Coming soon: small and family SUVs

Don't buy a new car until you've read this – our ultimate guide to the new models coming in 2020 and beyond...

Cupra Formentor front

Cupra Formentor

On sale October

Following in the wake of its first model, the Cupra Ateca, Seat’s hived-off performance brand will roll out two more sports SUVs: the electric Tavascan and this smaller Formentor, a plug-in hybrid with 242bhp and an electric-only range of 30 miles. Technical highlights include four-wheel drive, adaptive suspension, a dual-clutch automatic gearbox and a 10.0in infotainment touchscreen.

Ford Kuga

Ford Kuga charging

On sale May

Hybrid, mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid options are being added alongside conventional engines for this third-generation family SUV. Based on the same underpinnings as the Focus, it promises more interior space and improved handling over its predecessor. The hybrid variants are paired with a 2.5-litre petrol engine, while the mild hybrid uses a 2.0-litre diesel.

Ford Puma ST

Ford Puma ST rendering

On sale December

The Puma small SUV is our reigning Car of the Year, while the Fiesta with which it shares its basis is one of the best hot hatches in ST form, so combining the two should create an awesome sports SUV. The Puma ST will get the Fiesta's 197bhp 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine, along with lower, stiffer suspension, better brakes and a prominent bodykit. Expect it to cost around £24,000.

Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson disguised prototype

On sale October

We've only seen disguised prototypes so far, but an all-new version of Hyundai's Nissan Qashqai rival will go on sale late this year. Expect it to be offered in petrol, diesel, hybrid and fully electric forms.

Jaguar E-Pace

Facelifted Jaguar E-Pace prototype

On sale September

Jaguar's smallest SUV, the E-Pace, only went on sale in 2018, so this is a very early update. Improved safety and driver assistance systems will be the main focus, but we'd also expect visual changes to bring it into line with the recently refreshed XE saloon and F-Type sports car.

Lynk&Co 02

Lynk&Co 02

On sale Autumn

In 2020, Chinese firm Geely will be selling us cars from Volvo, Polestar, Lotus and Lynk&Co. The latter brand will make its debut with a large SUV, the 01, and a family SUV, the 02. Both share their underpinnings with the excellent Volvo XC40 and use its petrol engines, albeit only as part of hybrid and plug-in hybrid setups. The 02 also promises sporty handling.

Mercedes GLA

2020 Mercedes GLA250 front

On sale May

The Mercedes GLA is the brand's smallest SUV – and traditionally one of its least impressive. However, we know from our first drive that the new version fixes that, delivering sharper handling, improved comfort and refinement, and a more upmarket and practical interior.

Mini Countryman

Facelifted Mini Countryman prototype

On sale October

The Countryman, in contrast, to the outgoing GLA, is a four-star car that's very easy to recommend, so expect this update to be limited to styling tweaks and equipment upgrades.

Seat Ateca

Facelifted Seat Ateca prototype

On sale Summer

The biggest change coming to this family SUV in 2020 is the introduction of both hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. Most of the Ateca’s conventional petrol and diesel engines will also get mild hybrid technology to boost fuel economy and lower emissions, while light styling changes will bring it into line with the newer Tarraco seven-seater.

Toyota Yaris Cross

2021 Toyota Yaris Cross front studio

On sale Early 2021

As its name suggests, this small SUV is closely related to the fourth-generation Yaris hatchback, which is due to go on sale this autumn. However, despite the two models having plenty in common mechanically, the Yaris Cross gets its own distinct look. The only engine option will be a 1.5-litre petrol that works in conjunction with an electric motor to produce a combined 114bhp, but both front and four-wheel drive variants will be offered.

Vauxhall Mokka X

New Vauxhall GT X revealed

On sale Late 2020

With its rearward-opening back doors and cameras in place of door mirrors, Vauxhall’s 2018 GT X Experimental concept looked like just another show car that would never get near the road. However, ignore the standard car designer daydreaming and it’s actually the starting point for the new Mokka small SUV. In particular, the Mokka will feature the GT X’s radical front-end design, which was inspired by the eye slot of a crash helmet.

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