These are the most interesting compact SUVs under 30,000 euros

The signs are still pointing to SUVs: in 2021, most new registrations came from this segment at 25.4 percent. There is a large selection, especially in the compact SUV segment. Understandable, because after all they offer enough space for everyday life and vacation, with manageable dimensions. At the same time, there is now something for every taste – whether elegant, practical or eye-catching. And all of that at affordable prices. AUTO BILD shows the most interesting compact SUVs under 30,000 euros.

The most interesting compact SUVs under 30,000 euros

Selected products in tabular overview

Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson

RRP from EUR 26,800, savings of up to EUR 14,124

Ford Kuga

Ford Kuga

RRP from EUR 28,750, savings of up to EUR 16,733

Dacia Duster TCe 150 EDC 2WD

Dacia Duster

RRP from EUR 12,290, savings of up to EUR 501

VW T-Roc R Line

VW T Roc

RRP from EUR 23,495, savings of up to EUR 5,723

Skoda Karoq facelift

Skoda Karoq

RRP from EUR 25,290, savings of up to EUR 7,947

Renault arcana

Renault arcana

RRP from EUR 28,650, savings of up to EUR 7,160

Opel Grandland Hybrid4

Opel Grandland

RRP from EUR 29,980, savings of up to EUR 16,846

1. Hundai Tucson – the brave

With a length of 4.50 meters, the Hyundai Tucson is at the upper end of its segment. The design has become really bold in the fourth generation and is mainly determined by a huge grille into which the headlights merge. When the lights are off, you have to look closely to distinguish which elements belong to the grill and which belong to the headlights. The interior is reduced and designed without frills, even the air vents are camouflaged as horizontal decorative elements. The screen on the center console only looks like an upright version à la Tesla at first glance; In reality, the digital climate control unit is located directly below the 8 or 10.25 inch screen and thus merges visually with the infotainment display. Prices start at a good 27,000 euros for the base with 150 hp petrol engine. If you want a little more equipment, for example with a rear parking aid and digital cockpit, then it starts at just under 30,000 euros.

2. Ford Kuga – the practical one

The current generation is more elegant than its predecessors, but continues the virtues of its predecessors. Space and practicality are still the focus of the Kuga. Thanks to the steeply sloping glove compartment, the front passenger has an exceptionally spacious footwell. So that you also feel comfortable in the rear seats, the rear seat bench can be moved by up to 14 centimeters as standard. Purchases can be easily stowed away thanks to the low loading sill, which is level with the trunk floor (click here for detailed purchasing advice).
Ford Kuga

Over the years, the Ford Kuga has acquired a more elegant shape. However, space and practicality are still in the foreground.

The price list of the Ford Kuga starts at 28,750 euros for the 120 hp basic petrol engine with six-speed gearbox in the “Trend” equipment. Anyone who now thinks that the car will then only have the essentials on board is wrong: Electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, keyless starting and heated front seats, for example, are always on board. You only have to make compromises when it comes to the wheels: 17-inch steel rims with hubcaps are standard.

3. Dacia Duster – the price breaker

Of course, the Dacia Duster should not be missing from this list: Even the top version, the special model “Extreme” with 150 hp, is well below our limit of 30,000 euros with a list price of 22,750 euros. The base only costs 12,290 euros. And: After more than ten years on the market, it should now be clear to everyone that the Duster is not a bad car, despite the competitive price. It also proved this in our long-term test, which it completed with a grade of 2. The second Duster generation has recently received a facelift with new light graphics and adapted infotainment. Since then it has also been available with an automatic again.
Dacia Duster facelift

With diesel, petrol or LPG and with front or all-wheel drive: the Duster stays under 30,000 euros in every configuration.

On the engine side, Dacia has petrol, diesel and LPG drives Powers between 91 and 150 hp on offer. In addition to classic front-wheel drive, there are versions with all-wheel drive. The basic “Access” is quite spartanly equipped, corresponding to the low price. After all, there are electric windows in front and even LED headlights with light sensors. Air conditioning is only available from the “Comfort” equipment level. The full equipment “Prestige +” offers, among other things, an infotainment system with an eight-inch screen, heated seats, keyless go and a multi-view camera.

