Cross cars has appeared from an easy hand of the leadership of Volvo, which offered the first machine with reinforced suspension and increased road clearance. Station wagons terrain XC70 perfectly overcame snow rut and carried himself well on slippery roads. The idea came to mind drivers. In the end, after a long pause, and market analysis of several brands developed for Northern regions cross-versions of popular cars. First there was the LADA Vesta SW Cross, then the KIA Rio X-Line, then Renault Stepway Logan and other cars. However, unlike the Volvo XC70, these cars have only front-wheel drive. Although this does not stop buyers. They have enough high clearance, long suspension moves and protective gears, to not be afraid of snow in winter and mud in summer. Sales are growing, and in many cases, the proportion of crossover cars has already exceeded 30% of the total sales of a family of models. The experts of the analytical Agency “AUTOSTAT” published the results of a market research and found out what cross-version like most motorists in Russia.The rating is headed by popularnost KIA Rio X-Line, which is completely pushed out of the market a conventional hatchback and competes for sales with the KIA Rio sedan. Machine for a long time had adapted suspension and treated only off-road plastic body kit, but the year before, Russian engineers have developed a package of adaptation, increased stroke chassis and reinforced springs with shock absorbers. In the end, sales went up. Now Rio X-Line occupies more than 40% of the total sales of the collection Rio. Last year has sold more than 35 thousand cars.
Small, but valiant. Test drive St. Petersburg KIA Rio X-line
The second place on popularity was occupied touring terrain LADA Vesta SW Cross. This machine was adapted suspension with a completely retuned the chassis. The design of the body there is the possibility of equipping its all-wheel drive, it is therefore possible that in a few years AVTOVAZ will release such a car. But high clearance is not the only factor in the popularity. The behavior of SW Vesta Cross was sporty and very dynamic, which like the fans of an active lifestyle. Sales went up, although not as good as KIA. Now Vesta SW Cross is approximately 27% of the total of all variations of the model Vesta. At the end of 12 months 2019 sold about 30 thousand cars.
Seven-League boots. Test drive LADA Vesta SW Cro
Third went to Renault Sandero Stepway. This car was designed mainly for the Russian market and received a soft and energy-intensive suspension, thanks to which the machine is capable to move on rough asphalt roads without the risk to break the wheel or bend discs. It�� the fast ride Sandero Stepway can not. Suspension does not have sufficient stability and openly rides on the waves of the asphalt, moving away from the chosen path on two feet and above. So to drive Sandero Stepway faster than 110 km/h not interested. Although buyers that don’t stop. Hatchback terrain is 38.5% of all sales of Sandero and sold in the amount of 24 thousand.
Soft and reliable. Test drive Renault Sandero Stepway 1.6 CVT City Life
Fourth place ranking is the station wagon LADA Largus Cross. Brutal body kit and high clearance, coupled with a long wheelbase give the car good performance. The machine can get into the remote places of the Russian hinterland and shows good performance on rascisim the primers. Universal is 37.6% of the total sales of Largus. Just sold more than 15 thousand wagons.Fifth place went to Renault Stepway Logan. This sedan is built on the same platform as the previous two models, but features a larger wheelbase than the hatchback Sandero and a more attractive appearance than Largus. He drives a little better, although can not compare in handling with the LADA Vesta SW Cross. He also rides the bumps and jumps of the trajectory at speeds over 110 km/h as the Sandero. Meanwhile, Logan Stepway is the most energy-intensive suspension of all the cross-version, so it enjoys high popularity in the province. Its share in family is 20.4 percent. Sold more than 12 thousand cars.
Simple with a surprise. Test drive Renault Logan StepWay with a CVT
Sixth place is occupied by LADA XRAY Cross. This car is built on French platform B0, which formed the basis of Sandero and, in fact, is a copy, although the chassis settings and to equip the LADA is far superior to the Frenchman. The car is much better controlled and keeping the trajectory at high speeds. Not surprisingly, the share of sales of XRAY Cross closer to 34.3% of all sales XRAY. Sold more than 9 thousand cars.Seventh place went to the sedan LADA Vesta Cross. The machine is a copy of the universal SW Vesta Cross, only in the sedan. She’s got the same suspension setup and an equally good cross. However, in appearance it is not as brutal as universal, causing the share of sales to the family of Vesta is only 3.5%. Only at the end of 12 months 2019 sold more than 3 thousand cars.