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Medium SUVs Under $60k

Volkswagen Tiguan
  • 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
  • Reduces seven-seat CR-V entry price; Retains leather seats, three-row A/C vents; Back doors open nearly 90 degrees; Excellent fuel economy; Well-calibrated ride comfort; Standard full-size spare wheel

  • Second-row head room could be better; Boot space smaller than five-seat CR-V; Dreary CVT hurts performance; Absence of driver-assistance safety tech; 10,000km servicing intervals

Ford Escape
  • Punchy engine; Functional cabin; Sporty looks

  • Feels dated inside; Can be thirsty; Smaller than some rivals

Kia Sportage
  • Plenty of standard inclusions; Spacious interior; Comfortable ride; Seven-year warranty

  • Not enough grunt from ageing 2.0-litre petrol; Fussy steering; Misses some key safety tech

Hyundai Tucson
  • Now gets AEB as standard; Solid on-road manners; Compelling drive-away pricing; Wheels now 18s

  • Price hike negates 'value' benefit; Lacks Elite/Highlander safety credentials; Powertrain a bit lacklustre

Medium SUVs Over $60k

  • Impressive surrogate rally car chops; Great chassis on clay; Proper M-spec running gear; Bloody quick on dirt

  • Cleaning out the bulldust afterwards

Audi Q5
  • Plenty of grunt from the V6 turbo-diesel; Adaptive air suspension a treat; Brimming with standard safety features

  • Merest hint of turbo lag from standstill; Infotainment now a generation behind; Lack of touchscreen is counterintuitive to smartphone mirroring

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
  • Engines and gearbox are neatly matched and efficient; interior comfort and luxury enhanced by new tech; handling is sporty for the segment

  • Ride can be too firm on harsher road surfaces; the integration of the new tech isn't as seamless as it will be in a new platform; some might think the exterior design changes aren't significant enough

Land Rover Discovery Sport
  • Excellent passenger-carrying versatility with third row; Cargo/passenger flexibility of 40-20-40 second row; Seat comfort in main rows; Precise steering and assured handling; Smooth, strong SD4 engine is great at consuming long distances

  • Extra value of the runout deal; MY20 update here soon; MY19 cabin could look more special; Firm urban ride; Poor stop-start system; Engine‚Äôs low-rev lag