Top 10: New crossovers for £18,000 or less

While we may not be fans of the 'crossover' label, there's no denying their appeal. Combining practicality, style and low running costs - they've become the family car of choice for many. 

1

Kia Stonic

The Kia Stonic is a sound buy with an affordable price tag and a seven-year warranty. Our budget will only get you the entry-level 2 trim, but it is fairly well equipped - with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 17-inch alloy wheels and rear parking sensors as standard. You'll be able to upgrade to the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine too.

Read the full Kia Stonic review

List Price from £16,920
Buy new from £13,826
Contract hire from £155.00 per month
2

Suzuki Vitara

The new Vitara is a world away from its predecessor, which although a favourite of ours because of its no-nonsense approach, was hardly cutting edge. The latest Vitara is more refined, comfortable and offers great value for money too - with prices starting at £16,999 for the SZ4 with the new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

Read the full Suzuki Vitara review

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

Volkswagen T-Cross

The Polo-based Volkswagen T-Cross is the newest and arguably the most fashionable car to feature here. Our self-imposed £18,000 budget will get you an entry-level S model with the 95PS petrol engine and five-speed manual gearbox. We doubt there'll be many discounts available, unfortunately, as it's still very new.

Read the full Volkswagen T-Cross review

Contract hire from £171.52 per month
4

Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona is an affordable and quirky rival to the SEAT Arona and Honda HR-V. However, Hyundai's smallest and cheapest crossover falls short on quality with its cramped interior and poor ride making it an underwhelming daily driver. On the plus side, it's affordable, with the entry-level S model starting at £17,305 when paired with the 120PS 1.0-litre petrol engine.

Read the full Hyundai Kona review

List Price from £21,605
Buy new from £18,672
Contract hire from £173.21 per month
5

Citroen C3 Aircross

When the Citroen C3 Aircross first arrived in 2017, it was a real bargain, with a £14,000 price tag. Now, even the cheapest models are slightly over our budget, starting at £18,040. Prices aside, it's a very versatile little crossover, offering a comfortable ride and quirky looks. We like it.

Read the full Citroen C3 Aircross review

List Price from £16,020
Buy new from £14,496
Contract hire from £136.79 per month
6

SEAT Arona

The SEAT Arona is one of the best compact crossovers money can buy - and not a lot of money, for that matter. Our budget will get you the entry-level SE model with the 95PS 1.0-litre petrol engine - and, because it's a SEAT, you won't have to pay extra for metallic paint.

Read the full SEAT Arona review

List Price from £17,580
Buy new from £14,173
Contract hire from £156.56 per month
7

Dacia Duster

While an £18,000 budget will get you an entry- or mid-level version of most of the crossovers here, you'll struggle to go over budget with the Dacia Duster. You can comfortably afford a top-spec Prestige model with a choice of petrol and diesel engines - even four-wheel drive, if you need it.

Read the full Dacia Duster review

Contract hire from £166.10 per month
8

Ford EcoSport

Based on the Ford Fiesta, the EcoSport is a surprisingly spacious crossover that provides excellent value for money, with a start price of £17,850. For that you get Zetec spec with 16-inch alloy wheels, an eight-inch multimedia display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a Quickclear heated windscreen. There's just one engine in budget - the 100PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol - or hit the classifieds for a pre-registered 125PS model.

Read the full Ford EcoSport review

List Price from £17,845
Buy new from £16,415
Contract hire from £186.30 per month
9

SsangYong Tivoli

While SsangYong might not be a well-known brand, it's popular with owners - coming top in our 2018 Satisfaction Index. Not only does the Tivoli represent excellent value for money, we also think it's a genuinely great crossover. For less than £18k you can get a mid-range LE model with the 1.6-litre petrol engine.

Read the SsangYong Tivoli review

Contract hire from £248.96 per month
10

Vauxhall Crossland X

In a market that includes the SEAT Arona and Suzuki Vitara, the Vauxhall Crossland X hasn't got a great deal going for it. While our £18,000 budget will get you a new Crossland X, that's only for the basic SE with the underpowered 83PS 1.2-litre petrol engine. By the time you add metallic paint as an option, it'll be more than £18,000.

Read the full Vauxhall Crossland X review

List Price from £18,010
Buy new from £15,949
Contract hire from £153.80 per month