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Best compact SUVs under $30k

We see which compact SUVs are the best bargains under $30,000.

A few years back, when car companies started asking compact SUV customers if all wheel drive was an important factor in their purchase, many responded "Oh, really . is my car one of those?"

Fact is, most people don't care how many wheels do the driving, as long as the car actually moves when the relevant pedal is pressed.

So it's no surprise that many compact AWD wagons are now also available as front wheel drives. And while AWD delivers better traction and security on low grip surfaces, the stability control system on front wheel drives now does a similar job, at a much lower price.

So for city driving - which is the main tour of duty for most of the compact SUV brigade - it's a case of 'two wheels good, four wheels good - if you want them'.

With that in mind, our pick of the best compact SUVs under $30,000 includes some of each. But all on our list are chosen for their quality and value at this price point.

NISSAN DUALIS  
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Seven seats for less than $30,000 (OK, ten bucks less) is a top deal, and although it won't win any performance shootouts, the Euro-designed Dualis +2 is a stylish, practical, easy to like kid carrier, with tidy handling, A grade quality, reasonable fuel economy and heaps of storage, including a chilled glovebox.

A pair of back stalls folds easily out of the cargo floor and kids under teen age fit OK. The Nissan Dualis ST five seater is also great value from $24,990.

The continuously variable automatic adds $2500. Its slipping clutch effect sounds weird until you get used to it, but the CVT is a much smoother, more efficient transmission than a conventional auto, so it's a box worth ticking.

NISSAN DUALIS- see other Nissan Dualis verdicts

 

4 stars

Price: from $24,990
Warranty: 3 year/100,000km
Resale: 54%
Service interval: 6 months/10,000km
Economy: 8.1l/100km, CO2 192 g/km
Safety equipment: 6 airbags, ABS, EBD, brake assist, traction control, stability control Crash rating: 5
Engine: 2-litre, 4-cylinder, 102kW/198Nm
Transmission: 6-speed manual or CVT auto, front-wheel drive
Body: 5-door wagon
Dimensions: 1783 mm (W), 1606 mm (H), 2630 mm (WB)
Weight: 1960kg
Tyres: 16" alloys, 215/65 R16, full-size steel spare.

VW TIGUAN   
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The base model front wheel drive/six speed manual Volkswagen Tiguan, at $28,490, has one of the world's best engines, the supercharged and turbocharged 1.4-litre wunderdonk, as also used in the Golf. So think of the Tiguan 118 (as in kilowatts of power) TSi as a Golf that morphed into a compact SUV, because that's exactly what it is.

There's no automatic or DSG option. Strange. The Tiguan is the punchiest, smoothest, most enjoyable drive here, with great fuel economy/emissions numbers, and because it's a VW it's also solid, safe, comfortable and bankable at trade-in time.

The boot's small, though, and servicing costs are not cheap. You can buy the same car, with a 1.2-litre engine for $26,290. It's the Skoda Yeti. Tip: Buy the VW.

VW TIGUAN- see other VW Tiguan verdicts

 

4 stars

Price: from $28,490
Warranty: 3 year/unlimited km
Resale: 65%
Service interval: 15,000km or 12 months
Economy: 6.9l/100 km, CO2 162 g/km
Safety equipment: Six airbags, ABS, ASR, ESP Crash rating: 5
Engine: 1.4Ll, 4-cylinder petrol, 118kW/240Nm
Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Body: 5-door wagon
Dimensions: 4427 mm (L), 1809 mm (W), 1686 mm (H), 2605 mm (WB)
Weight: 1493 kg (tare mass)
Tyres: 16" alloys, 215/65 R16, space saver spare.

SUBARU XV
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If you've always wanted an orange car in your life, you'll be a happy traveller in Subaru's new Impreza-based XV 20i, from $28,490. Please, spend an extra $2500 on the CVT transmission. The notchy, ambitiously-geared six-speed manual doesn't cooperate well with the 2.0-litre petrol engine, which is seriously short of grunt, especially compared with the Tiguan.

