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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
  • Cabin execution and quality is fantastic; Engine and CVT combination are excellent at any speed; Real world efficiency is impressive

  • Infotainment screen is a size too small compared to the competitors; Interior starting to feel like it's ready for a redesign; Driver tech is better in the segment leaders

Toyota RAV4
  • Smooth and quiet engine and transmission; Generous interior dimensions, especially the rear seats; Toyota's early service costs are as low as you'll find

  • Interior is more practical than premium; Engine's performance is adequate but unexciting; While functional, infotainment and instruments are visually lacklustre

Kia Sportage
  • Inclusions and quality feel like you're getting a bargain; Local ride and handling tune is once again excellent; Plenty of standard kit for the money

  • No standard satellite navigation may deter some buyers; Petrol engine does need to work hard sometimes; More internal storage space would be handy

Hyundai Tucson
  • Cavernous interior and cargo area; Long list of advanced safety tech; Upmarket interior;

  • Polarising exterior styling; Modest towing capacity; Space-saver spare;

Medium SUVs Over $60k

BMW X3
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  • Premium digital displays that are endlessly configurable; Visibility is excellent with airy, light-filled back seat and expansive (optional) sunroof; A really practical, comfortable everyday cabin with some versatility

  • Engine can feel like it's lacking when you need some oomph; Engine drone and vibrations can sap the fun factor out of driving; Can look a little bland inside and out once you cover up the BMW badges

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
  • Impressive fuel economy and electric-only driving range; Ohlins suspension and Akebono brakes give this proper performance cred; Loaded with standard equipment and features

  • Not quite as dynamic as its competitive set; Brake pedal feel could be better; Lacks the noise and drama of its peers

Mercedes-Benz GLC
  • Better value than the regular petrol version; Plug-in hybrid tech recovers and uses energy well; Standard air suspension suits our terrain

  • Ownership suited to those with covered parking; It feels every part of 2.1 tonnes; Too many will overlook it, or simply won't be aware of its benefits

Porsche Macan
  • V6 engine and seven-speed DCT are a sensational match; Ride and handling balance is near perfect; GTS specification delivers style and elegance

  • Some electronic safety should be standard; Luggage space is tight if you need to carry larger gear; Console will benefit from updated design