What Is A Crossover Car?

You may have come across the term before, but do you know what it means?

In today’s car industry, there are many different body types to choose from, for instance, hatchback, SUV, saloon or crossover. With so many new phrases that come out, we all struggle to keep up with car jargon.

However, here at CarCliq, we discuss what is a crossover car and some examples of the best-selling ones – but also, what differentiates it from other body types?
 
What is a crossover car?
That is the million-pound question, right? Well, a crossover (also known as a CUV) is a car built on a unibody car platform. This means in simpler terms, a mix of two body types put together – this is most commonly a hatchback and an SUV. Usually, car manufacturers will create a crossover using the practicality of a hatchback, but the styling of an SUV.

With this comes benefits such as…
  • Increased ride height
  • Better visibility of the road
  • Relatively lightweight
  • Economical engines
So, what is the difference between a crossover and a SUV?
For those of you who don’t know, a SUV is a sports utility vehicle, which has transformed over the years; rather than focusing on its off-road practicality, it has turned its focus instead on style.

Once SUVs took off, customers started demanding for something smaller, a bit more affordable and better fuel economy. This brought us to a medium-size SUV and then a small SUV – the crossover.
 
CarCliq's Favourite Crossovers
We’ve put together our favourite crossovers and put them into two categories, which are crossovers suitable for a family (medium-sized) or smaller models.

Medium-size crossover top 5:
  1. BMW X1
  2. Peugeot 3008
  3. MINI Countryman
  4. Nissan Qashqai
  5. SEAT Ateca
Small crossover top 5:
  1. Nissan Juke
  2. Ford Fiesta Active
  3. Renault Kaptur
  4. Toyota C-HR
  5. Citroen C3 Cactus


To conclude, we hope you now understand what a crossover car is and if you want to brush up on your car jargon, simply click here for CarCliq’s Guide To Automotive Abbreviations.
 
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