Performance and fuel efficiency are both much better with the CVT. If you like to get your wheels dirty once in a while, the XV offers tenacious all-wheel drive grip, the best handling in the class, on bitumen or dirt roads, a comfortable ride and ample space for four.

The boot's small though. Generous base spec includes auto start/stop, Bluetooth, Data Dot security, seven airbags and 17-inch alloys.

SUBARU XV- see other Subaru XV verdicts

 

4 stars

Price: from $28,490
Warranty: 3yrs/unlimited km
Resale: N/A
Service interval: 6 months/12,500km
Economy: 7L/100km (man) 7.3L/100km (CVT) CO2 168g/km (man) 168g/km (CVT)
Fuel: 60L tank, 90RON
Safety equipment: 7 airbags, stability control, ABS, Vehicle dynamic control, Hill start assist Crash rating: ANCAP 5 star rating
Engine: 2.0-litre, 4-cyl petrol boxer, 110kW/196Nm
Transmission: 6-speed manual, CVT; AWD
Body: 5-door wagon
Dimensions: 4450 mm (L), 1780 mm (W), 1615 mm (H), 2635 mm (WB)
Tyres: 17" alloys, 225/55 R17, steel temporary spare.

SUZUKI GRAND VITARA
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The Grand Vitara badge has been around since the 1980s, when off-road cred - including low range gearing -- was must-have hardware, and the soft roader SUV hadn't been invented yet. The 2012 model is priced from $24,990 with three doors or $28,990 with five.If you want a fair-dinkum, go-anywhere 4WD for less than $30,000, your options are limited to a couple of shockers from China's Great Wall Motors, the similarly uninviting Ssangyong Actyon or this tough little truck from Suzuki.

The 2.4-litre petrol engine is strong enough, handing holds no nasty surprises, there's plenty of back seat room (though the boot is small), it's bulletproof and will go places that other SUVs wouldn't even think about.

SUZUKI GRAND VITARA- see other Suzuki Grand Vitara verdicts

 

3 stars

Price: from $24,990
Warranty: 3 year/100,000km
Resale: 59%
Service interval: 12 months/15,000km
Economy: 8.9l/100km, CO2 212 g/km
Safety equipment: 6 airbags, ABS, EBD
Crash rating: 4
Engine: 2.4-l, 4-cylinder, 122kW/225Nm
Transmission: 5- speed manual, 4-speed auto, four-wheel drive
Body: 5-door wagon
Dimensions: 4500 mm (L), 1810 mm (W), 1695 mm (H), 2640 mm (WB)
Weight: 2100kg
Tyres: 16" steel, 225/70, full-size spare.

HOLDEN CAPTIVA 
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The Holden Captiva 5 (as in five seats) offers maximum metal for your dollars: $27,990 with a five speed manual, or $29,990 with a six-speed automatic. If you need a big interior for the kids and all the gear than goes with them, or a load it up weekend escape machine, Captiva is an honest, value for money choice.

The 2.4 generates solid grunt and works nicely with the six-speed automatic, while the ride/handling compromise on the base model's 17-inch wheels is comfortable and controlled. Useful stuff includes parking sensors at both ends, electric park brake, hill holder and plenty of oddment storage; less appealing is no Bluetooth or USB port, and a few chirps, sizzles and squeaks in the cabin.

HOLDEN CAPTIVA- see other Holden Captiva verdicts

 

3.5 stars

Price: from $27,990
Warranty: 3 years/100,000km
Resale: 57%
Service interval: 15,000km /12 months
Economy: 9.1l/100km, CO2 217g/km
Safety equipment: Front driver/passenger airbags, front/rear side curtain airbags, ABS, ESC, traction control Crash rating: 5
Engine: 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine, 123kW/230Nm
Transmission: 6-speed manual, 6-speed auto, two-wheel drive
Body: 5-door wagon
Dimensions: 4596 mm (L); 1850 mm (W); 1761 mm (H); 2707 mm (WB)
Weight: 1852 kg
Tyres: 17" alloys, 235/65 R17, 16" steel spare.

