Best crossover cars on sale in 2022

By taking the best bits of other vehicles, crossovers may be the ultimate family car: the best compact and large crossover cars

BuyaCar team
Mar 16, 2022

A crossover may sound like a dance that would get the judges on Strictly reaching for their scorecards but it is actually one of the most popular cars on Britain’s roads. The name comes from the fact they cross the boundaries between a family car, hatchback, tall SUV and even a good old-fashioned 4x4. In other words, a crossover is a mash-up of (most of) the good bits that drivers find appealing about cars.

Another influence behind their popularity is affordability. They are broadly comparable in price to a hatchback, meaning some crossovers can be bought for as little as £15,000 when new, and many hover around the £20,000 mark.

This means you're ever far away from a good deal on the crossover market, especially if you take a look at the used car section. We have some very desirable crossovers available right now, from the ever-popular Kia Sportage to the spacious and utilitarian Jeep Cherokee.

With so much choice in showrooms, however, knowing which is the best crossover to meet a driver’s needs can take some detective work. So whether you want style, cabin space, a fun driving experience or the chance to personalise your car like a custom pair of Nike trainers, start with these ten best crossovers - we've divided them into small crossovers - with slightly more space than a Ford Fiesta - and large crossovers, which are a bit bigger than a Ford Focus hatchback.

Best compact crossovers

1. Citroen C3 Aircross

Best small crossover car for economical motoring

Our pick Citroen Aircross 1.2 PureTech 110 Shine
Used deals from £10,350
Monthly finance from £160*

Remember snowpocalypse and the Beast from the East? Jeremy Clarkson was due to fly off on holiday, the day the snowstorms blanketed parts of Britain.

A local farmer told him to forget it: “You’re not going anywhere.” So Clarkson duly buckled up in a Citroen C3 Aircross, fiddled about with the ‘Grip Control’ system and set off with bags packed with swimming trunks. Much to the astonishment of all the ‘off-roading enthusiasts’ he encountered along the way, Clarkson made it through the snow and caught his flight to somewhere considerably warmer.

So it’s a tough little cookie, the C3 Aircross. It’s also funky to look at and the diesel versions are capable of up to 70 miles to the gallon, according to lab-based tests.


2. Volkswagen T-Cross

Best crossover car for a big-car feel

Our pick Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI 115 SE
Used deals from £14,450
Monthly finance from £215*

The T-Cross is the smallest of Volkswagen’s crossover range. Volkswagen itself describes it as an “urban SUV”, so don’t expect four-wheel drive.

The good news is that underneath, it’s much the same as the excellent Volkswagen Polo. But on top, it’s around six inches taller and an inch longer.

At the moment only petrol engines are on offer, though that shouldn’t put people off as both on offer have enough power to haul the small T-Cross around.


3. Kia Stonic

Best small crossover car for a long warranty

Our pick Kia Stonic 1.0 T-GDi 3
Used deals from £12,195
Monthly finance from £197*

The Stonic might be the smallest crossover or SUV in Kia’s range, but it still comes with that magic ingredient that attracts so many drivers to Kia showrooms: a seven-year warranty. That’s great news for private buyers who might want to keep their car for longer than the average three years, but what of the rest of the Stonic package?

It feels well-made and the touchscreen system to control features including the audio, smartphone integration and navigation is one of the better units. In the front, there’s a comfortable driving position and plenty of space, but in the back, like many of these cars, it’s best suited to two passengers.


4. Mazda CX-3

Best crossover car for enjoying the drive

Our pick Mazda CX-3 2.0 Skyactiv-G Sport Nav
Used deals from £11,690
Monthly finance from £167*

The CX-3 is a good-looking thing, but if you like the way the Mazda looks, wait until you drive it: this is one of the few crossovers that feels faintly fun to steer along a nice stretch of winding road.

That’s partly because the car it is based on, the smaller Mazda 2 – a supermini that competes with the Ford Fiesta – is such a good starting point, and partly because Mazda’s engineers pride themselves in trying to connect man and machine.

There’s quite a lot more interior space and luggage capacity in the boot than a Mazda 2, and the car is more quiet and comfortable, thanks in part to the more generous suspension travel. Drivers can also pay more for four-wheel drive, which may be useful for a small band of motorists who face steep hills or rough tracks in the winter.


5. Audi Q2

Best crossover car for premium interiors

Our pick Audi Q2 35 TFSI S line S tronic
Used deals from £21,800
Monthly finance from £327*

The Q2 is a cut above the rest of the small crossovers on this list in terms of style and technology - but only if your pockets are deep enough. Prices start from around £24,000 which makes it one of the most expensive cars on this list, but used examples start at £15,200 on BuyaCar, while there are even savings to be had on nearly new examples.

Inside is where you feel the extra money. The plastics are of better quality and the controls have a weight and a precision you’ll struggle to find elsewhere. Optional hi-tech features include Audi Connect, which puts the car online so it can stream music, and a virtual cockpit. This is a screen behind the steering wheel that can display a giant sat-nav map alongside a digital speedometer.

In the back, there’s good leg and headroom, plus the boot, at 405-litres, is bigger than the one found in the A3 family car.


6. Hyundai Kona Electric

Best crossover car for saving the planet

Our pick Hyundai Kona 64kWh Premium
Used deals Limited stock

The Audi above might be filled with cutting edge software, but the Hyundai Kona is the one with the more high-tech hardware.

It’s an electric vehicle, and with the largest battery (64kWh) installed, the Kona should manage 279 miles, even in real-world conditions. This is more than any of its rivals, and even more than a considerably more expensive option from Audi, called the e-tron.

