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This article from AutoCar magazine might interest you here:
Forget the Ford EcoSport and focus on a baby Landie or VolvoMost B-segment SUVs on the market are indifferently executed, which leaves an open goal for a manufacturer to build a truly good one.
Ford's new B-segment SUV, the EcoSport, has recently been taking quite a kicking from us road testing types (not to mention from those inside the Blue Oval's mighty portals who know a good car).
Why? Not because it's a thoroughly bad car — which it isn't — but because it's the poorest Ford we've seen in ages. We're used to great looking, great driving, well-made cars wearing Ford badges, and the EcoSport misses that description on a couple of counts.
Yet for all these caveats, I thoroughly enjoyed the 500 miles I did in an EcoSport across last weekend, which probably sound to you a lot like a critic having his cake and eating it.
It did to me, too. Or at least it did until I realised that all the positive properties that apply generally to B-SUVs generally (high H-point, great headroom, low road noise, small car agility with big-car feel) and not to the Ford in particular.
However, we're now well overdue a really good B-SUV — and I'm looking to two manufacturers currently not in the game to pull it off: Volvo and Land Rover.
The Germans could probably do it, too, but they have this curious habit of producing cars without much in the way of a soul, which I happen to believe a B-SUV needs.
Land Rover's recent offerings, and Volvo's terrific new XC90 show they're the manufacturers who are on the pace with new-breed SUVs. Come on chaps — we're waiting.
more here:http://www.autocar.co.uk/blogs/new-cars/forget-ford-ecosport-and-focus-baby-landie-or-volvo
 

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Land Rover could probably design an amazing little B-segment SUV, only problem is they would probably then price it at about £25,000. Mind you, given the number of Evoques I see around, I suppose I will forgive them if they want to stick to their own business model and not mine!
 

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I like the idea of a mini Land Rover. Might be a while off, though and like you say - expensive! I'm currently intrigued by the Jeep Renegade - it looks very cute.
 
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