The crossover and SUV segment has become incredibly popular over the last 10 years as more and more motorists in Britain seek to drive something with more road presence than the every-day hatchback.
In the past, big cars like this have demanded equally big price tags, but as the segment has become more and more populated the price tags have become significantly more competitive. Today we’re bringing you the best 10 crossovers that cost under the £20,000 mark. Let us know your favourite.
10. Ford Ecosport
Ford Ecosport Titanium 1.0 Ecoboost 125
The Ford Fiesta has been the best selling car in the UK for over 5 years now and it is a small hatch which serves it’s purpose valiantly… Except it’s rather low.
So imagine a very similar car, using the same chassis, but much higher with a greater road presence and generally a bit more substantial... That’s the EcoSport.
This model starts at £14,445 for the Zetec trim but we’d recommend splashing on the Titanium, so you get dashes of leather throughout the cabin, as well as helpful tools such as cruise control, and automatic headlights and wipers too.
The Ecosport does lack in practicality, as the cabin seems too small for the size and height of the car and the boot-space is pretty poor when compared to alternatives. The interior is rather plasticky too…
9. MINI Countryman
MINI Countryman Cooper D / Cooper All4
If you fancy stepping into a crossover with a bit more style, the MINI Countryman is definitely worth a look-in. The distinctive exterior lets you know that this is definitely a MINI, and for under £20k there’s 2 variations we’d definitely recommend.
The Cooper All4 if you find yourself tackling snowy conditions in the winter or sunday league pitches on the weekend, then the Cooper D if you want more economy for motorway journeys and suburban pootling, they’re both the exact same price.
You can go cheaper though, the MINI Countryman One starts at just £17,105.
With the Countryman you can expect a well built crossover which boasts a very smooth ride thanks to supple suspension and fairly high driving position. It is also an awful lot more practical than the standard MINI hatchback, with a significantly bigger boot and enough room for 4 adults.
8. Mazda CX-3
Mazda CX-3 SE-L
The CX-3 starts at just £17,595 for the entry level model, but we’d suggest looking at the SE-L model for a well rounded package.
The upgrade costs £1,400 but offers good value for money, with a whole host of optional extras such as heated seats, lane departure warnings, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers and rear privacy glass too. The latter really adds to the exterior aesthetic of the CX-3 too.
The 1.3 SkyActive-D is the most popular engine choice for this crossover and it is a superb engine in terms of reliability. However, where it falls short is engine noise, which is particularly loud within the cabin and detracts from the high-quality experience provided by the comfy interior.
7. Dacia Duster
Dacia Duster 4x2 Laureate
The Dacia brand has been in the UK for 3 years now and their Duster is a real triumph and still represents unparalleled value for money. The Duster is pleasant to drive, has plenty of space to function as a family hatchback and has a price tag that few would turn down.
Unless you want the entry level Access trim, which has a 1.6 litre petrol engine, then you must have the 1.5 dCi diesel engine, but that’s not a bad thing, it’s the same unit found in the front of the Mercedes A Class A180.
Sadly, the Access trim really is the bare minimum in terms of equipment - you don’t even get a radio. We recommend the Laureate spec which comes with Radio, CD, MP3, Bluetooth and USB connectivity as well as less black plastic on the exterior.
6. Jeep Renegade
Jeep Renegade 1.6 E-Torq 110hp Sport
It’s a rather unique-looking vehicle from Jeep in the form of their new Renegade which possesses a genuine ability to conquer rugged terrain.
The exterior may not be to everybody’s tastes, but in the crossover class where every other entrant seems to be built on curves and smooth lines, this boxxy Jeep is a welcomed brush against the gradient.
If you’re considering taking the plunge on a Renegade then you can be encouraged by their PCP deals, some of which offer Jeep Deposit Contributions up to £2,250 and are based on 0% APR!
5. Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai Tucson 1.7 CRDi 116PS Diesel Blue Drive 2WD
Possessing a huge boot and and bags of standard kit, the Tucson offers the most comprehensive answer to your crossover needs in terms of getting the most metal for you money. The Tucson is a big, comfortable car with a 5 star safety rating and a real road presence.
Traditionally all this would demand a substantial price tag but lease deals on the the Tucson start from as low £252 per month (personal lease) for the 1.7 CRDi Blue Drive SE Nav 5dr 2WD specification, returning you a healthy 62mpg as well!
If you’re buying cash though you can land the same model with the same MPG in S level trim and still only be paying £30 a year for road tax. There’s certainly big savings to be had with the Tucson.
4. Honda HR-V
Honda HR-V S 1.5 iVTEC
Honda have resurfaced an old marque in the form of their HR-V, and the new model offers something to buyers who want the benefits of a crossover but don’t want to be navigating their big CR-V around. The HR-V certainly fills this void.
With a really open and roomy cabin, the inside is a very pleasant place to be and Honda have introduced a new 1.5 V-Tec petrol engine, which offers up to 57mpg when running alongside the manual gearbox.
This is the only engine available for under £20k, but that’s not a bad thing because we’d certainly recommend it if you’re going to be covering less than 10,000 miles a year.
Styling-wise, the HR-V looks almost like a coupe thanks to the sloping roofline and the handles for the rear doors are hidden in the window - like in the Civic - so at first glance it looks like a sporty 2-door 4x4, although it’s worth mentioning that 4 wheel drive isn’t actually available.
3. Nissan Qashqai
Nissan Qashqai Visia Dig-T 115 Manual 2WD Petrol
We love the Qashqai, and so do British consumers, it’s been the best selling crossover here for 2 years in a row, and there’s good reason for it.
For just £18,545 you can be gliding around town in a big, safe and comfortable petrol car which still returns a combined 50mpg, going up to 55mpg on motorway journeys.
This car is excellent for family use as it’s spacious in the front and rear, has a 5 star Euro NCAP safety rating, and there’s 430 litres of boot space too.
The Qashqai is also extremely affordable, you can get all of this for just £238 p/m on personal lease!
2. Renault Kadjar
Renault Kadjar Dynamique Nav Energy TCE 130
The Kadjar starts at just £17,995 and is one of the newest crossovers on the market, you probably won’t have seen many of these on the roads just yet, but we’re certain they’ll be extremely popular over the next year or so.
We’d recommend going for the Dynamique Nav specification on the Kadjar, which comes in just shy of the £20,000 mark at £19,695, and you got loads of extra equipment over the the entry level model, such as a 7” touch screen, Sat Nav, Tinted windows, Climate Control, DAB radio and the unique Arkamys 3D Sound system.
We think it’s quite a good looking crossover too and the petrol engine available under the £20k mark has a responsive turbocharger and low consumption, returning a steady 49mpg combined.
1. Peugeot 2008
Peugeot 2008 Allure 1.2L PureTech ETG S&S
There’s a new Peugeot 2008 on the way this summer, so whilst some might want to wait for the updated version to come out, it is also worth looking at the current model because there are some exceptional deals available on what is a very good car.
You can get the 2007 with the 1.6 BlueHDi engine in the Allure specification for just £192p/m on a lease deal, which is extremely affordable. The 2008 starts at just £13,345 and while it isn’t the biggest crossover on this list, it’s certainly competitive in terms of ride comfort, safety and ride height.
You can also get 3 years insurance, warranty, servicing, road tax and roadside assistance included free of charge if you take advantage of the Just Add fuel offer. Now that’s where you can make some BIG savings.
Because the starting price is so low, you’ll find that if you need to keep under £20,000 you can have almost any of the 2008 range, as only 2 models exceed this price, but anything above the Allure spec (starting at £15,745) is suitably equipped for most users.