Crossover vehicles deliver many of the benefits of a 4x4 vehicle, a high driving position, excellent visibility and usually the option of 4WD combined with aspects of a family hatchback like a softer ride, lots of equipment and clever seating arrangements. You’ll usually find across the range numerous engine options with both 2WD and 4WD options available to you.
The Nissan Qashqai is the UK’s best-selling Crossover now but the sector is crowded which means competition..... and competition is usually a good thing for the consumer. There are some excellent alternatives to the Qashqai if you are looking for a compact SUV/Crossover. The well-priced Skoda Yeti has received accolades and is on a roll, the Honda CR-V along with the Toyota RAV4 were the first to claim Crossover status back in the late 1990’s and there’s the very stylish new Mazda CX-5 which has won numerous awards and boasts a super clean diesel engine.
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The Nissan Qashqai
Pros: Britain’s best-selling crossover, the Qashqai boats stylish looks and is known for it’s excellent build quality, generous levels of equipment, comfort and smooth ride.
Cons: Very few negatives, if generous boot space is a requirement then the Qashqai may not be for you as it has one of the smaller boots in the Crossover sector, having said that if you wait for the 2014 model it is expected to be equipped with a bigger boot. You may also want to research resale values as they may not be the most attractive.
The Qashqai is a stylish, sleek looking crossover perhaps less 4x4 looking than some of the rival crossover vehicles available. With chunky wheels and a strong looking, sculpted body it will appeal to a lot of people and Nissan sales support this. It’s Nissan’s flagship and best-selling vehicle in the UK, in fact it’s the best-selling SUV Crossover in Britain. The new 2nd generation 2014 Nissan Qashqai should be on sale early in 2014 and exterior tweaks will be consistent with the all new Nissan X-Trail model. New features include a new larger headlight design, a sleeker front fascia and grille. At the rear of the vehicle a sportier spoiler will complete the new exterior design for the Qashqai reinforcing its status as a class leader when it comes to sleek and stylish looks!
Inside the 2014 model expect improvements in the quality of materials and build and they’ll be new equipment to the already well equipped Qashqai.
Qashqai Equipment Levels and Range
The current entry-level Visia model is equipped with 16” alloy wheels, electric windows, air con, electric heated door mirrors, a 4 speaker CD/Radio/MP3 player with Bluetooth support, tilt and telescopic steering wheel and drivers height adjustment. Move up to the Acenta model and you’ll get the addition of 17” alloy wheel, body coloured door handles and bumpers, driver seat lumbar adjustment, cruise control and speed limiter, dual zone climate control, electric folding mirrors, automatic wipers, front fog lights, a six speaker audio system and ultrasonic rear parking system. The current range also includes the 360 model with 18” alloys, aluminium pedals, gloss black gear stick and door handles, gloss black roof rails, part leather seats, privacy glass, panoramic one touch glass roof, 360 around view monitor, colour front rear and side cameras Nissan Connect sat-nav system with bluetooth and USB support. The Tekna models feature full leather upholstery, heated front seats, satin silver roof rails, Xenon clear lens headlamps with washers, a premium bose sound system, colour rear view parking camera and intelligent key.
Qashqai Safety Features
Across the range the current Qashqai is equipped with 6 airbags, ABS with brake assist and EBD, Electric Stability Program, ISOFIX child seat anchor points, immoliser and ultrasonic alarm. New 2014 models will have the option of Nissan's Safety Shield system, lane departure warning system and blind spot warning.
Qashqai Engine Range
Plenty of options, available although if you want a 4WD model you’ll have to opt for one of the two higher trim-levels. There’s an entry 1.6 16v manual petrol engine; 0-60mph in 11.9 secs, combined fuel economy of 45mpg and CO2 emissions of 144g/km. If you’re looking for a more frugal petrol option then it may be worth waiting for the 2014 model with a new 1.2 petrol unit expected that will equal the outgoing old 1.6 petrol engine on power but offer significant improvements in fuel economy. There’s also a 1.6 petrol CVT option but it offers few benefits over the manual option unless you’re a fan of the CVT transmission. If you want a more powerful petrol option there’s a 2.0 CVT unit that does 0.60mph in 10.7 seconds and a top speed of 114mph. Diesel offerings are a 1.5 and 1.6 dCi manual and a 2.0 dCi automatic. The stand-out engine for us is the 1.6 dCi with start/stop, it offers an excellent combination of performance and economy; 0-60mph in 10.3 seconds, a combined fuel economy of 63mpg and CO2 emissions of 119g/km, the only drawback is it’s only available with the two higher trim-levels at the moment.
