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Buyer Directory: Compact Crossovers


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Buyer Directory: Compact Crossovers
Buyer Directory: Compact Crossovers

In the last issue, we presented relatively affordable (the base price tag is up to 750, 000 rubles, the optimal version is up to 1 million rubles) compact crossovers from those that are officially sold in Russia. This time we’ll talk about everyone else. For those who can’t imagine a car without an “automatic machine”, we denote the minimum price with automatic transmission in brackets. Please note that the CAR index refers to the modification that we recommend to you. As a separate line, we mark where to look for materials about this model in the archive on the site So, study, count and choose.

Audi Q3, from 1, 296, 000 (1, 367, 000) rubles, CAR 11.40

Audi Q3


The debut of the car took place in the spring of 2011, and Russian sales began last fall. Outwardly, Q3 tends to resemble the older brother of Q5, but in size it almost repeats the related "Tiguan". We can now order a gasoline engine, which, depending on the degree of boost, develops 170 or 211 liters. with. There is also an economical 177-horsepower turbodiesel in the arsenal of cars. In Russia, the car is sold only with all-wheel drive, however, this is by no means an all-terrain vehicle, but a comfortable, fast and stylish means of transportation in any weather, but only on asphalt.

+ Powerful, economical motors; rich basic equipment; high-quality interior; large, comfortable trunk

- A large surcharge for the version with automatic transmission; expensive options; limited off-road ability

Our choice: "2.0TFSI-Quattro-S-Tronic" 1 367 000 rub. with automatic transmission

Engine: 1984 cm3; 170 l s./4300-6200 rpm; 28.6 kgf • m / 1700–4200 rpm

Temperament: 212 km / h; 7.8 s (0–100 km / h); 6.4-10.2 l / 100 km

Possible options: 2.0T (211 hp); 2.0TD (177 hp)

"BMW-X1", from 1, 290, 000 (1, 290, 000) rubles., CAR 11.86



The smallest of the Bavarian crossovers is 195 mm shorter, 85 mm narrower and 115 mm lower than the X3. But the ride quality is very adult. X1 turns writes no worse than passenger cars, and a relatively small clearance and low-hanging bumpers hint that it is better not to meddle on real off-road conditions. But the four-wheel drive, which can be obtained even in the relatively affordable "Special Series", will allow you to feel more confident on slippery or wet roads.

+ Exemplary handling; comfortable lounge and trunk; interesting starting price for a prestigious model

- Limited off-road abilities

Our choice: "X-Drive-20i-SE" 1 470 000 rub. with automatic transmission

Engine: 1995 cm3; 184 l s./5000–6250 rpm; 27.5 kgf • m / 1250–4500 rpm

Temperament: 205 km / h; 7.9 s (0–100 km / h); 6.0–9.1 l / 100 km

Possible options: sDrive18i (150 l. From.); xDrive 28i (245 hp); xDrive 20d (184 hp); xDrive 25d (218 hp)

"Jeep Compass", from (1 321 000) rubles, CAR 14.43

COMP 028


The first SUV in the modern history of the Jeep is built on the same platform as the Dodge-Caliber. The machine surprises with its unconventional design, pleases with a spacious interior and generous basic equipment. And the finishing materials after the recent restyling that turned the Compass into a smaller copy of the new Grand Cherokee look significantly more expensive. That's just for the price, this rather interesting car re-paces almost all of its competitors.

+ Spacious and comfortable lounge; good visibility; generous equipment; good geometric cross

- Mediocre dynamics; strong rolls in turns; high price; single powertrain

Our choice: "2, 4-Limited-RO" 1 321 000 rub.

Engine: 2360 cm3; 170 l s / 6000 rpm; 22.4 kgf • m / 4500 rpm

Temperament: 185 km / h; 11.3 s (0–100 km / h); 7.0–11.3 l / 100 km

Possible options: no

Jeep Liberty, from (1, 303, 000) rubles, CAR 14.56

Jeep liberty


The SUV, which appeared in Russia in the summer of 2007, is known in the USA as the Patriot. But due to the fact that this name is assigned to the Ulyanovsk all-terrain vehicle, we called it “Liberty”. In fact, this is the same Compass with a slightly different military-style appearance. That's just from the whole variety of engines available for the American market in Russia, the car is sold exclusively with the most powerful and expensive 170-horsepower engine, seasoned with a variator.

+ Spacious and comfortable lounge; generous basic equipment; good geometric cross

- Mediocre dynamics with a variator; strong rolls in turns; single powertrain

Our choice: "2, 4-Limited-RO" 1 303 000 rub.

