Peugeot 3008 was one of out favourite SUVs of last year
Price: from £22,765
IT is no mistake that we voted the new Peugeot 3008 as our favourite crossover of 2017.
The French firm’s popular hatch has seen a radical makeover inside and out that has catapulted it up among the most desirable cars in its class.
We love the new exterior styling (shared with the larger 5008) as well as Peugeot’s new i-cockpit dashboard – and it drives pretty well too.
Under the bonnet is the latest of Peugeot’s engines including its brilliant 1.2-litre turbo and the car handles well on the road.
The GT’s ride might be a little firm for some and there is now a sliding boot floor instead of the split tailgate of its predecessor.
But we rate it well above some of its big-selling rivals.
Kia Stonic costs from £16,295 to buy
IT is hard to overestimate just how much of a success the Kia Sportage has been and continues to be in the Korean firm’s showrooms.
And Kia will be hoping this new Stonic does the same in the class below. With its purposeful look and sleek lines, we think it is one of the best-looking cars in the class.
As is usual for Kia, there is a First Edition model packed with equipment and a host of eye-catching colour schemes (including two-tone bodywork) as well as Kia’s brilliant 118bhp 1.0-litre turbo engine boasting 56.5mpg average fuel economy.
While the boot is a little on the small side, there is plenty of rear seat space. This latest baby Kia has a lot to offer.
Price: from £16,195
LIKE Citroen’s C3 Aircross, there is no question that Hyundai’s Kona stands out in a crowd.
And while some might not approve of its chunky looks, we rather like it.
Hyundai admits the majority of Konas will be sold to retail customers drawn by the slightly higher-set driving position and the eventual strong engine line-up.
While initially all Konas will be petrol-powered, turbo-diesel and hybrid versions are on their way and there are two and four-wheel drive choices too.
Boot space is a little tight, although there is lots of room in the rear seats and a high level of standard equipment.
Ford Ecosport costs from £15,645
Price: from £15,645
IT is fair to say Ford’s Ecosport has not had the easiest of starts. Despite eventual strong sales, it could never really compete dynamically with Euro rivals such as the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008.
Ford will be hoping this midlife facelift changes all that though.
A new look brings it more into line with the likes of the larger Edge, while there is also a new ST-Line trim level to give it some sportier styling.
There is also a new 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine and four-wheel drive for the first time from summer this year.
Along with the forthcoming Active version of the Fiesta, Ford should be well placed to take advantage of the current crossover wave.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is the Japanese firm’s new crossover
MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE CROSS
Price: from £21,275
MITSUBISHI joins the ranks of new crossovers with this angular and unusually styled Eclipse Cross.
We like its sharp-edge looks, split rear screen and coupe styling.
The Eclipse Cross range boasts two and four-wheel drive versions as well as petrol and diesel engines (the latter will be available later this year) with the choice of a six-speed manual or eight-step CVT automatic gearbox.
With a spacious and well-made interior, too, it is one of the most promising and best cars to come out of the Mitsubishi stable in some time.
Citroën’s C3 Aircross puts the fun back in to funky
Price: from £13,995
STANDING out in a market that has become swamped with new contenders in less than a year is no easy task.
Citroen’s C3 Aircross has managed that with a sense of style all of its own and a family resemblance borrowed from the smaller C3 supermini.
With some great engines from the rest of the Peugeot-Citroen range, including its superb 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol, the C3 Aircross puts the fun back into funky with lots of neat design details inside the cabin.
Add to that sliding and reclining rear seats and – as now seems to be de rigueur – a long list of colour combinations and it is one of the best in its class.
Price: from £20,875
THE Skoda Yeti won plenty of fans for its no-nonsense, back-to-basics nature.
The only trouble was some disliked it for the very same reasons.
So while some will lament this replacement for the Yeti, it is a lot more conventional and will undoubtedly attract more customers.
With clear family styling links to the larger Kodiaq, it gets a good selection of engines, although only the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel gets four-wheel drive.
The Varioflex seating is appealing, as is the keen pricing and low running costs, which should make up for anyone mourning the loss of the old Yeti.