What’s in a name? The word ‘crossover’ has been written into the lexicon of automotive text, thus adding another category alongside SUV, saloon, supermini and the like. The difference between crossovers and other SUV’s is sometimes defined as a crossover being built using a ‘unibody’ platform of the type that underpin passengers cars. Thus they have better economy and comfort but generally less off-road ability than a full-blown SUV. In short, they ‘cross over’ between hatchbacks and SUVs.
Crossovers have been an instant hit with the public who seem to like the high-riding stance of these vehicles. They come in different shapes and sizes, the smaller ones described as ‘compact’, and the larger variants form another branch of ideal hatchback utility vehicles, cars that fit family needs. Every brand stocks at least one and usually more but, like the cream in your bottle of milk, the best quickly rise to the top. Mostly bought as two-wheel drive models with some getting on-demand all-wheel drive as an option, these then are just five of the top used family-sized crossovers available in 2019:
Folk old enough to remember the Renault Clio TV ad featuring Nicole and her Pappa in the 1990’s will realise that Nicole will now be in her late thirties and probably have a family of her own. Now, if she were to reappear, she would probably be driving a Kadjar. It’s a good-looking car with a curvaceous body, a spacious interior, a large boot and lots of kit as standard. There’s a variety of efficient engines and trim levels to suit most budgets.
This car is the brand’s top seller in the UK and with good reason. Good to drive, it has plenty of room inside and Kia’s always come with a generous specification. With attractive styling, loads of practicality, a very creditable ride with handling to match this popular motor is a strong value proposition that continues to sell fast.
The Ford Kuga is a comfortable vehicle with a smooth ride at all speeds and surprisingly good body control in the corners. For a car of this type, it is a decent drive; better than many rivals. The cabin is smart and recognisably Ford with lots of leg and head room and plenty of storage options. The boot is perhaps not as capacious as some rivals though.
The C-HR’s extraordinarily bold exterior is married to an interior that features equally surprising elements. Whilst coupé-like styling is not unusual these days, it is pretty unique for the mainstream crossover class and there’s a hybrid version too. Toyota have worked hard to give the driver a much more satisfying driving experience. Four adults can sit comfortably, although some might find the rear seats a little claustrophobic thanks to the shape. The high-set rear door handles also compliment the shape but for someone struggling with an armload of shopping they might not be so convenient.
The crossover that started the craze. If they made a crossover version of Downton Abbey then this car would be the Earl of Grantham. Since 2006 this excellent motor has been the one to beat and it continues to be a family favourite. With solid build quality, sharp styling and a clever boot this is a vehicle that has kept up with trends as the crossover has developed. Handling is soft but the ride comfort is one of the car’s strong points. If five seats aren’t enough then the Qashqai +2 adds a couple more.
There you have it: Five quality vehicles that fit the bill when a supermini or a regular hatchback just won’t do any more. The really good news is that those searching for such cars will often find great examples, keenly priced, right here at eCars247. Thanks to our complete, award-winning service this is the one-stop car-buying destination, not just for crossovers but the whole spectrum of automotive choice.
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