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Choose A Mid-size Crossover


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Choose A Mid-size Crossover
Choose A Mid-size Crossover

That is why such cars are often called "SUVs."

BMW X3 r 9d


If compact models, for the most part urban cars with a relatively small interior and trunk, it’s still enough to separate from the older brothers in length (up to 4.6 m) and base (up to 2.7 m), then draw a clear line between the middle and large crossovers, which are addressed to wealthy lovers to travel all year round, is not easy. Understanding the conventions of such a separation, for the convenience of readers - and buyers! - we tried to determine a certain line of demarcation - based on a combination of indicators of the length, width, height and base of the car. If the sum of these 4 parameters does not reach the mark of 11.2 meters, then we attribute the crossover to mid-size.

In this issue we present all such machines officially sold in Russia. For those who can’t imagine their future all-wheel drive without a “machine”, we indicate in brackets the minimum price with automatic transmission. Please note that the CAR index refers to the modification that we recommend to you.

Audi Q5, from 1, 795, 000 (1, 890, 000) rubles, CAR from 13, 50 rubles / km

Audi Q5


The all-wheel drive SUV, created on the basis of the A4 sedan, made its debut in April 2008, and survived restyling last summer. The Q5 capabilities are much wider than you might think. The car is good, first of all, in that it can easily adapt to the habits and style of any driver. In terms of consumer qualities, he is one of the best prestigious crossovers. Thanks to a solid base of 2.81 m, it is spacious not only in front, but also on passengers up to 190 cm tall on the couch. The most interesting thing is that this SUV can drive very talentedly, which is facilitated by powerful and efficient engines and a 7-speed DSG.

+ Powerful motors; good handling; rich basic equipment; spacious, functional interior with quality finishes; wide range of powertrains

- Expensive options; weak off-road ability

Our choice: 2.0TFSi 1 950 000 rub. with automatic transmission

Engine: 1984 cm3; 225 l s./4300-6000 rpm; 35.7 kgf • m / 1500–4200 rpm

Temperament: 222 km / h; 7.1 s (0–100 km / h); 6.9–9.6 l / 100 km

Possible options: 2.0T (180 l. From.); 2.0T Hybrid (245 hp); 3.0T (272 hp); 2.0 TD (177 hp); 3.0 TD (245 hp); SQ5 3.0T (354 HP)

"BMW-X3", from 1, 795, 000 (1, 870, 000) rubles., CAR from 14.53 rubles / km

X3 040


The second-generation crossover, whose sales started in Russia in the winter of 2011, became much brighter in appearance and noticeably resounded in size. Thanks to the ground clearance of 212 mm, the owner will be less worried about the lane, and the amazing ability to cling to any surface will bring joy to the drive lover. It is gratifying that a little later there appeared profitable fixed configurations that would allow the potential buyer not to spend a fair amount on expensive options.

+ Attractive exterior and interior; excellent handling; wonderful dynamics; wide range of powertrains

- High price options; limited off-road ability

Our choice: X-Drive-28i-Lifestyle 2 120 000 rub. with automatic transmission

Engine: 1997 cm3; 245 liters s./5000 rpm; 35.7 kgf • m / 1250–4800 rpm

Temperament: 210 km / h; 6.7 s (0–100 km / h); 6.7–8.9 l / 100 km

Possible options: xDrive20i (184 l. From.); xDrive35i (306 hp) xDrive20d (184 hp); xDrive30d (250 hp) xDrive35d (313 hp)

Volvo XC60, from (1, 539, 000) rubles, CAR from 13.63 rubles / km

Volvo XC60


At the time of its debut 5 years ago, the younger brother of the XC90 could rightfully claim the title of the safest crossover in the world. Indeed, it became the first production car, on which an active cruise control is installed without fail. City Safe warns of the danger of a collision and in which case hits the brakes. At the same time, the XC60 has a traditionally luxurious interior for Volvo, an endless list of additional equipment and economical and at the same time high-torque power units.

+ Advanced active and passive safety systems; excellent sound insulation; comfortable suspension

- Expensive options; limited off-road ability

Our choice: "D4-AWD-Summum" 1 799 000 rub.

Engine: 2400 cm3; 163 l s / 4000 rpm; 42.8 kgf.m / 1500–2500 rpm

Temperament: 190 km / h; 10.9 s (0–100 km / h); 5.6–8.9 l / 100 km

Possible options: 2.0T (240 l. From.); 3.0T (304 hp) 2.0 TD (136 hp); 2, 4 TD (215 hp); 2WD

"Great Wall Hover-N6", from 749 000 rubles

Great Wall Hover H6


The first midsize crossover of the Chinese brand debuted in 2011, but sales in Russia started only in August 2013. A good exterior without obvious stylistic borrowings, a spacious, high-quality interior, independent suspension and a modern diesel engine could make the H6 a real competitor to Korean and Japanese cars. But the price per million, which is announced for a 2 liter all-wheel drive modification, does not allow hope. There is, of course, a “Hover-1.5 Turbo” with a single-axis drive for 750 thousand, but how much does the engine do, dragging a colossus with a gross weight of two tons?