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KIA SPORTAGE  
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The Kia, and its Hyundai ix35 twin under the skin, both start at less than $27,000 in front wheel drive form, but the base 2.0-litre engine is a gutless, obnoxious thing and the handling is pretty loose. In both cases you're better off spending the admittedly considerable extra cash on all-wheel drive and the punchy 2.0-litre turbodiesel (from $35,490) or the refined, flexible direct injection 2.4 petrol (from $32,490).

KIA SPORTAGE- see other Kia Sportage verdicts

 

3 stars

Price: from $26,720
Warranty: 5 year/unlimited km
Resale: 61%
Service interval: 15,000km/12 months
Economy: 8.7l/100km, CO2 208g/km
Safety equipment: Front driver/passenger airbags, front/rear side curtain airbags, ABS, ESC, traction control Crash rating: 5
Engine: 2.0-litre petrol, 4-cylinder, 122kw/197Nm
Transmission: 5-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Body: 5-door wagon
Dimensions: 4440 mm (L); 1855 mm (W); 1635 mm (H); 2640 mm (WB)
Weight: 1980kg
Tyres: 17" alloys, 225/60 R17, full-size spare.

HONDA CR-V
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The current Honda CRV is due for retirement this year, so Honda will be flogging it at discount rates. Even so, at $28,090, the base model 2.4-litre all wheel drive still works a treat as a suburban warrior if you have a couple of young kids. You get the blue chip Honda badge, top class quality, grief-free ownership, a big interior, reasonable handling and strong resale values.

HONDA CR-V- see other Honda CR-V verdicts

 

3.5 stars

Price: from $28,090
Warranty: 3 year/100,000km
Resale: 64%
Service interval: 10,000km/6mths
Economy: 10l/100km, 237g/km
Safety equipment: Front driver/passenger airbags, front/rear side curtain airbags, ABS, ESC, traction control Crash rating: 4
Engine: 2.4-l, 4-cylinder, 125kW /218Nm
Transmission: 6-speed manual, 5-speed auto with Grade Logic Control
Body: 5-door wagon
Dimensions: 4565 mm (L), 1820 mm (W), 1680 mm (H), 2620 mm (WB)
Weight: 1580kg
Tyres: 17" steel, 255/65 R17, full-size spare.

NISSAN X-TRAIL
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This could almost have made top five on the strength of its brilliantly designed cargo bay, which includes flat folding seats, a washable, removable floor and storage drawers.

If your weekends feature mountain bikes, gardening, mud wrestling or any pastime that involves coating the interior of your car in dirt, you need an Nissan X-Trail. The front wheel drive ST uses the same 2.0-litre engine as the Dualis, and starts at $28,490.

NISSAN X-TRAIL- see other Nissan X-Trail verdicts

 

3.5 stars

Price: from $28,490
Warranty: 3 year/100,000 km
Resale: 62%
Service interval: 10,000km/6 months
Economy: 8.5l/100km, CO2 202g/km
Safety equipment: ESC, front/rear curtain airbags, front airbags, traction control, ABS Crash rating: 4
Engine: 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder petrol, 102kW/198Nm
Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Body: 4-door wagon
Dimensions: 4635mm (L); 1790mm (W); 1700mm (H); 2630mm (WB)
Weight: 2000kg
Tyres: 225/60R17 tyres, full-size spare

RENAULT KOLEOS
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A late 2011 nip and tuck saw the Renault Koleos (a Nissan Dualis with lightly modified DNA) emerge as a viable contender, though resale values for the French brand remain weak. It's certainly safe, comfortable and well equipped, though. You get a five years/unlimited kilometres warranty; dual zone air, 17-inch alloys and navigation are also standard on the base 2.5-litre petrol front wheel drive Expression, at $28,490.

