QUOTE(chizzu @ Jun 15 2013, 12:04 PM)
To date there are a few crossovers in Malaysian market
Mitsubishi ASX - lancer platform
Pug 3008 - 308 platform
Subaru XV - imprezza hatch platform
The rest like CX5 and CRV are proper (compact?) SUV
There is also VW Cross-touran and BMW X1. Not sure if they are cross overs from other model platforms. But they share same engine as their non-SUV models and their size are also similar to the other cross-over models. Then if you look further down the price range, there is Toyota Rush and Nissan X-gear. If you look up the price range, there is Audi Q3. I think purely in terms of size, these are also within the cross-over size range, regardless of whether they actually used a sedan sibling platform.
For CX-5, I actually think it is neither here nor there.
Cos if you look at the various brands in Malaysia who do have a range of these cross overs and SUVs like:
VW: Cross touran, Tiguan, Touareg
Audi: Q3, Q5 ,Q7
BMW: X1, X3, X5
Subaru: XV, Forester, Outback
Nissan: X-gear, X-trail, Murano
Mazda: CX-5, CX-7, CX-9
Kia: Sportage, Sorento
Hyundai: Tucson, Santa Fe
So the CX-5 should be bigger than Q3, X1, XV, X-gear, Cross-touran. But on the other hand, I think it is smaller than Tiguan, Q5, X3, Forester, Sportage and Tucson (though not by much). Yet it sits as the smallest of the Mazda SUV range. So I think the various brands have actually blurred these marketing definitions so much that if we have to start using adjectives in front of the category like compact SUV, premium SUV, standard SUV etc etc., then categories have become meaningless.
Peugeots and Citroens don't even look like SUVs. It looks like some offspring from a Wagon father and a SUV mother with 1 or 2 of the grand parents that were Cross-overs. Even though I do like their design, but I cannot make myself classify them into any specific category. I own a Citroen by the way.
That's why I think one really have to just look at each model individually and cast away the so called category or class definitions. Just look at it plainly without all the frills and judge it against your most important criteria as mentioned by Freddie.This post has been edited by joker98: Jun 15 2013, 03:57 PM