SUVs are the fastest growing vehicle sector in the UK right now, especially in smaller sizes. The mix of stylish designs, added practicality and a commanding driving position is persuading more and more buyers to choose a crossover for their next car. To match that demand there are some fantastic crossovers being produced by manufacturers, including many that are seriously affordable, and with engine efficiencies improving all the time they won't cost the earth at the pump either. If you're looking for the perfect new family car have a read of our best crossover and small suv lease deals and take your pick!
Seat impressed a lot of people with the Ateca. Their first shot at an SUV hit the nail on the head first time, so it was no surprise to see the Spanish marque show off a smaller sibling shortly after. The Arona shares many of big brother’s strong points - refined engines, stylish design and generous amounts of standard equipment - and it’s all wrapped up in a trendy compact crossover package. This is definitely a car of its time, with the focus on modern features like an attractive and intuitive infotainment system with great connectivity plus bags of personalisation options, including a cool contrasted roof on all models.
In a sector where driving dynamics are sacrificed at the altar of improved practicality, the Mini’s famed agility really comes to the fore. Whilst the Countryman might not be as engaging behind the wheel as its more standard-sized stablemates, it undoubtedly offers more thrills and spills than many on this list. Mini’s funky, retro interior also makes an appearance too, adding a welcome splash of character not to mention functionality, with a well-designed infotainment system. A surprisingly roomy cabin completes this compelling proposition, browse our latest Mini Countryman lease deals below and drop us a line to find out more.
Fresh faced and better looking than ever, the second generation CX-5 has everything required to take on its mainstream SUV competitors. Sure, the previous iteration was a competent vehicle but this latest model is a genuine contender. Mazda have a knack for adding a touch of sporty styling to their cars and you can’t deny the CX-5 certainly fits that bill. On the road that translates to nimble and bright handling too, dynamics which bely the vehicle’s sizeable frame. Inside there are improvements too, with a souped up infotainment system and a new, nicely-groomed cabin. If you’re looking to move away from the obvious choices for your next family car, this car could be the perfect option.
If Toyota’s designers are good at one thing it’s producing vehicles that stand out within their sectors. What ends up on the production line might not be pleasing to all eyes, but it certainly won’t go unnoticed - they’re like the Marmite of the motoring world. When it comes to the C-HR though we’re definitely in the LOVE camp. This thing looks fantastic, there are swooping lines and folds escaping from every orifice. Despite the unconventional form, a hybrid engine actually makes this Toyota a pretty sensible choice too. Plus, a well thought out and fully kitted interior with nice individual touches gives the C-HR plenty of character throughout the cabin.
The car that catapulted Kia in to the UK’s top ten sellers list, and put the brand in front of a new generation of customers, has in fact been in production since 1993. It’s fair to say the Sportage has come a long way in that time and the most recent fourth generation vehicle is one of the most popular SUVs available today. Combine a stylish but well-built sturdy body with an equipment packed, smart cabin and you’ve got a seriously capable car, especially at the price point. Throw an engaging, fun drive in to the bargain and it’s easy to see why the Kia Sportage is one of our most sought after vehicles in any sector.
Volkswagen’s all new crossover is an undeniably handsome beast. In the style stakes at least the T-Roc will take some beating, but there are plenty more reasons to recommend this car on top of its good looks. Inside you’ll find the sort of smart, ergonomically sound layout that VW are famous for and on the road handling is sharp, engaging and quite a lot of fun. There’s plenty of technology on offer too, including an impressive eight inch touchscreen and loads of safety kit as standard, with autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist on each and every model. We’re expecting Volkswagen T-Roc leasing to prove extremely popular in 2018, follow the link below to find out more.
The smallest and newest addition to Audi’s fast expanding stable of SUVs is the Q2. Despite the car’s relatively diminutive size within the sector, its angular, upright frame gives the Q2 an imposing presence. This is arguably the most stylish crossover availalbe right now, it might not be a head turner but Audi’s entrant certainly looks the part. Inside is where the Q2 really excels though, the interior is spacious and beautifully put together with a genuinely premium feel that sets it apart from the competition. A selection of refined and capable engines deliver the sort of relaxed and smooth drive you’d expect from Audi, follow the link below to find out more about leasing this brilliant machine.
Skoda have nailed a niche for smart, composed design of late and the Karoq certainly follows suit. Taking the place of its predecessor, the slightly kooky Yeti, this car is a sensible choice that offers a great balance of practicality, comfort and value for money. The Karoq doesn’t stand out from the crowd but that’s not the aim for an understated form that puts function first. Whilst slightly less roomy than the Tiguan, with which it shares Volkswagen's MQB platform, this is still one of the more spacious vehicles on this list. And although it doesn’t offer the driving dynamics of some others, the ride is exceptionally refined and relaxed. A plentiful amount of standard kit completes this very tempting package.
Trust BMW to provide the sportiest candidate for your consideration. If you’re looking for a crossover to offer the best possible drive you’re in the right place with this Beemer, handling is a hoot and the level of agility is impressive. The all new X2 looks ready for the track with its sloping low coupe-style roof line, but don’t be fooled, this car provides plenty of practicality too- boot space is amongst the best available in this vehicle size. When it comes to the interior things are plush and polished with the sort of premium finish you’d expect, the X2 is truly stylish inside and out. A set of powerful and efficient diesel engines and some generous standard kit, including BMW’s intuitive 6.5 inch touchscreen infotainment system, complete an attractive package.
Citroen C3 Aircross
Citroen’s new small SUV used to be an MPV. The C3 Aircross has been given a sector-change to keep up with changing tastes, which have seen the popularity of crossover shapes soar whilst people carriers have lost market share. We love the quirky Gallic design of the C3 Aircross, it sports a bubbly body with real individuality and includes plenty of personalisation options to really make the car your own. On the road efficiency is the name of the game, there’s a 1.2 litre petrol with poke that return mpgs above 50 as well as a solid 1.6 diesel. The interior is practical if not inspiring, but compared to others on this list the C3 Aircross certainly offers one of the roomiest cabins around. Click the link to browse the C3 Aircross range and discover more.