: R593 640 Power: 130 kw Torque: 350 N.m 0-100 km/h: 8,7 sec Top speed: 218 km/h Fuel cons: 6,0 L/100 km CO : 130 g/km 2

Not the best premium com­pact SUV when it was launched, and cer­tainly not now, the GLA is cramped and the ride is firm. How­ever, it looks great and the 2,1-litre en­gine is im­pres­sively light on fuel.

#4 VW TIGUAN 2,0 TDI 4MOTION HIGHLINE DSG

En­gine: 2,0-litre, 4-cyl, tur­bod­iesel Trans: 7-spd dual-clutch Price: R566 900 Power: 130 kw Torque: 380 N.m 0-100 km/h: 8,7 sec Top speed: 207 km/h Fuel cons: 7,7 L/100 km CO : 166 g/km 2

Spa­cious, refined, com­fort­able and well equipped, we’re big fans of the Tiguan, as ev­i­denced by its Top 12 Best Buys tro­phy in this class. Lags be­hind the other in terms of per­for­mance and con­sump­tion, though.

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