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Audi Q3 From $43,400
The third generation Audi Q3 might be labelled an SUV but as with many of its peers it could easily be described as a high-riding hatchback. It delivers the usual SUV attributes: taller driving position, better vision around the car, and a higher “hi
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Ford Everest From $49,490
The Ford Everest is basically a reskinned workhorse one-tonner ute, in this case the Ford Ranger. The Ranger is a good thing in the one-tonner context, but it’s difficult to disguise the primitive chassis engineering and workhorse origins of any one-
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Hyundai Tucson From $29,290
Hyundai’s Tucson mid-size SUV range opens with the 121kW/203Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder direct-injection petrol/six-speed manual front-wheel-drive Active, at $29,290. Active X is $32,290. A six-speed auto adds $2500. Front-wheel drive Elite automatic
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Land Rover Discovery From $73,221
In its sophistication, comfort, refinement, efficiency and dynamics, the fifth Discovery has moved closer to luxury German SUVs such as the X5 and Audi’s Q7. Yet it also extends the unique Land Rover off-road envelope, with optional Terrain Response
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Mercedes Gla-class From $44,700
The Mercedes GLA SUV range starts at $44,700 for the 90kW 1.6-litre turbopetrol front-wheel-drive GLA180. The 100kW 2.1-litre turbodiesel front-wheel-drive GLA220d is $52,100. Opt for the sportier performance and all-wheel-drive grip of the 155kW 2.0
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Nissan N-trek Warrior From $62,990
The Warrior starts life as a top-of-the-range Navara N-Trek and then Australian-engineered tough bits are fitted locally. The engineering firm behind the Navara’s transformation into a Warrior is Premcar, the same outfit previously responsible for Fo
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Subaru Outback From $37,440
Subaru’s 2020 Outback 2.5i petrol is $37,440 and the turbodiesel 2.0D is $40,040. Premium 2.5i, which we’re testing here, is $43,940; Premium 2.0D is $46,940. Subaru’s 3.6-litre six-cylinder engine is fitted to Outback 3.6R, priced at $50,440. Premiu
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VW T-cross From $27,990
Volkswagen has joined the booming small SUV segment with a high-riding hatchback based on the Polo. The T-Cross is available initially with a choice of two turbopetrol engines: a 1.0-litre three-cylinder (85kW/200Nm) in the 85TSi Life, at $27,990, or
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Audi Q5 From $65,900
Today’s Audi Q5 might seem barely changed since the original in 2009, but there’s exciting new stuff underneath its almost the same skin. Kicking off from $65,900 for the 140kW/400Nm 2.0-litre 40 TDI diesel quattro and $66,900 for the 185kW/370Nm 2.0
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Ford Endura From $44,990
Ford Australia would prefer we didn’t call its new five-seater Endura SUV a Territory replacement. Endura, says Ford Australia, is a much more upmarket SUV, a “premium offering” for those who want something “special and opulent”. Endura is well equip
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Isuzu D-max From $38,200
Released in June 2012, Isuzu’s D-Max is now one of the oldest utes in the class. D-Max 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel 4x4 pricing starts at $38,200 for the single-cab chassis SX six-speed manual. Double-cab chassis SX is $43,400 and the Space ca
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Lexus Nx From $55,700
Like many modern SUVs, the Lexus NX targets urban buyers. Entry models are front-wheel drive rather than allwheel drive because, according to research, many buyers really don’t know or care which wheels put the power to the road. NX’s aggressive, exa
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Mercedes-benz Eqc From $137,900
The shape of things to come from Mercedes-Benz has a familiar form. The German car maker’s first pure EV, the EQC 400 is, surprise, surprise, a family sized SUV, priced at $137,900. While SUVs are hugely popular, there are other reasons car makers fa
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Mitsubishi Pajero Sport From $46,990
