Brendan Seery
Deputy Editor
3 minute read
28 Feb 2021
9:40 am

SUVs: Bigger is not always better

Brendan Seery

Higher centre of gravity means SUVs are less stable than sedans.

A Genesis GV80 SUV driven by US golfer Tiger Woods is loaded onto a flatbed truck after it was removed from a hillside at the scene of a single-vehicle crash in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Tuesday. Picture: EPA-EFE

The Tiger Woods crash this week – where the 45 year old suffered “serious leg injuries” after his Genesis GV80 (Hyundai’s upmarket brand) SUV rolled over and crashed in California – is yet another warning about the inherent dangers in many of these vehicles … even the most up-to-date models. The harsh truth – which many manufacturers coyly avoid and salespeople will never mention to you in the showroom – is that these vehicles are at a higher risk of a rollover than an ordinary sedan or hatchback car. And that’s because of a simple principle of physics: centre of...