SUV/CUV vehicles are currently a trend in many car markets around the world, including Vietnam. These vehicles have many outstanding advantages such as high ground clearance, modern and youthful design, numerous amenities, spacious and comfortable interiors.
The biggest strength of SUV/CUV vehicles is their large ground clearance. This allows the vehicles to move flexibly on various terrains such as bumpy roads, rough roads, steep slopes, flooded roads, dirt roads, off-road… Meanwhile, low-bodied vehicles like sedans, hatchbacks, or MPVs are severely limited on these types of roads.
Furthermore, SUV/CUV vehicles have larger interior space and higher ceiling height compared to low-bodied vehicles like sedans or hatchbacks. SUV/CUV vehicles usually have configurations of 5 seats, 5+2 seats, or 7 seats. The seats are comfortable and can be flexibly folded to expand the luggage compartment.
Here are some popular SUV/CUV models currently available on the market:
1. Kia Seltos (639 – 759 million VND)
Since its launch in the Vietnamese market, Kia Seltos has become a highly popular compact SUV, creating fierce competition in terms of sales. The Kia Seltos 2022 is assembled and distributed domestically by THACO with 4 versions: 1.4L Turbo Deluxe, 1.4L Turbo Luxury, 1.4L Turbo Premium, and 1.6L Premium.
The design of the Kia Seltos is highly appreciated for its modern lines while still maintaining the distinctive characteristics of Kia cars. The exterior of the Seltos provides a youthful, dynamic, and masculine feeling.
Kia Seltos in Vietnam has 2 engine options:
Kappa 1.4L T-GDi (Turbo) engine with maximum power of 138 horsepower, maximum torque of 242Nm, combined with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Kappa 1.6L MPI engine with maximum power of 128 horsepower, maximum torque of 157Nm, combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
2. Kia Sonet (499 – 624 million VND)
Consistently facing high demand since its launch, Sonet is another successful compact SUV from the Korean brand. From the beginning of the year until the end of August, Sonet achieved sales of nearly 6,400 units, ranking 4th in terms of sales for Kia Vietnam.
Belonging to the A-segment SUV/CUV, the Kia Sonet has a compact size with a wheelbase of 2,500 mm, similar to B-segment sedans like the Toyota Vios or Mazda 2. However, the ground clearance is impressive with a height of 205mm, higher than the Kia Seltos (190mm), and even higher than some C-segment crossovers like the Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, or Honda CR-V.
Kia Sonet stands out with its compact, dynamic, and modern design. In terms of overall appearance, many reviews describe the Kia Sonet as a shrunken “Sorento” but with a more youthful touch.
The Kia Sonet in Vietnam is equipped with a Smartstream 1.5L gasoline engine producing a maximum power of 113 horsepower and a maximum torque of 144Nm, combined with a 6-speed manual transmission or a Smartstream IVT CVT automatic transmission.
3. Toyota Corolla Cross (746 – 936 million VND)
Although it has only been introduced to the Vietnamese market for less than 2 years, the Toyota Corolla Cross has proven its position by consistently being listed among the top 5 best-selling 5-seat SUVs every month, and even every year. Starting as a newcomer, the Toyota Corolla Cross quickly became the top choice in the current market in various aspects.
The design of the Corolla Cross is highly praised for its youthful, modern style while still conveying a strong sense of Toyota identity.
The Toyota Corolla Cross has 2 engine options:
1.8L gasoline engine with maximum power of 138 horsepower, maximum torque of 172 Nm.
Hybrid engine combining a 1.8L 2ZR-FE 4-cylinder inline gasoline engine with a maximum power of 138 horsepower at 6,400 rpm, maximum torque of 172Nm at 4,000 rpm, and an electric motor with a maximum power of 53 horsepower, maximum torque of 163Nm.
Both engine options are paired with a CVT automatic transmission.
4. Toyota Raize (547 million VND)
When talking about Kia Sonet in this list, it is impossible not to mention its rival – the Toyota Raize. Among nearly 20 Toyota models distributed in Vietnam, the Raize ranks 4th in terms of sales at the end of August. Introduced in 2021, this model has been well received by users and gradually become one of the main models of the Japanese brand.
Suitable for the current trend of SUVs, the Toyota Raize attracts customers with its dynamic, youthful exterior and spacious and modern interior.
The mini SUV from Toyota is equipped with a 1.0L turbocharged 3-cylinder engine producing a maximum power of 98 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, maximum torque of 140 Nm at 4,000 rpm, combined with a CVT automatic transmission.
5. Hyundai Tucson (825 million – 1,030 billion VND)
Hyundai Tucson is a highly popular mid-range CUV in Vietnam. Compared to other competitors in the same segment, the Tucson has the advantage of attractive pricing, modern design, spacious interior, top-notch amenities, comfortable and smooth operation…
Entering the new generation, the Hyundai Tucson is not just a simple change, but a “revolution” in design philosophy. The new design of the vehicle is built on Hyundai’s new design language called “Sensuous Sportiness”.
Especially, the vehicle has a wheelbase of 2,755mm – much longer than many 5+2 seat models currently on the market, which usually have a wheelbase of about 2,600mm. Thanks to this, the Hyundai Tucson offers a spacious interior and a roomy luggage compartment.
The Hyundai Tucson 2022 offers users 3 engine options and 2 drivetrain systems:
2.0L gasoline engine with maximum power of 156 horsepower at 6,200 rpm, maximum torque of 192Nm at 4,500 rpm, combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission, front-wheel drive.
2.0L diesel engine with maximum power of 186 horsepower at 4,000 rpm, maximum torque of 416Nm at 2,000 – 2,750 rpm, combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission, front-wheel drive.
1.6L turbocharged gasoline engine with maximum power of 180 horsepower at 5,500 rpm, maximum torque of 265Nm at 1,500 – 4,500 rpm, combined with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, 4-wheel drive HTRAC.
6. Ford Everest (1,099 – 1,452 billion VND)
With many advantages such as stylish design, sturdy chassis, convenient interior, powerful engine, and various features for comfort and safety, the Ford Everest is one of the most desirable family SUVs today.
Moreover, the Everest is the ideal choice for those looking for a vehicle that can handle off-road conditions at any time. The new generation of Ford Everest has impressive off-road parameters with an approach angle of 30.4 degrees (an increase of 0.9 degrees), a departure angle of 22.2 degrees (an increase of 0.7 degrees), and a ground clearance of 283mm. In addition, it can wade through water up to 800mm deep, allowing users to drive through complex situations such as deep floods or cross streams on adventurous journeys.
The Ford Everest has 2 engine options:
2.0L bi-turbo diesel engine with maximum power of 207 horsepower and maximum torque of 500 Nm, combined with a 10-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.
2.0L single-turbo diesel engine with maximum power of 168 horsepower and maximum torque of 405 Nm, combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive.
7. Honda CR-V (998 million – 1,138 billion VND)
The Honda CR-V is a highly successful SUV of the Japanese brand in the Vietnamese market. It is a well-known name in the Top 10 best-selling cars in the market.
The Honda CR-V attracts users with its strong and somewhat mature exterior compared to competitors in the same segment. However, the interior of the CR-V is considered not exceptional, although it still provides a modern feeling and high convenience. In addition to its elegant appearance, the CR-V is highly regarded for its impressive operation and the most fuel-efficient performance in its segment.
The Honda CR-V uses a 1.5L turbocharged engine with a maximum power of 188 horsepower at 5,600 rpm, maximum torque of 240Nm at 2,000 – 5,000 rpm. This engine is combined with a CVT automatic transmission with Earth Dream technology, providing powerful and smooth operation.