The UK’s narrowest new cars revealed

If you have a tight parking space or a titchy garage, buying a narrow car will help. But which models should you consider?...

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Claire Evans
20 January 2019

Citroën C3 Aircross vs Kia Stonic vs Seat Arona

The narrowest SUVs

5. Seat Arona

Width 1780mm

What Car? rating 5/5

The Arona isn’t only our top small SUV of 2018, but also one of the slimmest options. It’s tall, making it feel airy and spacious, and there’s considerably more leg room for rear seat passengers than you’ll find in the Citroën C3 Aircross or Nissan Juke. The icing on the cake is its tidy handling and predicted slow depreciation.

Read our full Seat Arona review or see what discounts are available


4. Suzuki Vitara

Width 1775mm

What Car? rating 4/5

The UK’s narrowest new cars revealed

The Vitara isn’t the cheapest small SUV, but it’s a good choice if you want lots of standard equipment and a practical interior. It's only available with a choice of two petrol engines, but that’s no bad thing, because both provide good performance and reasonable economy.

Read our full Suzuki Vitara review or see what discounts are available


3. Honda HR-V

Width 1772mm

What Car? rating 3/5

The UK’s narrowest new cars revealed

Based on the practical Jazz hatchback, the latest HR-V is available with a choice of a 1.6-litre diesel engine with a manual gearbox, or a 1.5-litre petrol with a manual or CVT automatic. Like the original HR-V, it concentrates on giving buyers the style and elevated driving position of a 4x4 rather than real mud-plugging ability. In fact, four-wheel drive isn't even available. However, the HR-V does offer lots of interior space, flexible seating and neat handling.

Read our full Honda HR-V review or see what discounts are available


2. Mazda CX-3

Width 1765mm

What Car? rating 3/5

The UK’s narrowest new cars revealed

You'd be hard-pressed to find a better-looking small SUV than the Mazda CX-3. Based on the Mazda 2 small hatchback, the CX-3 is one of the narrowest small SUVs you can buy. It’s available with a choice of lively petrol engines and has nimble handling. Only its occasionally hard ride and poor rear leg room let it down.

Read our full Mazda CX-3 review or see what discounts are available


1. Kia Stonic

Width 1760mm

What Car? rating 4/5

The UK’s narrowest new cars revealed

The Stonic is the smallest SUV in Kia’s portfolio and has been spawned from the Rio small hatchback, hence its appearance so high up in our narrowest cars league. Of the range of petrol and diesel engines on offer, we prefer the smallest 1.0-litre petrol, because its turbocharger give it stronger acceleration than many rivals. Only the firm ride knocks it down below the Seat Arona in our estimation.

Read our full Kia Stonic review or see what discounts are available

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