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Midsize SUVs

Midsize SUVs are the most popular in Australia, with an array of medium SUV models offering SUV looks and practicality, with the efficiency of a traditional sedan.

Our best midsize SUV picks

Mazda CX-5

What we like

  • Very easy to use
  • Diesel drivetrain is a beauty
  • New interior is terrific

What we don't

  • FWD car not as nice as AWD versions
  • Not as much cargo room as rivals
  • Base model misses out on almost everything

Volkswagen Tiguan

What we like

  • Great tough looks
  • Impressive performance
  • Excellent storage throughout

What we don't

  • Servicing is a bit more than it's rivals
  • Kick open tailgate takes a few kicks
  • DSG transmission has a 'lurching' tendency at low speed

Honda CR-V

What we like

  • Great practicality
  • Good value
  • Walk away locking

What we don't

  • Advanced safety kit only on top-spec
  • Sunroof limits rear headroom
  • CVT drones on

Hyundai Tucson

What we like

  • Great looks and quality
  • Excellent value, particularly Active X
  • Accomplished ride and handling

What we don't

  • Some cheap plastics
  • 2.0 GDI a bit thirsty
  • Only Highlander has advanced safety tech

Kia Sportage

What we like

  • Contemporary design
  • Incredibly practical and simple
  • Industry-leading warranty

What we don't

  • Petrol engines can feel underdone
  • No driver aids in lower grades
  • Top grade cars are expensive

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