Less be­comesmo ore for grey no­mads

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Cover Story -

IT’S not just DINKs and new par­ents get­ting into com­pact SUVs. Older buy­ers are look­ing fondly at the taller wag­ons for the per­fect hip height.

Mo­tor­ing au­thor­ity Mark Bor­lace says the com­pact SUV ap­peals to a wide au­di­ence, buy­ers who want the bet­ter for­ward vis­i­bil­ity and the life­style im­age.

‘‘There seem to be three things go­ing on,’’ he says.

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moved out of large arge 4WDs, as part of ad brigade; they’re ng out of the large nto smaller ones.’’ says er­gonomic nts have shown that t is a big part of the de­ci­sion. lso see­ing older oos­ing these cars hey’re eas­ier to get in ,’’ he adds.

The love af­fair with larger SUVs may also be wan­ing as driv­ers move into smaller ver­sions to keep the all-ter­rain im­age but re­duce fuel bills.

‘‘I think a grow­ing el­e­ment of peo­ple don’t want to be driv­ing around any­more in the big­ger thirstier SUVs but don’t want to lose the higher seat­ing po­si­tion,’’ Bor­lace says.

‘‘There are still brag­ging rights to these life­style-type ve­hi­cles.’’

Find­ing favour: Holden’s Kore­an­built Cap­tiva is pop­u­lar with fam­i­lies like the Hay­woods

Grey power: Mark Bor­lace

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