September 25th, 2019
SUVs are popular, but sometimes, you can get a car that looks like an SUV without actually being one. This month’s car review discusses a true SUV and two crossovers. Let us find out what they are like!
What is it like?
The Renault Captur has unanimously been hailed as the Clio-SUV crossover as it has more space but is not as big as a true SUV. In its 2019 avatar, the Captur comes with a rugged exterior – heavy-duty bumpers and sharper lights.
The car is higher, with more headroom, so tall passengers will have plenty of space overhead, but there might not be enough legroom for long legs.
Even so, it is a decent car for its category. In fact, it has some of the lowest emissions for its class, falling between 110 and 128 g/km.
The car comes with the option of four engines, three of which are petrol and one diesel. These are TCe 90 (the 0.9l petrol engine), TCe 130, and the TCe 150. The diesel engine, dCi 90 is a powerful beast but can be quite noisy. For a smoother, economical ride, your best bet is the TCe 90.
While none of the engines gives fuel economy lower than 42mpg, the TCe 90 ranges between 44.1 and 45.6mpg and CO2 emission as low as 122g/km. This 3-cylinder model goes from 0-62mph in 13.2s flat. Not a car you would race in, but still a decent performance.
Because of its popularity, the Captur does not depreciate greatly in value, which is another point in its favour. What remains to be seen is how it will fare against the competitors in long-term performance.
What is it like?
The BMW X6 has been described as the ‘marmite car’. You either love the way it looks or you hate it. While the model is based on the X5, it loses some of the boot space and practicality in exchange for a sloping roof.
The interiors are comfortable, with plenty of headroom, legroom, and width. However, for the asking price, it doesn’t feel as luxurious and high quality as it could.
It does make up with the amount of standard equipment it comes with. For example, you get 6 airbags, tyre pressure monitoring, and automatic emergency braking as standard safety equipment. It also comes with an alarm and immobiliser included.
All models come with an adaptive sports suspension as well, so you can customise your ride. The car is smooth and quiet on motorways. However, town driving at low speeds can be bumpy.
It comes with 3.0l 6-cylinder petrol or diesel or 4.4l turbo-charged 50i V8 engine options. The 30d diesel might be the best choice for a company car with its low list price and some of the lowest CO2 emission rates in its category.
What is it like?
The Mazda CX-30 came about as a crossover between the CX-3 and CX-5. Logically, it should have been named CX-4, but Mazda already has an exclusive Chinese model by that name.
The car handles well and is quite good-looking inside with the interiors looking a lot more expensive than what you would expect for the price. Whilst it has plenty of space in the front, the back doesn’t have the greatest amount of legroom but the extra height of the car means there is plenty of headroom.
There are 3 engine options available – Skyactiv-G (a 2.0l Naturally Aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine with ‘some hybrid tech’), Skyactiv-D (A 1.8l 4-cylinder diesel), and Mazda’s innovative Skyactiv-X, a petrol engine that gives you the fuel economy of diesel!
The emission levels are on the lower side, with the 120bhp 2.0l manual engine emitting 116g/km of CO2. The figure goes up by 10g/km with an automatic transmission.
Even the fuel economy is not too bad. The 120bhp 2.0l officially gives 45.6mpg and the 178bhp 2.0l offers 47.9mpg.
So these are some of the cars you could be driving in the future. Which of these do you prefer and would like to test-drive? Are there any other cars you’d like us to review? Send us a message and let us know!
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If you wish to lease one these SUVs or any other vehicle, give us a call on 01844 852000 or email us. Our team of specialists will help you with all the information you require about them. We can even book you a test drive so you know first-hand how they handle.