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SUVs under $50k

Starting between $40,000-$50,000, SUV buyers can choose between the upper end of the midsize segment, most 7-seaters or the smaller premium SUVs.

 

Our best SUV under $50k picks

1.
Mazda CX-9

What we like

  • Impressive safety features
  • Quiet cabin
  • Fresh Kodo looks

What we don't

  • No under boot floor storage
  • No CarPlay or Android Auto

2.
Kia Sorento

What we like

  • Gigantic space
  • Relatively good value
  • Strong diesel engine

What we don't

  • Scratchy plastics
  • Sometimes too-soft ride
  • Nasty fake wood

3.
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

What we like

  • Practical and tough
  • Comfortable
  • High level of standard spec

What we don't

  • Polarising looks
  • Engine can be caught off song at low rpm
  • Tight third row seats

4.
Toyota Fortuner

What we like

  • HiLux under-pinnings
  • Surprisingly manoeuvrable in city traffic

What we don't

  • Third-row seats stow to the side, not flat
  • Doesn't match the LandCruiser Prado

5.
Audi Q2

What we like

  • Super stylish look
  • Quality feel to the cabin
  • Sharp dynamically

What we don't

  • Suspension feels a touch too firm
  • It's expensive, and more so with the option packs
  • Smooth acceleration takes time

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