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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1

Mazda CX-3

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

Read the Mazda CX-3 review

List Price from £19,395
Buy new from £16,005
Contract hire from £173.74 per month
2

Suzuki Vitara

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. 

Read the Suzuki Vitara review

List Price from £17,594
Buy new from £15,318
Contract hire from £145.15 per month
3

Honda HR-V

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.

Read the Honda HR-V review

List Price from £20,440
Buy new from £17,579
Contract hire from £180.08 per month
4

Kia Sportage

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.

Read the Kia Sportage review

List Price from £20,655
Buy new from £16,737
Contract hire from £196.33 per month
5

MG ZS

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.

Read the MG ZS review

List Price from £14,045
Buy new from £12,395
Contract hire from £146.49 per month
6

Jeep Renegade

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.

Read the Jeep Renegade review

List Price from £18,505
Buy new from £15,707
Contract hire from £192.55 per month
7

Hyundai Kona

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. 

Read the Hyundai Kona review

List Price from £18,555
Buy new from £15,930
Contract hire from £173.21 per month
8

SsangYong Korando

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.

Read the SsangYong Korando review

List Price from £19,424
Buy new from £18,284
Contract hire from £301.63 per month
9

Nissan Qashqai 

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. 

Read the Nissan Qashqai review

List Price from £20,190
Buy new from £14,764
Contract hire from £158.98 per month
10

SEAT Arona

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.

Read the SEAT Arona review

List Price from £17,550
Buy new from £14,173
Contract hire from £156.56 per month