The Kluger wears the crown of practicality not just because it’s big, but also for the thoughtful way its interior space is designed.
Take the dashboard, it’s split into two levels – the bottom one being a shelf. Then there’s the giant 24-litre centre console bin with sliding tray.
Leg and headroom in the second row is excellent and while it’s not as comfortable back in the third row, it’s no worse than the others in this class.
Big, wide opening doors make entry and exit easy, while the flat and tall roofline means you don’t have to duck when placing children into their seats as you do with SUVs with coupe-like profiles.
You’ll find three top-tether child seat anchor points and two ISOFIX points all in the second row, too. The Kluger’s interior isn’t as posh as the CX-9’s but it looks tough and hard wearing.
The Kluger is a cup holder champion with four alone in the third row, two in the second and another two up front. There's bottle holders in all the doors, too.
The Kluger’s boot isn’t the biggest at 529 litres VDA with the third row folded, but the low load lip means you don’t have to hoist your gear up too high.
Those in the back row have their own air-conditioning controls, as do the second-row passengers.
You only have to step up to the mid-spec GXL to get proximity unlocking which is as anybody with their hands full running to a parked car in the rain knows is more than just handy. A USB port i slocated in the cubby under the dash.
The Kluger is 4890mm long and 1960mm wide, but has an impressively nimble turning circle of 11.8m.