Over the last few years the British public seems to have fallen head over heels in love with the concept of the Sport Utility Vehicle, or SUV as it’s popularly known. First they were big, then they were smaller and became classed under the sub-heading of ‘crossover’. Whatever, we have taken these vehicles to our hearts and scarcely a day goes by without one manufacturer or other bringing out a new or revised model. We are spoilt for choice.
Why is this so? Perhaps its the word ‘utility’. These big motors seem to offer us a brilliant blend of the practicality of an estate car, the ease of use of a big hatch and the road presence of a rugged mud-plugger. Of course, many of our SUV buys will never go near a green lane; they will stay resolutely on the tarmac. In fact many of them are just two-wheel drivers and the biggest off-road adventure they are likely to undertake is an unsurfaced car park at a farm shop.
The Space Factor
The likelihood is that it comes down to space. Family cars always end up full of the bits and pieces of our daily lives and we realise that the SUV can do most of the jobs we need from a car, from collecting granny from the hairdressers to moving a load of garden waste down to the council tip. In short, the SUV offers us a package on the basis that if we have a space, we always fill it. With a high roof, low floor and van-like shape, SUV’s like the brilliant evergreen Nissan Qashqai get the job done.
The Road Ahead
The high-riding characteristics give the driver and passengers a commanding view of the road. There are several benefits to a higher ride height. In our towns and cities or out in the countryside they give a better view of the many hazards of urban and rural driving. By and large, mainstream SUV’s and crossovers have a softer ride, the longer suspension travel easing our way over the broken, pothole strewn highways.
Not so long ago the big old four-by-four monsters were seen mainly on the pages of Country Life magazine driven by people wearing tweed, but these days that narrow selection has been replaced by an almost infinite supply of vehicles in all sizes and sizes, many at very affordable prices. No longer, big and heavy with all the aerodynamics of a house brick, today’s cars are designed to be more fuel efficient; sure, they can’t rival the frugality of a small hatchback but we seem quite happy to accept that economy compromise. The SUV is here to stay and right now at Ecars247 we have a great selection of SUV’s and crossovers
, all of them just low mileage, one-owner vehicles and AA inspected
But What If I Don’t Need An SUV?
Not a problem. Most car makers have in their range a big saloon or hatchback that have boots big enough for the families luggage. A big, smart saloon makes a real statement in a sea of high-sided SUV’s. Don’t forget estate cars either. No longer like the lumbering Volvo 645’s of old, these days estate cars are spacious vehicles and are as sophisticated as their saloon and hatchback siblings. We really are spoilt for choice aren’t we?