Rugged good looks with a practical edge – why the SUV crossover trend is here to stay
In the beginning, there was the SUV. The original Sports Utility Vehicle was a car as capable as the name suggests – built for scaling mountains and tackling the most difficult of terrain, while the driver sat safely in the comfort of a robust metal shell. However, functional as they might have been, they weren’t always too easy on the eye.
Then, there was the crossover. This was a vehicle that looked like it could do all that, but with a bit more focus on comfort, style, and of course the extra space and practicality that comes with owning an SUV. This was a car that looked and felt just as comfortable and capable on city streets as it did on the farm.
Whether they were scaling mountain roads or not, the extra ground clearance helped to make short work of muddy rural byroads, and the raised ride height made it easier for people with reduced mobility to get in and out of them. This was a vehicle that could handle backroads in the Black Valley in Kerry or the Glengesh Pass in Donegal as though it was driving on a main road. The nation fell in love with their commanding road presence and endless practicality, and the rest as they say, is history.
While it might have been tempting to brush it off as a fashion statement at the time, this is one trend that shows no sign of fading away. One in three new cars sold in Ireland now falls into the SUV bracket. It’s not difficult to see why – they look good, are great to drive and most still come with the option of the tough off-roading credentials of their ancestors.
As for those who just want the rugged good looks, there’s plenty of choice available there too. One brand quick to adapt to this new market trend is Volkswagen, with a high-riding option available to fit every lifestyle, budget and parking space.
The mid-sized Volkswagen Tiguan has long been one of the most desirable SUVs on the market. The arrival of the seven-seat Tiguan Allspace earlier offered more options to cater for families of all shapes and sizes.
For those who don’t need quite as much space, there’s the trendy T-Roc, their first foray into the rapidly expanding compact crossover market. Based on the reliable Golf platform, the T-Roc is guaranteed to make a statement wherever it goes with its eye-catching colour palette and endless customisation options.
Sitting on top of the range is the biggest and boldest of them all – the all-new Volkswagen Touareg manages to combine class-leading levels of interior space with outstanding road presence, and one of the most technologically-advanced cabins on the market.
As the shape of new vehicles evolves and grows, so too do their advancements in safety, comfort and entertainment features, with Volkswagen once again at the forefront of these new developments. Their latest range of technology upgrades makes high-tech driver-assisting aids like Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Change Assist and Road Sign Recognition more accessible and affordable to more customers than ever before, and across all passenger vehicles in their range.
These convenient features can be added for a small premium spread across an affordable monthly payment plan. One of the benefits of having their own in-house finance solution in Volkswagen Financial Services Ireland (VWFSI) is that Volkswagen can offer some of the best value car finance options on the market, including their current offer of PCP finance from 0pc APR for 191. They are also offering purchase contributions of up to €2,500 on certain models, so getting the keys to your dream car is easier and more affordable than ever.
The shape of cars may be changing but one thing you can rely on is Volkswagen’s incredible build quality and whether you want to raise your ride height or your expectations – it’s never been a better time to start driving your future forward with Volkswagen.
To find the perfect Volkswagen SUV for you, visit the Volkswagen website and request a quote today