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Autodealer’s top 10 compact crossover SUVs


Here at Autodealer we understand the market shift towards SUV-type vehicles and as such we have decided to compile a list of our ten favorite compact crossover SUV’s. Note than not all of these vehicles compete directly against one another however, what they do have in common is urban crossover styling, raised ride height and small capacity engines for better efficiency.

AUDI Q3 - The Q3 is a big seller for the four-ringed badge and with good reason. There’s that ergonomically perfected interior with great quality all around. The exterior exudes that premium look, which extends to the efficient and refined powertrains, which translates into a supple ride quality and effortless cruising.

BMW X1 - Perhaps one of the more premium compact SUVs around however, there’s no mistaking the fact that this Bavarian presents a solid package. With reasonable pricing, a high quality interior and a very strong engine and transmission line-up (not to mention the rock-solid BMW Motorplan), the X1 is certainly a great crossover.


CITROËN Cactus – We’re fresh from the launch of this unique new crossover model from the French marque. With keen pricing, a long list of standard features as well as a range of economical petrol engines, the Cactus is a solid choice in the segment for those wanting to stand out from the crowd.


FORD EcoSport - The EcoSport has been somewhat of a revelation for the brand, locally, with solid monthly sales that have no sign of slowing down. It offers a great package with more space than a traditional hatch, more exciting styling and that added ground clearance, while still maintaining compact dimensions, light kerb weight and therefore, efficiency.


MERCEDES-BENZ GLA - The GLA is one of the coolest cars that you’re likely to see on the road. That exterior just screams modern urban crossover, while inside, there’s the same high quality interior from the A-Class. There are also seriously impressive technological features available on this model, including the world’s most powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged series production engine in the 265kW/450Nm GLA45 AMG.


NISSAN Juke – Here’s another unique vehicle which recently went under the knife for a mid-life makeover. The result is an even more refined product that now has a range of engines from frugal small capacity diesel and petrol units to the sportier 1.6 turbo petrol. Couple this with the option of a CVT transmission and all-wheel-drive and you have a formidable crossover challenger.


OPEL Mokka - Another new entrant to the market is the Opel Mokka and in this product the consumer will find a more rugged looking contender. Opel is back in a big way and with products as strong as the Mokka it’s easy to see why. With that tried and tested 1.4-litre turbo petrol and a choice of either manual or automatic transmissions, the Mokka is everyone’s cuppa Java.


RENAULT Captur - This vehicle has been on our radar for some time and it will soon  be launched locally. It will certainly take the fight to the competition. The Captur features that unique French flair with a sculpted exterior and a thoroughly modern interior layout with infotainment being a high priority. Expect frugality too with a range of small capacity turbocharged engines.


SUZUKI SX4 - The new SX4 ushers in a new era of style and sophistication for the brand. There are both front and all-wheel-drive models on offer, which provide off-road ability. The interior is spacious and the layout simple, which makes this the ideal family car while still offering that kerb appeal that we all desire.


VOLKSWAGEN Tiguan - The baby Volkswagen SUV has been with us for some time now and is still just as good as it was the day it launched. The Tiguan traverses model segments with a degree of off-road ability, strong turbo petrol and diesel engines as well as fantastic resale value in the aftermarket.


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