Engine: 2360 cm3; 170 l s / 6000 rpm; 22.4 kgf.m / 4500 rpm

Temperament: 185 km / h; 11.3 s (0–100 km / h); 7.2–11.4 l / 100 km

Possible options: no

Kia Sporting, from 889 900 (939 900) rubles, CAR 9.46

Kia sportage


In contrast to the unclean predecessors, the third-generation “Sporting” looks spectacular and, perhaps, for the first time really justifies its “athletic” name. And the quality of interior trim has now reached a new level. Finally, thanks to the lower center of gravity (clearance reduced to 172 mm), the Sportizh rides well along the highway. Today, the “Korean” is cheaper than its Japanese competitors because of the fact that they are assembling a car in Kaliningrad.

+ Spectacular appearance; omnivorous suspension; high-quality interior; excellent sound insulation

- Not enough brisk engines; gluttonous diesel with automatic transmission; ergonomic flaws

Our choice: "2.0-Lux-4WD" 1 069 900 rub. with INC

Engine: 1998 cm3; 150 l s./6200 rpm; 20.1 kgf • m / 4600 rpm

Temperament: 182 km / h; 10.7 s (0–100 km / h); 6.3–9.8 l / 100 km

Options: 2.0TD (136 and 184 hp)

Mazda-CX-5, from 949, 000 (1, 069, 000) rubles, CAR 9.10



One of the most talented compact crossovers in Russia appeared in January 2012, but has since risen in price. Despite the smaller sizes than the CX-7, the new SUV looks quite impressive, and this impression is enhanced in the cabin, which pleases with spaciousness. A characteristic feature of this Mazda is lightweight body parts, chassis and transmission, which, coupled with an interesting gasoline engine with a very high compression ratio (14: 1), made it possible to achieve certain successes in terms of fuel economy. True, its dynamics cannot be called inspiring. However, dealers have just got a 192-horsepower engine with a volume of 2.5 liters, and followed by a diesel engine.

+ Spectacular appearance; interesting handling; spacious, ergonomic interior; roomy, comfortable trunk; rich basic equipment

- Inconsistency of the hot settings of the chassis to the nature of the motor; limited visibility back; high price; single engine

Our choice: "2.0-Aktiv-4WD" 1 199 000 rub. with automatic transmission

Engine: 1997 cm3; 150 l s / 6000 rpm; 21.2 kgf • m / 4000 rpm

Temperament: 187 km / h; 9.8 s (0–100 km / h); 5.9–8.2 l / 100 km

Possible options: 2.5 liters (192 liters. From.); 2.2 TD (175 l. From.); 2WD

"Mini-Countryman", from 870, 000 (940, 400) rubles., CAR 10.14

Mini countryman


Although the ground clearance is increased by only a modest 14 mm compared to the usual Mini, due to the forged levers the suspension of the Country is more resistant to shock loads. It can be considered a truly full-fledged crossover only in the Cooper-S-All-4 version, which, taking into account the inevitable set of additional equipment, can easily be pulled up to one and a half million rubles. With a powerful engine and all-wheel drive, such a “Mini” will not be afraid of the “last mile” on the way to a country house.

+ Capable four-wheel drive transmission; stylish lounge; enviable dynamics with a 1.6T motor; reliable handling

- High price; mass of punctures in terms of ergonomics; considerable fuel consumption

Our choice: "Cooper-S-All-4" 1 280 000 rubles. with INC

Engine: 1598 cm3; 184 l s./5500 rpm; 24.5 kgf • m / 1600 rpm

Temperament: 215 km / h; 7.6 s (0–100 km / h); 5.4–7.5 l / 100 km

Possible options: 1.6 liters (98 and 122 liters. From.); 2WD; 3-door ("Paisman")

Nissan X-Trail, from 1, 060, 000 (1, 009, 000) rubles, CAR 9.14



Despite the outward resemblance to its predecessor, the X-Trail of the second generation is a completely new car created on a platform common to the Qashqai model. The car became taller, wider and significantly longer, received a very comfortable trunk and a more advanced all-wheel drive transmission. Significantly improved interior. In 2009, the production of X-Trail was mastered at the Nissan plant in St. Petersburg, which made prices a bit more attractive.

+ Comfortable suspension; good dynamics and profitability; reliable controllability; spacious, high-quality interior

- Cramped legs in the back sofa

Our choice: 2.0SE 1, 060, 000 rub.

