A win­dow of op­por­tu­nity

Autocar - - YOUR VIEWS -

Young fam­i­lies must make up a big pro­por­tion of buy­ers of small SUVS, so it seems odd that, in the con­stant striv­ing to pro­vide dis­tinc­tive styling, some man­u­fac­tur­ers are se­verely re­duc­ing vis­i­bil­ity out of the rear win­dows for younger pas­sen­gers. Be­ing able to see what’s go­ing on out­side helps the jour­ney go by peace­fully.

For ex­am­ple, the heavy kick-up in the belt­line on the Volvo XC40 must be a pain, es­pe­cially for lit­tle ones in rear-fac­ing seats. And the shark-fin side pil­lars on the new DS 3 Cross­back will be aw­ful for young­sters and ir­ri­tat­ing for any­one else in the back seat, although I do ad­mit that they are very dis­tinc­tive. Vaux­hall pre­sum­ably recog­nised the is­sue with its drop­ping belt­line on the Meriva, but the cur­rent trend is for ris­ing belt­lines to­wards the rear of the car and now with added dis­tinc­tive ‘flour­ishes’. I think our Ford Kuga is a good com­pro­mise.

Rodger Wil­liams Via email

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