CHoice means competition and competition is good for the customer, and never has that principle applied more than in the small SUV market.
With many competitors vying for attention in the dinky high-rider segment, brands are forced to be extremely competitive in terms of features, equipment and price. And this is good news for you.
There are more than 20 models in the small SUV class vying for your money, but we’re going to look at the group that’s the most affordable, starting with the least expensive.
MG ZS – $22,990
As China’s auto industry matures, the quality and quantity of products from the country have also increased.
MG — a brand that used to be as British as bulldogs and warm beer — has been turned into a subsidiary of Chinese megacorporation SAIC Automotive, and the most promising product since its Chinese-funded revival began. The MG ZS is a compact crossover.
Suzuki Agnes – $23,490
The Suzuki Ignis is one of the most affordable small SUVs in Australia, if you can call it that. While it may appear as a larger than usual hatchback, the Ignis is a boxy, retro take on the ‘light SUV’ and prices start at $23,490 (drive away).
Available only as front-wheel drive, it may not have much in terms of off-road capability, but the Ignis is an easy city-dweller and offers more head and leg room than you’d imagine. does.
Hyundai Venue – $24,990
Oddly enough, the Venue small SUV replaces the Accent in Hyundai’s local lineup, making it the brand’s most expensive car. Odd, because the Accent was a small sedan and nothing like the location.
The Hyundai Venue starts at $24,990 including on-road costs and while there are some faults, there is a lot to like about the Venue. Cheap and cheerful. You bet.
Mitsubishi ASX – $26,490
If we gave you the impression that the Mazda CX-3 is old – sorry – the Mitsubishi ASX is on another level. But since its introduction more than 10 years ago, it has consistently sold well thanks to its versatility, reliability and low cost.
The ASX’s range today starts at $26,490 (including ORCs) and was recently updated for the 15th time, but in its facial exterior it’s still essentially the same decade-old car.
Mazda CX-3 – $27,251
It might be a little long in the tooth, but the Mazda CX-3 can still trim it with the best of them. It’s consistently one of the most popular small cars on the market and even placed well in our small SUV Megatest – particularly impressive given its age.
Prices start at $27,251 before on-roads.
Haval Jolion – $28,490
China’s latest entry into the small SUV space is actually one of the most affordable small SUVs with turbocharged power and prices start at just under $30k.
For such a cheap option, there’s a respectable amount of standard kit but the quality isn’t up to that of its Japanese rivals, nor is the way it rides and handles.
Kia Seltos – $29,290
If Kia Seltos All things are not for all people, it is not for the will to try. The compact SUV market is booming and doesn’t seem to be stopping, but the Korean giant’s late entry has been well received.
The updated small SUV will also launch locally later this year with an upgraded version of the Seltos’ 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine, now mated to an eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission as well as new safety equipment and is upgraded. Cabin technology.
Prices start from $29390 including on-road.
Hyundai Kona – $29,490
Hyundai’s second in the small SUV segment is the $26,490 (including ORCs) Kona, which is a step up in size, specification and drivetrain from the niche small SUV.
which car The Kona is loved for its bold exterior styling and standard trim levels, though that good first impression is tarnished when you step inside to explore the rental car’s interior.
Suzuki Vitara – $31,990
The Suzuki Vitara has been a household name for over 30 years, and now represents a good, honest SUV that’s practical and comfortable without falling into the trap of trying to be too sporty.
But while it’s spacious and well-equipped, it feels built for its $31,990 (including ORCs) price tag and the absence of advanced driver assistance technology is archaic.
This is just the tip of the small SUV iceberg and there are many more if you have the budget.