RENAULT KOLEOS- see other Renault Koleos verdicts

 

3.5 stars

Price: from $28,490
Warranty: 5 year/unlimited km
Resale: 62%
Service interval: 10,000km/6-months
Economy: 9.6l/100km, CO2 230g/km
Safety equipment: Dual front, side, front/rear curtain airbags, ABS/EBA, ESP Crash rating: 5
Engine: 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 126kW/226Nm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Body: 4-door wagon
Dimensions: 4520 mm (L); 1865mm (W); 1695mm (H); 2690mm (WB)
Weight: 2120kg
Tyres: 225/60 R 17, full-size spare.

MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER
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The Mitsubishi Outlander comes into calculations here with six airbags standard for 2012 across the range, including the base LS front wheel drive, from $29,340.

Like Captiva, it's a big wagon, with a useful 2.4-litre engine, and handy touches including a horizontally split tailgate, chilled glovebox and a generous warranty: five years/130,000 kilometres and 10 years/160,000 (non transferable) on the drivetrain. Capped price servicing is also available for four years/60,000 kilometres.

MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER- see other Mitsubishi Outlander verdicts

 

3 stars

Price: from $29,340
Warranty: 5 year/130,000km
Resale: 63%
Service interval: 15000km/12 months
Economy: 9.2l/100km
Safety equipment: ESC, ABS, front driver and passenger airbags Crash rating: 4
Engine: 2.4 litre, 4-cylinder DOHC 16 valve MIVEC engine, 125kW/226Nm
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Body: 4-door wagon
Dimensions: 4665 mm (L); 1800 mm (W); 1720 mm (H); 2670 mm (WB)
Weight: 2270 kg
Tyres: 215/70R16 99H, full-size spare.

Comments on this story

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  • Really? Why do most of these need servicing every 6 months? That’s a turn off to buying before considering anything else

    I Edwards of Brisbane Posted on 04 April 2014 7:45pm
  • Have to disagree re the IX35 2.0 Petrol. I test drove the dualis, xtrail, and the mazda cx5(above this price) and none of them compared to the responsive series 2 direct injected Hyundai IX35 motor. I bought the SE with leather etc and 6 spd auto for $30k in December and very happy with the handling, performance is reasonable and safety (inc reverse camera).

    I would recommend an IX35 over many of your selection.

    Steve of Hornsby Posted on 26 March 2014 12:55pm
  • Have to disagree re the IX35 2.0 Petrol. I test drove the dualis, xtrail, and the mazda cx5(above this price) and none of them compared to the responsive series 2 direct injected Hyundai IX35 motor. I bought the SE with leather etc and 6 spd auto for $30k in December and very happy with the handling, performance is reasonable and safety (inc reverse camera).

    I would recommend an IX35 over many of your selection.

    Steve of Hornsby Posted on 26 March 2014 12:55pm
  • Have to disagree re the IX35 2.0 Petrol. I test drove the dualis, xtrail, and the mazda cx5(above this price) and none of them compared to the responsive series 2 direct injected Hyundai IX35 motor. I bought the SE with leather etc and 6 spd auto for $30k in December and very happy with the handling, performance is reasonable and safety (inc reverse camera).

    I would recommend an IX35 over many of your selection.

    Steve of Hornsby Posted on 26 March 2014 12:54pm
  • Have to disagree re the IX35 2.0 Petrol. I test drove the dualis, xtrail, and the mazda cx5(above this price) and none of them compared to the responsive series 2 direct injected Hyundai IX35 motor. I bought the SE with leather etc and 6 spd auto for $30k in December and very happy with the handling, performance is reasonable and safety (inc reverse camera).

    I would recommend an IX35 over many of your selection.

