So let’s say you are in the market for a large upscale luxury vehicle, you need something that you can use to haul the kids around on the weekdays and then maybe take exploring as a hobby on the weekends with your friends and family. Well, that’s what SUV’s are for, they are meant to cater to a broad variety of needs, and above all else, in today’s modern world they serve to be practical and reliable vehicles. So by taking that all into context you might wonder as to why the heck modern day 2-door SUV’s even exist.
Take the brand new Land Rover Range Rover SV Coupe, its a two-door version of the long wheelbase supercharged Range Rover that is limited to just 999 units and costs nearly US$ 300,000, that’s around US$ 63,000 more than a Bentley Bentayga which most would argue is the better luxury SUV. Essentially in this case with the SV Coupe you are paying a lot more money for a bit of inconvenience. The SV Coupe is all about surrounding its passengers in a cocoon of luxury, so chances are you’re going to want to sit in the back where all the fancy gizmos and leather upholstered reclining chairs are. So why on earth would you choose the 2-door version when you can get the 5-door version that’s vastly more practical for a lot less money. Some people would argue that a 2-door SUV look’s better, they would refer to the fact that since sports car have two doors, an SUV having 2-doors make it’s more Lamborghini than Sunday soccer-mom vehicle.
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Take another modern-day SUV as an example the Suzuki Jimny. It’s a small cramped 2-door SUV with horrible suspension, slow acceleration and terrible build quality. The ever dropping sales figures are a testament to that. 2-Door SUV’s just don’t make sense in the modern world. They were made to be a multipurpose utilitarian vehicle, and putting two doors on them is akin to buying a gigantic mansion and having only one bathroom. I guess that’s the reason why most 2-door SUV’s have failed in the past and why you don’t see as many of them as you used to in the nineties.
There are some practical off roading benefits of course. The 2-door SUVs have a smaller footprint, making them ideal for going over rough terrains without the fear of rubbing the underbelly of the vehicle. But that is pretty much it.
They have now become more of a speciality vehicles than something that is desired by a regular household for their daily needs.