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Economical family-friendly compact crossovers

Today, we have come up with a list of some of the most economical and family friendly compact crossovers; offering stylish looks, seating capacity of five, bigger space and extra practicality for everyday use.

In the last couple of years the automotive industry has attracted lots of buyers bringing stylish crossovers in the UK market and giving many families a great additional option instead of going with hatchbacks or saloons.

SUVs have become the most practical choice in terms of space and fuel economy and some of the key crossovers are the - Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson and the Citroen C4 Cactus.

Let’s take a look some of the best economical crossovers here


Nissan Qashqai

Since the Qashqai was revealed, it has become one of the most popular crossover choices in the Nissan brand and the UK market itself. The Qashqai has changed the crossover market offering great looks, a choice of four petrol & diesel engines, six trim variants, improved interior space & a boot capacity of 430 litres which can be extended to 1585 litres by folding the rear seats down. All the models are equipped with remote central locking, bluetooth, 5 inch high definition full colour TFT screen, LED daytime running lights, heated door mirrors, tyre pressure monitoring system, hill start assist and remote audio control as standard.

Facts & Figures:

  • Height - 1590 mm, Width - 1806 mm, Length - 4377mm
  • Luggage space - 430 litres
  • Luggage space (By folding rear seats down) - 1585 litres
  • Best economical petrol engine -1.2 DiG-T manual/automatic (Fuel economy -50.40mpg/ CO2 - 129g/km)
  • Best economical diesel engine -1.5 dCi manual/automatic (Fuel economy -74.30mpg/ CO2 - 99g/km)


Mazda CX-5

The new updated Mazda CX-5 is a one of the most stylish vehicles you can currently lease. Featuring Mazda’s Kudo soul motion design and Sky-Active technology, it is able to offer low CO2 emissions & a superb 61.4mpg fuel economy. The CX-5 makes an economical option for families who need sporty fun-driving with style and comfort for a reasonable price.

Facts & Figures:

  • Height - 1710 mm, Width - 1840 mm, Length – 4555 mm
  • Luggage space - 503 litres
  • Luggage space (By folding rear seats down) - 1620 litres
  • Best economical petrol engine – 2.0 Skyactive-G 2WD 165ps manual(Fuel economy – 47.1mpg/ CO2 – 139g/km)
  • Best economical diesel engine - 12.0 Skyactive-G 2WD 150ps manual (Fuel economy – 61.4mpg CO2 – 119g/km)

3) Hyundai Tucson


The Tucson is a mid-sized SUV that replaced the ix35 with new front looks, a improved interior & bigger boot. The Tucson offers more space than other SUVs such as the Qashqai, Skoda Yeti and Mazda CX-5.

The Tucson can be one of the strongest family crossovers; especially when it comes with the brand’s five year unlimited mileage warranty for peace of mind! The car has yet to be tested by EuroNCAP but it is expected to be achieve full five star ratings.

Facts & Figures:

  • Height - 1645 mm, Width - 1850 mm, Length – 4457 mm
  • Luggage space - 488 litres
  • Luggage space (By folding rear seats down) - 1478 litres
  • Best economical petrol engine - 1.6 GDi 132PS Petrol Blue Drive 2WD ISG Manual (Fuel economy - 44.8mpg/ CO2 – 147g/km)
  • Best economical diesel engine - 1.7 CRDi 116PS Diesel Blue Drive 2WD ISG Manual (Fuel economy – 61.7mpg CO2 – 119g/km)

4) Citroen C4 Cactus

C4 Cactus

An upmarket look, comfortable interior & great safety levels make the Citroen C4 Cactus – one of the great compact SUVs to drive on affordable prices! It comes with smooth and powerful engines including a 1.6 litre diesel and 1.2 litre petrol engines. The size of the car can describe the family hatchback and crossover, too. Also, its trendy interior can compare with the Nissan Juke or Fiat 500.

Its 1.6 litre diesel engine is capable of returning an ultimate 80.70 miles per gallon fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 92 grams per kilometres only.

Facts & Figures:

    • Height - 1480 mm, Width - 1729 mm, Length – 4157 mm
    • Luggage space - 358 litres
    • Luggage space (By folding rear seats down) - 1170 litres
    • Best economical petrol engine -1.2 PureTech 82 manual (Fuel economy -61.4mpg/ CO2 - 105g/km)
    • Best economical diesel engine -1.6 BlueHDi 100 manual (Fuel economy – 83.1 to 91.1mpg/ CO2 – 82 to 89g/km depending on the alloy wheel size)

5) Skoda Yeti

Skoda Yeti

The Skoda Yeti retains its reliability and practicality record in the crossover range offering, a huge amount of practicality, elegant look and economical engines it is designed to cope with everything that family life throws at you! Its boxy shape offers a great amount of space for all occupants, also its large windows offer great visibility all-around! The car is best described as tough but it is also surprisingly fun to drive.

The Yeti is one of the more practical choices than a conventional family hatchback offering impressive handling, spacious interior and economical driving!

Facts & Figures:

  • Height - 1671 mm, Width - 1793 mm, Length – 4222 mm
  • Luggage space - 416 litres
  • Luggage space (By folding rear seats down) - 1580 litres
  • Best economical petrol engine -1.2 TSI 110PS Petrol manual or automatic (Fuel economy -51.4mpg/ CO2 – 128g/km)
  • Best economical diesel engine -2.0 TDI 110PS SCR manual (Fuel economy – 62.8mpg / CO2 – 118g/km)

6) Kia Sportage

The Sportage is another economical choice if you’re looking to get everything in one place including the company’s 7 year unlimited mileage warranty. It is one of the best-looking and good-value SUVs and comes in a wide range of colour options and features a sensible list of specifications which you will get standard in all trim versions. Its 1.7 litre diesel makes an economical choice for either personal or business use. So why not have a look at the dimension and facts here and add it to your favourites list!

Facts & Figures:

  • Height - 1671 mm, Width - 1793 mm, Length – 4222 mm
  • Luggage space - 416 litres
  • Luggage space (By folding rear seats down) - 1580 litres
  • Best economical petrol engine – 1.6 litre petrol 2WD ISG manual (Fuel economy -44.1mpg/ CO2 – 149g/km)
  • Best economical diesel engine -1.7 litre diesel2WD ISG manual (Fuel economy – 55.4mpg / CO2 – 135g/km)

The above are our recommended cars however everyone has their own choice and preferences. So if you are looking to get the best economical small crossovers then read our tips below for more information!

Let’s take a look some of the best economical crossovers here

1) Plan ahead

Discuss with your friends & family who have family cars and find out what they like or don’t like about their cars.

2) Research yourself

Do a bit of research about the cars and read the reviews online from two of the great leading sources website such as Auto Express and What Car. Make a list of cars to discuss with your leasing companies to find out the most appropriate deals for you.

3) Investigate family-friendly features

Once you decide the car, the next thing to look for is the new features that you would like to get in your car! Nowadays most of the cars come with inbuilt radio, air conditioning, power steering etc... However it’s important to make your own list to discuss with a consultant.

4) Discuss with leasing companies

There is no harm to ask as many questions you can! For a family car, it is often popular and recommended to give a priority to fuel economy and CO2 emissions in order to help you save money on insurance and fuel costs.

If you need any help finding your next car then please feel free to discuss with one of our friendly sales team on 0118 920 5130! Also look around the website here – selectcontracts.co.uk and find out the deals by make, model, or budget!

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Wednesday, 11/05/2022