Bang for your buck. Bounce for your ounce.

It's an equation as old as time, where value for money is compared, peer against peer. And while the money part is self-explanatory, what defines value?

Context changes everything, but for our example today, the value is power. Pure, measurable, power.

Call it what you will: horsepower, PS, joules per second or just good old fashioned base-10 kilowatts. A car's power output is a key unit of measurement for many buyers. And, quite reasonably, to get more power you need to spend more money - but is there a sweet spot?

In our recent review of the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 162 TSI Highline, CarAdvice reader 'Sir Vinny The Brave' asked:

"So, which are the hot SUVs out there that James speaketh off?"
Sir Vinny

Medium-sized SUVs, like the Tiguan, are finding solid sales growth in 2017, with the segment up 9.4 per cent year-on-year.

Here, we've taken a look at all vehicles in the segment and found the most affordable way into each of the 89 engines on offer.


Power outputs range from just 96kW in the 1.6-litre turbo diesel Nissan X-Trail, to the 294kW twin-turbo V6 of the Porsche Macan Turbo.

This, in a category which has prices starting at $24,990 for the Suzuki Grand Vitara to $130,300 for that same Turbo Macan.