    Steve of Hornsby Posted on 26 March 2014 12:53pm
  • Have to disagree re the IX35 2.0 Petrol. I test drove the dualis, xtrail, and the mazda cx5(above this price) and none of them compared to the responsive series 2 direct injected Hyundai IX35 motor. I bought the SE with leather etc and 6 spd auto for $30k in December and very happy with the handling, performance is reasonable and safety (inc reverse camera).

    I would recommend an IX35 over many of your selection.

    Steve of Hornsby Posted on 26 March 2014 12:53pm
  • Have to disagree re the IX35 2.0 Petrol. I test drove the dualis, xtrail, and the mazda cx5(above this price) and none of them compared to the responsive series 2 direct injected Hyundai IX35 motor. I bought the SE with leather etc and 6 spd auto for $30k in December and very happy with the handling, performance is reasonable and safety (inc reverse camera).

    I would recommend an IX35 over many of your selection.

    Steve of Hornsby Posted on 26 March 2014 12:52pm
  • I bought a nissan dualis in jan 2013 the best thing I have done for a long time im now in the process of buying small caravan , I have no problem towing a van with this car , its not the most powerfull vehicle by any means if you want that buy a v8 . However if you want something thats comfortable and nice to drive with pretty good fuel eco, carry 4 adults comfortably this is the car for you . Iwill say I dont think you need to buy the top of the range version alot more money for cosmetics eg moonroof 4x4 bigger wheels wouldn’t bother unless you got money to burn, all in all great car for the price.    Yours sincerely shayne dmello

    shayne dmello of western Australia Posted on 15 October 2013 12:43pm
  • We rented a Dualis to go Sydney to Melbourne and were so impressed, we bought a Dualis 2 weeks later.  Beautiful to drive. The new Dualis (Series 4) comes standard with reversing camera and sat nav. (Although the moon-roof of the Ti-L - is a serious wish list want - next time) We have the CVT Auto and have taken this car from Melbourne to Brisbane effortlessly.  Plenty of room, quiet and smooth on the highway.  Zippy around town.  Bluetooth Audio - so backseat teenager can play his music wirelessly.

    Zane Imahnn of Brisbane Posted on 24 July 2013 6:22pm
  • Bought Renault Koleos Diesel auto b4 9 months. It has everything excel Rear parking sensor. Good value for money and comfort. Once on a highway or even rough road >70 it’s shows how powerful it can be.

    Nick Patel of Melbourne Posted on 04 June 2013 11:12pm
  • The Tiguan has the best Engine,power,luxury,sporty,and nice cargo space…it just doesn’t look cheap like the others,the Dualis is also decent but Tiguan is the best.

    Janeway of Lebanon Posted on 16 January 2013 7:17am
  • Bought a Kia Sportage for my wife after driving,  1. VW Tiguan ( too dear and also is expensive to service ).  2. Honda CRV (could not stand the CVT, poor connection between engine and wheels.) Kia Sportage is nice to drive, handles well and is guaranteed for 5 years.

    Ivan Tyers of Melbourne Posted on 02 December 2012 7:55am
  • go for Subaru xv worth buying

    bibin francis of adelaide Posted on 10 November 2012 8:04am
  • How about Peugeot 4008 then? Why not on the list?

    Jason of Syndey Posted on 01 November 2012 2:00pm
  • Firstly the Kuga shouldn’t be on the list due to price, brand new driveaway is about $35,000 thus not eligible for the list. I brought a Holden Captiva prior to seeing this article and I love the veratility of the car, its fuel economy and general overall design.

    Chris Duncan of QLD Posted on 21 October 2012 11:00am
  • Would definitely wait for the new Ford Kuga which comes out in a few months before considering any of the above.

    Andrew Lucan of Melbourne Posted on 10 October 2012 11:41am
  • Looks wise the Kia and the Subaru kill it…...why no mention of the ASX or i35?