Engine: 1997 cm3; 141 l s / 6000 rpm; 20.0 kgf.m / 4800 rpm

Temperament: 184 km / h; 11.9 s (0–100 km / h); 7.3–11.1 l / 100 km

Possible options: 2.5 liters (169 liters. From.); 2.0TD (150 hp)

Nissan Qashqai, from 789, 000 (844, 000) rubles, CAR 8.90

Nissan Qashqai


Classifying a car right away is not easy. In the basic version with a 115-horsepower engine, this is just a “golf” class hatchback with increased ground clearance. Well, with a 2-liter engine and all-wheel drive - a full-fledged SUV. In addition, the car has one of the best interiors in the class, an excellent variator and the most affordable price among Japanese brands. At the end of 2008, the Qashqai + 2 version appeared with a 134 mm longer base and two additional seats in the trunk.

+ Good looks; car handling; good geometric cross; seven-seat version available

- Insufficiently clear work of the INC; small trunk

Our choice: 2.0SE + 4WD 1 020 000 rub. with INC

Engine: 1997 cm3; 141 l s / 6000 rpm; 20.0 kgf.m / 4800 rpm

Temperament: 190 km / h; 10.6 s (0–100 km / h); 7.0–11.0 l / 100 km

Possible options: 1.6 liters (115 liters. From.); 2WD; Qashqai + 2

Peugeot-4008, from 999, 000 (1, 049, 000) rubles, CAR 11.05

Peugeot 4008 2013


The French can applaud: they managed to inculcate good manners on the Mitsubishi-ASX crossover, while also rewarding the Japanese with an interesting appearance. Unlike the sister Citroen, which worked in exactly the same direction, the 4008 is distinguished by more concise and less extravagant forms than its compatriot. Probably, the interior design tasks were not included in the designers' list of tasks: the salon completely repeats the inner world of the Citroen-S4-Ercross sister-city. True, becoming the owner of a Peugeot is more difficult than joining the ranks of the "sitovod": 4008 can be obtained only with the most powerful engine and all-wheel drive.

+ Good looks; sound assembly; high-quality salon; four-wheel drive by default

- Fixed complete sets; high fuel consumption of a 2-liter engine; lack of pockets in the rear doors; overcharge

Our choice: “2.0-Asset” 1 109 000 rub. with INC

Engine: 1998 cm3; 150 l s / 6000 rpm; 20.1 kgf • m / 4200 rpm

Temperament: 198 km / h; 9.9 s (0–100 km / h); 7.9–10.3 l / 100 km

Possible options: no

Range Rover Ivok, from 1, 632, 000 (1, 697, 000) rubles, CAR 14.80

Range Rover Evoque 5 door


The conceptual LRX crossover was so enthusiastically accepted by the public that the serial Iwok borrowed its appearance from the effective prototype almost without changes. But this is not the only advantage of the car: short overhangs and impressive clearance, coupled with high-torque diesel engines, really allow you to knead dirt almost on a par with real off-road vehicles. And even the relatively high price of the novelty is justified by the rich basic equipment and precision interior decoration.

+ Bright, stylish appearance; good geometric cross; generous basic equipment; luxury salon

- A small trunk; harsh suspension

Our choice: 2.2SD4-Pure 1 773 000 rub. with automatic transmission and 5-door body

Engine: 2179 cm3; 190 l s./3500 rpm; 42.8 kgf • m / 2000 rpm

Temperament: 195 km / h; 8.5 s (0–100 km / h); 5.7–7.9 l / 100 km

Possible options: 2.0T (240 hp); 2.2TD (150 hp); 3-door

Renault-Koleos, from 999, 000 (1, 187, 000) rubles, CAR 12.33

Renault Koleos


The SUV, built on the same base as the Qashqai and X-Trail, debuted in 2008. The base gasoline 2.5-liter engine is also implanted from under the Nissan hood, which makes it possible to call the relatively light Koleos an inveterate sprinter. But in distant voyages, you can safely use the Renault - an energy-intensive suspension will not count every hole on the asphalt. In the “Speaker” version for an extra charge of 108 thousand rubles. in addition to a dozen pleasant things, you get 4 airbags.

+ Very comfortable suspension; commendable dynamics; comfortable trunk; reasonable price

- Close sofa; cornering

Our choice: "2, 5-Speaker" 1 107 000 rub.

