The crossover is worse. That’s not a mistake, it’s a design goal. The modern crossover is less capable than a traditional SUV, heavier than a sedan, and doesn’t necessarily have any more cargo space than a comparable wagon. Buyers know that, and they still buy crossovers in massive quantities anyway, because they offer a little bit of all three styles of vehicle in a cohesive, on-trend package. The entire category is a massive hit, one big enough to spawn odd sub-segments like lifted hot-hatches and “cute ute” halfway-there off-roaders. It’s a compromise so successful that manufacturers find new ways to compromise different concepts together every day.
And yet, after an entire decade of crossovers dominating the market, nobody has built a crossover that maximizes all of the things the segment does well into one singular package.
Performance sedans started to really hit their stride in the Sixties, and by the Eighties, the M5 showed the world that a four-door could keep its practicality and luxury while adding serious dynamics. SUVs started out capable, and evolved into luxurious and practical trucksters that could climb a mountain, the industry standard for the top of any competitive line. But even the most ambitious crossover is left to struggle, chasing the goals of both its parents, the passenger car and the SUV.
For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.