Let’s take a look at what a “SUV” is and why are they so popular among families.
Looking for a family car can be quite overwhelming. There are so many to choose from and you start hearing words that few of us have heard of or know what they mean. SUV is a very common word that many people use for a family car. Let’s take a look at what a “SUV” is and why are they so popular among families.
What is a SUV?
SUV is short for Sports Urban Vehicle. In the dictionary, they are defined as a large car that is designed to be used on rough surfaces but that is often used on city roads or highways. They generally range in sizes from small to large. An example of a small SUV Honda HR-V while an example of a large SUV is a Toyota Kluger.
Why are they so popular with families?
Australian families really like SUVs. It’s true since more than one third of all cars sold in Australia are SUVs. They have so many great things which you simply will not find in other cars. For families, these include:
- Higher than other cars
- Fuel economy
- Pet friendly
Space is one of the most important things that parents look for when they are on the search for their next new car. Kids and car seats go hand in hand. SUVs have good space to get them in easily as well as offer a comfortable ride on the road.
Good boot space is also a must have for most families. If you have babies, toddlers and young children, you need to get a pram in on trips around the place. Many other cars either do not have the space or make it difficult to get it into the boot. SUVs offer good boot space which makes it easier to get the pram in and out of.
SUVs offer high level of safety and many of the most popular SUVs that Australian families buy come with the highest 5 star ANCAP safety rating. They also have good technology to keep your family and everyone else on the road safe. You can check out the latest safety ratings on ANCAP’s website.
Higher than other cars
One of the biggest advantages that SUVs have over smaller cars is their height. This is very helpful when you’ve got to get the kids in and out. It’s a lot easier on the back than lifting them in and out of other lower cars.
Fuel prices continue to go up so families need something that’s got good economy. We don’t want to be paying huge fuel bills just to get the family around. Many of the SUVs we see today are quite good on fuel and are always getting better. This means lower fuel bills and saved money can be spent on better things.
Practicality in a family car is a must. With all the things that you need to take with you, it’s important that they can be stored for trips in the car. Many SUVs are designed for family practicality. Some of the things you will find in SUVs include:
- Plenty of cup holders for drinks for the kids
- Cubby holes to store any of those fidgety bits
- Bottle holders in the doors for big water bottles
One of the best bits about SUVs is that they generally have enough space and height in the boot. This means that getting everyone in the family car including the fur babies is easy. To help you with finding a good pet friendly car we have narrowed down the list of cars that you need to look into. Some popular SUVs that offer good boot space for pets and value for money are:
- Nissan X-Trail starting at $27,990
- Mitsubishi Outlander starting at $28,750
- Hyundai Tucson starting at $28,590
- Skoda Yeti starting at $24,690
SUVs are more than just a hype. They offer so many goodies for a growing Aussie families and that’s why so many are buying them as the main ride for the family.
All starting prices listed in this guide are Recommended Retail Prices.