Choosing the right Volvo Car: Crossover or SUV?

While crossovers and SUVs share similarities, knowing the difference between the two can help with making an informed decision when deciding on what car to buy.

In this blog, we’ll explore the characteristics of crossovers and SUVs, highlight their distinctions, and ultimately guide you toward choosing the right car to suit your lifestyle.

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What is a Crossover?

A crossover, short for Crossover SUV or Crossover Utility (CUV), is a car that combines features of regular cars and SUVs. While traditional SUVs are built on truck platforms, crossovers are constructed using a unibody platform, integrating the body and frame into a single structure.  The design delivers a seamless driving experience, offering advantages such as improved fuel efficiency, ease of handling, and enhanced ride comfort.

Crossovers have a lower ground clearance compared to SUVs; this not only enhances their handling and fuel efficiency but also makes it easier for passengers to get in and out of them. Their compact dimensions also make them well-suited for navigating urban environments and fitting into tight parking spaces. By blending the characteristics of both cars and SUVs, crossovers offer a versatile driving experience that combines the comfort of a sedan or hatchback with the agility of an SUV.

What is an SUV?

Sports Utility Vehicles, commonly referred to as SUVs, have a distinct history and come with a specific set of attributes. SUVs typically have a body-on-frame construction and were originally crafted to combine the off-road capabilities of trucks with the passenger-carrying capabilities of station wagons. This robust design ensures resilience and enables them to handle substantial towing loads.

SUVs are known for their spaciousness and versatility. Depending on the specific model, they offer ample seating, often accommodating up to seven to eight passengers. Furthermore, SUVs offer generous cargo capacity, making them well-suited for families, outdoor enthusiasts, or individuals who require more storage space.

Differences between SUVs and crossovers

1. Performance and driving dynamics

Volvo cars provide a range of engine choices for both crossover vehicles and SUVs, allowing you to find which powertrain aligns with your needs and preferences. Crossovers focus on agility and fuel efficiency, delivering a responsive driving experience with outstanding mileage. Meanwhile, SUVs highlight power and towing capability, featuring robust engine options capable of handling heavy loads and challenging terrains.

2. Interior space, comfort, and technology

Crossovers generally provide seating for up to five passengers, whereas SUVs can accommodate more, often with rows capable of seating seven or eight passengers. Additionally, SUVs have greater cargo volume, allowing for increased storage capacity. Whether they are crossovers or SUVs, Volvo cars prioritise passenger comfort and cutting-edge technology, offering plush seating, high-quality materials, and advanced infotainment systems.

3. Safety

Crossovers and SUVs, whether it’s a smaller model like the EX30 or a larger one like the EX90, incorporate advanced safety features designed to prevent accidents and, most importantly, protect passengers in the event of an accident. Both car types come equipped with collision avoidance systems, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist, so whether you choose a crossover or SUV, you can rely on its safety.

Choosing the right car

When it comes down to choosing between a crossover and an SUV, you’ll want to consider your specific needs and preferences. Crossovers are well suited for those in search of a smooth driving experience, increased fuel efficiency, and easy manoeuvrability in urban environments. On the other hand, SUVs excel in providing ample interior space, impressive towing capabilities, and a commanding presence whether off or on the road.

Visit Archibalds Volvo Cars to test drive different models and speak with our Volvo Specialists. By knowing the difference between crossovers and SUVs and your lifestyle requirements, you can confidently choose the right Volvo car to elevate your driving experience.

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