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The new Skoda Yeti
The Skoda Yeti is increasing in popularity, it is reasonably priced for a vehicle that has good levels of equipment and it has a clever, versatile seating arrangement. The latest model will offer two distinct models and should appeal to a wider audience.
Pros: Value for money, two new distinct models for city or more demanding use.
Cons: Ride and handling not as refined as its rivals
Skoda Yeti Exterior
The next incarnation of the Skoda Yeti should be on sale in the UK soon and will feature two very distinctive models a ‘city’ model for around town driving and a more rugged 4x4 off road version. With both models you’ll get the high seating position you’d expect along with excellent visibility.
The Outdoor model delivers off-road capabilities and a more rugged look with under-body protection, whilst the urban model is for normal road use and sports more subtle and stylish looks for example body coloured bumpers and side sills. Both designs are very appealing in their own way and the distinct styles may prove to be a stroke of genius by Skoda.
Skoda Yeti Interior
The outgoing Skoda Yeti model had been accused in some quarters of being a little underwhelming inside and this is where Skoda have made some major improvements with new materials, improved build quality and layout clearly Skoda are listening. The Yeti also features a very clever seating system that lets you easily convert it from a five to a four seater in no time, it boasts class leading headroom in the rear and generous boot space of 405 litres with the back seats up or 1,760 litres with the seats down.
Skoda Yeti Equipment
As standard you’ll get roof rails, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, 12V socket in luggage compartment, air conditioned glove compartment, front electric windows, height adjustable rear head rests (two), height and reach adjustable four spoke steering wheel, height-adjustable driver and passenger seat, lashing eyelets in luggage compartment, air conditioning, dust and pollen filter, radio 'Stream' - 2 DIN with integrated single CD player, trip computer, two ISOFIX child seat fittings in rear (outer) and varioflex seating.
The new models get the option of a optical parking assistant (a rear-view parking camera system) and the latest generation of park assist (capable of parallel and bay parking plus Skoda’s ‘KESSY‘ (keyless entry, start and exit system).
Skoda Yeti Safety Features
Safety features are plenty and the new Yeti got the maximum 5 stars in NCAP safety tests. Included are ABS incl. EBD, MBA, EBC and ASR, alarm system with interior monitoring and back-up horn, curtain airbags, driver and passenger, front and side airbags, electro-mechanical power steering, ESC incl. ABS, EBD, EBC, ASR, EDL, HBA, DSR and ESBS, fuel supply cut-off (in event of accident)m gear change recommendation, indicators integrated into door mirrors, outdoor temperature gauge, passenger airbag with de-activation switch, remote central locking (with 2 keys) and tyre repair set (compressor 12V and bottle with the adhesive filling)
Skoda Yeti Engine Range
New engines will be available with the all new Yeti with manual or DSG transmission; a 1.2 litre petrol, 1.6 diesel and 2.0 diesel unit. Front wheel drive or four-wheel drive options will be available (4WD only available on the rugged off-road model)
The 1.6 TDi GreenLine II option will be the cleanest engine, with front wheel drive and a manual gearbox, it emits only119g/km and will be available for both the urban and outdoor models.
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The new Mazda CX-5 Crossover
It’s not the cheapest compact SUV on this list but it offers something different. It boasts striking looks, a premium interior to rival some luxury compact SUVs and very generous levels of equipment. Then there’s the class leading CO2 emissions and fuel economy which will keep running costs down and with Mazda’s SKYACTIV-BODY technology delivering a surprisingly light vehicle you’ll get a good trade off between performance and economy.
Pros: Class leading CO2 emissions, striking looks, premium interior, sportier ride than rival vehicles
Cons: More expensive than the other vehicles on this list, cabin/wind noise could be reduced
Mazda CX-5 Interior
Space inside the CX-5 is generous and up there with the best, head and leg room are very good and the boot is extremely large too offering 503 litres of space. The rear spring-loaded 40:20:40 seats fold down nicely to offer an extended flat loading space should you need it. Build quality inside the CX-5 is excellent and even the entry-level new Mazda CX-5 SE-L model offers very generous levels of equipment that should meet most demanding expectations.
Mazda CX-5 Equipment
Take into consideration when comparing the CX-5 with rivals that the entry-level SE-L model may match or surpass equipment levels on higher trim-levels of rival SUVs. The entry SE-L model is equipped with Cruise control, push start button, front and rear electric windows, air con, auto dimming rear view mirror, karakuri tonneau cover, rear Seat 40:20:40 Split, rear seat fold flat karakuri functionality, daytime running lights, dusk sensing lights, front fog lights, front and rear parking sensors, power folding heated door mirrors, 6 speaker Radio/CD player with AUX, USB and Bluetooth support, leather steering wheel with audio mounted controls, 5,8 inch colour touchscreen, media commander, trip computer, driver seat lumbar, recline and height adjustment, iStop, sat-nav (nav models only). That’s pretty good for an entry-level model!
