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Ever wished there was less trunk space on your SUV? Fancy the lines of a sedan but you need more cargo space? Maybe you’ve always dreamed of the least optimal combination for a crossover. That title goes to coupe SUVs.
They’re all generally shaped the same; and some models are based on a normal bodystyle. Perhaps a designer drew a slope where angles should be, and the design was approved for production. What do you know? Soon all manufacturers hopped on the new trend of these crossovers. Mercedes, Volkswagen, Honda, you name it. Evidently, they have their buyers. BMW is often credited for being the pioneer with its X6 in 2008, and inevitably complicating the SUV market.
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Surely there has to be a good reason for its existence. Well, not as far as the eye can see. They’re more often pricier than their original counterpart; given that it is based on a regular SUV. This goes down to personal preferences, but it has only appealed to a minority, as most continue to criticize it. It’s simply built for looks, one that we could never understand. Aside from the obvious reduction of cargo space, it doesn’t have much to offer. It also goes against all principles of the coupe; smaller size, two doors, and a sloped roof that continues to a noticeable flat line for a separate trunk. The only part that it mimics is the smaller boot space, a trait that it suffers from the combination. There are several two-door SUVs, and boxy, older ones look great, while models like the Murano CrossCabriolet make us question how and why it was ever approved for sale.
(Original image by Volvo, archived by ConsumerGuide Automotive)
p dir=”ltr” style=”line-height: 1.38;margin-top: 0pt;margin-bottom: 0pt”>Consumers may buy vehicles purely based on their looks, and that’s perfectly fine. At the end of the day, everyone has their own preferences. But should you ever consider buying one of these crossovers, consider the fact that you’ll lose cargo space, and possibly headroom. If anything, station wagons did it right decades ago.