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Medium SUVs Under $60k

Volkswagen Tiguan
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  • Excellent blend of practicality and fun; Slick instrument display and personalisation options; Punchy engine and clever AWD system; R-Line pack looks neat!

  • Gets a bit pricey when you add all the goodies; Ride still firm in comfort setting; Is a fun car, so needs a fun name

Mazda CX-5
  • More sophisticated design; improved cabin ambience and atmosphere; rear seats get vents and USB point; wide range of engine options

  • Still less spacious than several rivals; diesel commands a sizeable price premium; the CX-5 Touring a better buy if you can stretch

Hyundai Tucson
  • Exterior look and features; ride comfort; future-ready infotainment system; interior spaciousness and practicality; fit and finish; build quality

  • Lacking some basic features for its price; dual-clutch transmission not ideal around town; spartan cabin;

Kia Sportage
  • Value for money; looks and feels upmarket, mostly; quiet and comfortable on the move

  • Lacklustre petrol engine; real-world fuel economy; active safety gear reserved for top-spec variant; cheap-feeling lower cabin plastics take away from that upmarket feeling

Ford Escape
  • Effortless performance; Sync 3 infotainment system; Classy looks; Comfortable and quiet cruiser; Decent handling; Strong equipment list

  • Driver assist features still optional on top-spec, should be standard; Not as economical as you'd expect; Some cheap-feeling cabin plastics; Average rear legroom; Occasional turbo lag

Medium SUVs Over $60k

Mercedes-Benz GLC
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  • Looks and feels premium for the price; Not as impractical as you might first expect based on its swoopy roofline; Lots of safety kit and handy surround-view camera system is standard

  • Poor rear vision from the driver's seat due to plunging roof-line; Ride can be wallowy in Comfort mode; Not as sporty to drive as it looks

Porsche Macan
  • Excellent engine just got better; technical package from gearbox to drivetrain is enjoyable at any speed; Alcantara makes every interior better; looks great in red - and red cars go faster and sound better.

  • Extensive and expensive options list – Porsche is gonna Porsche; new media system has disappointing usability

Land Rover Discovery Sport
  • Great chassis for an SUV; new 2.0L diesel betters the old 2.2L in every way; better throttle response, quieter and more refined; 9-speed auto works well with new engine; sharp steering; great space inside; seven seats; lots of features

  • Low-speed ride is a bit too firm; interior, despite being comfortable, still not as nice as current Audi Q5

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BMW X3

BMW X3
  • Flawless engine and transmission delivers superb performance and good economy; interior ambience much improved; ConnectedDrive technology standard; excellent steering, handling

  • Ride can be abrupt, meaning adaptive suspension option a must; lacking some key standard equipment; not cleverly packaged; not as stylish as Range Rover Evoque

Range Rover Evoque
  • Very unique; stylish and sophisticated; luxury interior; off-road capable; relatively practical; head turner

  • Relatively heavy; evident body roll and scuttle shake; ageing platform; price premium over regular Evoque; diesel can feel slow