SUV - Sports Utility Vehicle

What is a Sports Utility Vehicle or SUV?

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SUV Meaning

SUV is an acronym for Sports Utility Vehicle. It is also known as 'Suburban Utility Vehicle'. There was an idea behind the invention of this vehicle type. That was to combine the towing capacity of a pickup truck, the comfort of the passenger car and space of a minivan.

In other words, the SUV offers the best of these segments. Technically speaking, Sports Utility Vehicle is always an all-wheel-drive i.e. 4X4 vehicle. It is a common misconception to call 4X2 vehicles as Sports Utility Vehicle considering only the styling part.

Typical characteristics of SUV:

A Typical Sports Utility Vehicle has the following characteristics. They feature

  1. High capacity engine
  2. All-wheel drive
  3. High ground clearance
  4. Longer wheelbase
  5. Somewhat box-like body
  6. High seating position

Classification of SUV:

The Sports Utility Vehicles are classified based on the overall dimensions.  They are the Compact Sports Utility Vehicle, Mid-sized Sports Utility Vehicle, and Full sized Sports Utility Vehicle respectively.

Compact Sports Utility Vehicle- e.g. Audi Q3

Audi Q3
Audi Q3 (Courtesy: Audi AG)

Mid-sized Sports Utility Vehicle- e.g. Audi Q5

Audi Q5
Audi Q5 (Courtesy: Audi AG)

Full sized Sports Utility Vehicle- e.g. Audi Q7

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