ROME – Spaciousness and modularity of a wagon, raised set-up (almost off-road) typical of a Sport Utility. Welcome to the world of crossovers, the most requested on the market and above all in constant growth. There are many models, of all sizes and with all types of engines and equipment. Here, then, are the ten crossovers with prices between 30 and 40 thousand euros.
Citrusin C3 Aircross
Compact crossover, the new Citroën C3 Aircross has rounded and soft shapes, larger than the C3 (16 centimeters longer). One of the most important qualities of this model is the spaciousness of the passenger compartment (which comfortably accommodates five people), but also the particular agility demonstrated in the city, thanks to the high maneuverability and small dimensions. In particular, the top-of-the-range Shine Pack trim, combined with the 1.2-litre Pure Tech petrol engine with 130 HP power and six-speed EAT6 automatic transmission, with Nappa leather interior, panoramic glass roof, and with Grip Control system with Hill Assist Descent, starts at a price of price list of 30,350 euros. The technological equipment includes the dashboard with head-up, color display and the 9” infotainment display. Driving the Citroën C3 Aircross is lively and pleasant. The car demonstrates good road holding and the suspensions are calibrated to absorb the roughness of the asphalt well.
Imposing and aggressive dimensions, all-wheel drive and travel comfort are some of the most important characteristics of the crossover from the House of the Pleiades whose name is associated with that of the forest rangers. The Forester is suitable for moving on any type of terrain, even on slippery or slippery ones. The standard equipment provided for this model is good, as are many active and passive safety systems. The passenger compartment appears spacious and comfortable, instruments and controls are arranged in a functional and rational manner and the driving position is raised to allow the driver an excellent view. The version contemplated for the Subaru Forester is unique, featuring a hybrid powertrain with an electric unit combined with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine capable of delivering a combined power of 150 HP. Consumption on a mixed cycle stands at 8.1 l/100 km. In the basic “Free” version, the new Subaru Forester starts at a price of price list of 39,950 euros
Soft lines, further softened by a series of curves, which help to increase the perception of the dimensions of the new Fiat 500X. In reality, the dimensions of this crossover are small enough to allow agile driving in the city. The interiors are comfortable and spacious for five people, with a welcoming and generous rear bench seat for three people. The driving position is raised and this provides excellent visibility for the driver. Solid assemblies, quality interior trim. The standard equipment is also rich, especially in the Sport trim level with Mild Hybrid petrol engine which combines an electric unit with a 1.5-litre petrol engine for a combined power of 130 HP. The planned transmission is a seven-speed automatic gearbox. The standard equipment is the richest compared to that of the other trim levels and includes the Pack Tech, the Pack Comfort and the Pack Style as well as all the most important active and passive safety systems. The list price for this version, in the top-of-the-range set-up, is 32,850 euros
Sleek and tapered shapes, extraordinary elegance and unrivaled mechanical architecture. These are the characteristics of the new Mercedes GLB. The safety level guaranteed by the German crossover which achieved the maximum five-star rating in the EuroNCAP crash tests is excellent. Comfortable driving and balanced road holding, even when cornering. All the engines that GLB can mount are ready and snappy. The soundproofing of the passenger compartment is almost complete and the insulation from mechanical and aerodynamic noise is good. The list price for the version of the new Mercedes-Benz GLB 180 d Automatic, with 116 HP diesel engine and automatic gearbox, starts from base price of 39,029 euro and is the one with the lowest consumption declared by the House.
Audacity and right proportions make the new Opel Grandland a mid-size crossover that is original and different from its rivals. The shapes are crossed by a series of ribs which strengthen the bodywork, making it more dynamic. The cockpit is sober and balanced. There is room for five people on board and three are comfortable behind, thanks also to the presence of a tunnel that is not too bulky. Upholstery and finishes are of high quality. The Business Elegance trim level, combined with the 1.2-litre petrol engine with 130 HP of power and eight-speed automatic transmission, starts at a price of price list of 35,850 euros. All trim levels have very rich standard equipment and the richest versions also add a navigator and rear view camera, which are very useful when on the move.
