Consumers are faced with a range of choices in today’s car market. From bold SUVs to stylish crossovers, you are undoubtedly spoiled for choice. So, how do you decide between a Crossover or SUV? Think about the type of vehicle you need for everyday use. Are you more of a city driver or off-road, or both?

Here are a few things to consider:

The size

A Crossover is a vehicle that was originally designed for certain use, but with a few modifications it has supplied an entirely different marketplace. Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) were designed to be large from the start. However, attention has been placed on performance in certain circumstances during the manufacturing phase.

Interior & space

Both SUV and Crossover vehicles may vary when it comes to a comfortable and spacious interior, which is an extremely important determining factor for many consumers. However, SUVs often have an extra few litres of boot space. This is because crossovers were designed to be smaller vehicles from the start, for example, a hatchback.


While SUVs are fitted with standard equipment and systems that cater for adventurous driving, a Crossover has additional features that make it a practical off-road vehicle, for example skid plates and mudguards.

Crossovers and SUVs are bigger, and live harder lives compared to most other vehicles – this excludes commercial vehicles and workhorse bakkies. Both crossovers and SUVs can go off-road, however crossovers are fitted with extras that make it possible to venture the unbeaten track, whereas SUVs are designed to take on harsher terrain from their production phase.

The cost

Finally, it’s about the cost. Crossovers tend to be more reasonably priced because they are smaller and able to take on tougher conditions, compared to their heavyweight counterpart, the SUV.

By Wanita Wallace