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Cars that can replace CUVs and SUVs.

If you can argue with the statement about the irreplaceability of people, then it is much easier with cars in this regard. Take for example your favorite and unchanging CUVs and SUVs, which sell out like lemonade on a hot day. After all, they can also be replaced. Which cars can offer all-wheel drive and sufficient ground clearance? We have found 11 options.

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Volvo V90 Cross Country

The second-generation Volvo XC90 was extremely successful. But is it worth buying if you can purchase a stunning Volvo V90 Cross Country, which is almost as good as its older brother and even surpasses it in some aspects? The Volvo XC90 features an increased ground clearance and protection made of plastic, as well as a roomy interior and all-wheel drive.

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The engines are traditionally (for Volvo’s current line-up) four-cylinder: two diesel and two petrol units. The simplest version is considered to be a 190-hp D4 AWD Drive-E, and the most powerful is a 320-hp T5.

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Mercedes E-class All-Terrain

The off-road potential of the All-Terrain, of course, is small, but if you consider buying a practical business class car for rare country trips, it will cope with the task easily. Besides, the All-Terrain is a much fresher car than the GLE, which costs the same and, in fact, has been produced since 2011.

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The all-terrain station wagon based on the E-Class is available with 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter diesel engines. A two-liter car is more affordable, of course.

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Volvo S60 Cross Country

Since sedans are held in high esteem no less than SUVs, this model may be called an icon. The S60 Cross Country is one of the most unusual sedans on the market, which will look appropriate both in the city and on a picnic by the river. As for the price, the S60 costs almost the same as the XC60 of the previous generation.

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The simplest S60 Cross Country with a petro T5 engine produces 245 hp. Additional options are also available. The engine and automatic transmission have no alternative.

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Infiniti Q30

Unlike the QX30 pseudo-CUV, the Q30 is positioned as a regular hatchback. However, an optional all-wheel drive and ground clearance, which is greater than that if the co-platform Mercedes GLK, gives us a reason to consider it as a remedy for the CUV trend. Moreover, the level of equipment is almost as good as that of the GLK, but the price is significantly more pleasant than that of the well-equipped GLA. Even for an A-class car.

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The Q30 features two engines: a 1.6 liter or 2.0-liter unit. However, all-wheel drive is only available for the top-end model at no additional cost. This version produces 211 hp and accelerates to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds.

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Subaru XV

The debut of the new cross-country XV hatchback took place in parallel with the presentation of the new Subaru Impreza. While it is slowly coming to us, you can buy a previous generation model. After all, both the current and the previous XV will be produced in parallel for some time. A high ground clearance, a functional trunk and all-wheel drive — what is not a replacement for CUVs?

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The previous XV is now available only in the Hyper version. Everything is very fast and simple – you just pay for it, get a car and do not experience any hardships of choice, since there is only one body color to choose from. Not to mention its powertrain – there is only a 2-liter 150-hp flat engine, singing in a duet with a CVT.

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Renault Sandero Stepway

All that the Sandero Stepway has at its disposal is a large ground clearance of 195 mm and panels made of protective plastic. But if your budget is limited and you want to buy something close to the SUV class, then this is quite an option. However, you cannot count on all-wheel drive.

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The Sandero Stepway is extremely affordable. The standard car comes in the Comfort configuration with a 1.6-liter 82-hp engine and a five-speed manual transmission. An automatic gearbox is available only for a 102-hp engine.

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