I've been driving my new Fiat Freemont Crossroad for three weeks now.
My last car was an Audi A4 Sport so in many ways it's hard to compare as far as performance is concerned. However, as far as value for money is concerned I am more than impressed. Having a GPS and rear camera is something new for me (the Audi did not have these and considering the $65k price tag this was very disappointing) and considering the price tag of the Fiat these are amazing to have as standard.
My only concern so far is the fuel consumption - around 12-13L per 100kms. At the 1000km service I was told this is normal as the car starts to "loosen up" - let's hope so as apart from that I would definitely recommend looking at as an affordable 7 seater that seems more spacious than a Captiva.
We had looked at Volvo XC90 (expensive but great), Audi Q7 (a beast for city driving and too expensive to take off road), the Kluger (more than we wanted to spend), Lexus and territory were good but we were looking for value for money.
A mate told me this car would melt in the sun and that I should get a "real" 4WD - my problem is though that I never go 4WDing and only need 7 seats for the family taxi on weekends! So this car serves my purpose perfectly.
Separately controlled air vents in the three rows of seats is great for passengers - not all have this so I would suggest checking this.