The DS 4 Crossback: is it the best _back? It’s an unlikely and slightly clunky question, I grant you, but it’s one that’s been troubling me since returning from France. The Crossback is the latest in a line of _backs to grace the automotive world, so PetrolBlog is keen to discover where it ranks in the all-time list of backs. This is a list that matters.
We know Justin Timberlake is a fan of sexy backs, but he was unable to help on this occasion. Similarly, Bill ‘Fatback’ Curtis of the Fatback Band was too busy enjoying the love he found in the 1980s. Meanwhile, Will Smith wasn’t keen on backing up to give his brothers room. So creating this top ten essentially came down to a finger and some air. Proper tail on a donkey’s back stuff.
So, what is the best _back? And perhaps more importantly, will we see an end to these daft and meaningless model names? Or are they back for good?
Today, many Audis are available in the Sportback flavour. It’s all nonsense, because a Sportback is little more than a five-door hatchback. No further words are required.
Why doesn’t Audi offer a Trunkback? The Audi Q7 Trunkback: seems quite apt for a vehicle that’s as aesthetically pleasing as Dumbo’s bottom.
Nissan Navarra X-Back: the ideal car for X-Men? Or maybe builders who do lifestyle things at the weekend?
The Crossback rides 30mm higher than the standard DS 4 and, thanks to a small list of extras, looks suitably different to its coupe-hatchback sibling. It also wears its C.R.O.S.S.B.A.C.K letters with pride. It’s a Rover Streetwise for a new generation.
One day, the DS 4 Crossback will be a PetrolBloggy car. But that’s a while off.
Representing the Shatchback is the hapless Suzuki SX-4 sedan, which is almost certainly one of the worst of the breed. The Shatchback slots in at number six on this random list of randomness.
Back in the 1970s, the three-door Toyota Corolla Liftback was an unfathomably cool thing. It’s fair to say the E110 generation five-door Corolla Liftback had lost most of its charm.
Right, now we’re entering the seriously cool part of the feature, although I accept ‘feature’ is perhaps too strong a word for this waffle. The 1600 Squareback stems from a period long before the diesel emissions scandal was a thing. Not that the horse looks that impressed. Why the long face?
Look closely and you’ll be able to spot the origins of this Ogle Triplex 10-20 Glassback. It was based on the Austin Princess and built to showcase Triplex laminated windscreens and sunroofs. Cool wheels, eh?
The Glassback is beaten by the Skoda, purely on the basis of its super-fast name. The fact is, nothing on earth sounds quicker than a Rapid Spaceback. Which is may explain why you don’t see the Rapid Spaceback on the road. Blink and you’ll miss it.
As a pioneer of the modern front-wheel drive hatchback formula, the Renault 16 deserves its role as the hatchback ambassador. In the same way the car industry seems to think the estate car tag is so passé, carmakers are all too quick to give the humble hatchback a fancy name.
All of which brings to an end our celebration of _backs. You can go back to whatever you were doing before reading this. It was almost certainly more interesting.
All images © manufacturers, except Buick © Stephen Foskett/Wikipedia.