9. MERCEDES GLC
MERCEDES was late to the posh compact SUV class in the UK, because the GLC’S predecessor, the GLK, was never sold here. The GLC makes amends with a broad range, including Coupé and rapid AMG versions.
We’d steer clear of the Coupé if you want space and better value, with only low-spec cars squeezing under the £40k road tax barrier. The 220 d has enough pace, and every model comes as standard with 4WD. Price range: £36,425-£93,219 Our pick: GLC 220 d AMG Line (£39,915) Engine: 2.1-litre 4cyl diesel, 170bhp Transmission: 9-spd auto, permanent 4WD Top speed: 130mph Economy: 56.5mpg CO2: 129g/km