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£48,287 when new
This is not the Porsche Macan to buy. I know, on paper it looks like the go-to option: only three grand more than the 234bhp base model (which is special order only, telling you all you need to know), the same money as the diesel, but with an extra 85bhp, helping to lop a second off the 0-62mph time. But you buy a petrol because you want it to feel more aggressive and sporting, and the S isn’t that car.
The engine is too smooth and characterless, actually needs a bit of work to get going and never seems to hit that hard. That can be explained away by the fact that once you’ve added a couple of options this supposedly compact SUV weighs 1,900kg. And you’ll be doing well to get 25mpg. No wonder Porsche expects the diesel to account for 60 per cent of sales. Yes, the S does drive well, but it’s effective rather than enjoyable in corners. All of which means if you want a hardcore Macan, you’ll need to cough up £60k for the Turbo. Ouch.
£37,160 – £88,165
With so much Giulia DNA the Stelvio was bound to be good. At last, Alfa has a car to buy with your heart and head.
£40,945 – £73,145
Practical and pretty, Jaguar's first SUV is arguably the best car it makes
Its looks are as divisive as its very proposition, but getting noticed is part of its job and the new X4 sure does that
A talented all-rounder from Mercedes. An easy to recommend if soulless piece of kit