Best SUVs and crossovers from 2020

As the SUV trend continues into the 2020s, here are the best SUVs and crossovers introduced at the turn of the decade

James Wilson
Jan 21, 2022

Many of the models that arrived in 2020 were SUVs and crossovers, among them were some exciting new models like the Cupra Formentor and improvements to existing favourites like the Peugeot 2008.

Where some petrolheads may once have looked on in contempt, there might now be some source of temptation as the rise of the SUV shows no sign of abating. With brands like Aston Martin now getting involved, there's little you can do to avoid these high-rise utility machines.

We've picked out 13 exciting new SUVs from 2020 that are worth a look, whether you're buying new in 2022 or used from the 24002 cars listed on BuyaCar.

Best new SUVs and crossovers for 2020

1. Aston Martin DBX

Aston Martin DBX list price from £158,000*

Following in the wakes of other luxury carmakers like Bentley and Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin has released its very own SUV. Not only is it the company's first SUV, but it's the first car in its lineup with four-wheel drive.

It's not something you would have expected to see many years ago, but this is a sign of the times, and every car manufacturer that wants to sell more cars has understood that SUVs are the answer - we're not convinced that price tag is conducive to increased sales, though.

Under the bonnet, the DBX is powered by a 4.0-litre V8 engine producing 550hp and 700Nm of torque. Expect the best materials inside, too (a leather-trimmed Aston Martin baby seat is available). The boot can be lowered to help dogs get in and out, if you're willing for them to get into such an expensive car in the first place.

2. Audi Q5

Used deals from £39,835
Monthly finance from £724*

This was a minor update for the Audi Q5, which involved changing the front and rear bumpers, updating the side skirts and tweaking the grille at the front of the car.

There's a pair of engines, both of which are only available with automatic gearboxes and four-wheel drive. The 204hp 2.0-litre '40 TDI' diesel promises almost 45mpg, while the 265hp 2.0-litre '45 TFSI' petrol only manages around 30mpg. Both use mild hybrid technology to reduce the strain on the engine and improve real-world efficiency, but those looking to reduce their bills even more should consider the Q5 TFSI e. There are 299hp and 367hp versions of this plug-in hybrid model, both using a 2.0-litre petrol engine. Charge them regularly and Audi reckons you could get 166mpg.

3. Audi RS Q3 and Audi RS Q3 Sportback

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In Audi-speak, Sportback translates to coupe-esque styling, meaning the RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback are fundamentally the same car underneath the bodywork, but the latter comes with a more rakish rear roofline and therefore a bit less headroom in the back seats and a slightly smaller boot.

Both models are powered by a 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder (as found in the RS 3 hatchback) and produce 400hp – helping make a 0 to 62mph sprint possible in just 4.5 seconds. To ensure these performance models will perform no matter what the weather, all come with Quattro four-wheel-drive.

4. Cupra Formentor

Used deals from £26,740
Monthly finance from £553*

After modifying versions of the Seat Leon and Seat Ateca, the Formentor is Cupra's first standalone car. Up until now, the Seat subsidiary has only offered models that were derived from its parent brand.

The Cupra Formentor is a coupe-like SUV, which means it gets a sloping rear roofline. You get a choice of engines borrowed from the rest of the Volkswagen group (to which Cupra belongs), including a 150hp 1.5-litre petrol engine, 190hp and 245hp versions of a 2.0-litre petrol engine, and a pair of plug-in hybrids with 204hp or 245hp.

5. Ford Kuga

Ford Kuga

Used deals from £24,361
Monthly finance from £608*

This third-generation model is wider and longer than the model it replaced. It also introduced a new plug-in hybrid option, alongside some efficient petrols. A pair of diesels was offered - one of which with mild hybrid assistance - but both have been discontinued as drivers step away from diesel power.

While the new Kuga’s exterior styling is a world away from the model it replaces, its interior will be familiar to anyone who has looked inside one of Ford’s latest cars (think Fiesta and Focus). Furthermore, Ford is looking set to offer the next-generation Kuga in a choice of three specifications (Titanium, ST-Line and Vignale) which, if Ford’s current models are anything to go by, means all Kugas will come well specced.

6. Ford Puma

Used deals from £16,249
Monthly finance from £292*

For those not old enough to remember the original Ford Puma it was a rather funky-looking sporty coupe. Today though, the Puma name is being revived and stuck on to a small SUV which will go up against the likes of the Nissan Juke and Peugeot 2008.