    Trevor of Sydney Posted on 28 September 2012 6:14pm
  • Please don’t forget to drive the Ssangyong Korando. Italian styling by Guigaro, one of the few Euro 5 rated ultra low pollution Turbo-Diesels on the market (a brand new engine, also of Italian design). There’s an Aussie made 6 speed auto or a marvellous 6 speed manual gearbox. Just make sure the tyre pressures are right (true for any car, before you take a test drive - a car driven on incorrect tyre pressures - too low or too high - feels totally wrong). The Korando handles flawlessly, rides firmly but well, is very cleverly designed and superbly built. Plus there’s a FULL SIZE SPARE (!) on a matching alloy wheel. (The Mazda CX5 has the most horrid, 85 profile monster “space saver” that saves no space, just cost, which could have come off a 1962 Valiant!) The manual I drove cruised at 100 km/h in 6th at only 1900 rpm, very civilised and economical. Starting from about $25k on road for the sleekest, gutsiest new compact SUV on the block, I urge you to give the Korando a try. (I’m looking forward to getting one soon.)

    Michael Granat of Carnegie, Victoria Posted on 24 September 2012 3:06am
  • It’s all WRONG to tip buying the Tiguan over Skoda Yeti. Why? Just watch Topgear testing of the Yeti, and delivery waiting time in UK.

    Michael of Sydney Posted on 06 September 2012 2:55pm
  • It’s really weird there is nothing about Mitsubishi ASX. almost every review I’ve read rates Dualis and ASX very close… what’s the deal?

    Al of Adelaide Posted on 30 August 2012 9:53am
  • where is Hyundai santa fe in the list?

    salahuddin khan Posted on 29 August 2012 9:45pm
  • comparing apples to apples buy the best : VW , ugly but the best

    alex Posted on 29 August 2012 8:54pm
  • I have been searching for an suv. Very confusing with all these options. Have decided to stop looking for a couple of months and see what the opinion is on the new ones released.

    Confused of Victoria Posted on 25 August 2012 8:53pm
  • The Hyundai iX35 is a worthy contender? The Subaru XV is a tiny gutless car, but looks the part.

    I think boot size should be considered across all cars and their rankings adjusted accordingly.  If this was the case you would immediately not consider a VW or Subaru, they can barely carry the groceries.

    Jules of Brisbane Posted on 25 August 2012 3:13pm
  • Tip: Buy the VW. =)

    Happy Motoring! of Planet Earth Posted on 23 August 2012 7:09am
  • Would love to see the Ford Kuga on this list.

    AJ of Brisbane Posted on 13 August 2012 3:44pm
  • I know a few people who have the Dualis, and they seem to have medium term build quality issues, with various squeaks and groans appearing. I’ve heard it from a few people, which tells me it’s not a case of a Friday afternoon, Monday morning production line car.

    driver Posted on 10 August 2012 6:37pm
  • “It’s the Skoda Yeti. Tip: Buy the VW.”

    No, don’t…

    Able of Sydney, NSW Posted on 10 August 2012 6:03pm
  • @Noel Williams, The Yeti was mentioned in the blurb for the VW Tiguan. Being that it’s practically the same vehicle, it is pretty much a footnote when the Tiguan is used in any comparison.

    Daniel Bonner of Brisbane Posted on 02 August 2012 2:50pm
  • The dualis and X-Trail have the same engine & Wheelbase.
    Yet the Koleos which is based on these vehicles runs a longer wheelbase and a better engine yet you still critisise it.
    Resale values are not the be all and end all if you actually look at what you get for your money and you trade a car after 5 years.
    I would prefer a better warranty wich the nissan twin dont get and a longer service interval. 2k less on resale vs more servicing costs (if you want to argue cost of overall ownership) and less warranty and i know what is better.

    Predjudice against non jap cars.

    Modern Man of QLD Posted on 28 July 2012 2:55pm
  • The Suzuki pricing is Drive Away Price while all the others appear to be Manufactures Price, to compare you would have to drop 3K to 4K off the Suzuki prices.

