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Volkswagen T-Cross

Buying new

  • Our recommended choices: Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI 115 SE DSG
  • List price: £21,065
  • Target Price: £20,661

Welcome to the best small SUV currently on sale. The T-Cross pipped the What Car? Award-winning Seat Arona to become top dog in this market earlier in 2019, and stands out for its spacious interior, impressive array of safety kit and smooth ride.

How does that help Dorothy? Well, let's start with the T-Cross' size, because at 1760mm wide it's slightly narrower than Dorothy's existing Nissan Juke, but is far more spacious inside, so getting a wheeled walker in should be no problem. SE models come with a height-adjustable boot floor, too, so ironing out the loading lip at the boot's entrance is the work of a moment. And if Dorothy needs even more space, the T-Cross' rear seats can slide forwards and back, too.

When it comes to engines, the 1.0-litre petrol option we recommend is both peppy and frugal, and is teamed here with Volkswagen's smooth-shifting automatic gearbox.

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  • Also consider: Seat Arona 1.0 TSI 1150 SE Technology [EZ] DSG
  • List price: £19,920
  • Target Price: £17,628
Seat Arona

If the T-Cross is a little outside your budget, then this Seat Arona should be your second choice. It's essentially the same car underneath, and even comes with the same punchy 1.0-litre petrol engine and automatic gearbox. It doesn't feature sliding rear seats, but is still spacious and has a height-adjustable boot floor. It's slightly wider than Dorothy's current Nissan Juke, but only by 1.5cm, so we reckon it should still fit into her garage with no problems.

Find a great Seat Arona deal, or read our full Arona review

  • Also consider: Kia Stonic 1.0 T-GDi 4 auto
  • List price: 21,475
  • Target Price: £20,184
Kia Stonic long-term test review

This version of the Kia Stonic comes with a height-adjustable boot floor as standard, which should make loading a wheeled walker into the boot no problem. Again, we've recommended a 1.0-litre petrol engine, but this version managed a very respectable 41.4mpg in our True MPG test, so won't cost a lot to run. It's good news on the width front, too, because like the T-Cross, the Stonic is slightly narrower than Dorothy's existing Juke.

Find a great Kia Stonic deal, or read our full Stonic review