Best Subcompact SUVs of 2020

It wasn’t too long ago that the term SUV was associated exclusively with tough, large vehicles that drank lots of fuel and wobbled around nervously when confronted with a twisty road. Times have changed and there are now SUVs of all kinds, including subcompact SUVs with smaller body styles and thriftier engines but with the raised ride height and bolder styling that so many shoppers find irresistible. Of course, the other advantage to these smaller SUVs is cost - many are affordable alternatives to traditional sedans and hatchbacks.

We’ve reviewed the best subcompact SUVs on sale to find out which ones are worth your hard-earned cash. Our assessments include opinions about how they drive, whether your crossover of choice has the option of all-wheel-drive, what the luggage capacity is like, and how easy they are to maneuver within the city - often the natural habitat for this type of vehicle. Whether you’re on the hunt for a more basic SUV or one from a luxury brand, you can trust our rankings to help you separate the class-leaders from the rest of the pack.

BuzzScore
Design
Performance
MPG
Interior
Infotainment
Reliability
Safety
Value
#1
2021 Kia Seltos
9.4
BuzzScore
9
Design
9
Performance
8
MPG
10
Interior
10
Infotainment
9
Reliability
10
Safety
10
Value
#2
2020 Kia Soul
9.3
BuzzScore
8
Design
10
Performance
8
MPG
9
Interior
10
Infotainment
9
Reliability
10
Safety
10
Value
#3
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class SUV
9.1
BuzzScore
9
Design
9
Performance
9
MPG
9
Interior
10
Infotainment
8
Reliability
10
Safety
9
Value
#4
2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 35
9.1
BuzzScore
10
Design
10
Performance
8
MPG
9
Interior
10
Infotainment
8
Reliability
10
Safety
8
Value
#5
2020 Mazda CX-30
9
BuzzScore
9
Design
9
Performance
9
MPG
9
Interior
8
Infotainment
9
Reliability
10
Safety
9
Value
#6
2020 Volvo XC40
9
BuzzScore
9
Design
9
Performance
9
MPG
9
Interior
10
Infotainment
7
Reliability
10
Safety
9
Value
#7
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLB 35
9
BuzzScore
9
Design
10
Performance
8
MPG
10
Interior
10
Infotainment
7
Reliability
10
Safety
8
Value
#8
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class
8.9
BuzzScore
8
Design
8
Performance
9
MPG
9
Interior
10
Infotainment
8
Reliability
10
Safety
9
Value
#9
2020 Audi Q3
#9
Audi Q3
8.8
BuzzScore
8
Design
8
Performance
8
MPG
9
Interior
10
Infotainment
9
Reliability
9
Safety
9
Value
#10
2020 Hyundai Venue
8.6
BuzzScore
9
Design
8
Performance
9
MPG
8
Interior
9
Infotainment
9
Reliability
8
Safety
9
Value
#11
2020 Lexus UX
#11
Lexus UX
8.5
BuzzScore
8
Design
7
Performance
9
MPG
8
Interior
7
Infotainment
10
Reliability
10
Safety
9
Value
#12
2019 Kia Niro EV
8.5
BuzzScore
8
Design
9
Performance
10
MPG
8
Interior
8
Infotainment
8
Reliability
9
Safety
8
Value
#13
2020 Audi Q3 Sportback
8.5
BuzzScore
8
Design
8
Performance
8
MPG
8
Interior
9
Infotainment
9
Reliability
9
Safety
9
Value
#14
2020 Hyundai Kona
8.4
BuzzScore
8
Design
9
Performance
8
MPG
7
Interior
9
Infotainment
8
Reliability
9
Safety
9
Value
#15
2020 Honda HR-V
8.4
BuzzScore
8
Design
7
Performance
8
MPG
9
Interior
8
Infotainment
8
Reliability
10
Safety
9
Value
#16
2020 BMW X1
#16
BMW X1
8.4
BuzzScore
7
Design
8
Performance
9
MPG
8
Interior
9
Infotainment
8
Reliability
9
Safety
9
Value
#17
2020 Hyundai Kona EV
8.4
BuzzScore
7
Design
9
Performance
10
MPG
7
Interior
8
Infotainment
8
Reliability
9
Safety
9
Value
#18
2019 BMW X2
#18
BMW X2
8.3
BuzzScore
8
Design
9
Performance
9
MPG
7
Interior
9
Infotainment
8
Reliability
9
Safety
7
Value
#19
2020 Buick Encore GX
8.1
BuzzScore
8
Design
7
Performance
8
MPG
7
Interior
9
Infotainment
8
Reliability
9
Safety
9
Value
#20
2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
8.1
BuzzScore
8
Design
6
Performance
9
MPG
8
Interior
8
Infotainment
8
Reliability
9
Safety
9
Value
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