Are SUVs necessary?
Warning-many a 14-year-old’s hot takes ahead (repost because I've learned how to use studio)
SUVs are getting more and more common on our roads, and alarmingly, not a lot of them are very competent on the road. Common arguments for purchasing SUVs are higher view point, more storage and getting over rough London roads (actually seen this). On the last point, a 2006 Vauxhall Astra glides over bumps and potholes driving at reasonable speeds, so, instead of getting that X1 over the 1 series, maybe keep an eye on that speed and stop pretending to be colin McRae. But it’s the other two points that are the main focus of this article, higher view point and more storage, however, there is a vehicle designed for this, the van. Anyway, the problem is they are, and not to sound like early 2000s James May, but a bit anti-social, they are big and high up, and the windows are positioned so that if you a peasant in a hatchback, you have to look up to your superiors. Also, since mud-flaps are uncool to anyone but classic car and rally enthusiasts, they kick up standing water and debris right to the windscreen of a normal. But there a more friendly way to have those benefits?
Ever since ford released the transit, the van has been the vehicle for carrying things, and is not what you call a low-down seating position, and look, a fully spec’d one would run you £42,000 out of the factory. But Mercedes has just released the GLB, which could get you 1 more seat and a lot more badge for just £39,605, and at the end of a day, a work vans a work van, its not going to be anywhere near as refined. No, the van has no way to compete with new SUVs, however, a particular Domestic market has great luxury vans which could be brought over and shame SUVs for the money, and lucky for the UK, its right-hand drive.
Yes, I’m of course talking about Japan and there Uber luxurious mini-vans. I found a Nissan Elgrand XL for £9,495 with 80,000 miles on the clock, and a Mitsubishi outlander for £10k with 40,000 miles.
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Now the start of things the SUVs still win, its new with most of the same kit with less miles, but, it’s a manual, so not a luxurious vehicle for London, and is a modern Mitsubishi, which is a bit like buying what fiat are calling “Lancia” nowadays. It also doesn’t come with keyless entry or captain style chairs that can move and become a lounge.
So, a valiant effort from the van, but a hard toss up on the used end and a crushing defeat on the high end.