The acronym ‘SUV – Sports Utility Vehicle’ is used to describe a car with high ground clearance and good off-roading capabilities.
The first examples of SUVs were big, tough and rugged machines that were sturdy and fitted with an AWD (All Wheel Drive), which meant that they could travel off-road. Along with spacious interiors, SUVs with best ground clearance were built for the outdoors. You could drive through the forests to discover lost trails; go camping on the mountains or drive through snowy terrains with ease.
SUVs are also considered to be one of the safer options, with a range of safety features that come along with it like ABD, EBS, ESP, Airbags etc. A heavier car also affects impact on collision, making SUVs the safer choice.
As the practicality and high driving position of SUVs became more popular, the number of buyers increased and manufacturers increasingly made them more stylish.
And ever since then, we’ve seen all kinds of new concepts from compact SUVs to crossovers.