+ Pleasant appearance and interior; decent ride quality; laudable dynamics of the turbodiesel version; spacious sofa

- High price; large surcharge for diesel; weak 1.5 liter gasoline engine

Our choice: "2.0TD-Lux-4WD" 1 079 000 rub.

Engine: 1996 cm3; 140 l s / 4000 rpm; 31.1 kgf • m / 1800–2800 rpm

Temperament: n. d.

Possible options: 1, 5T (143 l. From.); 2WD

"Infinity-EX", from (1 884 000) rubles, CAR from 17.14 rubles / km

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The SUV, which appeared in Russia in the summer of 2008, was created to attract the fair sex as buyers. It has a powerful motor, an ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive chassis, a comfortable suspension that will make a long journey non-fatiguing, a high-quality and expensive interior. But a suspiciously low (less than 150 mm) ground clearance, a relatively close-up interior for tall riders and a glamorous appearance hint: EX is primarily an expensive accessory for fashionistas.

+ Rich equipment; excellent dynamics version EX37; comfortable suspension

- Tight for the driver and passengers taller than 185 cm; low ground clearance and low off-road ability

Our choice: "EX25-Elite" 1 884 000 rub.

Engine: 2496 cm3; 222 l s./6400 rpm; 25.7 kgf.m / 4800 rpm

Temperament: 210 km / h; 9.4 s (0–100 km / h); 8.4-14.3 l / 100 km

Options available: EX37 (330 hp)

Kia Sorento, from 1, 079, 900 (1, 219, 900) rubles, CAR from 10.85 rubles / km



Unlike its predecessor, a versatile all-terrain vehicle with a powerful frame, a continuous rear axle and a lowering one, the Sorento II is just a SUV with independent suspension and front-wheel drive with automatically connected rear wheels. In fact, this is a brighter outwardly version of the comfortable and well-equipped Santa Fe with new, powerful and economical power units, high-quality interior decoration and a better price. Last fall, the car experienced a thorough update of the supporting structure of the body, suspension and power units. Of the noticeable external changes - vertical "fog" and LED running lights.

+ Spacious, comfortable, high-quality finished interior with wide possibilities of transformation; the presence of a front-wheel drive version and a third row of seats; powerful motors; commendable sound insulation

- Limited off-road ability; longitudinal buildup; confusing, illogical configuration

Our choice: "2, 4-Comfort-4WD" 1 249 900 rub.

Engine: 2349 cm3; 174 liters s / 6000 rpm; 23.0 kgf.m / 3750 rpm

Temperament: 190 km / h; 11.1 s (0–100 km / h); 7.1–11.4 l / 100 km

Possible options: 2, 2ТD (197 l. From.); 2WD

Lexus-RX, from (1 936 500) rubles, CAR from 24.79 rubles / km

Lexus RX


The next generation of Rex, whose Russian sales began in the spring of 2009, is similar in everything to its predecessor, but surpasses it in every component. Perhaps only a slightly eclectic appearance is not to everyone's liking, but otherwise the RX is better than its ancestor. A beginner is a bit more technological, a little more convenient, a little more economical and faster. In 2010, a more affordable version of the RX270 appeared with an 188-horsepower engine and front-wheel drive only, and not so long ago, sales of a restyled version with a proprietary grille in the form of a spindle began.

+ Comprehensive basic equipment; luxurious, comfortable lounge; excellent dynamics; 3 year warranty

- Limited off-road abilities

Our choice: “RX350-Executive-4WD” 2 625 000 rub.

Engine: 3456 cm3; 277 liters s./6200 rpm; 34.9 kgf.m / 4700 rpm

Temperament: 200 km / h; 8.0 s (0–100 km / h); 8.5-15.7 l / 100 km

Possible options: RX270 (188 l. From.); RX450h (298 hp); 2WD

Land Rover Freelander, from 1, 223, 000 (1, 299, 500) rubles, CAR from 13.11 rubles / km

Freeldis 035


Passenger chassis, passenger transmission with permanent front-wheel drive and automatically connected rear-wheel drive - by all indications, the Freelander is a real SUV. However, it has good geometric cross-country ability, an energy-intensive suspension and the Terrain Rispons system, which optimizes engine, gearbox and anti-slip function depending on the type of road surface. High-torque turbodiesels are economical, and the 240-horsepower gasoline engine makes the prestigious all-terrain vehicle very dynamic. Last fall, the car underwent another restyling.

