When the original Nissan Qashqai arrived on the scene at the end of 2006 it kickstarted a revolution in the way people thought about family transport. Here was a car that offered all of the space and much of the stylistic appeal of an SUV, but with the low purchase price and running costs of a five-door hatchback.
As the first used example of the Volvo XC40 arrives on CarGurus, we thought it was worth reflecting on just why this SUV has created such a buzz. After all, not so long ago the arrival of a new Volvo was greeted with all the anticipation of the opening of a bank statement, and yet here we all are seriously contemplating the switch to a Swedish motor not only for its sensible safety credentials, but because it’s – dare we say it? – one of the coolest cars around.
Bentley currently offers two models to anyone wealthy enough to afford to keep the gas tank full. The Mulsanne, which carries an EPA rating of 11 miles per gallon in the city, and the Continental, which gets an even lower rating of 8.
So when Bentley teases a hybrid, you’ll excuse me for some obnoxious snorting laughter. What would it hope to achieve, 13 mpg?
A hybrid Bentley makes about as much sense as ordering a Diet Coke along with your deep-fried McRib sandwich. You’re not saving any calories.
It gets even weirder when said hybrid Bentley is an SUV.