2017 has surely been the year of the compact crossover. The last twelve months has seen a glut of new vehicles added to an already crowded sector, with manufacturers scrambling to match increasing demand for rangier runarounds with higher driving positions. If you're looking for a small SUV you can call your own too, these are our favourites.
KIA's new crossover is a little sibling for the Sportage, and just as that vehicle found its name by combining the words Sport and Portage, the Stonic brings together Sport with Tonic. Bizarre naming conventions aside, the KIA Stonic has plenty to offer in an increasingly competitive market. Aside from the car's undeniably dapper looks, you'll get a 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard and loads of customisation options to personalise your vehicle. On the road the Stonic impresses too, with smart handling and solid choice of engines. Take a look at our KIA Stonic lease deals if you're looking for a great value in a mini SUV.
Skoda's outgoing Yeti was a bit of a trailblazer in the compact crossover market. The vehicle charmed us with its unconventional looks and showcased the potential appeal of smaller SUVs- to replace it we have the slightly larger Karoq. Styled more soberly and with added practicality we're expecting this Skoda to prove even more popular than the Yeti, not least as it's one of the most spacious in the sector and comes with a generous gadget list. Plus because the Karoq is based on Volkswagen's MQB platform, which underpins vehicles ranging from the SEAT Ibiza through to the all new VW T-Roc, you can rest assured this car comes with solid build and ride quality.
There's only one car to pick right now if you want to turn heads, Toyota's striking C-HR. Swooping lines and curves cover the body of this cool compact crossover, but it doesn't just look futuristic, this car is packed full of top tech too. The same revolutionary hybrid platform that powers the Prius ensures this is one of the cheapest cars to run in its class, making it a great pick for company car drivers. Despite the C-HR's frame and drivetrain, a low centre of gravity makes it remarkably engaging to drive. Add to all that a rather swish interior with funky flashes of colour and a premium feel, and it's easy to see why Toyota C-HR leasing is proving so popular.
It's hard to ignore SEAT right now, they're making some genuinely great cars. The latest Ibiza and Leon are the best iterations yet, with close to class-leading capabilities, then the all new Ateca is arguably the best family car on the road right now. The Arona will sit just below the Ateca in SEAT's model hierarchy and the Spanish manufacturer will be hoping it can replicate some of the success of its bigger brother. First signs are pretty good, this car offers loads of standard equipment, even the base model includes a connected colour touchscreen and 17 inch alloys, plus a solid choice of economical engines mean you won't be forking out a fortune at the pump either.
Brand new from Volkswagen comes the T-Roc. This stunning small SUV is a lankier version of the marque's best selling vehicle of all time, the Golf, and we're expecting it to be a big hit. Within a raft of recent compact crossovers the T-Roc is undoubtedly one of the best looking and there are loads of personalisation options to make it yours too. This VW isn't just a pretty face either, it's great fun behind the wheel, offering one of the most engaging drives in this sector. Practicality-wise the T-Roc is more spacious than the Golf, so should have plenty of room for most families, and engine options offer performance and decent fuel economy too. Drop us a line today to find out more about Volkswagen T-Roc leasing.
Audi's entrant to the small SUV stakes is another member for their fast expanding Q clan of cars. The Q2 brings to the table all the traits you'd expect from that famous four ringed badge- stylish design, a beautifully refined ride and the most impeccable interior around. Practicality is impressive too, there's plenty of room in the back seats and the boot for lugging, loading and ferrying growing families. There's plenty of safety kit too, all models get Audi’s Pre Sense system, which includes autonomous emergency braking and seatbelt pre-tensioners. The infotainment system comes with a touchscreen as standard and the option to upgrade to Audi's brilliant 12.3 inch virtual cockpit.