The most pop­u­lar car on the road

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Gh Institute - By GH mo­tor­ing edi­tor GINNY BUCK­LEY

Why are driv­ers lov­ing crossovers more than ever? They’re not too large, of­fer a good view, and be­cause most aren’t true 4x4s with heavy four-wheel drive me­chan­ics, they weigh less which gives bet­ter fuel econ­omy. Last year, al­most half a mil­lion crossovers were sold and they are fast be­com­ing some of the most pop­u­lar cars on the mar­ket. Now, with more crossovers on the mar­ket, man­u­fac­tur­ers are going the ex­tra mile to at­tract driv­ers…

...THE LUX­URY

If it’s style you’re af­ter, the new BMW X2, a small cross­over with sporty looks and a beau­ti­fully made in­te­rior, ticks a num­ber of boxes. We spend an av­er­age of 10 hours a week be­hind the wheel, so the in­te­rior mat­ters, and this one is stylish, well-built and com­fort­able. Cruise con­trol, park­ing sen­sors and al­loy wheels (which of­ten cost ex­tra) are fit­ted on all mod­els. The X2 is lower than other crossovers, which means less space in the back seats and boot, but we like how the sporty style makes it feel like a hatch­back to drive. The BMW X2 starts at £30,040.

...THE MID RANGE

If space is your top pri­or­ity, the Peu­geot 3008 could be for you. It’s prac­ti­cal, comes with the lat­est safety tech­nol­ogy and has a high-qual­ity in­te­rior, which can even give you a back rub if you’re feel­ing stressed – handy if you’re on a long road trip with the fam­ily. The 3008 is all about the well­be­ing of the driver – a seat with five mas­sage set­tings, mood light­ing and a choice of scents – what more could you need for stress-free driv­ing? The Peu­geot 3008 starts at £22,870.

...THE VALUE

A decade ago, Nis­san took a fam­ily hatch­back and added a high driv­ing po­si­tion, tougher looks, a large dose of prac­ti­cal­ity, and the cross­over was born: the Nis­san Qashqai. And to date, the Qashqai con­tin­ues to be the best­seller on sales lists. The Nis­san Qashqai starts at £19,300.

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