Which of these dynamic sports utility vehicles would be most appealing to outdoorsy suburbanites in Singapore?
AS an enthusiast, you’ve probably wondered why many of your non-enthusiast friends are keen on getting a sports utility vehicle (SUV) despite its downsides, which include tricky handling in carparks and potentially higher fuel costs.
But for regular motorists, an SUV’s higher stance, rugged styling and flexible cabin appeal to their sense of adventure, especially if their weekends are filled with activities such as cycling, hiking and wakeboarding.
For these weekend warriors, a vehicle that complements their active lifestyle is more important than one that’s fun to drive.
Promising more than just ruggedness is the 1.6-litre Hyundai Tucson Turbo, which has the punchiest powertrain in this story.
The Tucson also has a roomy interior, which will undoubtedly attract family men.
Hoping to convince enthusiastic drivers is the Tucson’s cousin, the 2-litre Sportage GT Line from Hyundai’s sister company Kia. Compared to the standard Sportage models in Singapore, the GT Line promises better handling thanks to its firmer dampers and new electric power steering system.
Trying to tempt drivers with its French flair is the 1.5-litre turbo-diesel Renault Kadjar. It has the smallest engine here, but the car’s high-tech cabin and unique safety features make it a strong contender.
Which of these SUVs would offer the strongest appeal to outdoorsy suburbanites in Singapore’s concrete jungle?
Read on to find out.
Sportage has the most attractive instrument cluster, with “floating” needles and sharp digits which make it the easiest to read in any lighting condition.
Sportage’s 491-litre cargo hold is roomy and ready for bulkier/heavier items, being the only one with a metal strip on the loading lip to protect the bumper against scratches.