Your article on the evil of the SUV (MW September 9) highlights one of the problems facing manufacturers.
Arguably, there are two types of SUV: the large, big engine, expensive 4x4s (such as the BMW X5 and Mercedes G500) and the smaller cheaper “compact SUVs” (Honda CRV, Toyota RAV 4, Nissan X-Trail, for example).
As an owner of one of the latter I feel that manufacturers of the compact SUVs need to promote the fact that they are not so very different from a normal family car. For instance, the fuel consumption of the petrol versions of these vehicles is well over 30mpg, they are thinner and shorter than a Ford Mondeo estate and are as practical and versatile as the Ford. And as for the higher seating position, I sometimes find myself being looked down on by some drivers in people carriers.
So, what is the problem with these smaller SUVs? I would not necessarily defend the big gas-guzzlers, but the manufacturers of these smaller SUVs need to perhaps consider a slightly different positioning for these practical vehicles if legislation is proposed.
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