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Small SUVs

The smaller end of the SUV market is growing rapidly, with plenty of cheaper compact SUV or mini SUV models available that offer SUV practicality for the price of a small hatch.

Best SUVs according to our experts

01.
Kia Seltos
From
$29,500
7/10
From
$29,500

The Kia Seltos Sport+ is as good‑looking as ever and offers families who might be tight on space, an affordable small SUV. The features list has been expanded to keep up with the market, but is it enough to satisfy?


02.
Toyota C-HR
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$29,990
7.6/10
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$29,990

As manufacturers scramble to fill an emerging hot SUV niche, Toyota's first effort is predictably conservative.


03.
Hyundai Kona
From
$32,000
7.4/10
From
$32,000

You can have your Hyundai Kona in a Baskin Robbins‑rivalling number of powertrains, but there's a chance this all‑electric version might be the pick of the bunch.Why? Because the last‑generation Kona Electric was one our favourite unsung‑hero EVs, and Hyundai's top brass reckons this new one only improves the formula.But are they right? We put the 2024 Kona Electric to the test to find out.


04.
Honda HR-V
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$31,130
8.5/10
From
$31,130

We wrap up our time with the Honda HR‑V and decide if it's worth its asking price.


05.
Mazda CX-3
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$26,950
7.4/10
From
$26,950

The 'light' SUV segment is one of the most hotly contested in the Australian new‑car market and the Mazda CX‑3 leads it in sales by a country mile. But heading into its ninth year, is this evergreen performer still ahead of the ravenous pack? We spent a week with the mid‑spec Evolve model to try and find out.