+ Prestigious brand; high-torque and economical diesel; excellent off-road qualities for a SUV

- High price; big loading height of a luggage carrier

Our choice: 2, 2TD4-SE 1 601 500 rub. with automatic transmission

Engine: 2179 cm3; 150 l s / 4000 rpm; 42.8 kgf.m / 1750 rpm

Temperament: 181 km / h; 11.2 s (0–100 km / h); 5.7–8.7 l / 100 km

Possible options: 2.0T (240 l. From.); 2, 2ТD (190 l. From.)

Mercedes-Benz-GLK, from (1 870 000) rubles, CAR from 14.20 rubles / km

Mercedes Benz GLK


The appearance of the most compact to date (an even smaller GLA will appear only next year) of the SUV with a three-beam star, whose sales began in the fall of 2008, inspires thoughts of the old warrior Gelendavagen. But the GLK does not have a frame and serious off-road attributes like downshifts and locks, and it is based on the C-class. And yet, thanks to a good geometric cross-country ability, as well as a successful all-wheel drive alliance, powerful engines and a fast 7-speed “automatic gearbox” GLK can be called an excellent alternative to passenger cars. Last fall, the car went through restyling and significantly increased in price.

+ Generous equipment; spacious and comfortable lounge; good dynamics; well-coordinated work of all-wheel drive; safe handling

- High price; expensive options

Our choice: GLK220CDi "Special Series" 1 870 000 rub.

Engine: 2143 cm3; 170 l s./3200 rpm; 40.8 kgf • m / 1400–2800 rpm

Temperament: 205 km / h; 8.8 s (0–100 km / h); 5.9–7.4 l / 100 km

Possible options: 2.0T (211 hp); 3, 5 l (250 l. From.)

Mitsubishi Outlander, from (969, 000) rubles, CAR from 9.83 rubles / km

Mitsubishi outlander


The third-generation crossover, presented to the general public in the spring of 2012 in Geneva, lost not only the letters XL in the name, but also its former aggression, gaining outward calm: it now looks not as spectacular as its predecessor. But with almost the same dimensions it looks bigger, more solid and more expensive. In addition, the interior of the car was noticeably ennobled, and the steering wheel is finally adjustable not only in tilt, but also in height. All modifications with 4-cylinder engines are now equipped with a variator by default, and the power of both engines has slightly decreased. In the summer, dealers began accepting orders for modifications with a V-shaped “six”.

+ Decent equipment and quality trim; comfortable trunk; good handling

- Increased price

Our choice: "2, 0-Intens-4WD" 1 189 990 rub.

Engine: 1998 cm3; 146 liters s / 6000 rpm; 20.0 kgf • m / 4200 rpm

Temperament: 185 km / h; 12.0 s (0–100 km / h); 6.7–9.8 l / 100 km

Possible options: 2.4 liters (167 liters. From.); 3.0 l (230 l. From.); 2WD

"Opel-Antara", from 1, 051, 000 (1, 091, 000) rubles, CAR from 10.25 rubles / km

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The all-wheel drive SUV is built on the basis of the Chevrolet Captiva with a length of less than 6 cm. Thanks to a shorter rear overhang and stylistic changes, the Opel looks more dynamic, and the interior decided in the Astra style pleases with the finishing materials. Last summer, dealers began accepting orders for updated versions. The changes affected the appearance and power units: the base engine became more powerful by 30 liters. pp., diesel engines appeared, and the most powerful 249-horsepower V6 was borrowed from the Cadillac.

+ High-quality interior; decent sound insulation

- Slow "automatic", tangible rolls in the corners

Our choice: 2.2-TD-Cosmo with automatic transmission 1, 248, 000 rubles.

Engine: 2231 cm3; 184 l s./5000 rpm; 40.8 kgf.m / 2000 rpm

Temperament: 191 km / h; 10.1 s (0–100 km / h); 6.4-10.3 l / 100 km

Possible options: 2.4 liters (167 liters. From.); 3.0 liters (249 liters. From.); 2.2TD (163 hp)

Peugeot-4007, from 989, 000 (1, 074, 000) rubles, CAR from 11.42 rubles / km

Peugeot 4007


The “parquet” all-terrain vehicle is the result of cooperation between Peugeot Citroen and Mitsubishi. The Japanese shared the art of creating all-wheel drive cars in exchange for high-tech French diesel engines (with which, unfortunately, 4007 is not supplied to Russia). But despite the fact that this car is, in fact, a copy of the Outlander-XL, you can’t call it a clone - the car nevertheless managed, exceptionally externally, to become at least a little, but similar to the younger brothers from the lion family. Now the dealers have the last copies - the release is discontinued, but the car can be taken at a good discount at a very attractive price.

