Best Compact SUV by a mile; simply outstanding
August 16, 2018
Pros: Best looking, best handling in class and fun to drive. Stunning looks & style for a SUV, well laid out & comfortable sporty cockpit (F Type copy), good driver visibility, brilliant performance technology, great features, smooth quick-shifting nine-speed transmission, quite nimble, precise steering, super stable braking, great cornering & windy conditions stability, excellent surround camera system, brilliant adaptive cruise control, unbelievable self parking, very good sound system, good interior fit and finish, and great storage capability considering vehicle size.
Cons: Little expensive, feathery overly sensitive accelerator pedal (spurts), washed out touchscreen display, windshield blocks radio frequencies, and a few other minor issues listed under, ’Details of Issues’.
Overall: A vehicle well suited to city driving and equally at home in the country; but not my first choice for long distance trips (full-size SUV time). The vehicle is best suited to a family of four or less (children and smaller bodies in the rear). The 21 inch wheels provide a great ride in ’Comfort’ & ’Dynamic’ modes, better than the smaller offerings. Brakes are excellent and feel stable under hard braking. Has ’ECO’ mode to improve fuel consumption. 6 -different models and a plethora of options to suit most needs. Has all the latest safety features and collision avoidance. Top model could do with a more powerful motor. It is miles better than the competition.
5 out of 5 if it wasn’t for the touchscreen display washout and the feathery throttle pedal.
Bottom Line: If you want the best looking, best handling compact SUV in the world, your search stops here.
Details of Issues (nothing major)
Has better performance technology than the competition which costs a little more; but even so, still seems a bit pricey.
Windshield Blocks Radio Frequencies
The windshield is metalized resulting in the blocking of radio frequencies. There is a small clear patch to place your Toll Tag. So the range of wireless devices will be reduced (up to 95%), including; door and gate openers, phones, RFID, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and medical alert.
Feather Light and Overly Sensitive Throttle Pedal
Almost no foot feel and too sensitive. A bumpy road, a sharp corner or just acceleration forces can cause unwanted acceleration spurts (jerking). Also, you have to hold your foot up all the time when just cruising. It feels unnatural and a little uncomfortable. Thank goodness for the excellent adaptive cruise control.
The touchscreen difficult to see in bright daylight and is barely visible in bright sunny conditions.
The problem is that the display sits angled almost flat well ahead of the roofline and there is no sunshade, so the sun shines right on it. Accentuated by no high contrast color scheme option, just ’Light’ (light pastel) or ’Dark’. It’s fine at night or on dreary days.
Windshield Reduces Night Vision
The windshield is metalized to block UV rays which it does well. It also cuts down visible light reducing normal vision just like sunglasses or regular window tint does. The problem is that it also reduces vision at night too when you need maximum clarity.
Road (tire) noise is noticeable and could benefit from improved floor and wheel arch insulation.
Automatic Relocking & Arming
Only the dealership can turn it on or off. I can see the reason for automatic locking and arming in high crime areas. In the country, the automatic system is annoying and inconvenient. There should be an easy way to turn the feature on and off.
Door Locked Condition Indicator
No visible external indicator that the doors are locked (except the folding door mirrors). In a noisy bright light situation, it’s difficult to see (light flash) or hear the doors lock.
Automatic Power Fold Door Mirrors
Useful option, but it can only be turned on and off by the dealership’
Keyless Door Locking
Keyless locking is overly complicated and imprecise (Unlocking is great). The manual goes into detail not to grab the door handle while touching the lock sensor. In reality, it is only necessary to be lightly touching the handle for the sensor not to work; or if your finger touches a little outside of the sensor area. One could turn on the auto locking full time, but that causes other irritating convenience issues.
Restricted Driver’s Foot Well
No good place to put your left foot if you have long legs. Wheel well intrudes into this space. I guess people with long legs shouldn’t drive compact SUVs on long trips.
Reflections from Bright Shiny Bezels
Reflection in driver’s side mirror from bright shiny driver’s side air vent bezel. Can be a distraction. Reflections from bright shiny bezels (air vents and display) on front windshield.
Driver’s Maximum Seat Height
The front dash and side windows sills are quite high. I found that with the seat all the way up, I still felt like I was sitting a bit too low (1 inch).