Re: Tut tut
"As any fule no, an oxymoron is a contradiction in terms. A sporty Sports Utility Vehicle is not an oxymoron, it is a tautology."
No it isn't. The "sports" in "sports utility vehicle" has nothing to do with the vehicle itself being sporty. The idea is that you can throw in all kinds of sports equipment - bikes, boats, piles of kit, etc. - in a car that has plenty of space for them, and then drive pretty much anywhere you need to be able to use them. That means higher roof, more ground clearance, 4x4 usually of the AWD variety, generally more in the way of torque than acceleration and speed, and so on. Pretty much the exact opposite of an actual sporty car, which will tend to be small, light, low clearance, and so on.
And this car perfectly demonstrates exactly why the two don't go together at all well. We have here a chunky, tall car that despite its size barely has any room in the back for either kit or passengers, has far too little ground clearance to handle the mildest dirt tracks, is only 2WD, and has such a small fuel tank that none of that will matter because you'll never actually get anywhere in the first place. Or looked at from the other direction, it has a decent power engine, but with a much too large and high body to be in any way sporty. So you have a "crossover" that's crossed over so many times it can't actually do any of its jobs at all well. Of course, this makes it perfect for the soccer mums/Chelsea tractor brigade that it's actually aimed at, but for anyone actually interested in either sports or sporty cars it's just terrible.