Here is the thing about Brexit: there are no facts. Both sides of the debate talk as if there are indisputable facts that we must heed if we are to make informed decisions, but the reality is that we only have hypotheses and predictions. That is not to say that these are not valid and an important part of the discernment process, but we have never been in this situation before, and the outcome, whatever the final deal will be, cannot be known beforehand. Only in retrospect will we see how all the variables and complexities came together to shape the future of the United Kingdom. At this point, we cannot expect people to make a decision based on facts, because there really are none.

A crossover vehicle that I have driven.

It is entirely the opposite with the crossover segment, however. Here we do have a multitude of concrete facts. Every test crossovers are subjected to proves that they are objectively worse than the cars they share platforms with: they are worse to drive, worse to look at, worse on fuel, worse on your wallet, and the list goes on and on. And I suspect that nearly all professional motoring journalists, who have extensively sampled and tested the range of crossovers on offer today, will tell you exactly this. There is no reason to buy a crossover when the market is full of estates that do the job better in every way. In fact, I would go so far as to suggest it be made a truth universally acknowledged that you should always buy a car instead of a crossover.

Earlier today, Pistonheads‘ contributor, Matt Bird, tweeted this rather surprising bit of information regarding the Cupra variants of the SEAT Ateca and Leon estate, which highlights the absurdity of the crossover:

That is a worthy use of an exclamation mark, because that is an astounding figure. A vehicle whose handling is already compromised by a higher centre of gravity, then laden with two hundred extra kilograms. If such a thing existed, that would be the very first lesson in ‘How to Ruin Vehicle Dynamics 101’. Armed with that knowledge, it would defy sense to then go out and buy an Ateca over a Leon, but of course that is precisely what people will continue to do.

Everyone who argues that Britain needs a second Brexit vote now that we have the ‘facts’ ought to take a look at the crossover market. Here we actually have the facts, and people simply ignore them. I want to believe Andrew Frankel’s argument that the crossover fad will end, but at the moment, the future looks bleak.

If you’re reading this, please just buy an estate. Let us arm ourselves with the facts, and unite to stop the madness that is the crossover.

One thought on “Crossovers prove that facts are useless

  1. Hey Jake!
    Great blog.

    But i think you are underestimating the power of our monkey brain!
    To quote Chris Rock the comedian, “women do not go backwards in lifestyle!”

    What this means is that as people get used to sitting higher, having a good-sized trunk and putting their kids in the backseat without bending over, they will never go back to normal cars.
    Look at what is happening in North America with sedan sales vs. SUV/crossovers over the last fee months.

    And just like the estate (wagon) died in North America about 30 years ago and was replaced by the minivan, for the last 15 years or so, US drivers are ditching the people carrier in favor of SUVs like the RAV4 and CR-V.

    In Europe, we are a few years behind North America, but the writing is on the wall for both sedans and people carriers as well.
    Dropping sales, no new models, etc.

    I believe that in the next 5-7 years, hatchbacks will also go down the same road as customers will opt for the ease of use and the styling of crossovers.

    And as drivers get older and will need a car with easy access (previously MPVs), the SUV craze will just continue.

    The world does not always work with common sense, as proven by the Brexit vote!

    Keep posting cool articles!

    Like

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