Inside, the interior is more minimalist than some might expect but it’s not without charm. The dashboard looks modern, too, being primarily made up of a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

At present, the only four-wheel-drive version of the Tonale is the plug-in hybrid model. This is powered by a 177bhp 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 121bhp electric motor – the motor is designed to both assist the engine and work as a generator. This combined power gives the Tonale PHEV plenty of performance punch along with efficiency.

6. Mercedes EQA

The EQA is Mercedes’ entry-level electric SUV, but that’s not to say it isn’t upmarket. Based on the Mercedes GLA, the EQA looks distinctive thanks to its flush grille and full-width rear lights, but it’s underneath the car where the magic happens.  

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All variants of the EQA use a 66.5kWh battery pack which Mercedes claims can achieve over 320 miles of range. Charging speeds of up to 100kW are possible, too, meaning the battery can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent in as little as 37 minutes.

All trim levels are reasonably equipped – as you’d hope for a small SUV costing from around £50,000 – with 18-inch alloy wheels, dual 10.25-inch digital screens and heated seats. Premium and Premium Plus packs add more luxuries, such as wireless smartphone charging and a better stereo. 

5. Dacia Duster

The Dacia Duster isn’t just one of the cheapest cars on this list, it’s also one of the cheapest cars you can buy.  

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