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Top 5 Tuesdays: 2015’s Best Crossover Cars

March 31, 2015

It’s time for another edition of Top 5 Tuesdays and racing onto the Car Loan Warehouse radar this week are the best crossover cars of 2015. Unlike traditional SUVs, these crossover cars are more suited to on-the-road driving, offering a better day-to-day performance. If you fancy getting your hands on one of these clever crossovers, check out our finance options to see how we can help.

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross

Original image by Robert Basic

It might not have been the first crossover to catch our eye, but once the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross arrived, it certainly grabbed our attention. The S-Cross gives its best performance with its 1.6 litre four-cylinder diesel engine. Weighing in at 120 kg less than the Nissan Qashqai, the power-to-weight advantage goes to the Suzuki.

Despite being built on an all-new platform, when it comes to design, the Suzuki crossover can’t quite match up to its competitors – but it does come well equipped. Features include alloy wheels, body-coloured bumpers, a USB port and climate control, but you’ll have to splash out for the top of the range SZ 5 if you want the Sat Nav and heated leather seats. Starting from £13,999, the price tag only adds to the appeal of the Suzuki.

Renault Captur

Renault Captur

Original image by PYONKO OMEYAMA

There’s no denying the Renault Captur is aesthetically appealing – and the price tag doesn’t hurt, either. Coming in at £14,195, it’s a relative bargain but, in terms of performance, other crossovers pip this Renault to the post. The entry-level 0.9 litre three cylinder petrol engine offers a top speed of 107 mph – which is more than acceptable for city driving. The 1.5 diesel is a strong choice of engine and performs well around town – however, it’s a bit of a let down on the open road.

The entry-level Expression comes with plenty of equipment but if you’re looking for a bit more tech in the cabin, the Dynamique media Nav model is ideal. If you’re willing to pay more, the high end Dynamique S Media Nav versions come with heated seats and rear parking sensors. The adjustable steering wheel and driver’s seat will make your journey a comfortable one, as long as you’re not venturing too far.

Skoda Yeti

Original image by Karoly Lorentey

Original image by Karoly Lorentey

Since arriving on our roads in 2009, the Skoda Yeti has proven itself to be a contender in the crossover department. Coming in at £16,915, the Yeti is a cheaper alternative to its Nissan rival, the Qashqai. Where the Skoda does impress is in terms of practicality – making this crossover an ideal family hatchback. While it’s smaller than the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, its boxy shape means it’s still plenty spacious and the interior is surprisingly roomy. For most buyers, the 1.2 litre petrol engine will be sufficient as the car fails to settle into a smooth rhythm regardless of its engine and speed. While it may be a jittery ride and let in a lot of road noise, the Yeti is undeniably fun to drive and the perfect companion for family days out.

Mazda CX-5

Original image by taymtaym

Original image by taymtaym

The exciting exterior of the Mazda crossover is part of its eye-catching charm. With sporty lines and slick styling, the Mazda CX-5 demands to be noticed. Combining bold body work with a well equipped interior, this Mazda is arguably the best crossover car when it comes to design. Although the higher-end specs allow you to drive with keyless entry and heated leather seats, the entry-level already comes with plenty of kit.

A petrol engine is the cheaper choice for the CX-5, but the diesel engines return lower running costs – and the 148 bhp 2.2 diesel is an understandably popular option. Starting at £22,295, the Mazda CX-5 is up there with the pricier crossovers – but with so much on offer from this compact SUV, every penny is justified.

Nissan Qashqai

2014 Nissan qashqai

Original image by CarTestr

When it was first produced in 2006, the Nissan Qashqai made waves. Despite now facing some stiff competition, the Qashqai is still widely regarded as the best SUV crossover and shows no signs of dropping in popularity. The Qashqai comes with an array of efficient engine choices, depending on what you’re looking for. If you want to combine fuel economy with low emissions, the 1.5 dCi diesel engine is the one for you. Emitting just 99 g/km of CO2,  the Qashqai also reportedly returns a massive 74.3 miles to the gallon. Priced at £18,265, it might not be the cheapest crossover, but it’s undoubtedly impressive on all fronts.

Who’s your winner for the best crossover of 2015? Whether you’re in the market for the mighty Mazda CX-5 or fancy climbing inside a Renault Captur, the Car Loan Warehouse can help you secure the cash to make the purchase. Apply now or check out our car finance calculator for an instant quote.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.