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.

Our best small SUV picks

2015 Honda HR-V review | VTi, VTi-S and VTi-L first drive

What we like

  • Excellent balance of style and space
  • Quality drive experience

What we don't

  • Front seats lack thigh support
  • Rearward visibility in traffic

2015 Mazda CX-3 review | first drive video

What we like

  • Excellent balance of ride and handling
  • Plenty of poke from the 2.0-litre
  • Choice between 2WD/AWD, petrol/diesel, manual/auto, four trim levels

What we don't

  • Front parking sensors a $599 option on all grades
  • Rear legroom doesn't feel a match for the HR-V

2014 Nissan Qashqai review | first drive

What we like

  • Appealing design
  • Compact but practical
  • Quality feel

What we don't

  • No AWD option anymore
  • Ride suffers with 19-inch wheels on Ti and TL
  • Parking sensors still optional on ST and TS

2015 Suzuki Vitara review | first drive

What we like

  • Starting price
  • Capability off road
  • Taut ride for an SUV

What we don't

  • Hard textured interior plastics
  • Lower door panels feel flimsy
  • Needs a little turbo

Subaru XV 2.0i L CVT review

What we like

  • Plenty of grip
  • Dynamic design
  • Fuel efficient

What we don't

  • Noisy engine and transmission
  • Engine stop-start isn't smooth

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