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Large SUVs Under $70k

Kia Sorento
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  • Smooth, refined diesel engine; classy interior; seven-seat flexibility; plenty of good features

  • Low tow ball weight; faulty fuel sender unit; urban focus limits outright off-road potential

Mazda CX-9
  • Amazing value for money; Loaded with standard safety kit for the money; Roomy third-row seating; Willing and punchy petrol engine; Decent fun to drive

  • No diesel option could deter some buyers, and it doesn't mind a drink; No third-row air vents; No smartphone mirroring tech

Toyota Kluger
  • Spacious and comfortable as always; new infotainment upgrades a plus in the GXL; safety improvements a leap forward; direct injection and eight-speed auto make the Kluger feel more modern

  • A "modest" price increase could mean value equation still a tough one; foot-operated park brake; still no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto; eight-speed auto a big plus but still a bit sluggish at times

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
  • Decent levels of drivetrain refinement; really capable off-road and great ride compliance on dirt/gravel tracks; now with extra seats for no extra cash

  • Third-row seats a bit fiddly to operate; not as good to drive as some rival seven-seat SUVs; third-row seats impinge on boot space

Ford Everest
  • Retains familiar refinement and easy-driving character; cosseting ride; spacious and flexible cabin; SYNC 3 infotainment

  • Still too expensive, considering losses from lack of 4WD hurt the car; cabin ambience sub-par against softer crossover SUV rivals

Large SUVs Over $70k

Audi Q7
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  • Proper seven-seater; great interior; enough power and torque regardless of detune; decent off-road ability; cabin ambience; interior spaciousness; great for large families

  • Not much cheaper than more powerful version; plenty of options required to make it look good; standard ride can be harsh, needs optional suspension; stop-start system very annoying

Volvo XC90
  • Very clever driveline which works smoothly within its range; punchy when charged; no loss of space or interior packaging due to hybrid platform; have I mentioned that stereo?

  • T8 is an expensive option and comes with compromised driving range; fuel economy claims are impossible to meet; cheeky option price increases

Range Rover
  • Beautifully styled; unrivalled luxury and comfort; High-performance SDV6 diesel is a cracker; superbly refined ZF eight-speed auto; huge stopping power; lots of standard kit; relatively fuel efficient; heaps of space

  • It's a twin-turbo diesel but there's still some low-down lag out of the gate

Lexus RX350
  • Newfound boldness; plush and well-made cabin; value for money compared to the Euros; overall refinement; will be a painless ownership experience

  • Petrol engine lacks low-end muscle, which the bulky kerb weight puts to the test; not overly practical; infotainment toggle takes some acclimatisation

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BMW X5

BMW X5
  • Core X5 product still an excellent, practical, family SUV; hybrid drive is very economical in the right conditions; impressive supporting iPhone app; silent luxury at its best.

  • Slow charging time vs limited EV range not a great ratio; extra weight and placement of battery pack compromises X5’s inherent handling; good luck finding a public charge point...