Top 10: Best SUVs and crossovers for under £20k
For £20,000, you can get a practical and comfortable SUV or crossover, that makes an ideal main family car. Here's our pick of 10 of the best on the market at the moment.
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The Mazda CX-3 is one of the more stylish crossovers on the market and although not particularly spacious, it does feel like a high quality car. It's certainly one of the best crossovers to drive, with plenty of grip through the corners and responsive steering. Running costs are low too, with the 1.5-litre diesel returning close to 58mpg according to Real MPG.
The Vitara has undergone quite the transformation with this latest model now a good quality yet very affordable crossover. It's a car we rate very highly and find ourselves recommending to people time and again. Why? Well it's well built, cheap to run and well engineered. With a £20,000 budget, you can have your pick of SZ4 or SZ-T models, powered by the 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine.
The HR-V may be a compact crossover but in typical Honda fashion, it's ingeniously practical, thanks to its Magic Seats which not only fold and split, but also flip up, to create useful carrying space. Unlike others, the HR-V is limited to front-wheel drive although this makes the Honda economical. It's only available in entry-level S grade with a £20,000 budget.
Neatly styled, great value for money and proving reliable - it's no surprise the Kia Sportage has been a big hit. It's smart inside too with an impressive level of fit and finish plus. Recent updates mean the Sportage now starts slightly over our £20k budget - but it's so good we couldn't not include it here.
While prices for models like the Renault Kadjar and Hyundai Tucson are rising above £20k, you have to look elsewhere for value. And MG is a good place to start. The ZS is not without its shortcomings, but it's a lot of car for the money and £20k gets you a top of the range Exlusive model with the automatic gearbox and plenty of change to spare.
The quirky Renegade is a little smaller than some of the other cars here but it's still very practical thanks to that square shape, with lots of room for those in the back. You can get a Sport model for less than £20,000 which comes with what Jeep describes as 'premium seating' along with DAB and a 5-inch touchscreen.
The Hyundai Kona is an affordable and quirky rival to the SEAT Arona and Volkswagen T-Roc. With prices starting at £17,000 it represents good value for money - while our budget will get you a Premium model powered by the 120PS 1.0-litre petrol engine.
The latest SsangYong Korando represents another big leap forward for a brand which continues to rapidly improve. While we were impressed with the Tivoli, the Korando is even better and a genuine rival for the likes of the Sportage and Tucson. Prices start at less than £20,000 plus it has a seven-year warranty. Definitely worth checking out.
The Nissan Qashqai pretty much started the crossover boom in 2007 and continues to prove popular today. The latest model was facelifted in 2018 with an improved interior and better refinement. For £20k you can get the entry Visia model but it's actually pretty well equipped with DAB, Bluetooth and air con.
The SEAT Arona is proof that bigger isn't automatically better when it comes to crossovers. More comfortable, practical and desirable than the majority of its rivals, the Arona is one of the best all-rounders in the compact crossover market. Our £20,000 budget will get you an SE Technology with the 1.0-litre petrol or 1.6-litre diesel engine.