The best affordable SUVs – the cinch
Best affordable SUV: Vauxhall Mokka
The Vauxhall Mokka is a top contender among affordable SUVs, combining versatility, style and all-important affordability.
It has a distinctive design with an attractive two-tone paint, which gives it a sporty character.
Since the Mokka was recently reintroduced, it features plenty of in-car technology and advanced connectivity options like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Compared to other electric SUVs, the Mokka-e is more affordable despite its impressive 200-mile range, but if that’s out of the question, we’d also recommend the powerful 1.2-litre petrol.
Suzuki Ignis – the smallest affordable SUV?
The Suzuki Ignis is one of the smallest crossovers you can get, and like the Fiat Panda 4×4, it has a real go-anywhere attitude.
In some configurations, the Ignis is three times lighter than a Range Rover, which helps it scramble over rough terrain with surprising ease.
Its very distinctive boxy design gives it a lot of character, and this character continues inside, where splashes of the exterior paint color appear, for example on the door panels.
Suzuki is known for making powerful, affordable cars, but the Ignis is still packed with plenty of kit, especially if you want the ALLGRIP 4×4 model, which is reserved for the top-spec SZ5 variants.
Affordable used SUV: Renault Captur
The Captur shares many parts with the popular Clio, and is an attractive option for those looking for an elevated driving position without having to have an unnecessarily large car. They provide good visibility in and around the city.
The Captur is a practical car with plenty of luggage capacity and generous interior space for passengers, plus wide-opening doors and ISOFIX points for young families.
Because it’s based on a very compact car, it benefits from a range of highly efficient petrol and hybrid settings, so it won’t cost as much to run as you might think.
Audi Q3 – Affordable SUV with the best interior?
The Audi Q3 is a vehicle that seamlessly blends practicality and luxury, offering a premium alternative to other small crossover makers.
It can also be more affordable than some other luxury models – like the BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA – especially if you’re looking at newer models.
It may be Audi’s second-smallest SUV in the brand’s Q series, but it’s packed with in-car technology like a large infotainment display and a digital driver display.
Since it’s a bit larger than some of the other SUVs on this list, it comes with a few more powerful engines, including a hybrid powertrain capable of going about 30 miles between charges.
Best affordable SUV in the UK: Ford EcoSport
The Ford EcoSport offers a great combination of practicality, versatile engines and well-equipped trim levels, and although it looks quite chunky, it’s still small enough to fit comfortably in a parking spot.
The pick of the range is a model with a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, badged ‘EcoBoost’, which is very powerful but should be able to get more than 40mpg, even in this SUV.
Ford no longer sells the EcoSport, but even used models get the brand’s capable and functional infotainment system. Look for newer versions with SYNC 3 for the best experience.
Citroen C4 Cactus – the best affordable four-wheel drive city car?
Although it’s technically a crossover, the C4 Cactus feels more like a raised hatchback, making it an excellent choice for around-town driving where compact dimensions really matter.
Since its launch, it has featured a lot of strange designs, including plastic body cladding that Citroën calls “Airbumps”.
They’re designed to absorb the impact from minor impacts, such as another car door opening into your home, which in turn reduces repair bills.
The oddity extends to the interior, where automatic models have a bench seat in front instead of two separate benches.
More broadly, the 1.2-litre petrol is a great choice, offering a balance between efficiency and performance.
Affordable Used SUV: Nissan Juke
The Nissan Juke is a compelling choice for those looking for a stylish, affordable crossover, and its attractive design continues to prove popular in the decade since its launch.
Its small size is an asset for urban driving, as the high seating position gives the driver good visibility without the car being too large to weave in and out of traffic.
However, there’s enough space for five people, and despite the elegantly sloping rear roofline, headroom is good for rear-seat passengers.
Fiat 500X – the most stylish and affordable SUV?
Fiat embodied the iconic design of the Fiat 500 in the 500X crossover model, which looks like an inflated version of the famous city car with an additional pair of rear doors.
Overall, the car adds a touch of exclusivity and elegance to the otherwise predictable SUV segment.
The interior is somewhat similar to the Fiat 500, featuring a touchscreen and plenty of easy-to-use physical controls against a backdrop of a piece of body-colored trim to remind you of the color of the car you’re driving.
Newer versions come with mild-hybrid assistance in the name of reducing emissions, but you’ll also be able to find Sport models with a smooth-shifting dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Best affordable SUV: Peugeot 2008
Although the Peugeot 2008 is less expensive than many other SUV options, it still contains plenty of Peugeot’s brand identity, such as the claw-like LED daytime running lights that are typical of all the French brand’s cars these days.
It shares a lot of parts with the Vauxhall Mokka, but its interior looks noticeably more premium. High-spec models come with a smart digital instrument cluster with a 3D effect.
You can get electric versions, badged e-2008, which opens the door to very low running costs, but the majority of buyers go for the more efficient 1.2-litre petrol.
Hyundai Kona – the most efficient and affordable SUV?
Hyundai recently introduced the second-generation Kona, but the first model is still one of the most efficient and affordable SUVs, especially in electric form, where it can travel up to 300 miles between charges (with the larger battery pack).
Plus, you can also get petrol, mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid options, or – if you want to push the boat out – a 280bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine. However, this is not very effective.
This being a Hyundai, everything is designed to an exceptionally high quality, and the standard kit is very good, leaving little need to hunt for a top-spec model.