Elsewhere, while it’s hardly Tesla quick, it’s brisk enough for most people’s wants. And there’s enough room in the back even for six-foot adults.


Best large crossovers

1. Peugeot 3008

Best crossover car for a smooth ride

Our pick Peugeot 3008 1.2 PureTech 130 GT Line
Used deals from £22,195
Monthly finance from £319*

The previous Peugeot 3008 looked as curious as a porpoise and, dare we say it, that probably deterred plenty of buyers. This new second-generation model is much more like it, with a style that is not just all of its own but also easy to warm to.

Inside, a modern environment envelops the driver, with a starship fighter feeling that you’ll either like or dislike. We happen to like it, and are glad that Peugeot has kept some buttons for just about enough convenience features so that you don’t spend all your time with your eyes on the touchscreen trying to navigate menu upon menu.

The surprise is how well-made the 3008 feels. It’s a cut above most of its competitors. And it still delivers in terms of comfort for four or five people, plus a large boot that will hold pushchairs, scooters, shopping and plenty more.

Compared to a sporty Mini, Peugeot has set out to achieve a smooth drive, and succeeded. The suspension is remarkably supple and the roadholding is stable and secure. And the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol is something of a wee gem.


2. Skoda Karoq

Best crossover car for all-round sensible performance

Our pick Skoda Karoq 1.5 TSI 150 SE L DSG
Used deals from £16,995
Monthly finance from £263*

For proof that Skoda has grown up, look no further than its crossovers and SUVs. The family cars do away with quirky names like Yeti and Roomster and also shake off the oddball styling. Now they are more like Russian dolls, with creases in the same places and similar-looking interiors.

But that’s no bad thing. Because they’re fundamentally good cars. The Karoq shares many of its bits and pieces with the Volkswagen Tiguan, including the excellent 1.5-litre petrol engine, which has more pulling power low in the rev range than a diesel, yet sounds much nicer in day-to-day driving.

The interior is surprisingly spacious, there are Skoda’s trademark clever touches – we like the USB charging points, for front and rear passengers, and the waste bin that can be attached to any of the door pockets – and refinement at main road speeds is impressive.


3. Mini Countryman

Best crossover car for a cheeky drive with a cool vibe

Our pick Mini Countryman Cooper S E ALL4
Used deals from £22,491
Monthly finance from £405*

Once upon a time, Minis were perfect for nipping through traffic and slotting first time into a parking space. Yet here’s a Mini that towers over traffic and does the parking for you. This second-generation Countryman has grown over its immediate predecessor too. Not just a little bit; it’s positively ballooned.

However, that’s no bad thing. Because there’s a lot more space for a growing family and a plusher feel - combined with the same signature cheeky drive and cool vibe.

No other crossover comes close to matching the agile feeling that the Countryman gives the driver. By the way, four-wheel drive is available as an option. And nothing else can be personalised to quite the extent that a Mini can. If you’re after a car that you can make your own, look no further than the big Mini.


4. Nissan Qashqai

Best crossover car for comfort and quietness

Nissan Qashqai

Our pick Nissan Qashqai N-Connecta 1.2 DIG-T
Used deals from £10,500
Monthly finance from £202*

About 15 years ago, Nissan peered into its crystal ball and tried to predict the future. We don’t know whether the Japanese company’s designers and engineers have healing hands, can read Tarot cards or are wise to the ways of tea leaves in the bottom of a china cup, but somehow they successfully saw that drivers would grow tired of hatchbacks, saloons and estates and crave something different.

In response, Nissan created the Qashqai, and the rest is history. It’s one of Britain's best selling cars - the comfort blanket of the family car market - and offers plenty of space and a hushed interior, which makes it pleasing to live with.

Choose the engine carefully, though. The lower-powered 1.5 dCi engine feels underpowered in this car, especially when loaded up with people. And if you need four-wheel drive, check the Qashqai’s price against rival models, as it is quite pricey. A new model was introduced in 2021, as was the option of mild hybrid power.


6. Volkswagen T-Roc

Best crossover car for a big-car feel

Our pick Volkswagen T-Roc 1.5 TSI 150 R-Line DSG
Used deals from £23,500
Monthly finance from £345*

Here’s a crossover that pulls off a clever trick, by feeling larger and more grown-up than other models in its class. Volkswagen has not only given the T-Roc a look that stands out of the crowd, but they have also managed to inject some maturity into the relatively new model.

It means that drivers looking for a great all-round performer should put the T-Roc at the top of their test drive list. That’s especially true with the larger, 1.5-litre petrol engine, which is quite new to the VW Group and is impressive in all areas.

You could quite happily pile in a family of four, plus luggage, and head for the unspoilt beaches of Anglesey or bright lights of Blackpool without emerging tetchy at the end of the journey.


6. Volvo XC40

Best crossover car for safety

Volvo XC40 front three quarters view

Our pick Volvo XC40 T3 R-Design automatic
Used deals from £25,000
Monthly finance from £382*

The smallest of the Volvo SUV range, the XC40 follows the design ethos of the larger XC60 and XC90 models. So it looks bold while maintaining a small footprint. This makes it easy to thread through tight traffic, and easy to park, as well as economical - expect the T3 petrol models to get around 40mpg.

Volvos are traditionally known for their safety features, and the XC40 is no exception. Airbags and strong crash structures are a given with Volvo. And the XC40 can detect potential frontal collisions with other cars, pedestrians, cyclists and large animals - like horses too.


*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

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