But people keep buying them so car manufacturers will just keep making them.
Not that Bobby Nitro has any objection to this segment. Sporty packaging, hints of SUV, sitting higher on the road, are all driving bonuses.
You could almost think you’re in a 4x4. But better resist that temptation to go off road that might arise in a dof moment.
Interestingly, although this market started with a trend towards the functionality of the SUV, bringing practicality and load space to the city car, the crossover segment remains focused on combining this with the engaging driveability of the hatchback. A true blend.
The Kia Xceed is a new crossover utility vehicle (CUV) that tries to bring the best of both worlds, a comfortable and assured ride as well as space for passengers and luggage, plus a more commanding view of the road ahead.
It’s high-end though, with advanced safety and in-car tech as well as efficient with a range of fast-revving turbocharged engines.
When it comes to design, it is certainly stylish and modern, with a long bonnet helping to create that swept back appearance.
This is accentuated by the fastback tailgate at a steep angle. This cabin-at-the-back look we associate with comfort and class.
Heavy creases run horizontally across the rear provide for a wider, more stable stance.
Ride height is elevated with a 174mm clearance on 16-inch wheels. The wheel arch and side sill cladding lend a tougher SUV-like appearance. All in all, the Xceed is very pleasing to the eye.
Inside, the instrument panel is super functional with a layout centred on the driver not having to take his eyes off the road for any longer than necessary.
The floating touchscreen infotainment system tops the set up.
Three turbocharged petrol direct-injection (T-GDi) engines are on offer.
The three-cylinder one-litre produces 88kW, while the four-pot 1.4 litre makes 103kW and the high-power 1.6 litre bring 150kW and 265Nm torque across a range of engine speeds.
Diesel alternatives, known as the Smartstream engine, are the cleanest diesel engines ever made by the brand.
Plug-in hybrids will be available in 2020.