Why should you feel ripped off if you’re comfortable both in body and mind ?
Comfortable in body, because, as Indiana says, you sit higher up (that is to say higher than typical sedans of the last 30 years) and therefore ingress and egress are easier and visual field is better.
Comfortable in mind, because let’s face it, AWD or SUV/CUV are status symbols, probably more so in Europe than in North America I grant you, but still … It all started in the late 70’s, at least in Europe.
Before then, back in the late 60’s/early 70’s particularly in the UK, people wealthy enough to drive around town with Jaguars, Bentleys or Rolls liked, for recreation purposes such as fox hunting or show jumping events, to slum it with what was called a Shooting Brake. Shooting Brakes were elegant swanky and sporty-ish looking two doors estate cars. The best examples of such cars were the Reliant Scimitar GTE or the Volvo P1800 ES; A number of celebs were fond of the Scimitar (as I was I must admit, not celeb I mean, just fond of the car), Princess Ann at the time owned up to eight such Scimitars; which explained why such cars were considered status symbols. Let’s note that those were not high slung cars, their ground clearance was only 5 to 6 inches which at the time was typical of “low slung” sports cars but of course, in these days, the height of fashion in motoring was the sporty-ish look.
Then Land Rover launched the Range Rover, a swanky AWD with a ground clearance of around 12 inches. This was a very big and high slung vehicle which, apart from having excellent off-road capabilities, allowed the driver to really dominate the situation and definitely be “above the fray”. In short a godsend to the high and mighty, not really for the off-road capabilities which were neither here nor there, but certainly for the impressive look and the “above the fray” feel. Very soon, when slumming it in show jumping events, Princess Ann was no longer seen with any of her Scimitars but instead with dominating Range Rovers. This vehicle became in turn “the” new status symbol and it was soon fashionable for the well offs to run around town with such vehicles. The height of fashion in motoring was no longer the sporty-ish look but instead the adventurer look.
It is worthy of note that in 2004, Charles Spencer King, the designer of the Range Rover, criticized SUV owners who drove their vehicles in urban areas, saying that vehicles like the Range Rover he created were, in his own words : “never intended as a status symbol but later incarnations of my design seem to be intended for that purpose”
You know the rest, the Range Rover and it imitations were the front runners of what is now known as SUV or Crossovers. Over the decades, this trend of high slung cars gained momentum and eventually, through specification downgrading, became cheaper so that more people could afford the status symbol they represent.
The moral of this story is that, deep down, the motivation to acquire an SUV has often little to do with a desire for comfort but is mainly driven by a quest for status.