Engine: 2488 cm3; 171 liters s / 6000 rpm; 23.0 kgf • m / 4400 rpm

Temperament: 185 km / h; 9.3 s (0–100 km / h); 8.0–13.2 L / 100 km

Options available: 2.0TD (150 hp)

Citroen-S4-Ercross, from 849, 000 (959, 000) rubles, CAR 10.61

Citroen C4 Aircross 2013


Growing up from Mitsubishi-ASX, he distanced himself from the Japanese car as much as possible: the signature spirit of the Double Chevron exudes almost every detail of the exterior. Inside, the changes are much smaller, but a few touches coupled with soft-closing (as opposed to the original ASX) doors still create the feeling of a higher quality product. But this does not justify a noticeably higher (within 10–20%) price of the French SUV. But the wider range of engines and the variety in the choice of transmission made it possible to make the Ercross noticeably more affordable than the Peugeot.

+ Spectacular appearance; sound assembly; high-quality salon; convenient operation of gearshift paddles

- Fixed complete sets; considerable fuel consumption of a 2-liter engine; lack of pockets in the rear doors

Our choice: "2.0-Trend-4WD" 1 099 000 rub. with INC

Engine: 1998 cm3; 150 l s / 6000 rpm; 20.1 kgf • m / 4200 rpm

Temperament: 198 km / h; 9.9 s (0–100 km / h); 6.5-10.3 l / 100 km

Possible options: 1.6 liters (117 liters. From.); 2WD

"Subaru-XV", from 984 000 (1 019 000) rubles., CAR 9.35

Subaru XV 2012


The second attempt by Subaru to present the Impreza in the form of a compact crossover can definitely be considered successful. In contrast to its predecessor, not only an unpainted plastic skirt “in a circle” is noticeable here, but also a very decent (even by the standards of much more serious jeeps) ground clearance of 220 mm, giving the XV a brutal look and allowing, coupled with a reduction gear, not to give in to the muddy after rain country road. However, the "lowered" in the traditions of "Subaru" can be obtained only with the least powerful engine, and this gives us every reason to recognize that such a modification is optimal.

+ Aggressive appearance; spacious lounge; decent handling; high ground clearance; reduction gear

- Insufficient ride; lack of intuitive variator operation modes

Our choice: 1, 6i-CC 1 023 200 rub. with INC

Engine: 1600 cm3; 114 l. s./5600 rpm; 15.3 kgf • m / 4000 rpm

Temperament: 179 km / h; 13.1 s (0–100 km / h); 6.2–9.4 l / 100 km

Options: 2.0 L (150 HP)

Subaru Forester, from 1, 148, 000 (1, 188, 000) rubles, CAR 10.20

Subaru forester


The fourth generation crossover, which recently appeared in dealerships, was able to surpass its predecessor not only in size. The newcomer received a stiffer body and an improved suspension, which positively affected the driving performance of the car. The interior was ennobled with better materials, and the modernized 2-liter engine with an increased piston stroke and a reduced cylinder diameter not only began to lively follow the gas pedal, but also moderate appetite. True, all these advantages have affected the price of the car - the new Forester will cost 5-10% more.

+ Spacious lounge; interesting handling and good dynamics; decent off-road qualities; energy-intensive suspension

- High price; minor flaws in terms of ergonomics of the driver's seat; high fuel consumption with a turbo engine

Our choice: 2, 0i-L VF 1 210 000 rub. with INC

Engine: 1995 cm3; 150 l s./6200 rpm; 20.2 kgf • m / 4200 rpm

Temperament: 190 km / h; 10.6 s (0–100 km / h); 6.7-10.4 l / 100 km

Possible options: 2.0T (241 hp); 2.5 liters (171 liters. From.)

Toyota RAV4, from 998, 000 (1, 055, 000) rubles, CAR 8.87

Toyota RAV4 2013


In the past generation, Toyota offered a choice between short and long versions, but the new RAV4 approved a single standard with a wheelbase increased to 2660 mm. At the same time, due to shortened overhangs and deliberately aggressive appearance, the crossover became more lean and athletic: the Japanese are diligently trying to get the “rafik” out of the female rut. It’s only a pity that deliberate brutality leaked into the salon: the decoration materials seem smooth and unyielding, and the design is too straightforward. But at the cost of the car moved to the buyer (an average of 3%), and there was a modification with a diesel engine.

