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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
  • 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

Toyota RAV4
  • Excellent fuel economy; Interior is spacious with an undeniably premium look and feel; Pricepoint is reasonable for a hybrid with plenty of standard kit; Visibility, nimble handling and cabin comfort make for an ideal city ride

  • Small, low-res infotainment screen and dated surround-view cameras detract from the premium feel; No head-up display or speed limiter

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
  • SmartSense safety pack now standard; Roomy cabin; Quiet cruising speed; No Sport driving mode

  • Niggly cruise control; Not efficient in peak-hour traffic; CarPlay disconnected a few times; Uninspiring interior

Medium SUVs Over $60k

BMW X3
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  • Poised and adjustable handling balance; Big fun on the right roads; Plenty of room in the rear; Straddles 'everyday' and 'exceptional' very well

  • Harsh ride; Interior short of what $160K demands; Still no better than the outgoing M3

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
  • Torquey engine and fluent auto on the go; Good back seat and boot space; Light steering makes parking/tight spaces a breeze; Vastly improved infotainment

  • Urban fuel consumption; Infotainment seems to struggle with Aussie accents; Alarmingly floppy ride control; Second-gear starts slow progress; Creaky interior plastics

Porsche Macan
  • New bi-turbo V6 sizzles; Great handling and ride (for an SUV); Comfortable, uber-smart luxe interior; Cargo/passenger versatility (1503L max)

  • All those damned console buttons; Rear seat room is squeezy; Usual numbing option prices; Collapsible spare is unsuitable for the bush