Buyers are becoming spoilt for good choices in a segment featuring the smallest and most affordable SUVs
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Drive Car of the Year 2021 - Best Light SUV

Finalists:

Such is the proliferation of compact SUVs these days that official industry sales split them into two camps: Light SUV and Small SUV. And for 2021, Drive Car of the Year has done the same.

Here we focus on the ‘Light’ SUV that is typically based on city-sized cars, and which in 2020 saw a whole range of newbies arrive – including the Ford Puma, Nissan Juke and Volkswagen T-Cross that are among our contenders. They go into the mix with the Hyundai Venue, which in 2019 replaced the Accent as Hyundai’s entry-level vehicle.

The second-generation Juke remains boldly styled like the original, though it brings a gain in cabin size, improved interior quality, a larger-than-average boot and a likeable engine.

With some issues around its ride comfort and dual-clutch auto, however, as well as an average infotainment system, the Juke missed the Finalists cut. This left the Puma, T-Cross and Venue to duke it out for honours.


And the Winner is...

Ford Puma

Compact SUVs just became fun again!

Buyers are becoming spoilt for choice in the ever-growing compact-SUV space, whether they’re looking for an affordable option that is practical, stylish or even sporty.

And although Ford’s Puma isn’t the most spacious vehicle in the segment, it’s a crossover that brings all of those elements together in a highly appealing (small) package.