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What Are The Top 10 Best Small Compact Cars in Australia

When looking for one of the best compact cars in Australia, it is natural to find yourself in some confusion. You can certainly find a number of SUVs to choose from, but you have to compare different available options to select the best compact SUV in Australia. It is important to understand a bit about different categories of SUVs first – you can find compact, midsize, and full-size SUVs in the market. You will have to consider your requirements and pay attention to your budget as well to determine what suits you the most. Here is a list of some efficient, reasonably sized, and value-priced SUVs to help you make a good choice.

Top 10 Most Reliable Small Cars 2018

Honda CR-V

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You can always put your money on Honda CR-V if you are looking for a popular SUV under 30K in Australia. The car was redesigned in 2017 and you can now find it equipped with new technology, an amazing exterior design, and a much more inviting cabin.

You cannot go wrong with this compact car because it is Honda’s first car to have a turbocharged engine that is capable of generating a solid 190 horsepower. The car looks even better when you consider the fact that it comes with premium interior materials and intelligent all-wheel drive. It is certainly a value-conscious package and is therefore among the best small SUV of 2017.

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Mitsubishi Outlander

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While the Outlander has undergone several changes in the recent years, it has only become better than ever. Interestingly, you will find some mixed opinions about how good the car is, but most people are only concerned about its high price tag ($50,000).

With features like all-wheel drive, great fuel efficiency, and a turbo disease V6 engine, it certainly stands out from the crowd. It may ask for a lot of money, but it certainly packs a punch and is a solid choice for anyone who can spend this much of money.

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2018 Kia Sportage

2018 Kia Sportage

If you are looking for the best small SUV Australia, do not look further than 2018 Kia Sportage. With a seating capacity of 5 persons, Kia Sportage comes with the premium interior, agile handling, and lots of other features. Some people often complain about its fuel economy, but its smooth ride compensates for it. Still, it can easily offer 29mpg on the highway, which is quite good.

You actually need to live with its fuel economy considering the fact that its engine can generate up to 240-horsepower. What makes it a great choice is the availability of plenty of space for taller individuals. In terms of technology features, it impresses you with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and more. A compact SUV that offers this much of space and good performance, the starting price is just close to $23,500, which is one major reason why it is a popular medium SUV in Australia.

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2018 Subaru Forester

2018 Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester earns praise in a number of areas and is one popular choice for crossover shoppers. You will love its excellent cargo capacity, reasonably good mpg ratings, and spacious rear seats. It also comes with some interesting safety features.

You will find two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors, a USB port, a four-speaker stereo, the Starlink infotainment system, Bluetooth, navigation, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Interesting the Forester offers two engine options – a 250-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and a 170-horsepower 4-cylinder base engine. If you are interested in getting stronger acceleration, you may want to put your money on the turbo-four. The base engine is quite suitable for day-to-day driving. Depending on the engine you choose, you may be able to get 32mpg on the highway.

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Nissan Dualis

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This five-seater offers a great value for money with price starting at $24,990. You can also opt for seven seats by spending some extra cash. In terms of performance, it may not give other cars in the same category a run for their money, but it can certainly beat its competition when it comes to style and handling.

The Dualis is actually a very practical car with plenty of storage area. The fuel economy is reasonably good, but the CVT is quite smooth and offers impressive transmission. For anyone looking for a good SUV under 30K in Australia, the Nissan Dualis is a top deal.

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan

For a compact SUV, the Volkswagen Tiguan offers above-average passenger and cargo space. Its technology features and impressive ride quality also make it a good choice for anyone interested in buying a top compact car in Australia. Many people opt for this car mainly because of its third-row seating.

The starting price is $25,195, which is quite impressive, but you have to bear in mind that the car does not have an impressive fuel economy – it may not offer more than 27 mpg on the highway. The interior quality is quite impressive and the handling is reasonably good for its 184-horsepower 4-cylinder engine. It rides smoothly, which means that you will certainly love it if you are interested in a car that is built for comfort and not for speed.

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox

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For a car with a deeply functional cabin, loads of features, and good handling, a price tag of $24,475 certainly seems quite impressive. The all-new 2018 Equinox now comes with a turbocharged engine and some other impressive features, such as six USB ports, a 360-degree camera system, and impressive handling.

It comes with a 252-horsepower engine but is still capable of offering around 40mpg on the highway. If you need a compact car in Australia that offers space with performance, look no further than 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.

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2018 Hyundai Elantra

2018 Hyundai Elantra

With its impressive gas mileage, above-average cargo space, and lots of security and technology features, it would not be wrong to place the 2018 Hyundai Elantra on the list of top compact SUV in Australia. In the new model, you will find features shuffling between rims and some improvement in cabin and trunk space.

With a 201-horsepower engine, it is capable of offering up to 40mpg on the highway. If you opt for the base Elantra SE sedan, you can expect to pay just over $16,950, which is probably the lowest starting price in this category.

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Chevrolet Bolt EV

Chevrolet Bolt EV

If you are willing to pay just over 30K for a good SUV in Australia, simply put your money on Chevrolet Bolt EV. It comes with a starting price of $37,495, but offers some amazing features and is really fun to drive. You will find a floor-mounted battery that powers a 200-horsepower engine.

Do not look any further than the Bolt EV if your goal is to buy a car with impressive fuel efficiency because it offers up to 96mpg on the highway. The acceleration is impressive too with the car moving from zero to 60mph in around 6.5 seconds. It also comes with impressive features such as a driver-facing digital gauge cluster, a touchscreen, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and Android Auto.

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Volkswagen Golf

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Volkswagen Golf is one impressive choice for anyone looking for a compact SUV under 30K in Australia. Its starting price is $20,715, but it certainly offers a great value for money, as it has a combination of good engine, impressive handling, and reasonably good fuel efficiency.

It has a 170-horsepower engine – you can buy it in manual or automatic transmission. The car is highly reliable, predictable, and practical too.

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Different factors have been considered while compiling the list of the best compact SUVs in Australia, and probably around the world, but the ultimate decision has to be made by you. All these cars in the abovementioned list are compact SUVs with 4-5 seats, with most of them under $30K. These are probably the most popular SUVs as well, which is another reason why they have made their way to this list. Most of them offer reasonably good fuel efficiency and impressive handling. They also offer good technology features, but you may want to consider the amount of money you may want to pay to enjoy those features. If you need an SUV with basic functionality, you can get an SUV for as low as $16,950. So, determine your unique needs, know a bit about your budget constraints, educate yourself about different types of SUVs, and then select one from the above list.