Best crossovers of 2022
Want a car that has the rugged-looking styling of a 4x4, but you don’t fancy the bulk, the fuel costs, or the purchase price? Then you need a crossover – cars that try to combine the look and feel of an SUV, but with sizing that’s more inline with a traditional family hatchback.
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Advice about crossover cars
Good question, and potentially a legally interesting one seeing as many countries are talking about introducing higher taxes for SUVs and crossovers. Crossovers started out as half-way houses between estates and 4x4s (Subaru’s original Legacy Outback was arguably the first crossover car) but they’ve evolved now into a mixture of SUV and small hatchback. Basically, if you’re shopping with a small car budget, but you want the higher driving position and hatchback (or estate) space, you’re going to be buying a crossover.
Again, a good question — basically it comes down to size, but this is a string of many lengths, so to speak. The case for being a crossover is obvious when you look at cars such as a Peugeot 2008 or Renault Captur. They sit in an obvious gap in the lineup between smaller hatchbacks such as the Peugeot 208 or Renault Clio, but beneath larger hatches such as the Peugeot 308 and the Renault Megane. For bigger crossovers, it’s a little more confusing. Could you argue that the Nissan Qashqai is an SUV rather than a crossover? Yes, you could, but perhaps it comes down to intent — a crossover is a car that will likely never leave the tarmac, whereas an SUV might see occasional off-road use.