Becoming ever more popular year in year out, the crossover SUV provides all the luxury of an SUV with an efficiency close to that of a regular car. The higher vantage point and size of the vehicle provide extra comforts for the driver and passengers alike.
With most manufacturers now on the bandwagon, there’s no end of Crossovers to choose from. For those forever compelled to drive the long, mundane, unadventurous roads of normality, you can now navigate that journey in a ride position two feet higher than the rest.
As a helpful guide, we’ve rounded up 5 affordable favorites from the class to help you rise above and beyond the views of a regular old sedan.
One of the more powerful Crossovers on the market, the French made Renault Duster boast 153BHP, generated from a 1.5Liter engine. Not bad credentials, especially given that it achieves up to 16.42km/l.
The Duster’s appearance certainly pays homage to the SUV with its bulky looks. Inside however, it leaves much to be desired with a very plastic and typical French feel.
Price: AED 51,900
The biggest selling point for Kia is usually the seven-year warranty. In an industry such as the automotive, you need to hustle to get in among the big boys and Kia have certainly come into their own over the last decade with tempting offers such as the extended warranty.
As for the vehicle itself, it’s packed with tech and trim to make it stand out from the crowd. Running between 17 and 24km/l, it’s thirstier than the Duster with less bang for your buck at 130bhp. Looks wise, they’ve opted for a more sleek, curvy-with-rolling-corners look.
Price: AED 69,900
Championing Hyundai’s signature front grill, the Creta has the appearance of an inflated mini. It’s about as fun to drive as it looks but does have a few redeeming qualities. Climate control, a Bose sound system and panoramic roof make it easy to forget you’re driving what looks like a child’s drawing of a London Black cab.
With a reported mileage of between 16.9 and 21km/l and 138bhp, you’ll be going nowhere fast. Your face will be beaming smiles out at everyone you pass though, due to the fact you had forgotten you were in a Hyundai Creta.
Price: AED 62,850
Mitsubishi brings a little more prestige to the class in the way of looks, luxury and reputation. Offerings from 2.0 – 2.4 liter engines mean those who like life in the fast lane, will not be left behind. Bursting with safety features like lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring, the ASX unsurprisingly achieved a 5* rating for safety.
The ASX serves up 150bhp from the 2.0 liter engine, which can achieve 16.15km/l. This is definitely the smart choice, in our opinion.
Price: AED 69,900
All the rumors were of a redesign, but alas, it seems the CR-V remains unchanged for 2021. They have however, scrapped the 2.4 liter engine in favor of a turbocharged 1.5 liter straight 4. This little terrier churns out 190bhp and as low as 11.5km/l, which is super-efficient for the class.
With idle-stop and an ECON button as standard on all models, for those looking towards a greener future there will also be a Hybrid version available.
Price: AED 92,200
For more on what defines a Crossover from an SUV, you can read our previous blog post here.