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Which mid-size, diesel SUV should I buy?

Asked by Phillip

Is there a diesel mid-size SUV two or three-years-old that you'd recommend? I have an 11-year-old Captiva diesel which has been great, but may need to upgrade soon.

Answered by CarsGuide

5 May 2021 David Morley

Mazda’s SUV range (CX-5 and CX-8) are popular with their owners and have a good reputation in the trade. Crucially, they’re also available with a turbo-diesel engine, so they fit your criteria on that basis. We’d also suggest you take a good look at the South Korean brands’ offerings (Hyundai and Kia) as these are also highly rated by the trade and those companies have been involved with small-capacity diesel engines for decades, so the technology is pretty well sorted.

It’s interesting that you’ve had a good run from your Holden Captiva as that is far from the experience of many owners and former owners of this particular vehicle. As the Captiva ages it is very likely to start giving trouble, so the best advice is to trade up to a newer vehicle sooner rather than later.

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