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Top 10: Classic crossovers

The idea of a crossovers isn’t new, as these cars show. In fact, it’s been around a lot longer than you might expect. We’re not talking full-on SUVs here. Instead these are ‘lifestyle’ vehicles that are usually car-derived but with a touch more practicality. Welcome to the world of the classic crossover.

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Volkswagen Golf Country

The 1989 Geneva Motor Show saw VW unveiling the Golf Country, employing the Golf Syncro’s 4x4 set-up but with a 21cm increase in ride height for decent off-road potential. The production version of the Country (available from early 1990) featured front and rear bull bars as standard, as well as sump protection, a subframe to protect the diff, plus an external rear-mounted spare wheel on a swing-away frame. Power was courtesy of a 98bhp, 1.8-litre petrol engine. Around 3000 examples were built before the Golf Country died in 1991, though official sales to the UK never materialised.

Read our VW Golf Country review here

Comments

Chris C    on 11 February 2017

The Streetwise wasn't that short lived since it continued as the MG3 SW built in China between 2008 and 2010. With its increased ride height, fake skidplates and plastic wheelarch covers, etc, it inspired lots of subsequent soft offroaders.

soldierboy000    on 16 February 2017

The Simca Matra Rancho was based on a Simca 1100 pick up with the front of the Simca 1100 and the rear portion by Matra, not a dodge pick up. Simca was on it's own when this was first born.

PG1234    on 19 February 2017

The van and pick-up versions of the Simca 1100 were badged as Dodges in the UK from 1976.

This is the 'relaunch' advert: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ifhp97/8410779904

soldierboy000    on 20 February 2017

Yes but it was a French car made in France and was Simca when it was designed and first built, Dodge was only used in this country as the difference between Chryslers car and commercial ranges.

Alroya    on 12 February 2018

Where’s the Fiat Panda mk1?

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