Millennia from now, archaeologists will be able to construct a pretty accurate synopsis of 21st-century mankind when they unearth the fossils of crossovers. Some will incorrectly assume that early Noughties mankind needed ground clearance and part-time all-wheel drive to escape the ever-rising sea levels and erosion caused by civilisation driving towering, obese cars.
Astute Tony Robinsons of the year 3000 will link that tallness with our ageing population, unable to lower their creaking frames into a “hatchback”. Whatever that was. Mollycoddled 21st-century families valued a sensation of safety, and of communication with primitive handheld jukeboxes, they’ll realise upon observing adaptive AWD and several hundred USB ports. Few machines sum up modern life as succinctly as the crossover. And no section of the entire car market is growing in popularity as quickly.
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This article was originally published in issue 289 of Top Gear magazine