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EuromanDriver.com: The best small crossovers in 2018
The past year euromandriver have been testing several news SUV's in various segments and now we will write a short list of the best value for money in each category and what to expect of new arrivals in the SUV segment. We will not only look at the price tag, but also target which one is the most practical family SUV, the driving experience and off course the long term reliability of the built quality and lastly mention some of the same vehicles that are in the same class.
Let's start with the small crossovers. Basically hatchbacks with bigger body and large wheels. "hatchbacks on steroids" EuromanDriver has tested and chosen the new Volkswagen T-Roc as number one in this small crossover segment. Some motor journalits have complained about the plastic interior of this car. But honestly it is not a problem. We have tested this car and it looks great and well built inside and out. It looks very handsome and sporty and one of the best looking crossover you can get. You can get the T-Roc with awd, 2.0 TSI with automatic Transmission for less than many other crossovers and SUVs with smaller engines, no AWD and no automatic transmissions. If you go up in trim levels then off-ocurse you will pay more. But you can get the entry level equipped with 2.0tsi for a good price. You can't get that strong engine, awd and dsg 7 so cheap anywhere else! This is an impressive small crossover that drives great and offers a lot of space. Some car reviewer's are obsessed with soft materials that will actually eventually crack and even attract dust! But off course if Volkswagen Group added some smart leather stitchings on the dashboard and door panels it would become more upmarket and this could become of of their greatest success! So even though I don't see any probelms with all the hard plastics, it would add to the positive list, with some more premium interior. And apprenterly VW Group don't want the T-Roc to compete with the Golf.... seriously that is just STUPID! People who are looking for a smal crossvoer will just find another brand because they want a more nice interior and not buy the low sitting VW Golf, which means: lost sales for the VW Group. Nothing has been won on creating a "cheap looking interior" even though it feels solid, for many it will still feel cheap. But the 2.0 engine and driving experience in this T-Roc is the best in class! See our review of the T-Roc here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1yt4E798A8
There are many new crossovers in this class. There is the new BMW X2. It's a nice premium car, but get very pricy easily when you ad options. Then there is Audi Q2. It is not as good as the BMW X2 but still pricy. The T-Roc drives better than the Q2. The Audi Q2 also suffers from hard plastic syndrome....And it also has a premium price tag higher than the T-Roc. Then we have the Mercedes Benz GLA. Great little luxury crossover but.also pricy. Then there is the new Seat Arona. Great driving crossover. Great price and great drive. And there are off course many more like Kia Stonic, Hyundai Kona, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and next year a new good looking crossover is coming from Skoda. The Skoda Vision X. A sharp looking car that I predict will be one of the best in class and in same price level as the Seat Arona. But for now we think that VW T-ROC is the best crossover and value for the money in this class. (if you don't add to many extras) (Base version with 2.0 TSI, AWD. DSG 7 ad no more!)
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