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 Volkswagen T-Roc R Grid Edition review
All-wheel drive R power for less than a Golf GTI? VW’s T-Roc Grid Edition leaps straight to pole position
2023 Kia Seltos review: Sport+ 1.6T AWD
The updated Kia Seltos Sport+ 1.6T AWD features more tech and an improved automatic transmission – but a few oddities let it down
2023 Toyota Corolla Cross vs Mazda CX-30 comparison review
Toyota’s new Corolla Cross has arrived, but is it good enough to take down one of our favourites – the Mazda CX-30?
Best small hybrid SUV review: 2023 HR-V v Corolla Cross v Niro v CX-30 (petrol)
The increasingly important small SUV category has been crying out for new under-bonnet tech and better interior packaging. Are these four up to the task?
2022 Mazda CX-30 G20 Pure review: A good first car?
2023 Kia Seltos review: First Australian drive
2022 Honda HR-V vs 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross comparison review
2023 BMW X1 review: Australian launch
Small SUV Comparisons
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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?
Small SUV News
Wheels mag April 2023: Kia EV9 detailed, GR Corolla faces rivals & more!
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2024 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness revealed, no news for Australian arrival
Subaru unveils off-road oriented Crosstrek at the New York International Motor Show
Volkswagen sharpens T-Cross Style drive-away pricing
Volkswagen has sharpened the point on T-Cross drive-away pricing
VFACTS March 2023: SUVs and utes dominate as no passenger cars make top-10
Electric cars may be gaining traction, but the top 10 was all about utes and SUVs in March
Mitsubishi ASX 2025: eventual Oz successor could be Captur-based
The successor to Mitsubishi’s ageing ASX still isn’t clear, though the Captur-based Euro car looks the most likely candidate
Skoda Kamiq, Karoq and Octavia supply improving; 2024 lineup detailed
Skoda claims it has secured further supply of Kamiq, Karoq, and Octavia, ahead of new vehicles due next year – including the all-electric Enyaq
Hyundai's Australian EV supply set for a big boost
Korean giant aims to bring sexy back and double EV supply to Australia within 12 months
Cupra grows in Australia opening more showrooms, latest site in Adelaide
AP Eagers and Zagame Group show confidence in the new Volkswagen Group brand by expanding their Garages across Australia
Mitsubishi recalls more than 7000 vehicles due to ‘insufficient button-battery warning labels’
Around 7500 Mitsubishi vehicles sold between 2020 and 2022 have been called back due to insufficient warning labels for the button batteries in the key fob
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.