The SE-L Lux model adds: power tilt and slide sunroof, six-way driver's seat power adjustment, leather trimmed and heated front seats and a leather gear knob.
The Sport model adds: smart keyless entry, bi-xenon headlights with adaptive front lighting system (AFS), reversing camera, 6-way driver’s seat power adjustment, premium Bose® surround sound system with eleven speakers, heated front seats, leather trim seats and sliding centre armrest.
Mazda CX-5 Safety Features
All models across the range are equipped with curtain airbags, driver and front passenger airbags, front side airbags, passenger airbag cut-off switch, dynamic stability control (DSC) with traction control system (TCS), emergency stop signalling system (ESS), hill-hold assist, smart city brake support (SCBS), tyre pressure monitoring system, thatcham cat 1 alarm and immobiliser, ISOFIX child seat anchor points.
Mazda CX-5 Engine Range
There are two main engines to choose from a 2.0 petrol and 2,2 diesel with various options; manual, automatic, 2WD and 4WD.
The 2.2 litre diesel (150ps) 2WD 6 speed manual is a class leader, it offers CO2 emissions of 119g/km and a fuel economy of just over 60mpg (combined) whilst at the same time with Mazda technology including SKYACTIV-BODY the model surpasses its similar rivals on performance offering a sharp 0-62mph in just over 9 seconds and a top speed of 126mph. The trade off between performance and fuel economy is hard to match for a vehicle in its class and make it a very attractive proposition for new car buyers in the market for a compact SUV.
The 2.2 litre petrol (165ps) 2WD 6 speed manual offers emissions of 139g/km and fuel economy of 47mpg (combined) acceleration is on a par with the 2.2 diesel at just over 9 seconds for 0-62mph with a top-end of 124mph.
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The Kia Sportage
Pros: Great looks, value for money, very generous levels of equipment even on the entry-level models, Kia 7 year or 100,000 miles warranty
Cons: Ride and handling not as refined as many other compact SUVs
Kia Sportage Exterior
It looks great and stands out from the crowd, all models come as standard with alloy wheels, tinted glass and LED daytime running lights.
Kia Sportage Interior
The interior has a look and feel of quality to it, gadgets and equipment are plenty (see below). Room inside is average for a vehicle in its class as is boot space. One drawback is cramped leg room for a middle passenger on the back seat.
Kia Sportage Equipment
Excellent levels of equipment are on offer, the entry-level ‘1’ model features: 16" alloy wheels, front fog lights, daytime running LED lights and cornering lights, silver front radiator grille, aero style front wiper blades, automatic rain sensing wipers, electric heated door mirrors, tinted glass, rear spoiler, black side sill and wheel arch mouldings, colour coded exterior trim., front and rear electric windows, fully adjustable steering column, height adjustable driver’s seat, rear centre arm rest, leather trimmed steering wheel and gear stick, air conditioning, air filter, 6 speaker CD/MP3 player with Aux, USB, IPod connectivity and steering wheel mounted audio controls, bluetooth phone support with voice recognition, cruise control and trip computer.
The ‘2’ model adds 17” alloy wheels, chrome front grille and door handles, roof rails, rear privacy glass, part leather upholstery, electric panoramic sun roof and reversing sensors.
The ‘3’ model adds add 18” alloy wheels, xenon headlights with auto levelling, headlight washers, front wipers de-icer, full black leather upholstery, heated from and rear seats, automatic lighting control, auto dimming rear view mirror, premium vision instrument cluster.
The ‘4’ model add stainless steel door scuff plates, engine start/sop button and smart entry system.
The ‘KX’ models all come with 4WD.
Kia Sportage Safety Features
The Sportagfe has pretty much got it all coverd with as standard : Twin Front Airbags, front Passenger Airbag Cut-off Switch, Twin Side Airbags (Front),Twin Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor, Front Active Head Rests, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Adaptive Brake Lights (Emergency Stop Signalling), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Downhill Brake Control (DBC), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), ISOFIX Child Seat Top Tethers & Anchor Fixings, All-round 3-point Seatbelts,Front Seatbelt Pre-tensioners & Load-limiters, Height Adjustable Front Seatbelts,Remote Central Door Locking with Fold-away Key, Advanced Anti-Theft System inc. Immobiliser & Alarm, Door Deadlocks, Interior Door Lock/Unlock Function, Child Safety Rear Door Locks, Speed Sensing Auto Door Locking, Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlocking,Grab-Type Exterior Door Handles and Locking Wheel Nuts
Kia Sportage Engine Range
There are 1.6 and a 2.0 litre petrol units plus 1.7 and 2.0 litre diesel units. The lower powered engines come with stop/start technology whilst the 2.0 engines get 4WD and have the option of a manual or automatic gearbox.
