GENEVA--Following the trend in small cars, Mini, Nissan, and Mitsubishi all showed off tiny versions of SUVs at the 2010 Geneva auto show. Called compact crossovers by the companies that make them, these new production vehicles take attributes of the SUV--all wheel drive, a high-riding position, cargo space--and fit them into a very small package.
The Mini Countryman and Nissan Juke compete head-to-head, offering similar engines in bodies that nearly match in dimensions. Both have turbocharged 1.6-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engines, with the Juke getting a one horsepower lead over the Countryman. Both offer all-wheel-drive systems, the Mini's geared toward better control on slippery roads while the Nissan's is oriented toward handling performance.
The Mitsubishi ASX is a horse of another color. Using a diesel engine in its European version, it is substantially bigger than the Nissan and Mini. We also looked at the new Volkswagen Cross Golf at the show, an ostensibly rugged version of the Golf.
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