+ Spacious, ergonomic interior with quality finishes; reliable controllability; comfortable suspension

- Limited off-road abilities

Our choice: "2, 4-Aktiv-4WD" 1, 184, 000 rubles. with automatic transmission

Engine: 2360 cm3; 170 l s / 6000 rpm; 23.7 kgf.m / 4100 rpm

Temperament: 190 km / h; 10.4 s (0–100 km / h); 7.5-12.6 l / 100 km

Possible options: 2.0 liters (147 liters. From.); 2WD

Citroen-S-Crosser, from 969, 000 (1, 074, 000) rubles, CAR from 11.19 rubles / km

C crosser


Like his twin brother 4007, this Russified “Frenchman” of Japanese descent (the machine was manufactured at a factory in Kaluga since 2010) is not much different from Outlander-XL. However, those who like the interior of Mitsubishi, but do not like the deliberately serious expression of a “face,” may find the good-natured smile of a signature Citroen chevron and unique wheels in design. Like Peugeot 4007, S-Crosser is living out its last days in dealership showrooms.

+ Spacious, ergonomic interior with quality finishes; reliable controllability; comfortable suspension

- Limited off-road abilities

Our choice: "2, 4-Confor-4WD" 1, 184, 000 rubles. with automatic transmission

Engine: 2360 cm3; 170 l s / 6000 rpm; 23.7 kgf.m / 4100 rpm

Temperament: 195 km / h; 10.4 s (0–100 km / h); 7.5-12.6 l / 100 km

Possible options: 2.0 liters (147 liters. From.); 2WD

Toyota Venza, from (1, 570, 000) rubles, CAR from 12.95 rubles / km

Toyota Venza


Following the successful promotion of Highlander in Russia, they will now sell Venza, a model previously intended exclusively for the markets of the USA and Canada. The debut of this crossover, a bit like a minivan, took place five years ago in Detroit, and the donor for its creation, as well as for the Highlander, was the previous generation Camry. It is gratifying that the car came to us after just the last restyling, which had a positive effect on its appearance. The most powerful version with 272 strong gasoline “six” will not be sold in Russia yet, but a 2.7 liter engine will require four times less transport tax from the owner.

+ Spacious lounge; rich level of equipment; predicted cornering behavior; relevant transport tax

- The only possible power unit; incomplete "reserve"

Our choice: "2.7 Elegance-Plus-4WD" 1 671 000 rub.

Engine: 2672 cm3; 185 l with. / 5800 rpm; 25.2 kgf • m / 4200 rpm

Temperament: 180 km / h; 10.6 s (0–100 km / h); 8.0–13.3 L / 100 km

Possible options: 2WD

Hyundai Santa Fe, from 1 199 000 (1 399 000) rubles, CAR from 11.63 rubles / km

Hyundai Santa Fe


For the first time, a third-generation mid-size crossover appeared in public at the New York Auto Show last spring. The machine, which will be sold under the name ix45 in Europe (with the exception of Russia), has received a more expressive appearance and a nice and high-quality interior. Unfortunately, the improvements were not slow in reflecting on the price, which has grown significantly. However, those who are not pushed away by the new price list will be pleased with the opportunity to choose 7 local modifications, which in Russia were called “Famili”. The latter so far can only be obtained with a gasoline engine and automatic transmission for 1.63 million rubles. In addition, this year dealers began to offer front-wheel drive modifications.

+ Interesting appearance; sufficient power motors; good level of equipment; 7-seater modification

- High price

Our choice: "2, 4-Comfort-4WD" 1 299 000 rub.

Engine: 2359 cm3; 175 l s / 6000 rpm; 23.1 kgf • m / 3750 rpm

Temperament: 190 km / h; 11.4 s (0–100 km / h); 7.3–11.7 l / 100 km

Possible options: 2, 2TD (197 l. From.); 2WD

Chevrolet-Captiva, from 1, 065, 000 (1, 195, 000) rubles, CAR from 9.81 rubles / km

Chevrolet captiva


A large, spacious and comfortable car is created on the same platform as the Opel-Antara and differs from the latter in its large rear overhang and height - 6 and 2 cm, respectively. A comfortable cabin for an extra charge of 30, 000 rubles can be made 7-seater, while the "gallery" will accommodate not only children. By the way, this is the first Chevrolet in Europe - and, which is especially pleasing, in Russia - which cannot be bought without ESP. After the current restyling, the car has noticeably risen in price.

+ Good equipment of the basic version; spacious 7-seater lounge

- Mediocre driving performance; budget finishing materials; large surcharge for a 3.0 liter engine

Our choice: 2.4LS (7 seats) 1 095 000 rub.

Engine: 2384 cm3; 167 liters s./5600 rpm; 23.5 kgf.m / 4600 rpm

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