Why not all SUVs should be curbed

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.

John Binks


GfK Marketing Services

West Byfleet

SurreyE-mail address for letters: mw.editorial@centaur.co.uk Please include your home or business address

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