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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
  • So spacious; Stacks of storage; Full-size spare wheel; Rear seat ventilation

  • Engine lacks power; CVT is messy; HondaLink infotainment is not standard; No AEB

Ford Escape
  • Plenty of equipment for the money; Optional safety pack is a must-have at just $1300; Really good to drive; Steers and handles better than many other SUVs in the class; Infotainment is top notch

  • Diesel engine can be sluggish at times; Drivetrain eager to go for high gears to save fuel, but isn't frugal in reality; Not as big as some rivals in the second row or boot areas

Kia Sportage
  • Excellent ride around town; Punchy 2.0-litre turbo diesel; Brimming with standard features, both safety and convenience; Well-resolved and comfortable interior

  • Apple CarPlay is glitchy on occasion; $50K is getting up there in price

Hyundai Tucson
  • Super comfy; loads of standard equipment including advanced active safety; good ride and decent handling; petrol engine is refined and gets the job done; $2300 saving on the diesel version.

  • 1.6-litre petrol can get noisy under full throttle; still plenty of hard plastics - thankfully out of sight;

Medium SUVs Over $60k

BMW X3
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  • Excellent dynamics; More than adequate powertrain, even on the base model; 30d and 30i variants ideal for those that have a clean licence; First-rate driver technology; Interior fit and finish; Practicality and spaciousness

  • Ride is a tad on the firm side for some; Options, options, and just when you thought it was over, a few more options

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

Volvo XC60
  • The design and aesthetics are superb; Overflowing with tech; And brimming with safety; Refined diesel drivetrain; Matched by a refined ride

  • Small boot space; Infotainment can be fiddly to use; Expensive servicing costs; Warranty looks lacklustre now

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
  • External styling looks different and premium; Plenty of room for four adults and luggage in five-seat guise; Flat load floor makes the luggage space easy to access

  • Infotainment and connectivity can't match the segment leaders; Cabin doesn't quite feel as premium as the price indicates; Stop/start system is way too laggy for a luxury vehicle like this