Ahhhh a proper off roader suv being put to proper use.....I am a beef farmer....and my work vehicle is a Toyota Land Cruiser 4.5 diesel. Bloody great thing. Tows an Ifor Williams full of cattle without breaking a sweat. It would, no doubt, lug quite a bit to the tip....if needs be.
However, it is just that - a work vehicle. Smooth and beautifully engineered - but not really soul inspiring.
Maybe, therein lies the issue. Designers are trying to please all the people all the time. The mum-with-kids school run, the tip run, the tree-huggers, the gear-heads wanting all the “in” tech etc etc
Maybe one size doesn’t necessarily fit all. Isn’t that why a lot of folk on here have a 2nd/3rd/weekend/summer car? To fill that desire for a car that just lifts the spirits and makes you smile. Nothing else.....just that.