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SUVs Starting Under $25K

The cheaper end of the SUV market is booming, with plenty of smaller options available that offer SUV practicality for the price of a small hatchback.

Best SUVs according to our experts

01.
Suzuki Ignis
From
$16,990
7/10
From
$16,990

Three months have come and gone, and it's now time to farewell the Suzuki Ignis GLX. As it turns out, the 'light SUV' is well suited to the urban jungle, although its overall performance is far from perfect.


02.
Renault Captur
From
$32,990
9/10
From
$32,990

What a surprise. Today's Renault Captur has matured from a patchy curio to a sophisticated small SUV capable of taking on all rivals. From its smart design and packaging to the quality interior and engineering, the Captur II combines comfort and agility with class, to challenge premium alternatives like the Mercedes GLA. The flagship RS Line is expensive, but it's also one of this segment's best.


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
From
$41,989
8.5/10
From
$41,989

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


05.
Mazda CX-3
From
$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.