+ Commendable handling; high build quality and active safety level; automatic gearbox operation; good geometric cross

- Ride with adapted suspension; quality of interior materials; insufficient sound insulation

Our choice: "2.0-Comfort-4WD" 1, 180, 000 rubles. with INC

Engine: 1987 cm3; 146 liters s./6200 rpm; 19.1 kgf • m / 3600 rpm

Temperament: 180 km / h; 10.7 s (0–100 km / h); 6.4-10.0 l / 100 km

Possible options: 2.5 l (180 l. From.); 2.0TD (150 hp); 2WD

Volkswagen Tiguan, from 899, 000 (1, 006, 000) rubles, CAR 10.12

Volkswagen Tiguan


Crossover sales from Wolfsburg began in the summer of 2008, and four years later Tiguan underwent restyling, thanks to which it began to resemble the Tuareg. The most important feature of this car, which was based on the Golf, is its amazing ability to drive. None of the crossover in the class, perhaps, can deliver so much joy to the active driver. But so that these qualities are not lost, choose an all-wheel drive version with a 170-horsepower engine and a quick 6-speed “automatic”. At the end of last year, more affordable versions appeared with a DSG box and a twin-engine 150-horsepower engine.

+ Excellent handling for the "SUV"; generous equipment; powerful and economical motors; excellent ergonomics

- Stiff, short-stroke suspension; no complaints

Our choice: "2, 0TSi-Track-Field-4WD" 1, 164, 000 rubles. with automatic transmission

Engine: 1984 cm3; 170 l s./4300 rpm; 28.6 kgf • m / 1700–4200 rpm

Temperament: 197 km / h; 9.9 s (0–100 km / h); 7.7–13.5 l / 100 km

Possible options: 1.4T (122 and 150 hp); 2.0T (200 l. From.); 2.0TD (140 hp); 2WD

Ford Kuga, from 899, 000 (1, 099, 000) rubles, CAR 9.51

Ford kuga


Representatives of the European branch of Ford, when introducing the second Kugi to our market, took into account the mistakes of its predecessor. The base price tag is comparable to what appeared on a first-generation machine five years ago; an affordable, but completely self-sufficient gasoline engine appeared, which is combined with an automatic transmission for a moderate surcharge. In addition, the car received a more rigorous and solid appearance. Basic modifications have only front-wheel drive, but for an affordable price, an all-wheel drive transmission is also available.

+ Interesting appearance; spacious lounge; high-torque and economical diesel; competitive price

- Plain simple interior trim; lack of a gas emphasis of a cowl

Our choice: “1, 6T-Trend-Plus-4WD” 1 099 000 rub. with automatic transmission

Engine: 1597 cm3; 150 l s./5700 rpm; 24.5 kgf • m / 1600-4000 rpm

Temperament: 192 km / h; 10.7 s (0–100 km / h); 6.3–10.2 l / 100 km

Possible options: 1.6T (182 hp); 2.0TD (140 hp)

Hyundai-ix35, from 899, 000 (1, 009, 000) rubles, CAR 9.84

Hyundai ix35


The Tussan substitute is not much like his very popular predecessor. The I-X, which debuted at the Frankfurt showroom in the fall of 2009, looks more modern, and the interior is hardly inferior to the best Japanese and European counterparts in the quality of decoration and design. The 2-liter petrol four became more powerful, and the outdated automatic transmission was replaced by a modern 6-speed automatic. In addition, now even the database has almost everything you need, with the exception of ESP.

+ Spectacular appearance; rich basic equipment; presence of front-wheel and all-wheel drive versions

- Increased price; lack of ESP in the database

Our choice: "2.0-Classic-4WD" 1 079 000 rub. with INC

Engine: 1998 cm3; 150 l s./6200 rpm; 19.4 kgf.m / 4600 rpm

Temperament: 181 km / h; 10.7 s (0–100 km / h); 6.3–9.9 l / 100 km

Possible options: 2, 0ТD (184 l. From.); 2WD

Honda CR-V, from 1, 149, 000 (1, 229, 000) rubles, CAR 8.87

Honda CR V


Despite the fact that the fourth-generation CR-V is based on the previous platform, you can not find a single common body part in cars of two different generations. Glancing at the salon, you will understand that the Japanese have worked hard on the interior too - what is the hefty boxing armrest between the front seats alone! It is gratifying that the price of the novelty has not changed - for the basic version they ask for exactly the same amount as before. Initially, we were supplied with crossovers exclusively of the English assembly, but recently dealers began to take orders for the American versions with a 2.4-liter engine.

+ Volume and convenience of the transformation of the trunk; fuel efficiency; an abundance of security features; good sound insulation; comfortable, ergonomic interior

- Low clearance; sluggish dynamics of the two-liter version

Our choice: 2.0-Elegance 1, 149, 000 rubles.

Engine: 1997 cm3; 150 l s./6500 rpm; 19.4 kgf • m / 4300 rpm

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