Crossovers have only existed for about ten years and they’ve only really been properly popular for about four or five. With a high driving position, off-road styling and two-wheel drive, they took some getting used to but the British public is finally coming round to the crossover way of thinking.

Drive down any high street in the UK and every second car you see is a Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage or Renault KADJAR.

And it’s not hard to work out why. Crossovers are the perfect blend of space, convenience, speed and comfort.

It’s no secret that we love crossovers as much as you do so we’ve gathered up seven awesome crossovers you can lease for under £200 per month!

The Nissan Qashqai is the original crossover. While it wasn’t actually the first of its kind, it was car that popularised the bodystyle and kickstarted the country’s obsession with big-yet-small, sporty-yet-practical and stylish-yet-practical crossovers.

The refreshed 2017 model improves on its older brother, beefing up the front grille and bumpers, improving the safety tech and generally tightening up every little detail.

The Qashqai is still miles ahead of other crossovers in the looks department too. It perfectly combines a raised driving position with a hunkered down sporty aesthetic to create something that just feels different.

For a great looking, great driving and surprisingly affordable crossover, look no further than the Nissan.

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Nissan Qashqai Hatchback

72 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: D, P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £160.97 Per Month

Initial Rental: £965.82 inc VAT

I’m just going to say it, I really like the Kia Sportage. I’ll admit that it’s not the prettiest car on the market but it’s actually trying to look different, which is more than you can say about 90 percent of new cars on the market.

Internally, things are good if a little subdued. It’s  well-built and nicely finished — just look at the lovely stitching that runs across the dashboard — but the trim doesn't do anything surprising or inventive.

The Sportage is a practical car, too. It’s big in the back, comfy in the front and the driving position will put hair on the chest of the meekest drivers.

Throw in a big engine, lightweight handling and some firm suspension and you’ve got a real crossover contender.

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Kia Sportage Estate (2016)

4 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 1.6 - 2.0
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 119 - 177g/km

From £167.99 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,007.94 inc VAT

The SEAT Ateca brings some Spanish flair to British roads with sharp styling and outstanding performance. But is it good enough to stand out in a crowded market?

First things first, the Ateca is a brilliant looking car. It nails that big-yet-small, sporty-yet-practical look and I reckon it will win over a lot of younger customers.

If you squint, it looks a bit like a BMW X5 but comes with a much lower price tag!

Inside, the Ateca doesn’t quite live up to its exterior. SEAT clearly went for build-quality and precision over flair and excitement. So while everything feels super sturdy and lovely to use, it doesn't set the world alight.

Wireless charging, smartphone mirroring and super simple connectivity set the Ateca apart from its more dated competitors. It’s also another sign that SEAT is targeting younger drivers.

Behind the wheel, the Ateca is a dream.

Its firm suspension holds you flat round corners and lets you nip through traffic without the heavy roll that plagues many crossovers. The engines all provide enough beef to keep things interesting and the handling is pretty sensitive and accurate if a little disconnected.

Simply put, the Ateca is a great looking car packed with tech at a great price.

The crossover class is packed full of great looking cars and the Renault KADJAR hasn't really done enough to immediately stand out.

But that's not really fair. If you look closer, there's an absolutely outstanding car in there.

Peel away the bodywork and the KADJAR is basically a Qashqai with a different skin, which is good because the Qashqai is a quality car. The key difference between the two is space with the KADJAR beefing things up a bit to offer more passenger space in the back and more storage space in the boot.

On the outside, Renault’s opted for a softer, organic design and it is really good looking. Unfortunately, since it’s up against a load of rugged off-roaders, it does tend to blend into the background.

All the KADJAR models come with small punchy engines, which are super cheap to run and powerful enough to stay nippy in traffic.

Unlike some cars on the list, the basic model is actually pretty decent. Expect AC, DAB radio, tinted windows and an auto parking brake all as standard.

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Renault Kadjar Hatchback (2015)

16 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 1.2 - 1.6
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 99 - 139g/km

From £183.14 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,098.84 inc VAT

The Suzuki Vitara is a strange beast. It’s a little like a baby elephant, big and rugged but in a sort of miniature way.

And I don't mean that in a bad way. It’s a good crossover but I still think that it’s a bit weird.

The new version of the Vitara is pretty easy on the eyes. They’ve gone for a bigger body and have moved away from their agricultural look. The straight lines along the bonnet and under the window actually remind me of a Range Rover but it’s subtle enough to avoid looking like a ripoff.

Internally, the Vitara is a big ol’ car!

Headroom is great pretty much everywhere and there’s enough space in the back to fit three adults with room to spare. Unfortunately, the spacious seating comes at the expense of the boot, which is a touch smaller than other crossovers.

Unfortunately, the internal finish isn’t brilliant and cheap materials do spoil the experience somewhat. But as one of the cheapest crossovers on the list, you really can’t complain.

On the road, the Vitara feels fantastic. A lively — if not huge — engine provides enough zip for effortless motorway cruising and the chassis delivers a surprisingly sharp experience.

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Suzuki Vitara Estate (2015)

27 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 1.4 - 1.6
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 106 - 131g/km

From £148.48 Per Month

Initial Rental: £890.88 inc VAT

Ignore the similarities with the Sportage, the Kia Niro is a brand new car designed and built from the ground up to take on the crossover market.

A lower ride, sportier look and bigger internal space set the Niro apart from Kia’s previous forays into crossover territory.

Since they started from scratch, Kia was able to ditch conventional petrol and diesel engines, opting for a petrol-electric hybrid. The Niro is also the first car built on Kia’s new Group platform, which was developed specifically for alternative drive vehicles.

Unlike traditional cars, which have to slot heavy electric units into chassis that wasn’t developed for them, the Niro's chassis is designed to integrate the differently weighted components into the design.

On the road, the Niro is pretty impressive. It’s not the fastest car in the world — its 0-60mph time runs to almost 12 seconds — but it has brilliant torque from the electric engine, which gets you off the line really quickly.

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Kia Niro Estate

4 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 1.6
  • Fuel: H, X
  • Body: Estate
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 29 - 101g/km

From £186.36 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,118.16 inc VAT

Big, bulky and powerful, the Volkswagen Tiguan is a solid choice for space-conscious families or even style conscious removal men.

Big and basic, the Tiguan’s design is solid but it’s a mile away from the sporty sleekness of the Qashqai or the organic loveliness of the Renault KADJAR.

The internal styling is just as safe with high-quality materials used in a fairly inoffensive way. Although, to give the Tiguan its dues, the infotainment panel is absolutely first class and is right up there amongst the best of the best.

The driving experience is good, too. The seating position is super high and you tower over other motorists who putter about down below in their lesser cars.

On the road, the Tiguan does suffer from an undersized engine. Stand on the accelerator and you’ll hear a throaty grumble but you don’t sink into your seat like you do in sportier competitors.

The one really annoying about with the Tiguan is the number of seats. With such a cavernous chassis, you’d expect Volkswagen to give you the option of an extra two seats in the boot. Sadly, until Volkswagen launches the Tiguan Allspace later on this year, you’re limited to a five-seat layout.

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Volkswagen Tiguan Estate

52 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: D, P
  • Body: Estate
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £217.91 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,307.46 inc VAT