The mini SUV car models or crossovers are among the darlings of the moment. With powerful engines, allied to greater comfort, versatility, and affordability, these cars had everything to be among the most sought after. If you are looking to buy a small SUV this year, the choices are more than what you can think of as all brands practically have a model in this segment.
In order to help, we have evaluated the design, comfort, technology, and price of all of them, and we chose for you the best small SUVs and crossover in the market. Check out our list here.
Nissan was among the first that opened this category of cars in 2010. And this has been key, since hitting first, Nissan has opened the gap, putting the Juke in a privileged place in sales. Nissan Juke is a marketing success that, without a doubt, have to do with design and affordability. The youthful aesthetic of the Nissan Juke has worked very well among young people, and the price is just worth it.
If the focus on a mini SUV is space and practicality, then the CR-V is the ideal car for you. With the largest tailgate in this segment and with rear seats that can be fully folded to be able to transport objects vertically, such as bicycles, this Honda has proven to be one of the best in the category. And being a Honda, the reliability of the engine is also a given. Prices begin at $25,000 for a Honda CR-V that has a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated base engine with 180 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque
The Ford Ecosport is one of the most cost-effective mini SUV models. With ample internal space, it offers excellent performance because of the 4WD automatic flex traction, which gives the vehicle much more strength and stability, so that you can drive in peace in the most different types of terrain.
This model has excellent technology accessories such as the presence sensor key. In addition, the Ecosport features the Rain Sensor, which activates and regulates the windshield wiper speed as soon as the rain starts. For also added safety for the Ford Ecosport which now has seven airbags scattered around the vehicle, and the Ramp Start Assistant, which prevents the car from slipping on ramps, holding it for up to 3 seconds after the foot has been removed off the brake. There is also the Autopilot, which will keep your car's speed constant, without having to step on the accelerator, providing more safety for you and the other passengers.
If you are looking for a premium mini SUV, then the Audi Q2 will be the cheapest solution you can find. The Audi Q2 is characterized by its good finishes, its careful design, and its premium character. It shares the platform with the Volkswagen T-Roc, which is also one of the safest cars you can buy today, which means that the level of safety will also be well delivered in the hands of the Audi Q2. On sale for a starting of $30,000, the Audi Q2 is identified as #untaggable, which as it says, incomparable.
Still in the premium brands category, if you are looking for an alternative to the Audi Q2, but slightly larger, you can always opt for a model of one of the German rivals, in this case, BMW, with the BMW X1. This model was introduced in 2009, during the initial boom of SUVs.
The smallest of BMW's SUVs, the X1, is actually its best: It's handsome, well-equipped, practical, and fun to drive. Its 228-hp turbocharged four-cylinder managed a 6.3-second zero-to-60-mph time at our test track and delivered 29 mpg on our highway fuel-economy test route. The cabin is crafted from upscale materials, but we'd suggest springing for the sport seats since they're more comfortable and supportive than the standard versions. Fold down the rear seats, and the BMW X1 offers as much cargo space as SUVs from the next larger size class. Touchscreen infotainment and a host of driver-assistance features are standard on all X1 models.
The Toyota C-HR is one of those cars that divides opinions. You either like it, or you hate it. However, the bold design of this car seems to have more fans than haters. The fact that this mini SUV can be equipped with a hybrid engine makes it one of the cars with the lowest fuel consumption one can buy. Prices start at $27,000 for the petrol version, but if you want to opt for the hybrid version, you will have to pay $29,000.
The Vitara was once a small Suzuki jeep known for its reliability. Nowadays, Suzuki has given a totally different concept to what the Vitara was and adapted it to the new reality of the market, transforming it into a small SUV, but still quite spacious and very capable. The price, which starts at around $20,500 is one of its main triumphs.
Bold and boxy, the Kia Soul has been charming SUV shoppers for a while now, and the latest version is no different. The base engine is a 147-hp four-cylinder, but GT-Line models come with a hot 201-horsepower turbocharged four. Inside the square-shaped body, the Soul offers two rows of spacious seating, plus room in the back for cargo. Like the exterior design, the cabin is made with cheeky design details and can be optioned with fun ambient lighting elements and plenty of tech; touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard while a smartphone charging pad and a head-up display are both optional.
The new Hyundai Tucson has helped Hyundai regain space on the globe after some less well-done earlier models by the South Korean brand. The platform and various mechanical components are shared with the Kia Sportage, which, as we all know, is also very good. So the only one that will make you distinguish between buying a Tucson or a Kia Sportage will be the aesthetic part, and in that aspect, maybe Hyundai has some advantage over KIA.
The Hyundai Tucson is an SUV that combines all the luxury and comfort with plenty of power and endurance. The Hyundai model comes with a number of factory items, which ensure safety, performance, and a lot of technology.
The Nissan Kicks remains one of the best crossovers. Each year, the Nissan model gains more improvements, which put it among the most sought after models. Kicks, now produced in Brazil, is inspired by the intensity of cities and offers everything you expect from an SUV: comfort, performance, and technology.
The models continue with the XTRONIC CVT gearbox, which offers several combinations of gear, allowing better use of the engine. With this exchange, you will have a better performance in the overtaking, the curves and also the ups and downs. In terms of comfort, Kicks have also continued to rule. The seats with Zero Gravity technology will make you feel floating, so soft they are. And to ensure the safety of everyone in the vehicle, the models come standard with airbags and ABS brake, but there are still versions with stability control and braking assistant, to make them all well protected.
The highlight of the 2019 model is the new interactive dashboard, the Multi-app. In addition to managing the commands of your vehicle, with it, you can access social networks and even install some applications.
Best Bet For Money: Mazda CX-5
With a 2.5-liter engine capacity, at 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque, the Mazda CX-5 stands out from the competition, which focuses on lower-capacity engines for low fuel consumption. Similarly, the stylistic language of the brand, called KODO, helps differentiate this SUV while in the road: sleek, fluid lines and an imposing front.
The post-refresh model is now considerably quieter and better to ride. The interior has been completely refurbished, presenting good materials and solid assembly. It offers enough space for five people and enough space for the luggage of 506 liters.