The Best Australian Small SUV’s In 2022

Small SUVs are a great option for Aussies who are looking for a versatile car that’s just as comfortable on city roads as it is in regional areas. They combine the best parts of small cars and SUVs to deliver a compact vehicle that’s great value and appealing to a wide range of drivers. We’re breaking down some of the most popular small SUVs in Australia to help you decide on your dream car.

Mazda CX-30

The Mazda CX-30 is a sleek but powerful small SUV that starts at $29,390 before on-road costs. Available in front and all-wheel drive, the CX-30 has bridged the gap between the smaller Mazda CX-3 and the bigger CX-5 to bring a more premium vehicle to the small SUV market. 

Toyota Yaris Cross

Starting at $26,990 drive away, the Toyota Yaris Cross is the dream crossover between a compact hatchback and a larger SUV. It’s also available in a Hybrid model for those drivers who are looking to reduce their ecological footprint. Highly functional with a sleek, clever design, the Yaris Cross is a great option for any driver, including those looking for a reliable family car. 

Kia Stonic GT-Line

If you’re after a reliable and affordably priced small SUV, you can’t go past the Kia Stonic GT-Line. Starting at $29,990, before on-road costs, this model has great fuel consumption and a generous warranty, with all the basic comfort and convenience features that you’d expect.

Ford Puma

Next up is the Ford Puma, a dynamic small SUV with an efficient and highly responsive engine. The Puma starts at $25,540 and is perfect for those who are looking for a car that drives like a sports car but has all the functionality of a small SUV.

Suzuki Ignis

The Suzuki Ignis is Australia’s cheapest SUV, making it a great option for drivers who are on a budget, with the base model starting at just $18,990. Despite the low price, it retains a large range of technology and safety features and is an overall great car. 

Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai is perfect for drivers who are looking for a more luxurious feeling small SUV. Full of all the luxury, safety and technology equipment you could want, the QASHQAI is Nissan’s most sophisticated and versatile small SUV yet, starting at $39,090. 

Hyundai Kona

If you’re looking for a car that can provide outstanding overall performance, the Hyundai Kona could be a great option for you. Starting at $38,000 before on-road costs, the Kona excels across the areas of technology, safety and comfort, making it one of the best small SUVs around. 

Got more questions?

What is the cheapest SUV in Australia?

The cheapest new SUV in Australia is the Suzuki Ignis, which starts at just $18,990 drive away.

Where should I buy my new car from?

After you’ve read all the car reviews you can stomach, it’s time to start shopping around! Depending on whether you want to buy your car brand new or second hand, you’ve got a range of options available to you, including car dealerships, online marketplaces, private sellers and car auctions. 

How does a car loan work?

Driva takes the hard work out of the car loan application process from start to finish, ensuring that the entire process is 100% transparent and that there are no hidden surprises down the line. 

The first step to getting a car loan is to follow a few simple online steps to get your personalised quotes. This process takes less than two minutes to complete and has no impact on your credit score. You’ll then have full access to your Driva Dashboard and will be able to see all of your eligible loan options with pre-qualified rates.

Once you’ve chosen your ideal lender, we’ll do all the checks to make sure you’re likely to be approved before we share your profile with the lender. Not only does this protect your credit score, it also speeds up the process and protects your credit score. Getting approved normally takes between 2 hours and 2 days, depending on which lender you’re going with.

After you’ve found your dream car, you’ll just need to give us details about the actual vehicle and proof of comprehensive car insurance and we’ll be able to release funds (subject to loan approval). Or, if you’re not sure where to start looking (or are just after some car advice), we can help with that too!

What lenders does Driva work with?

At Driva, we work with more than 30 lenders to give you as many options as possible and the confidence that you’re getting the best rate out there.

What car should I buy?

When it comes to buying a new vehicle, it can be a good idea to write a list of all the features you’re looking for in your dream car. Next, divide this list into ‘must have’ and ‘would be nice features’, so you can assess which features you can’t live without, and which you could go without if you needed to. For example, certain safety features like rear cross-traffic alert might be essential for you, while you might be able to go without having a heated steering wheel or other convenience features.

It’s definitely worth taking your time to find the perfect car for your personal situation. Read car reviews and car comparisons, keep an eye out for new vehicle launches and stay up to date on car news to get an idea of the best vehicles for sale at the moment in Australia. 

What insurance do I need?

For your loan to settle with any of our lenders, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve taken out comprehensive car insurance. This will cover both your car and property and the other person's car and property in the event of an accident. It also covers you for a number of other events like theft, hail and fire. 

You’ll need to take out comprehensive insurance in addition to the legally required CTP (compulsory third party insurance). This provides compensation for any injuries that may occur to you or another person in the event of an accident. Depending on which state you’re in, this may be included in the cost of your vehicle registration. 

How much can I borrow with a car loan?

Loan amounts for car loans will vary between customers depending on their financial situation and the type of loan they’re looking for. When lenders are determining your maximum loan amount, they’ll often look at factors like your current living situation, employment status, income sources and your credit score. 

One way that you can easily increase your maximum borrowing amount is to adjust the length of your loan term, for example from 5 years to 7 years. By doing this, you’re reducing the size of your monthly repayments, giving your lenders the confidence that you’ll be able to meet your repayments. It’s important to note, however, that the longer your loan term is, the more interest you’ll end up paying over the duration of the loan. So while this may be a great short term option, it’s important to still weigh up the pros and cons.

If you’re wanting to get an idea of how much you might be able to borrow, check out our range of calculator tools, including our car finance calculator

Can I get a loan for a second-hand car?

Yep! Whether you’re scouring the new car market for a brand new model, or you’d prefer to get a bargain from a private seller, Driva can help you secure a loan. 

Can I get a commercial loan with Driva?

Absolutely. If you’re after a vehicle to use for business purposes, Driva can help you find the perfect commercial loan. Some of our most popular commercial loan products include chattel mortgages, novated leases and hire purchase arrangements. If you’re a sole trader looking for a loan, you’ll be able to access both commercial and consumer loan options. 

Learn More:Buying A Vehicle For Your Small Business - 3 Important Things To Consider

Will my credit score have an impact on my interest rate?

This depends on the lender, but in many cases, the answer is yes. For many lenders, your credit score is one of the most important factors that will be used when pricing your rate. Normally you’ll find that the higher your credit score, the lower rates you’ll have access to. For some lenders, however, your credit score isn’t as important as other factors like your income, employment status and the type of loan you’re looking to secure.

Learn more: '8 things you should know about your credit score before applying for a car loan'

Maddie Barclay

Maddie is the marketing coordinator at Driva knowledgeable in all things car finance related. When she’s not writing informing, helpful articles you can find her at the beach or spending time with her family.

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