Should you buy an SUV?

Criticized for its CO2 emissions and excessive consumption, the SUV is still popular with motorists. Should we blame? SUVs are singled out for their many impacts on the environment and yet are among the best-selling cars in France. So, should SUVs be banned?

Real commercial success since the end of the 20th century, the sale of SUVs has been on the rise. Quickly popular in the United States, these vehicles are now very popular in Europe, especially among seniors. Indeed, these hatchbacks are appreciated for their higher ride and off-road capability. In a few years, they have become flagship models in car parks. From January to March, SUVs account for around 36% of car sales in France according to the Committee of French Automobile Manufacturers (CCFA). As for the models, the Peugeot 3008 comes out on top.

SUV Peugeot 3008

But in recent years, SUVs have also been the subject of strong criticism. Sales champions, these vehicles are also the champions in terms of CO2 emissions. Indeed, very heavy, they are known to consume a very large amount of fuel. Faced with these strong environmental impacts, the authorities wish to tighten their regulations, which risks impacting sales. Indeed, some customers are already beginning to hesitate to buy.

Which SUV to choose?

SUVs have been a real success and all car brands have decided to release their model . They come in all sizes, at all prices and for all occasions (sports, family, professional, etc.). It is therefore very easy to get lost in choosing one of these models.

The cheapest SUV on the market: the Dacia Duster

Released in 2010 and considered an SUV " low cost", the Dacia Duster quickly rose in popularity. And for good reason, Renault offers the best value for money SUV on the market.

The Dacia Duster is being modernized in 2021 and offers a new version of its model. Renault has been able to innovate by trying to reduce CO2 emissions. The Duster has an unbeatable price because it combines simplicity and road performance.

Dacia Duster

It takes €14,490 to buy a new 2021 Dacia Duster. As for its equipment, for example, a set of Dacia Duster mats costs between €50 and €150. The consumption of the Dacia Duster is between 7.80 and 8.00 L/100 km. It is still relatively spared from the ecological malus. Indeed, a Dacia Duster TCe 130 is penalized with a penalty of only €210.

The premium SUV: the BMW X1

The BMW X1 is the king of SUVs when it comes to dynamism. In 2019, it became the best-selling premium SUV in Europe.

Prices for the BMW X1 start at €32,500 and can reach €52,200 for the xDrive 25i plug-in hybrid version. This SUV represents the top of the range and offers a power of 220 hp against 116 to 150 hp for a classic BMW X1. The BMW X1 is therefore available in various models (Sport, Business, Lounge, X-Line or Première).


BMW is trying to make its new generation of SUVs more accessible by lowering its prices thanks to a return to Premiere finishes. Depending on the model, the BMW consumes between 1.7 and 7.1 L/100 km. As for its equipment, it takes around €150 for a set of BMW X1carpets.

Extremely powerful, this model emits a large amount of CO2/km. On the BMW X1 xDrive 25i model, equipped with all-wheel drive, the ecological penalty reaches €1,050. Indeed, it rejects nearly 144 g/km of CO2.The diesel versions have the lowest CO2 emissions with an ecological penalty of less than €100


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