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Medium SUVs Under $60k

Mazda CX-5
  • Excellent pricing and equipment levels; Strong standard safety suite; Upmarket feeling cabin with quality materials; Better for storage than ever before; Great handling; All-wheel-drive powertrain a plus

  • Lacking the latest in-car connectivity – Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; Excruciatingly slow USB charge points up front; MZD Connect can be glitchy

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

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;

Medium SUVs Over $60k

Audi Q5
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  • Bolder styling looks good; benchmark refinement; superb diesel engine with more power & torque; handling and ride; cabin quality is best in class; new seven-speed dual clutch transmission; well equipped.

  • new generation brings steeper pricing; no 3.0-litre powertrains, yet; no diesel for new SQ5 announced, yet; Audi virtual cockpit not standard with entry-level design model;

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

Mercedes-Benz GLC
  • 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

Land Rover Discovery Sport
  • Unbelievably insulated and comfortable ride; Lopes along the freeway effortlessly and is comfortable and quiet; Seven-seat cabin and genuine luggage space is a winner in this segment

  • Engine doesn't feel as punchy as we'd like, especially low down; Options pricing is high and a standard Disco Sport isn't as special; Infotainment isn't as up to date as segment leaders

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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