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Audi RS Q3, £tbc
On sale this year, the RS version of Audi’s Q3 SUV is going to be a belter – albeit at a price. Powered by the same 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder petrol engine found in the TT RS, the RS Q3 has permanent all-wheel-drive and can reach 62mph from standstill in 5.5 seconds. Top speed will be limited at 155mph.

Nissan Juke Nismo, £19,995
With excellent value for money, Nissan’s Juke model may not be quite as premium as the other SUVs in this list but Nismo’s motorsport engineers were involved in its development, so it’s as sporty as they come. Capable of reaching 62mph from start in 7.8 seconds the Juke Nismo is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

Range Rover Evoque, £40,495
More fashionable but less nippy than the Mini Countryman, the biggest problem with this Evoque will be the waiting list you’ll have to join to get one. Powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine it’s a little slower than the JCW – 0-62mph takes 7.6 seconds – and less overtly sporty, but it’s the most stylish option here and it’s great off-road too.