A window of opportunity
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