Top 10: Best crossovers

Crossovers have replaced big hatchbacks and estates as the default car for many family buyers. It's easy to see why, due to the extra practicality and raised seats which make it easy to get children in and out. With so many on the market, it's hard to know which are the best. These are the 10 top performers in the 2017 Honest John Satisfaction Survey.

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Suzuki S-Cross

Overall rating: 88.31%

It may not be the first car you think of when it comes to crossovers, but the S-Cross has plenty to recommend it. Owners are keen on its excellent reliability, easy driving nature and the practicality of its design. They also think it’s well made and this is backed up by low repair costs.

The only low points noted by owners are that performance isn’t as good as some rivals, the ride could be more supple and fuel economy is below par.

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hissingsid    on 4 December 2017

As a CX-3 owner I am not surprised that it scored poorly on practicality. The interior layout is an ergonomic disaster and the lack of space will not appeal to families, but space is not a major consideration for me as I rarely carry more than one passenger.

Good points include a smooth powerful 2.0 litre normally aspirated petrol engine returning 43-44 mpg, a proper torque converter automatic transmission and a proper handbrake. Apart from a leaking aircon condenser replaced under warranty (a common fault) the car has been 100% reliable so far.

Bad points include a rather too firm ride and relentless road noise from the Bridgestone Turanza tyres, even with the smaller 16 inch wheels. The Bridgestones will be replaced by Michelin Cross Climates in due course, as recommended by HJ.

DLDLDL    on 4 December 2017

What exactly is the difference between:
MPVs, and
This list of Crossovers includes a Mini which to me looks like a small estate car, yet it does not seem to major on 4x4s - which would seem to be a key feature of vehicles that crossover between being "normal road" cars and "off-roaders".

Car manufacturers may not be doing themselves favours by making the (apparent) variety of vehicles so confusing that you are never really sure what you are looking at!

NickNike    on 4 December 2017

What is a crossover? Neither one thing or another. I bet they're all deadly diesels as well. Amazing what some people will buy.

hissingsid    on 5 December 2017

If the membership of the Mazdz CX-3 Forum is representative of owners, the vast majority of CX-3's are petrol, including my own, as my original comments made clear.

Marcus T.    on 17 May 2018

well something that will do 60MPG for a start.

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