Equipment is plentiful (especially considering the price point) with massaging front seats, heated steering wheel and adaptive cruise control all available (at a cost). Some of the 'EcoBoost' turbocharged petrols are mild hybrids, too, so drivers should be able to spend less time at the pump.

7. Jaguar F-Pace

Used deals from £47,900
Monthly finance from £762*

The Jaguar F-Pace launched in 2020 was an updated and consolidated model rather than an all-new version. While this doesn’t sound particularly exciting, it really was. On the outside, styling was refreshed with new lights, bumpers and side skirts. The biggest changes were inside and under the bonnet, though.

Inside, it resembles the electric Jaguar I-Pace SUV more closely than before, with large touchscreens and a slick new steering wheel. Under the bonnet petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains are available.

8. Mercedes GLA

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The Mercedes GLA is based on the A-Class, so when a new A-Class came along in 2018 we knew a GLA was soon to follow. This second-generation GLA was totally redesigned - it resembles an SUV unlike the older model that was more of a high-riding hatchback.

Buyers can expect Mercedes’ impressive 'MBUX' media and sat-nav system, plus a range of updated engines. The GLA uses the same '250e' plug-in hybrid setup as the A-Class and CLA. It uses a small 1.3-litre petrol engine, but feels rather quick thanks to the powerful electric motor. Charge regularly and drive lightly, and you could see figures as high as 200mpg.

9. Mercedes GLE Coupe

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Mercedes recently took the wraps off its second-generation GLE Coupe, which largely follows the same mould as the model it replaces. As a result, it sacrifices some practicality in the name of slightly-sportier styling compared to the regular GLE.

Unless you're after the petrol-powered performance-orientated GLE 53 Coupe or GLE 63 S Coupe, you'll have to resort to diesel power. The GLE 400d Coupe promises around 34mpg, but over 300mpg could be possible from the GLE 350de Coupe plug-in hybrid if you're able to charge between uses.

Technology is one of the GLE Coupe’s strong points, with Mercedes’ latest MBUX media and sat-nav system present, plus optional equipment such as air suspension will be available.

10. MG HS

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Initially, all models were offered with a 1.5-litre petrol engine. Later, MG introduced a plug-in hybrid version of that engine, which is capable of around 150mpg.

The MG HS’ biggest selling point is its bang for buck rating, meaning it undercuts rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai by quite some margin. Range-topping models come with leather seats, LED headlights and a panoramic sunroof (amongst other things).

11. Peugeot 2008

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The Peugeot 3008 and 5008 SUVs have been hugely successful – helping reinvigorate the French brand in the eyes of buyers. The 2008 completed the company's SUV lineup, bringing with it a range of 1.2-litre petrol engines and an all-electric version - the e-2008. Diesel versions are less common, but are available on the used market.

Inside there is a collection of screens and funky styling, which help give the Peugeot an upmarket appearance. There is, of course, Peugeot’s i-Cockpit design present, which revolves around a rather dinky steering wheel. It may be worth test driving this, or another Peugeot, to see if you get on with the slightly strange setup.

12. Renault Captur

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In a bid to keep buyers attracted to its Captur SUV (and away from rivals such as the Seat Arona and Mazda CX-3) Renault renewed its small crossover in 2020. While the exterior design is still unequivocally Captur, it has been brought much more in tune with other new Renaults thanks to LED headlights and sharper body lines.

Thanks to various engineering changes, Renault was able to offer a plug-in hybrid model, badged E-Tech. It has since introduced a less powerful self-charging hybrid for those looking to keep costs down.

Also on offer are three petrol and two diesel engines of which the higher power units are available with automatic and manual gearboxes. Inside, major changes give the Captur a much more upmarket design (compared to the old model) – helped by a 9.3-inch portrait display which is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.

13. Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet

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Before VW T-Roc Cabriolet was announced, the German car manufacturer was looking like it was going to have a convertible-less model range. Irrespective of whether or not buyers have flocked to the drop-top T-Roc, it will at least have the market pretty much to itself as only the only other convertible SUV currently available is the now discontinued Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

The electric-folding fabric roof removes some of the strucural rigidity over regular T-Roc models, so to strengthen the body VW’s engineers have added a number of crossbeams. 

*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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