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The problems no one tells you about when you buy an SUV

What started as a simple fashion trend in the early 2000s has grown into one of the biggest automotive trends. SUVs are here to stay, according to data from the National Association of Bus and Truck Manufacturers (ANFAC). The cars sold every day in Spain are SUVs.

These types of vehicles have evolved a lot conceptually and mechanically, because there is a sea of ​​differences between the first vehicles, which were practically off-road vehicles with asphalt wheels, and the current vehicles.

Development of the species

In the beginning, SUVs were required to have all-wheel drive, even if it was optional, and they were required to have an almost exaggerated body height.

Nissan Qashqai is considered one of the inventors of the SUV concept

Today, the vast majority do not have four-wheel drive or optional and the ground clearance is almost the same as that of a passenger car, although a greater height than a passenger car is possible when using larger tires and a slightly higher body. The car is simulated. The one they really have.

SUV paradox

These types of vehicles have emerged amid a revolution in the industry as emissions reduction regulations have forced manufacturers to improve aerodynamics and dramatically reduce weight. Something even worse if we move into electrification.

The reality is that everything that is rational from a functionality standpoint is irrational when it comes to mechanical maintenance and emissions.

Tesla Model Y, the best-selling car in Europe, which the brand describes as an SUV despite its low height

As experts from fast mechanic chain Norauto point out, there are a number of disadvantages that owners or buyers of SUV vehicles are usually not aware of. On the one hand, the height and weight put a strain on some parts of the car, such as the tires and brake pads. Brake that needs to be replaced more frequently.

Mechanical problems

When it comes to maintenance, the life of the shock absorbers also tends to end sooner, while fuel consumption can be up to 20% higher than an equivalent sedan or compact car.

An anti-SUV movement has emerged in Europe that is letting the air out of their wheels

But the problem with SUVs doesn’t end there. There are already several European cities, such as Paris, that have decided to penalize SUV vehicles plying on their streets by increasing vehicle tax, based on the weight of the vehicles.

Finally, the registration tax for this type of vehicle is also higher in some countries, always due to the higher weight.

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