Best Small SUVs
Small SUVs are the perfect combination of practicality and style. If you're looking for a reliable yet stylish set of wheels, then WhichCar has you covered. We've compiled a comprehensive list of the best small SUVs for sale in Australia.
The Volkswagen T-Roc is a relative newcomer to the small SUV segment, yet it has quickly established itself as one of the best contenders in its class.
First launched in Australia in 2020, the T-Roc’s key attributes include handsome styling, sporty handling, and a broad mix of engines despite a relatively simple three-tier model range.
Toyota Corolla Cross
The Toyota Corolla Cross is a crossover set to bring SUV practicality to the brand’s most popular passenger car.
The Kia Seltos small SUV arrived in 2019 to fill a notable hole in the company’s otherwise diverse line-up.
Despite its crossover-like appearance, the model offers a combination of generous boot and cabin space, coupled with 1.6-litre turbo power and all-wheel drive at the pointy end of the range.
Small SUV Reviews
2023 Toyota Yaris Cross review: Full range detailed
The Toyota Yaris Cross is the brand’s smallest SUV and, although expensive, it’s efficient, compact, and likable.
2023 Mazda CX-3 Review: Full range detailed
Learn more about the reduced Mazda CX-3 small-SUV range including price, interior, boot space, safety assists and performance.
2023 MG ZS, ZST, EV review: Full range detailed
Everything you need to know about the MG ZS range, one of Australia's most affordable cars in both its petrol and electric forms. It's popular, too.
2023 Volkswagen T-Roc Style: Quick Review
The lowdown on the most affordable version (for now) of Volkswagen's Golf-based T-Roc small SUV
2023 Mitsubishi ASX review: Full range detailed
2023 Volkswagen T-Roc R-Line: Quick Review
2023 Mitsubishi ASX ES Quick Review
2023 Subaru Crosstrek (XV) review: First Australian drive
Small SUV Comparisons
MG 4 v ZS EV comparison: Budget electric cars, spec to spec
Which attainable Chinese-made electric MG’s fare better? The MG 4 seems like a no-brainer at first glance, but on paper, it’s not too dissimilar from the ZS EV.
2023 Hyundai Kona EV vs Kia Niro EV comparison review
Korea’s leading brands both offer electric cars for around $60-65K but should you choose Hyundai or Kia?
Best Electric Cars Under $65k: Cheapest EVs Rated
Welcome to part one of three price-based EV buying guides, this one focused on the most affordable electric cars available in Australia today
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs BMW X1 spec comparison
Mercedes-Benz’s facelifted GLA has a second chance to knock the BMW X1 off its perch – how do the two stack up against one another on paper?
2022 Toyota Corolla Cross vs rivals: spec comparison
Small SUV News
Mitsubishi Australia to evaluate new small SUV, as ASX ‘stalwart’ continues for now
Mitsubishi’s new unnamed small SUV – based on the XFC concept – will debut next month, as the enduring ASX looks set to continue in Australia
Australia's most fuel-efficient cars in 2023: Petrol, diesel and hybrid
Here's every car without a plug, on sale now, that sips five litres per 100km – or less
2024 Cupra Formentor, Leon and Ateca pricing: New tech added
Cupra has announced tech updates for its Formentor, Leon and Ateca with matching price rises of up to $2000
2024 BMW X1 M35i revealed as sporty compact SUV flagship
First ever M version of BMW's compact luxury SUV brings 233kW and a host of performance features and aesthetics
2023 BMW X1 pricing and features for Australia
BMW's small SUV has also spawned an all-electric variant, with both models set for an Australian launch – and now we've driven both
2023 Toyota C-HR sold out, order holders pointed to all-new model
Toyota has halted orders of its current C-HR small SUV, with the next-gen version more than six months away from local showrooms
2024 Toyota C-HR revealed: Hybrid-only small SUV here next year
Euro-built second-gen C-HR small SUV here next year with two hybrids – including an all-wheel-drive GR Sport flagship
2024 Hyundai Kona pricing and features: Petrol, hybrid, N Line
Hyundai has locked in pricing and features for the second-gen Kona, including the hybrid!
Recall: 2022-23 Kia Sportage, Seltos & Niro affected by seat belt warning fault
More than 7000 Kia vehicles have been called back due to a software issue that could cause the seat belt warning not to illuminate
About Small SUVs
The small SUV is the most affordable entry into the world’s favourite vehicle type.
In Australia they are classified officially in the industry as either a Light SUV or a Small SUV, though there is often plenty of pricing overlap between these sports utility vehicles that are, respectively, typically based on city cars or small cars.
Some small SUVs are not especially practical for families, though many are more adept at fitting parents, kids and all their gear than you might imagine. The Kia Seltos, Skoda Kamiq and Volkswagen T-Cross are good examples of small SUVs that are a genuine option for families looking for a roomy vehicle but can’t stretch their budget to a midsized SUV.
Such is the popularity of SUVs that several brands feature two compact SUVs. Stablemate pairings include the Kia Stonic and Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-3 and Mazda CX-30, Toyota Yaris Cross and Toyota C-HR, and Volkswagen T-Cross and Volkswagen T-Roc.
Petrol power dominates the segment, though electrification is gradually working its way into the segment. There are petrol-electric offerings available from Toyota’s Yaris Cross and C-HR and the GWM Haval Jolion, plug-in hybrids such as the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, while fully electric options include the BYD Atto 3, Hyundai Kona EV, and MG ZS EV.
Petrolheads aren’t neglected, though. The Hyundai Kona N and Volkswagen T-Roc R are both relatively affordable performance SUVs. Audi has the SQ2 and RSQ3, while the Mercedes-AMG GLA45 is one of the fastest compact SUVs in the world.
Many luxury brands also offer compact SUVs. These include the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Jaguar E-Pace, Lexus UX, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and Volvo XC40.
Two of the aforementioned SUVs have won the prestigious Wheels Car of the Year award. The Volvo XC40 won in 2019 and the Mazda CX-30 won in 2021.