There’s an agreeable honesty and simplicity about the way the Across mooches down the road. Unlike so many taller crossover-type vehicles, it’s not an SUV that’s out to work dynamic miracles or to conceal its true size, heft or brief. Instead, it feels comfortable and at ease in its bulkier, 4x4-shaped skin – much like a Land Rover Discovery Sport does.
With 2.6 turns between locks, its steering rack is even more leisurely than that of its new-found British rival, but no less accurate in its responses or consistent in its pleasant, slick medium weighting. This is a fairly thickset helm, and it doesn’t communicate much contact patch feel; but you turn the Across into a corner, feel the resistance build as you wind on lock, feel the car’s body roll in gathering but controlled fashion, and know instinctively that the chassis will retain enough stability, and will comfortably develop enough mechanical grip, to keep you on your chosen line.
Of course, this feels like quite a heavy car; the body roll is a tell-tale sign, as are some incidences of vertical heave over more rolling stretches of roads taken at ambitious speed. There are limits, also, to the front end’s ability to keep its mass from pushing forwards once you’ve turned the wheel.
Pleasingly, however, these are set high enough that you really have to be pushing the Across hard to get close to them; and given the car’s overridingly simple, utilitarian sense of character, it seems unlikely that you would feel inclined to regularly find those limits, let alone probe them. The car keeps just about enough suspension travel up its sleeve to convincingly absorb the vast majority of mid-corner impacts, although these bumps aren’t always dealt with in the quietest fashion.