    Mike K of North Coast NSW Posted on 17 June 2012 1:59pm
  • No Skoda Yeti ????????  No explanation for its omission=hick journalism….

    Noel Williams of vic Posted on 13 June 2012 7:49pm
  • My problem is that there is an enormous size difference between the SUV’s tested. Likes of the Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan X-trail and Holden Captive do not only have a much roomier interior, but also have cargo areas that are almost double the size of some cars they are compared with (IE: 395 litres for the Tiguan vs 589 litres for the Outlander).

    Erik Wirtz of Geelong Posted on 03 June 2012 11:57pm
  • Don’t be too hard on the other SUVs here Dave of Tas. I skipped the RAV4 purely on safety. Rear mounted spare tyre and life saving airbags that are optional did it for me I’m afraid. Sit in one and it instantly feels “old”. The Outlander and CRV will be updated soon so the RAV4 will really feel like a car from the previous decade.

    FixYou of 2000 Posted on 02 June 2012 11:27am
  • amazed i didnt see any cx5 overkill in this article. ps wheres the 4008 and asx fit into the mix(interested in them)?

    Looking for a new SUV of canberra Posted on 31 May 2012 1:59pm
  • Where’s the RAV 2WD.  I have an AWD but the 2WD is also excellent, variable back seating for flexible legroom and cargo space.  Can tow a reasonable load has great seats and finish unlike
    Xtrail’s cramped rear and pathedic seats,
    outlanders noisy rough engine
    Kia well you get what you get
    Craptiva more problems than they are worth
    Subaru gutless gutless

    David of Tas Posted on 29 May 2012 10:50pm
  • For the VW its the gearbox I would be concerned about, I have the manual golf TSI118, issues with the gearbox from new 3 years ago and still not sorted out and now only to be told by VW I have no problem!

    Not happy VW of Perth WA Posted on 29 May 2012 8:45pm
  • Ah there we have it again, all the accolades for the VW “wunderdonk”.  But in reality the 118TSI has caused many a headache for VW owners.  I wonder how many times VAG will detune/reflash this motor to try and make it hold together to get it through warranty?  And lets see if this motor makes it under the hood of Golf 7.

    FixYou of 2000 Posted on 26 May 2012 5:47am
  • Why do theses reviews always say the 3rd row of seats is for young children only, but Australian law states children must be in car seats until 8 but you can put seats in the 3rd row, can we have some clarification on this?

    Seano of Gc Posted on 24 May 2012 11:06pm
  • There’s barely any difference in the star ratings.  Are they really all the same, or the ratings are useless?  It should range from 1 to 5, not 3.5 to 4…

    joe bloggs Posted on 07 April 2012 11:41am
  • where ‘s the Mitsubishi ASX???

    kim Posted on 01 March 2012 5:11pm
  • Can’t believe you don’t have the RAV4 in the mix. The Original and still the best SUV. What is your criteria as the RAV is under 30000????

    Deemac of adelaide Posted on 28 February 2012 1:36am
  • I would disagree than the Tiguan is punchier than the 2.4DI though I drove it with a manual (more fun than it should be but you pay at the pump). Pretty good run down otherwise. P.S. Andrew is quite right. Every SX4 owner I’ve talked to, love them like a pet, though they are probably a class size down for this comparison.

    beltedradial of Sunshine Coast Posted on 27 February 2012 2:19pm
  • If you want great value and Japanese reliability then at only $21,990 for the 4X4 model, the Suzuki SX4 is unbeatable. Take a look at the used cars for sale and you will find very few of any model of Suzuki’s for sale because they’re good and people keep them. As usual another comparison of compact 4X4s and the SX4 has been ignored. Oh well, nothing changes. I use mine as a delivery van, so it gets a hard workout every day, with perfect reliability. Highly recommended if you need this size.

    Andrew Willis of Brisbane Posted on 24 February 2012 9:35am
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