Like Toyota’s Fortuner, Mitsubishi’s Pajero Sport is built on a one-tonner ute chassis — in this case the Triton — topped with a stylish, bespoke body to create a family wagon that, unlike the SUVs that now dominate the market, also has considerable
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Suzuki Jimny From $25,990
The 2020 Suzuki Jimny is simple, tough and cheap, keeping faith with its predecessors in a model line that stretches back almost 50 years. Priced from $25,990, the Jimny looks too cute and toylike to take seriously, but it’s the real 4WD deal. It run
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VW T-roc From $42,990
Aquick glance around any Australian carpark should be more than enough to prove to you that we’re well past the days of talking about how the popularity of SUVs will one day overtake that of hatchbacks, sedans and wagons. The tide isn’t so much turni
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• Prices are supplied by manufacturers and do not include on-road charges, which vary from state to state. Note that advertised prices must now include all on-road costs. • The best way to get a good deal on a new car is to do your research, test dri
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Audi Q7 From $101,900
Audi’s second-generation Q7 is a huge improvement over the first. That model’s whale-like scale made it a daunting vehicle to drive in the city and its high weight meant it had the handling agility of a humpback. Audi’s engineers found ways to shed a
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Ford Escape From $28,990
Ford’s Escape range opens with the 110kW 1.5-litre turbopetrol/six-speed manual/front-wheel-drive Ambiente, priced at $28,990. The six-speed auto is $30,490. All-wheel-drive models begin with the 134kW 1.5-litre turbopetrol Ambiente, with a six-speed
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Hyundai Santa Fe From $43,000
The Hyundai Santa Fe features seven seats in all models. The lineup opens with the 206kW 3.5-litre V6 petrol/eight-speed automatic/front-wheel-drive Active, at $43,000. Elite is $51,000 and Highlander is $57,500. The 147kW 2.2-litre turbodiesel/eight
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Ldv T60 From $28,990
The LDV T60 range starts from $28,990 drive-away (for ABN holders) for the Pro manual, $30,990 drive-away for the Pro auto, $33,490 drive-away for the Luxe manual and $35,490 drive-away for the Luxe auto. The Luxe Mega Tub, with a 315mm extended whee
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Mercedes-benz Gle From $99,900
Mercedes-Benz fourth generation GLE range opens with the 300d at $99,900. It’s powered by a 2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder, with a healthy 180kW of power and 500Nm of torque. The GLE 450 at $111,341 is powered by a 3.0-litre turbopetrol in-line
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Peugeot 3008 From $37,490
Peugeot claims the current 3008 “has moved itself above” mainstream SUV rivals such as VW’s Tiguan, Mazda CX5, Subaru’s Forester and Honda’s CRV, but they’re dreaming. Start money — $37,490 for the base Active — is about $5000 over the odds for this
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Subaru Xv From $29,240
Subaru’s XV is the only compact SUV with all-wheel drive as standard, so it’s as capable on a dirt road as it is on the bitumen. XV prices start at $29,240 for the 2.0i. The 2.0i-L is $31,610 and the Premium is $33,420. The 2.0i S, tested here, is $3
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VW Tiguan From $34,490
Volkswagen’s Tiguan opens at $34,490 for the 110kW 1.4-litre turbopetrol/sixspeed dual clutch (DSG) front wheel drive 110TSi Trendline. Comfortline specification is $38,990. The 132TSi 2.0-litre turbopetrol DSG Comfortline, with a sevenspeed DSG tran
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Audi Q8 From $129,900
Audi’s five seater Q8 is based on the seven-seater Q7, but with a sleeker, sharper profile, a coupe roofline, a few dimensional adjustments and whopper 21 inch alloy wheels to give it a sportier stance. The Q8 55TFSi quattro, priced at $129,900, runs
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Ford Ecosport From $22,790
Ford’s first major overhaul of its compact EcoSport brings substantial improvement, with more suitable powertrain choices, a more contemporary interior and higher standard equipment levels. So low pricing is no longer its sole drawcard. The front-whe
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