PRICE New$ 30,490-$44,990 NowX$ 22,500-$27,000; XS $25,000-$31,000; XS Premium $26,500-$33,000; XT $27,000-$34,000; XT Premium $31,000-$39,000 SAFETY 5-star ANCAP ENGINE 2.5-litre 4-cyl, 126kW/ 229Nm; 2.5-litre 4-cyl turbo, 169kW/320Nm
TRANSMISSION 5-speed manual, 4-speed auto; AWD
THIRST 9.3L/100 km, 10.5L/100km (turbo)
BODY 4-door wagon
others to consider
NISSAN X-TRAIL 2007-10 Smooth all-round family wagon with competent 4WD system but be wary of examples with diesel engines and constantly variable transmissions.
Pay $19,500-$35,000 3stars
HOLDEN CAPTIVA 2006-10 Good performance on-road, modest off the bitumen but makes practical, roomy family transport.
Pay $20,000-$37,500 3.5 stars
HONDA CR-V 2007-10 Improved on many fronts, is better off-road than it was but still visually challenging.
Pay $17,500-$34,000 3stars
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