What alternatives should I consider to a used Volkswagen T-Cross estate?
If you can do without the additional few centimetres of the height of the T-Cross' driving position, the Seat Arona makes for an excellent used small SUV. The boot is big by class standards and the Arona drives really well.
The Suzuki Vitara certainly has that SUV driving position that people are looking for, right down to the clamshell bonnet you have to look over that's a dead ringer for what you'd find in a Land Rover. Most engines provide lively performance and equipment levels are high, especially in SZ-T form.