Mini sport utility vehicle

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In 2013, the Renault (Dacia) Duster became the 3rd best-selling subcompact SUV in the world
Peugeot 2008, a modern subcompact SUV
In 2014, the Renault Captur is the best-selling subcompact SUV in Europe
Suzuki Samurai, an older model mini SUV
Jeep Wrangler, American-made mini SUV
1998 Chevy Tracker, a Canadian-made mini SUV certified as a light truck
Nissan Juke, a modern mini SUV
Opel Mokka, a modern subcompact SUV

Mini SUV, also called subcompact SUV or subcompact crossover, is a class of small sport utility vehicles with a length under and around 4,200 mm (165.4 in). The term usually comprises any vehicle that is smaller than a compact SUV in North-American standardization, or any 4x4 with a supermini body in international standardization or based on a supermini (B-segment cars in Europe) platform.[1][2][3]

First mini SUVs appeared in the course of 1990s and were off-road vehicles built on body-on-frame chassis, such as the Jeep Wrangler and Suzuki Samurai. Although some of the current models still use this concept, mostly due to their off-road prowess and more manageable size on the trail (for example, a large SUV might not fit in the narrower parts of the trail), modern mini SUVs reside on unibody construction and offer only few off-road capabilities, hence falling into the crossover SUV category. Some are even representative of modern superminis with only a bumper hinge and more ground clearance.

The Mini Countryman and Nissan Juke have both started the trend of modern mini SUVs that are based on unibody contruction since early 2010s.

In Japan, as cars under 3,400 mm (133.9 in) in length are classified as kei cars and attract lower taxes; some manufacturers build these cars with off-road looks (such as the Mitsubishi Pajero Mini).


Type Brand Name Production Model years
Crossover Chevrolet/Holden Trax 2014-present
Crossover Citroën C4 Cactus 2014-present
Crossover Dacia/Renault Duster 2010–present
Crossover Dacia/Renault Sandero Stepway 2008–present
Crossover Daihatsu Terios 1997–present
Crossover Fiat 500X 2014—present
Crossover Ford EcoSport 2003–present
Crossover Honda Crossroad October 1993-1998
Crossover Honda HR-V 1998–2006
Crossover Honda Vezel 2013-present
Crossover Honda Z 1998-2002
Crossover Jeep Renegade August 2014—present 2015—present
Crossover Mazda CX-3 2015-present
Crossover Mini Mini Countryman 2010-present
Crossover Mitsubishi Pajero iO/Pinin 1998–2007
Crossover Mitsubishi Pajero Junior 1995-1998
Crossover Mitsubishi Pajero Mini 1994–2012
Crossover Mitsubishi Space Runner 1991–2002


Crossover Nissan Juke August 26, 2010–present 2011–present[1]
Crossover Opel/Vauxhall/Buick Mokka/Encore 2012–present
Crossover Peugeot 2008 2013–present
Crossover Renault/Renault-Samsung Captur/QM3 2013–present
Crossover Suzuki Ignis 2000–2008
Crossover Suzuki/Fiat SX4/Sedici 2006–present
Crossover Suzuki Aerio SX
Crossover Toyota Urban Cruiser
Crossover Volkswagen CrossPolo
Crossover Volkswagen CrossFox
Crossover Volkswagen CrossGolf (based on Golf V/VI Plus) 2005–2014
Crossover Zotye Auto Zotye 2008/Hunter
Off-roaders Automotive Industries Ltd. AIL Storm
Off-roaders Chevrolet S-10 Blazer ZR-2
Off-roaders Daihatsu Taft
Off-roaders Daihatsu Rocky/Fourtrak
Off-roaders Jeep Wrangler (except long-wheelbase Unlimited)
Off-roaders Lada Niva 1977–present
Off-roaders Lutskiy Auto Zavod LuAZ-967
Off-roaders Mazda AZ-Offroad Example
Off-roaders Nissan Terrano Example
Off-roaders Suzuki Samurai/Jimny Example
Off-roaders Suzuki/Geo Vitara/Tracker Example
Off-roaders Toyota Land Cruiser Prado (short-wheel base version) Example
Off-roaders Troller T4 Example
  • Off-roaders Some small SUVs, or off roaders, that are sometimes retrospectively termed Mini MPV:

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  1. ^ "Prepare for the mini-SUV invasion…". Top Gear. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Nissan Juke 1.5dCi Tekna Review". Autocar. Retrieved June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Auto Express - First Drive Nissan Juke". jukeownersclub. Retrieved June 2010.