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Starting between $25,000-$30,000, buyers have the greatest choice of any SUV segment, with several small and midsize alternatives to a hatch or sedan.
The Volkswagen T‑Cross is a pint‑sized SUV designed for the city. It has only been in Australia since 2020 and has a lot to offer a small family, with every inch of its space well‑used. The top‑end Style model is fuel efficient, comes with more boot space than you might expect, and despite the small 1.0‑litre engine, offers a decent drive. But does it provide real family value?
Since launching in late 2020, the Toyota Yaris Cross has nailed it for small SUV design, packaging, economy and comfort, gaining a huge following along the way. Adding a GR Sport grade only broadens the Japanese crossover's appeal, especially as there have been suspension and chassis upgrades to go with the racier styling additions inside and out. But the result also misses the mark in some ways.
The Kia Stonic Sport has made quite an impression since its Australian launch last year. It's pint‑sized but packs quite a bit in for the price tag. You get a sporty look, good safety features and a fair amount of tech, but it's the ownership options that makes the car stand out. Let's take a look and see if the cheaper price tag means it misses out compared to its rivals.