Decisive features and sharp lines identify the third edition of the Japanese company’s crossover. The new Qashqai has a strong character and continues to attract the interest of a large number of motorists who continue to see it as the first true crossover, a forerunner of this category. The Qashqai’s passenger compartment is devoted to the latest generation of technological equipment and there is plenty of space on board. Rear passengers also travel comfortably and accessibility is facilitated by the presence of large doors that open at right angles. Driving is smooth and balanced and safety on the road is guaranteed by the presence of some of the most important electronic systems. The recommended version is the new Qashqai in Acenta set-up with e-Power 190 hybrid (electric/petrol) powertrain with automatic transmission and very rich standard equipment, which starts at a price of price list of 37,270 euros.
Powerful front dominated by an imposing radiator grille with small horizontal slats, sharp lines that alternate with softer shapes and medium crossover dimensions. These are the most important features of the new Peugeot 3008 which aesthetically demonstrates a certain aggressiveness underlined by the thin light clusters and the chrome profiles that make the bodywork more dynamic. The passenger compartment is simple and original, with a very high dashboard and a dashboard with a linear and minimal development. Dominating is the digital instrumentation which includes the major multimedia systems available on the market. There is no shortage of space on board, the new Peugeot 3008 comfortably accommodates five people. There are many setups and versions made available for this crossover. We recommend the Allure Pack set-up, with 130 HP Puretech petrol engine and eight-speed automatic transmission: the price of price list starts at 36,670 euros.
The new Renault Arkana is a large crossover, with a particular coupe configuration, rounded and sinuous shapes. The Lozenge logo rises imposingly on the grille and at the rear. The character of the French crossover is bold, also accentuated by the presence of large alloy wheels and an eye-catching LED light signature. The interiors are welcoming and comfortable, suitable for hosting the whole family, despite the shape of the sloping roof. Excellent assemblies and finishes of Arkana. The passenger compartment is enriched with all the most innovative technological systems and road holding is balanced and fluid, assisted by the presence of the most important ADAS driving assistance systems. The recommended version is the cheaper and quieter one, e-Tech full-hybrid 145, with automatic transmission. The price of price list starts at 36,350 euros.
Plenty of space and practicality are the main features of the Skoda Karoq, a medium-sized crossover. The shapes are sober and balanced, not too flashy. But its strong point is the passenger compartment, given that it comfortably accommodates five people and in addition can count on the VarioFlex sliding sofa which allows you to easily increase the capacity of the boot. The driving position is good, which is higher, and the visibility is equally satisfactory. The steering is light, so the resulting ride is nimble and nimble. The car implements all the most advanced driving assistance systems. The recommended version of the new Skoda Karoq is the intermediate Style version which includes very rich and complete standard equipment, with a 150 HP 1.5 TSI ACT petrol engine, combined with a six-speed manual gearbox and with front-wheel drive. The list price of this version starts at 33,500 euros.
Toyota Yaris Cross
Sharp and sinewy shapes mean the crossover version of the Japanese B-segment, Yaris. Its name is, in fact, Toyota Yaris Cross to better identify its attitudes on the road. Still built on the TNGA-B platform, the new Yaris Cross features elongated headlights, horizontal and angular taillights, black protections in the lower part of the bodywork and squared wheel arches. The layout of the passenger compartment has soft lines and the layout of the controls is very functional. The Japanese crossover is easy to drive thanks to its small size, good stability even when cornering. The recommended version is the Adventure version with rich and complete standard equipment and equipped with a hybrid engine that combines a 1.5-litre petrol unit with an electric propulsion unit for a combined power of 116 HP. The list price for this version starts from 32,200 euros and increase if you want to add optional packs such as the Plus Pack Light, the Luxury Black Pack or the Luxury Chrome Pack.