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Herald Sun - Motoring - - WHICH CAR? -

THE QUES­TION

We’re re­plac­ing our 2007 VE Com­modore Ber­lina with an AWD SUV. We are look­ing for a ve­hi­cle that will per­form well on the high­way and un­sealed roads, with a com­fort­able ride around the city, able to tow our 1200kg camper trailer and with a full-size spare. Is diesel or petrol the best op­tion? We’ve looked at the Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4 and Kia Sorento.

Michael and Rhonda Mur­ray Go diesel if you can af­ford it. Diesel should be the de­fault set­ting for SUVs. Your econ­omy will be bet­ter and it will tow your camper without break­ing into a sweat. Yes, it will cost more, but if you’re plan­ning to keep the car for a while it will be worth it in the long run — we note you’ve had your Com­modore for 10 years.

Toyota RAV4 2.2 GXL AWD auto, $43,550 The once-great RAV now plays a poor third to the CX-5 and Hyundai Tuc­son, the lat­ter by only a small mar­gin. It’s still a keeper. Hooked up to a sixspeed auto, the 340Nm diesel in the mid-range GXL de­liv­ers ad­e­quate if unin­spir­ing per­for­mance. Comes with a re­verse cam­era and rear park sen­sors but the small 6.1-inch touch­screen lacks sat­nav. Tows 1500kg but comes with a space­saver spare (full-size spare is a $300 op­tion). Uses 6.5L/100km, war­ranty is three years/ 100,000km and ser­vic­ing costs $1080 for three years.

Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport, from $39,490 The CX-5 is the reign­ing king of the mid-sized SUV seg­ment. You get what you pay for, be­cause the en­try Maxx comes with steel wheels. Prices have just gone up, too, but you get more safety gear in­clud­ing blind spot and rear cross traf­fic alert, as well as auto emer­gency brak­ing. Doesn’t get a proper spare. Can tow 1800kg. Uses just 5.7L/100km, war­ranty is three years/100,000km and ser­vices cost $1946 with ex­tras for 50,000km.

2013 Kia Sorento 2.2 SLi CRDi auto, from $49,490 The Sorento is a larger ve­hi­cle and, with seven seats, nat­u­rally costs more. Diesel makes more sense the larger you go but in this case if you want all-wheel drive it’s the only op­tion. Tows 2000kg, has a full-size al­loy spare, claimed fuel con­sump­tion is 7.8L/100m, comes with a seven-year un­lim­ited kilo­me­tre war­ranty and ser­vice is $1339 for three years or 45,000km. (You might be bet­ter off look­ing at the smaller, cheaper Sportage, Kia’s ver­sion of the Tuc­son.)

WILD­CARD

Hyundai Tuc­son 2.0 Elite, $41,750 Tuc­son re­places the iX35. The 400Nm di­rect in­jec­tion diesel is a gem and, hooked up to a six- speed auto, it’s about as smooth and pow­er­ful as the diesel ex­pe­ri­ence gets. And this one comes with a full-size al­loy spare. High-end safety gear is re­served for the range-top­ping High­lander. War­ranty is five years/un­lim­ited kilo­me­tres. Can tow 1600kg and uses 6.4L/100km. Capped price ser­vic­ing is $1137 for three years/45,000km.

VER­DICT

The Tuc­son ticks all the boxes, it’s one of the cheaper op­tions and, if you want to save, there is the tur­bocharged petrol model, which costs $2000 less and doesn’t use much fuel.

HYUNDAI TUC­SON

TOYOTA RAV4 MAZDA CX-5 KIA SORENTO

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