The Top 10 SUVs Revealed

Posted on: 1st March 2012

If you are considering buying an SUV not just for running errands, then you would need to look into a guide that will give you a comparison of the different makes and models. Though these compact offroaders are popular family cars, you still have to look into its fuel efficiency and not just its towing capacity. We have a list of the top 10 SUVs that will suit your quintessential Australian lifestyle.


Top 10 SUVs

The best SUVs in the market today are famous simply because of their flexibility and versatility. Take a look at existing models and newer versions that will stir even the laziest couch potatoes into venturing out in the wild outdoors.


Nissan X-Trail

Nissan X-Trail 2013Its current model still adapts the 2007 make. And with all the polished up versions of competitors, it still remains a strong contender for being the best-selling SUVs in Australia. Its four-star ANCAP crash safety score, supple suspension, fuel economy and best-on-test ground clearance (209mm) are some of its strong features that makes it a best deal for your money.


Mazda CX-5

Fuel efficiency is not a problem even with its 420 Nm torque power. Don’t be fooled by its posh style and excellent road manners because its turbo-diesel engine contributes to its overall dynamism and sharp performance.


Toyota RAV4

It offers better fuel efficiency with its 2.2 litre four-cylinder diesel turbo diesel, unlike the former 200kW V6. Front-drive models have 102kW 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder, similar to the Corolla while its all-wheel-drive models are patterned with the Camry’s 2.5 litre, 133kW engine.


Nissan Dualis

Its substructure will have it mistaken for a tough-looking X-Trail but its hatchback feature is what makes it more popular with car buyers. Available in two or four-wheel-drive, the Dualis+2 even offers a third row of seats for interested owners.

Subaru Forester

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Petrol-powered Foresters boasts of expanded drivetrain options, more comfortable interiors, and improved efficiency to help them keep pace in the SUV race. You can choose between its four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Forester X 2.0 litre has a six-speed manual option that is suited for city roaming although capable of going the off-the-beaten track.



Mitsubishi OutlanderMitsubishi's Outlander is outfitted with a turbo diesel V6 with 110kW and 360Nm, dropping its flagship V6 model. Its four-wheel drive diesel has 5.8L/100km fuel economy although on the pricier range compared than other top SUVs out there. A rough-edged diamond, but definitely worth the value.


Honda CR-V

This small but clever SUV has been very popular among Australian buyers. Its 2.0-litre, 114kW four-cylinder motor lends power to the front wheels in the underpinning of the CR-V. Four-wheel drive models, however, get 2.4-litre, 140kW engines. It contributes to a fuel consumption drop from 10l/100km to 8.7 l/100km.


Holden Captiva

If you always explore multi-terrain tracks, the Captiva 5 will make you feel most comfortable with its softer suspension. Even when fully loaded, the body holds it quite well. Its steering feel gets high marks for being one of the best-weighted and most natural during tests.


Kia Sportage

Tight bends and narrow corners will prove to be easy with the Sportage’s highly reactive steering and good body control. Its discreet spring and damper rates as well as its sensible suspension system contribute to its elegance even in off-road adventures.


Volkswagen Tiguan

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Slippery roads won’t be a problem with the Tiguan because of its well-calibrated traction control system. Its 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine might leave you wanting for more but the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission provides polished shifting for optimum performance.


The list above only scratches the surface of the best SUVs on the market that can live up to your off-road explorations and outdoor expectations. If you can win a vehicle, which would you choose?

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