IF YOU could go back in time to the 1980s the streets of the world would look very different. The only luxury SUVs would be Range Rovers and the odd Mercedes-Benz G-Class. If you were successful you probably drove a BMW 7 Series or a Merc and if you were really successful you might have an Aston Martin Lagonda or a Rolls-Royce. Everyone else was driving a Golf.There was no need to have a command driving position because hardly anyone sat higher than you in the traffic. Today it has changed. Everyone wants a lofty seat so they can avoid the smash and grabbers, look over the sea of Toyota Fortuners and generally feel as though they are large and in charge.Streets are full of SUVs and the modern day phenomenon, the crossover. The Range Rover is still regarded by many as king but there are Porsche Cayennes, Toyota Prados, BMW X5s and Mercedes M-Classes everywhere. Drive anything smaller and you feel like a Lilliputian surrounded by Gullivers.There is still a place for the superb 7 Serie...

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