The SUV Revolution: Popular Crossover Models
SUV’s and crossovers have seen an unrivalled surge in popularity over recent years as motorists flock to own these machines. Typically smaller models of manufacturers halo models, crossovers deliver all the prestige of their larger counterparts whilst, potentially, being more useable day to day. With so many variants on the market, which do you go for?
Every manufacturer currently is likely to have a model that fits into the SUV or Crossover market segment. This was an area of the market that until recently, had very few competitors and typically, wasn’t the car of choice as estates and larger saloon vehicles held strong. However, as the new millennium dawned, manufacturers started a sea change and redefined what the SUV could be. First came the BMW X5 and then subsequently, the BMW X3.
This kick-started a trend which would only gain more and more momentum. Whilst this revolution started with the more premium brands, with the likes of BMW and Porsche leading the way, it was the arrival of the likes of Nissan's Qashqai and Juke that really upped the bar of this segment and bought these types of vehicles to a brand new audience.
Since then SUV’s and Crossovers are now a common sight on our roads. With so much choice, what are some of the leading crossovers that you can buy currently? Let's take a look at three below from three different segments of the market.
Produced by Japanese manufacturer Nissan, the Qashqai has been on the scene since 2006 and in that time has seen a number of facelifts. A practical and usable machine on a day-to-day basis, the Qashqai features a range of capable powertrains and configurations which make this a confident machine at an affordable price point. It comes as no surprise then that it’s sold like hotcakes since launch.
One of the original pioneers of the early Crossover / SUV movement, the BMW X3 has been around a little longer and is aimed slightly higher in its market segment. First hitting showrooms in 2003, the BMW X3 takes the luxury and comfort of the likes of the BMW 3 Series and packages it into chassis that replicates the poise of some of BMW’s smaller saloon machines.
The Porsche Macan falls at the higher end of the SUV segment. Relatively new to the scene, it first appeared in 2014 and is the smaller relative of the Porsche Cayenne. Porsche have seen sales surge of their SUVs of late and it’s muted that these made up nearly 75% of all Porsche sales globally. Taking cues from the likes of the 911 and Cayman the Macan brings together all the right attributes to deliver a Porsche that has the practicality to be used day in day out.
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