Are you a fan of SUVs and crossovers, but the price of them makes you baulk? Many popular brands rarely sell an SUV costing less than £30,000 but if you’re willing to sacrifice a little size, it’s more than possible to buy a crossover for half that figure, or even less.
We’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite compact rough and ready vehicles for under £15,000. Don’t forget, you can put any of these cars in our car configurator to discover how much carwow could help you save.
10 – Fiat Panda 4×4
The Fiat Panda 4×4 is rare among these sub-£15k SUVs, because it offers some limited off-road ability. Taking the cheap and cheerful Panda as a starting point, the 4×4 raises the ride height, adds chunkier tyres, and features a four-wheel drive system – all in the name of helping it clamber through the rough stuff.
Not everybody will be interested in taking it off-road but, fortunately, it’s almost as much fun on smooth tarmac. The bigger tyres and beefier suspension result in a smoother ride than the standard Panda, while the usual perks – low running costs, funky interior and lots of charm – all remain.
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9 – Ford EcoSport
Anyone familiar with the Ford Fiesta will feel instantly at home inside the EcoSport, because the two share much of their interior design. Under the skin they share many components, too, including the platform and several engines.
While the Fiesta is generally accepted as one of the finest handling superminis on the market, the taller, heavier body means that the EcoSport never feels quite as enjoyable to drive. Nevertheless, the space on offer will be handy for families.
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8 – Suzuki SX4 S-Cross
If passenger space is a priority, the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross might just be the car to have on this list. Closer in size to a Nissan Qashqai than the more supermini-sized offerings here, there’s plenty of room inside, and the 430-litre boot is above average.
It’s fun to drive, too, and a £13,999 price tag buys a 1.6-litre petrol model with an 11.0-second 0-62mph time – which is competitive with the other options in this list.
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7 – Suzuki Vitara
Like the Fiat Panda, the Suzuki Vitara isn’t likely to gulp in fear if you point it towards the countryside – it’s fairly accomplished off-road. Even the cabin – which looks like it has been designed to last rather than be fashionable, hints at its rough-and-ready character.
It’s based on the sharp handling Swift supermini so the Vitara is surprisingly enjoyable on the road, too. Whether you choose the petrol or diesel engine (both 1.6-litre units) you’ll find them to be smooth and willing.
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6 – Vauxhall Adam Rocks
The Adam is Vauxhall’s answer to the likes of the Fiat 500, Mini and Alfa Romeo Mito. In Rocks trim, the ride height is raised by 15mm over the standard car, and chunky-looking plastic mouldings beef up the exterior styling.
While the range starts at just under £13,995, if you can stretch the budget to the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol, we’d strongly recommend it. It’s silky smooth, powerful, and potentially the most frugal choice.
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5 – Nissan Juke
The Nissan Juke was one of the first cars to really kick off the small crossover segment, and it remains one of the most popular choices to this day. On the road it feels much like any supermini to drive, but looks completely unique. Whether you like the styling or not, you could never mistake the Juke for anything else on the road.
The low price certainly hasn’t harmed its popularity, either. A shade under £14,000 will bag you a 1.6-litre petrol ‘Visia’ which features 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning and electric windows as standard.
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4 – Peugeot 2008
The Peugeot 2008 has a more conservative look than the funky Nissan Juke, which is likely to appeal more to some buyers. On the road, it’s one of the most comfortable and well-built competitors in the class, too.
The basic model is powered by a 81hp 1.2-litre petrol unit, which delivers adequate performance and returns an average of 57.6mpg. If you’d like a little extra space over a regular supermini, it might just be ideal – the interior and boot are bigger than in its 208 cousin, but there’s very little difference in price.
Find out how much you could save by speccing up a Peugeot 2008 in our car configurator.
3 – Citroen C4 Cactus
The Citroen C4 Cactus is a distinctive looking crossover that’s one of the most characterful cars on our list and also happens to be one of the cheapest. The cabin is modern and uncluttered, and touches like the ceiling-mounted passenger airbag – which frees up extra storage space in the dashboard – shows how much thought Citroen put into this mini crossover.
It’s light by class standards, too, so even the base 74hp 1.2-litre petrol can return 61.4mpg while having enough power for most buyers. It’s cheap to buy, cheap to run, and easy to drive.
See what reductions are offered by picking your perfect Citroen C4 Cactus in our car configurator.
2 – Dacia Duster
Did you ever think you’d be able to afford a brand new crossover for less than £10,000? How about one with impressive interior space, a boot that’s 25 per cent larger than the one in the back of a Volkswagen Golf, and lowly group 9 insurance?
The tiny price of the Dacia Duster makes itself apparent in places – the interior, for example, would have been criticised 10 years ago for looking and feeling a bit cheap – but it isn’t hard to forgive certain compromises when the car is this cheap. Stump up another £2,000 and Dacia adds four-wheel drive to turn the Duster into a capable off-roader.
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1 – Dacia Sandero Stepway
Taking the top two places in our list, it’s clear Dacia has the segment covered for value for money. Taking the regular Sandero supermini as a starting point, the Stepway adds 40mm to the ground clearance and sturdy-looking exterior trim to add a little SUV style. Like the Duster, it’s basic inside, but it has plenty of space for four and the boot is generous.
Less than £8,500 bags a Stepway powered by a Renault-sourced 0.9-litre turbocharged engine, with 89hp and the promise of 52.3mpg. Insurance groups are very low, too, so the Sandero Stepway really is one of the kindest new cars to the wallet.
See what discounts are available by picking your ideal Dacia Sandero Stepway in our car configurator.
Put any of the cars featured on this list in our car configurator to see how much carwow could help you save. Need more space? Check out our list of the best seven-seater SUVs on sale. For more options, head over to our deals page or, if you’re still struggling to pick what car you’d like, visit our car chooser.