High-performance crossovers make no sense, but that’s okay.

With the popularity of SUVs continuing to grow exponentially, it was inevitable that car firms would start making high performance versions. And, sure enough, they’re beginning to flood onto the market.

Now, I’m not thinking of the various high-end sports car firms breaking into the market – whether Porsche, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Lotus or even Ferrari – here.

I’m thinking of the souped-up hot versions of everyday SUV runabouts: think of the Cupra Ateca, Skoda Kodiaq vRS, Audi SQ2 and more.

And, as more of these hot high-riding machines arrive, I’ve come to realise something. So it’s confession time: I actually quite like high performance hot SUVs. I know. Believe me, I know.

I know that the whole concept of a high-performance SUV is wrong. I know that the physics simply don’t work, that the high-riding stance and bulk that defines an SUV is the antithesis of the low centre of gravity and lightweight design that I know that, in essence, they’re cynical ploys to create a desirable ‘halo’ model that firms can charge a premium for by offering performance most people don’t really need.