4. VW T-Roc – the balanced one

The current VW T-Roc has just been revised, but overall it is not that many years old: it has been built since 2017. The SUV counterpart to the Golf should cover all needs, be stylish and customizable, offer enough space, but also be comfortable. It won the comparison test against Hyundai Kona and Ford Puma with this concept, mainly because it offers the most space and comfort (especially on the back seat) and is sufficiently agile and comfortable when driving.
VW T-Roc R Line

One for all: The VW T-Roc should cover as many needs as possible of the most diverse customers.

The VW T-Roc starts at 23,495 euros, but a 116 hp petrol engine works under the hood. A diesel with the same performance is still within our price range. The equipment includes LED headlights, a digital cockpit and a 6.5-inch infotainment display. With the small petrol engine, even the top equipment “Style” and “R-Line” with 17-inch rims, matrix LED technology and larger screens are in our budget. If you are primarily looking at performance, you can get the 150 hp, 1.5-liter petrol engine in the medium equipment “Life” for 28,310 euros.

5. Skoda Karoq – the calm one

The Skoda Karoq has just been lifted and is standing at prices from 25,290 euros at the dealers. In 2017, it replaced the Yeti, which tended more towards a panel van, but is just as calm. The SUV should be particularly interesting for those who have to transport a lot, because it is 4.39 meters long fit up to 1810 liters in the trunk thanks to the sliding Varioflex seats (optional).. It also comes up with some clever solutions. The trunk mat is reversible, has a carpet side and one with an easy-to-wipe coating. So that nothing slips, there are luggage nets and cargo elements that are attached with Velcro.
Skoda Karoq facelift

The Skoda Karoq has only recently received a facelift. The differences, such as the slightly modified grill, are hardly noticeable.

For less than 30,000 euros you can choose from two petrol engines, with 110 and 150 hp. However, the money is only enough for the two cheaper configurations “Active” and “Ambition”. Whereby one should already choose more than the basic, because in the “Ambition” equipment (from 27,490 euros) parking beepers at the rear, rain and light sensors and a multifunction steering wheel are standard.

6. Renault Arkana – the stylish one

Gone are the days when you had to spend a lot of money for a sporty, elegant SUV coupe. Renault has been offering the Arkana since 2021, with a length of 4.50 meters and a sloping rear. Of course, the roof shape costs headroom in the back seat, but the losses are not as great as expected. If you don’t exceed the 1.85 meter mark, you won’t scratch the roof liner either. The Renault shares the interior with the attached screen arranged quite far below with its brother Captur.
Renault Arkana E-Tech Hybrid

The Renault Arkana looks sporty with its coupe-like shape, but it drives quite comfortably.

Our money is only enough for the basic equipment “Zen” with a seven-inch touchscreen, the equipment “Intens” with a 9.2-inch screen is just over 30,000 euros. to choose from in the standard model, which costs 28,650 euros also just an engine. The basic petrol engine with 140 hp is quite sufficient. The comparatively slim 1.4 tons of the Arkana drives the reasonably insulated turbo petrol engine with the support of the 12-volt system cheerfully and economically (WLTP consumption: 5.4 l/100 km).

7. Opel Grandland – the pragmatic

With the 2021 facelift, Opel also removed the additional X in the name of the Grandland. For this he got the current brand face, a new interior and a standard front collision warning system. The assistance package includes automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane keeping assistant, traffic sign recognition and a drowsiness warning. There are no longer analog instruments, the basis already has a digital cockpit, which is optically connected to the infotainment screen. Both displays measure seven inches, but you don’t have to do without buttons. The manually operated controllers control the air conditioning or important infotainment functions, for example. Amenities such as climate control, LED headlights and a rain sensor are always on board. But the base price is also close to our limit: At least 29,980 euros demands Opel for the SUV with 130 hp 1.2-liter petrol engine.

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