More than ever, small SUVs are finding themselves on the shopping list of Australians. The perceived safety and tough appearance combines with urbane style and the latest infotainment technology. This is because automakers are putting their best foot forward with sharp entrants to get as much of the pie as possible
Australians are buying more premium small SUVs than ever, also making it one of the growth segments to watch in 2020. There are more premium best new small SUVs on the market than ever, as luxury car marques seek to capitalise on the emerging trend of new small SUV.
Strong sales are buoyed by the recent renewal of the Audi Q3 plus the arrival of the Lexus UX and Jaguar E-Pace. Let’s explore some of the best new and upcoming best new small SUV, whatever your budget.
2020 Alfa Romeo Tonale, B-UV
Not yet comfirned for Australia, but spotted in production-guise recently the 2020 Alfa Romeo Tonale will spice up the small SUV segment. Set to go toe-to-toe with the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Audi Q3 and Jaguar E-Pace, the Tonale will bring a unique Italian flavour to the genre.
Now that the merger of Fiat Chrysler and PSA has been green-lit, the planned ‘B-UV’ micro-SUV is likely to share a platform with the Peugeot 2008 and Citroen DS 3 Crossback. It is expected to debut this year, before going on sale in 2022.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
The second-generation of Mercedes-Benz’s wildly successful GLA will land on our shores in the latter half of 2020. To distinguish it from the outgoing model, the new car is more than an A-Class on stilts. More distinct body styling and headroom than before means this will be a very competitive and polished Benz. It will also form the basis for the EQA electric SUV.
2020 Peugeot 2008
Peugeot’s second-generation 2008 lobs here later this year, taking a lot of the design features of the 208 and morphing them into an adventurous SUV style.
The cutting-edge styling is backed by a state-of-the-art safety arsenal, efficient, turbocharged engines and an electric version might even be on the cards.
2020 Mazda CX-30
Mazda’s CX-30 bridges the gap between two very successful cars — the CX-3 and CX-5 – while also bringing the fourth-gen Mazda3’s sophistication to an SUV format. With up to 139kW and 252Nm and a level of precise craftsmanship that eludes its rivals, the CX-30 is a highly accomplished piece of engineering that is destined for greatness.
2020 Nissan Juke
It’s hard to believe the first-gen Nissan Juke is over ten years old. It made such a splash that imitators such as the Toyota CH-R and Hyundai Kona have sprung up as bold and style-focused rivals.
Now it’s time for a new generation of Juke, with fresher and more grown-up styling, a lovelier interior and increased dimensions for more space. Vibrant trim options make the most of the new interior design while Nissan’s Pro Pilot driver assistance tech will make an appealing option on higher-spec models of this new small SUV.
2021 Jeep A-segment
Like the aforementioned Alfa Romeo B-segment SUV, Jeep is developing a sub-Renegade baby model primarily aimed at European customers. As Jeep is under the Fiat Chrysler Auto umbrella, PSA’s small car platforms are a likely candidate for this new car. Electrification and hybrid models are all but guaranteed for this tiny little tyke. Look out, Suzuki Jimny.
A-segment SUVs have also found great popularity in emerging markets such as India, where the Renault Kwid and Suzuki S-Presso dominate the market.
2021 Toyota Yaris Cross
Toyota’s all-new Yaris is a car with a lot of promise in itself, presenting a very sound basis for a crossover variant. The Toyota Yaris Cross injects just the right dose of RAV4 for a very rugged looking small car that just appears to work.
A state-of-the-art chassis, AWD hybrid drivetrains and versatility will be core ingredients and it would take a brave person to bet againt it being a runaway hit.
2020 Renault Kadjar
Just as the Renault Koleos is the French companion to the Nissan X-Trail, so too is the Renault Kadjar a Nissan Qashqai with a je ne sais quoi. As Renault is a more premium manufacturer than Nissan, the interior is distinctively European with premium styling to reflect its more upscale positioning. Safety, infotainment and material quality are all top-notch. The Kadjar starts from $29,990 before on-road costs.
2020 Ford Puma
Does anyone remember the Ford Puma coupe from the 1990s? It was a cute, sporty little terrier that won the hearts and minds of journalists. Well it’s back, but now it is an SUV. A very sporty and dynamically-focused one, mind you but an SUV nonetheless. The Puma offers lots of practicality and style as it is derived from the Fiesta supermini. Look out for an ST version soon, which is being sharpened on the Nurburgring as we speak.
2020 Hyundai Kona N
When Hyundai announced they were taking on the Golf GTI and Focus ST with the i30 N, they didn’t hold anything back and created a genuinely well-sorted car loved by many. That formula will be distilled into a compact SUV form soon with the arrival of the Kona N. Expect the same 202kW drivetrain as its i30 sibling.
If you want something a bit smaller and more accessible, the Venue might be more your thing.