At the top end of performance is the 2.0 litre petrol KX-4 model which outputs 181bhp and can achieve 0-60mph in just over nine seconds. If you’re on a tight budget the 1.6 petrol entry-level model, is cheaper than the lowest price diesel model and offers a good trade off between performance of 0-60pmh in 10.7 seconds and fuel economy of 44 mpg (combined), although not quite as generous on fuel economy as the 1.7 diesel capable of a fuel economy of 54 mpg (combined), the diesel is however more sluggish capable of 0-60mph in 11.9 seconds.
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The Honda CR-V
The CR-V is one of the oldest SUVs and one of Honda’s flagship vehicles, huge numbers have been sold around the world and indeed the UK over the years.
Pros: Lots of 4WD options set it apart from rivals, new clean 2WD diesel option, generous legroom and huge boot.
Cons: Expensive when compared like for like with similar equipped compact SUVs.
Honda have never been keen on making drastic changes to the CR-V, it’s an important vehicle to them and they don’t want to lose a large and loyal fan base. The 2013 model did however see some of the box-like shaping dropped for a more rounded modern look and the CR-V looks a lot better for it.
It spacious, legroom is generous and makes an ideal family car, If boot space is important then be sure to check out the CR-V, it has a huge boot and the60/40 folding back seats fold down very quickly by way of a simple lever. The quality and feel inside may not live up to some if it’s rivals and equipment levels on the entry-level may mean buyers need to look at the SE model as a starting point.
The following equipment comes as standard on the entry level new Honda CR-V S model: 17" alloy wheels, dual zone climate control, cruise control, electric adjustable heated door mirrors, driver seat height adjust, driver seat power lumbar support, rear seat centre armrest, one-Motion 60/40 split fold rear seats, intelligent-Multi Information Display (i-MID), radio/CD player with USB and AUX support, multi-function steering wheel, vehicle stability assist (VSA), trailer stability assist (TSA), hill start assist (HSA), hill descent control (HDC), paddle shift, idle Stop, engine immobiliser, perimeter security alarm, halogen headlights, daytime running lights (DRL), shift indicator light (SIL) and SRS cut off switch.
The S-T model adds Bluetooth and SD navigation.
The SE model represents a considerable upgrade in equipment levels with the addition of: front and rear parking sensors, rear view camera, Bluetooth hands-free support, leather wrapped steering wheel, leather wrapped gear knob, dusk sensing auto lights, rain sensing auto wipers, auto dimming rear view mirror, remote power window (key fob operation), rear one touch power window (up/down), exterior door mirror tilt for reverse, power folding door mirrors, tweeter speakers, interior and perimeter alarm system (CAT 1), rear vent outlet and front fog lights.
The SE-T adds the following to the SE features: SD Navigation, Bluetooth hands free support
The SR miodel adds the following to the SE model: 18" alloy wheels, half alcantara half leather upholstery, front heated seats, Bi-HID headlights with headlight washers, high-beam support system (HSS), active cornering lights (ACL), driver and passenger seat power adjustment, lumbar support, passenger seat height adjust, DAB radio/CD/MP3 p premium audio system with sub-woofer, ambient lighting, privacy glass and roof rails.
The top of the range EX model adds the following to the SR model: Leather upholstery with heated front seats, HDD satellite navigation, smart keyless entry and start, panoramic glass roof, driver seat power adjust, driver memory seat, power tailgate and alloy door step garnish.
CR-V Safety Features
The new CR-V is built to be able to manage even the most tricky road conditions. It features as standard Vehicle Stability Assist system, electronic 4WD with Motion Adaptive Electronic Power Steering to manage the vehicle in slippy and demanding conditions.
Safety options include ADAS (advanced driver assist system) which includes Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Keeping Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control. THe systems monitor the road ahead, applying the brakes or correcting steering whilst maintaining a safe distance between you and the car in front.
CR-V Engine Range
The 2013 model range include a new 2WD 1.6 diesel option to compete with other clean compact SUV rivals, it emits just 119g/km of CO2 and can achieve a fuel economy of 62mpg (combined). There is also a 2WD 2.0 petrol option. The remainder of engine range are 4WD, a 2.2 diesel and a 2.0 petrol both available with either manual or automatic transmission.
Unless you really can’t do without a petrol engine then you should seriously consider the diesel models, the 2.,2 diesel and 2.0 petrol are pretty much identical in performance but the diesel offers a much better fuel economy of 50mpg compared with the 37mpg of the petrol unit with CO2 emissions of 149g/km for the diesel and 173g/km for the 2.0 petrol models.
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