Crossovers are more popular than they have ever been with every manufacturer aiming to get in on this lucrative niche. When it comes to crossovers, diesel fans are spoilt for choice. With this in mind, Diesel Car picks its Top 5 crossovers.
Range Rover Evoque
Plenty of people scoffed at Range Rover when the Evoque was unveiled, however once again Land Rover proved the nay-sayers wrong. The Evoque has led a Land Rover sales surge with the Solihull-based firm racking up record sales. Smart, stylish and still capable off road, the Evoque is the crossover everybody wants.
Let’s be honest, the old Sportage wasn’t exactly what you’d call a looker. All the changed in 2010 when the current model launched. In many ways the Kia Sportage underlines the evolution and improvements Kia have made to their cars over the years. The Sportage looks great, is hugely practical, affordable and above all, comes backed by Kia’s seven-year, 100,000 mile warranty.
The current Ford Kuga arrived in February this year and built on the success of the original, launched in 2008. The new Kuga has proved so popular infact, that Ford increased production of the crossover by 10% and expects to produce 100,000 examples. Ford might not have been the first firm to built a crossover, but it’s certainly one of the best.
The Qashqai in many ways, began the cross-over craze. With each passing year Nissan has seen Qashqai sales increase, with the capable crossover being Britain’s fifth best-selling car in January this year. It’s built at the firm’s Sunderland plant, making it not only a huge success for Nissan but also for British car manufacture.
First shown as the Minagi concept car back in 2011, the CX-5 is the second Mazda to feature the company’s Kodo or ‘Soul of Motion’ design. It launched in 2012 and quickly found favour in its native Japan, winning the Car of The Year award that year in its home country. The CX-5 scores more points with diesel fans thanks to its impressive 2.2 litre SKYACTIV -D turbo engine which, according to Mazda develops as much torque as 4.0 litre V8 petrol. Impressive stuff…