The SUV is here to stay, and the compact crossover segment is the fastest-growing sub-species, with almost every manufacturer either competing in the class, or planning to.
On the whole, it's not a dynamically gifted class, with top complaints about iffy rides and stodgy handling stemming from the rufty-tufty raised hatchbacks' higher suspension and centres of gravity. But here we have the ten best compact crossovers money can buy.
Top of the pack in the burgeoning crossover segment is an accolade, but a staid interior and bland handling underpin a roomy supermini-SUV with admirable refinement.
As the segment leader it hushes the flaws of its competitors enough to sit atop the pack, but entrants keep coming thick and fast, so there's plenty of competition to fend off. In a class pitched for style and perceived practicality, the Seat Arona does it better than all others, with slightly higher pricing than the class average offset by top-notch infotainment and solidity.