Everywhere you look these days you will see crossover cars - it’s one of the biggest trends to watch out for over the past few years. Small SUVs that often won’t come with four-wheel drive offer space, safety, and great driving for all. But, what are the best crossover vehicles out there right now? We’re going to take a closer look and reveal five of the best that will give you more bang for your buck.
If you want the perfect example of how strong the crossover market is, then it is the Audi Q3. Audi tends to stick to the premium car market, but they have been tempted into crossover territory with the Q3. And, it is a great option for anyone looking for their first crossover experience. There’s a range of engine options, from a 1.4-litre turbocharged through to a diesel 2.0 with tuning. The most efficient is the diesel option, which can get you up to 63 mpg on a good day. Prices start from around £26,000 new - but you will find plenty pre-owned for a much lower price.
Crossovers may be popular, but they are still too big for some drivers. The Mazda CX-3 seems to fill the gap between small car and crossover - and it has a lot of appeals. It’s sporty, slim, and low, with various engine options. You can expect to pay upwards of £17,500 when buying new. It’s not cheap - and it doesn’t offer a lot of space. For some, this fact might put them off, and it’s easy to see why. After all, what’s the point of a crossover if it doesn’t give you the space you need? Well, the CX-3 is zippy, efficient, and it looks awesome - which is why it has made it to our top 5.
The C4 Cactus is another love it or hate it car - but in our eyes, it’s a beauty. It wasn’t long ago that Citroen had a negative reputation with car buyers, but things are changing. And, the Cactus is one of the many brilliant cars that have arrived from the Citroen stable. It’s funky, spacious, and moves faster than you would give it credit for. It also boasts a 65.7 mpg fuel economy. Entry level models start at £12,500 - but they are cropping up more frequently at your local used cars lot. It’s a cheap and great value way to get started in the crossover world.
The Duster is another budget option for those looking for more space from their wheels. While its looks are far from compelling, it’s not a bad little motor for practical purposes - and is ideal for those with younger families. Go for the front-wheel drive option if you want to save a bit more cash - prices for a brand new model start from under £10K.
The Qashqai is a growing presence on British roads - and it’s no surprise. It’s probably the first crossover car to hit the mainstream and comes equipped with many excellent features. It’s economical in diesel and petrol and has surprisingly high standards in the interior. Every model comes with a display screen, too - and driver assistance programmes. It’s a little more expensive than the budget models on our list - but it does offer incredible value.
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