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How to Choose a Crossover Car in Singapore

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Uh oh, our friends at sgCarMart couldn’t decide between a Chameleon and a Cowboy. Read on to find out what they are talking about! 

Our two writers are having trouble finding out their crossover of choice in this urban city of ours. We take a closer look at what’s the problem.


Nicholas thinks the Captur is the Chameleon in the City

Change is a constant, especially in a fast-moving and rapidly changing environment like ours. The ‘one-size-fits-all’ strategy is much less effective than it was before.

Hence, a car has to be versatile to make itself more desirable, with an ability to take on different forms to suit different tastes and preferences.

Like a chameleon that changes its skin colour to blend into the environment, a dual-tone paintwork allows mix-and-match of colour combination that is best to your liking. Only the Renault Captur offers this option.

I’m not saying the Captur is anything out-of-this-world. In fact, it’s easy to tell which car has a more agreeable styling when parked side by side.


Nicholas believes that sensibility does not need to be compromised for style in the Captur


There’s a fine line between being appealing and attention-grabbing. The latter happens when you get leaves between your teeth. Hence, instead of being oddly attractive (in the case of the Citroen C4 Cactus’ rather peculiar design), the Captur charms with a styling that is distinct, yet easy-on-the-eye. This means you will be spared from never-ending questions of “what car is this?”

The drivetrain is where the Captur chooses to be unconventional. Unlike others (including the C4 Cactus), the Captur is powered by a turbodiesel engine, which translates into better performance yet is more frugal at the pumps. That, literally, is the best of both worlds.

For cosmopolites like you and me, the Captur is better at personifying the sharp and smart character that we desire.


Regan thinks the C4 Cactus is the Cowboy in the City

A crossover is a vehicle built on a car platform and combines, in variable degrees, features of a hatchback or stationwagon with those from a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). And in this case, the Citroen C4 Cactus is a better fit to the said description.

The car‘s dimensions are similar to that of its C4 hatchback sibling but its raised ride height and flared wheel arches represent characteristics of an SUV. At the same time, the roof rails on the car are also SUV ‘should-haves’.

I’m not saying the car is very handsome but these features sum up to an oddly attractive design that challenges established norms and embodies a bold and innovative style. And that is exactly what a ‘Design of the Year’ winner exemplifies.


Regan feels that the ‘Airbump’ strengthens the appearance and personality of the C4 Cactus, allowing it to stand out amongst its rivals


As a result, the high-riding C4 Cactus is akin to a cowboy riding high on his horse’s back and winning the rodeo. Come on, even the car’s name is related to the native plant in a cowboy’s natural habitat. Plus, the characteristic colour of the C4 Cactus, Hello Yellow (Howdy Yellow), makes the car shine in this vibrant city of ours.

Being rugged as cowboys usually are, the C4 Cactus is equipped with an ‘Airbump’ on its bumper and sides that work like chaps, which are sturdy coverings for cowboys’ legs that are designed to provide protection.

The ‘Airbump’ offers real protection too, as the supple Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) skin comprises air capsules to absorb any impact and require no specific maintenance, which contributes in reducing vehicle repair costs. More importantly, this unique component proves to be very useful in a high-density city environment where most motorists start from a car park and end at one, and bumps and scratches from the careless dude in the next parking lot are common occurrences.

As one cowboy saying goes, “If you get thrown from a horse, you have to get up and get back on, unless you landed on a cactus; then you have to roll around and scream in pain.” Who cares if change is the constant?


Text by Regan Ong and Nicholas Low , Photos by Low Fai Ming, sgCarMart, 26 May 2015


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