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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

Honda CR-V
  • Plenty of room inside; Fantastic ride comfort; Family-sized boot

  • CVT auto zaps turbo engine responsiveness; Short on advanced safety; Lack of user-friendly native infotainment

Mazda CX-5
  • Excellent diesel upgrade; standard safety features; remains a design leader; new HUD is excellent

  • Small boot by class standards; brief standard warranty; we'd love the CX-9's 2.5 turbo-petrol...

Kia Sportage
  • AEB standard across the range; Impressive standard features list; Ride and handling improvements increase the Sportage's appeal; Seven year warranty

  • 2.0-litre engine can feel underdone at times; No 360 camera available; Electric park brake not available on Si and Si Premium

Hyundai Tucson
  • New infotainment system is a welcome change; Eight-speed automatic in diesel variants works very well; Hyundai Auto Link sets the Tucson apart from the competition

  • Dual-clutch gearbox still a little clunky in 1.6-litre variants; Voice recognition doesn't work unless paired with smartphone mirroring; AEB an expensive $2200 option on Go and Active X models

Medium SUVs Over $60k

BMW X3
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  • The fundamental X3 is a real winner; The basic spec doesn't lack for anything anywhere meaningful; Quite a sweet device to drive despite underwhelming output numbers

  • Ride remains firm on passive suspension; Few pricey options are worth ticking

Audi Q5
  • Excellent powertrain; Class-leading performance; Great interior and infotainment system; Ideal highway cruiser; Plenty of room in the second row and boot; Great range of standard safety

  • Conservatively styled; Diesel engine noise surprisingly noticeable; Interior feels a generation behind compared to upcoming Audi sedans

Porsche Macan
  • Amazing six-cylinder drivetrain; Brilliant Porsche dynamics make you forget it's an SUV; Luxurious ride when you want it; Quality materials inside; Addictive exhaust note in Sport Plus mode

  • Safety equipment part of a long options list; Apple CarPlay option cost is rude; Back seat a bit tight for adults

Volvo XC60
  • Wonderful overall design; Bristling with gadgets and active safety; Build quality and tactility inside; Quiet and efficient diesel drivetrain

  • 21-inch wheels dint ride quality; No integrated booster seats this time; Boot space inferior to some rivals; Servicing costs appear expensive

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