But what does it mean to own an SUV? Well, let’s take a look.
What is an SUV?
SUV stands for sports utility vehicle. It combines elements of road-going passenger cars with the wilderness of off-road.
A higher driving position, increased ground clearance and more space in the cabin provide for a unique driving experience. And the benefits aren’t just for show, either.
Why buy an SUV?
Buying an SUV isn’t just a statement. There are several practical elements that come in tow. For instance, they aren’t just designed for one type of person. Each will find their own favourite aspect of an SUV.
It could be boot space. SUVs are well known for their ample storage, meaning if it’s the dog, family, furniture or the mother-in-law’s old carpet that needs taking to the tip, you’re covered.
Well, if you want boot space, what about an estate? And it’s a fair question. However, an estate vehicle doesn’t come with the versatility of an SUV.
Seats up or down, in some cases even room for seven, an SUV can be as big or compact as you want it to be. And there aren’t many cars on the road that have that trait.
Of course, a huge plus point in an SUV is safety. With its size and readiness for off-road, you can tackle the UK’s winter without much concern. And due to its high driving position, you have a much greater vantage point of the road ahead.
In general, SUV’s fuel efficiency has considerably improved over the past few years.
Of course, your expenditure is still going to be higher than if you drove a three-door hatchback, and an SUV will produce more carbon emissions, but there are ways you can tackle that.
If fuel efficiency and emissions are high up on your priority list, you can choose a hybrid or fully-electric SUV; giving you the same benefits as their smaller counterparts.
An SUV is too big for me
Despite the benefits, and the four listed above are by no means the full extent of what an SUV can offer, for some, an SUV just isn’t right.
It could be that it’s too big. And that’s fine because you can still reap the majority of the benefits on a smaller scale. It’s called a crossover.
What is a crossover?
A crossover is a mix between a standard road-going car and an SUV or off-road vehicle.
Although the description sounds a lot like an SUV, there are significant differences. The biggest usually being the size.
That’s because a crossover is based on a car’s platform, whereas an SUV is based on the chassis of a truck. Another technical difference being a crossover, like a car, is unibody – meaning the body and frame are one piece. An SUV meanwhile isn’t. It’s body on frame.
Benefits of crossover vs SUV
Despite there being many benefits to owning an SUV, there are some areas in which a crossover pips it.
We’ve spoken about how an SUV’s fuel economy has improved over the years, but it still doesn’t rival a crossover.
That’s simply because of its size. A crossover is smaller, therefore lighter, and again although it’s efficiency can’t rival a hatchback, for example, it’s still more cost-friendly than an SUV.
With a crossover, you also often find it’s a better driving experience than an SUV.
That’s not to say an SUV is bad, but a crossover has a lower centre of gravity, therefore feels more planted and more comfortable on the road.
A crossover’s size is also on its side when it comes to manoeuvrability. Around town or in narrow streets, an SUV can be troublesome.
However, with the movement of a car, a crossover doesn’t face the same problems. In fact, with its off-road tendencies, it’s often the perfect vehicle for a variety of terrains and settings.
So, which is better?
There isn’t a definitive answer to which is better out of an SUV or crossover. It depends on what you’re looking for in your vehicle.
A crossover is certainly more comfortable on the road, but with the SUV you get space and height. So it all comes down to what’s important to you.
What’s not up for debate, however, is where to get your SUV or crossover from. During the month of January, here at Hippo Leasing, we have our Big Price Drop.
Every vehicle is reduced, including a wide range of SUVs and crossovers. Below are just some of the incredible deals currently available.
Why choose Hippo Leasing?
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When you enquire, you’ll be appointed a dedicated account manager who’ll oversee your Hippo journey; making sure your chosen vehicle and finance package is right for you as well as always being on hand to answer any questions you might have.
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