Best Crossover Cars and small SUVs 2021

Best Crossover Cars and small SUVs 2021

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Best crossover cars and small SUVs 2021

There's a huge range of crossovers and small SUVs on the market today. These are our top ten picks


It’s no secret that the new car marketplace today is dominated by SUVs of all sizes. However, it’s the smallest ones that are proving particularly popular with buyers. Largely based on supermini underpinnings but boasting the raised driving position and extra flexibility that so many motorists crave, small SUVs suit modern family life perfectly; many models stand not only as viable supermini alternatives but also as rivals to more traditional, larger family hatchbacks.

Pioneering cars in this class, like the original Nissan Juke, set the benchmark for small SUVs and since then, every manufacturer has rushed to get its own piece of the action. There’s now something different for just about everyone, so whether you prioritise comfort, practicality, sportiness or style – or any combination thereof – there’s bound to be something to suit you in the showrooms.

Our rundown of the very best small SUVs includes a model to match every taste and requirement; some of the cars are genuinely fun to drive, while others prioritise passenger comfort above all else. As a rule, those vehicles towards the top of our list do the best job of balancing everyday considerations such as practicality with driver appeal, value and good looks.


Our list only scratches the surface of what’s available, of course, such is the ever-expanding scale of this segment – but we reckon the models in our top 10 are the best of the current bunch.

Top 10 best small SUVs on sale

  1. Renault Captur
  2. Ford Puma
  3. Kia Niro/e-Niro
  4. Kia Soul EV
  5. Skoda Kamiq
  6. Volkswagen T-Cross
  7. Peugeot 2008
  8. Citroen C3 Aircross
  9. SEAT Arona
  10. Dacia Duster


Peugeot 2008:

Arriving on the back of lots of SUV-related success for Peugeot with its larger 3008 and 5008, the latest 2008 is an all-new model that looks set to follow suit.

Sharing its platform with the latest Peugeot 208 and Vauxhall Corsa, the 2008 was designed to accept all-electric power as well as internal-combustion engines, and the e-2008 is now available, taking the fight to the Hyundai Kona Electric.

The ICE car is worth considering against its more conventional rivals, too, however; the 1.2-litre petrol engine is excellent (especially in 128bhp form), build quality in the spacious, stylish interior is good, and the car feels planted, precise and comfortable on the move. It may be pricier than some rivals, but it ticks lots of boxes.

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