The c cost of SUV living
We run the ruler over today’s must-have lifestyle accessory for the family
SMALL SUVs are the auto equivalent of smartphones: you have to be seen with one. Those who haven’t already caught on are rushing to buy (or build) light and compact crossovers. In Australia, couples and families hold the view that SUVs represent the
best of both worlds’’. With fuel economy and comfort to rival a small car, the space to carry furniture or friends and a high ride height for the
command’’ seating, SUVs are a multipurpose lifestyle accessory. It’s just a case of which design suits that lifestyle.
Four of the five compared here are front-wheel-drive and the Forester is all-paw. All are entry-level automatic or continuously variable transmission versions. And all sold more than 1000 examples last month, making them as mainstream as a Toyota Camry.
SkyActiv technology gives the Mazda CX-5 the lead in the weekly fuel costs at $26.33. That’s at least $8.50 cheaper than the dearest vehicle here, Hyundai’s iX35. It is small change over a week but siphons an extra $425 a year out of the wallet/purse, so it’s worth considering.
Caps off to the capped-price car
makers. Online disclosure means it is easy to see how much servicing a Toyota or Hyundai will cost. As yet, Honda doesn’t have cappedprice servicing, while Subaru and Mazda want vehicle identification before they’ll quote the costs. Hyundai heads this pack with one yearly visit to the dealer that will cost $259.
Buying a new car is an investment in emotion, not practicality. The best- performing of this group— the Mazda, Subaru and Honda— will be worth just 54 per cent of the new price in three years, according to Glass’s Guide. The Hyundai and Toyota, meanwhile, will have halved in value over that period.
Government charges vary. Check with your local authority for registration costs. Capped price servicing won’t cover items such as tyres, windscreen wipers and brake pads.