AT A GLANCE

Herald Sun - Motoring - - ROAD TEST -

WHAT IT’S GOT

Seven airbags, sta­bil­ity con­trol, Sync3, dual-zone au­to­matic air­con, rear cam­era and park­ing sen­sors, My Key speed con­trol, push­but­ton start, 18-inch al­loys, tem­po­rary spare, cloth up­hol­stery, leather­wrapped steer­ing wheel, tinted rear glass, rear vents, rain sens­ing wipers, au­to­matic head­lights.

WHAT IT HASN’T

Au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing, blind spot mon­i­tor­ing, rear cross traf­fic alert, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, full-size spare.

OWN­ER­SHIP

Ser­vic­ing costs $1255 over four years/60,000km, with in­ter­vals of 12 months/15,000km. Free loan car and 12 months’ state auto club mem­ber­ship at each ser­vice.

WHAT WE LIKED

One of the bet­ter front-driv­ers in the class, with a punchy, re­fined 1.5-litre turbo, tidy dy­nam­ics and com­pli­ant ride. So­phis­ti­cated, easy to use in­fo­tain­ment with seam­less con­nec­tiv­ity. Great value works-burger safety tech pack op­tion. Com­fort­able driver’s seat. Ex­pan­sive for­ward vi­sion.

WHAT WE DIDN’T

Looks dated and bor­ing out­side and the dash de­sign is hys­ter­i­cal. Nav­i­ga­tion played up on test. Smaller boot in fiveseater mode and a nar­rower rear seat than most ri­vals. Can feel a bit top-heavy in tight cor­ners. High brake pedal. Hard to reach open tail­gate. Short war­ranty.

ALSO CON­SIDER MAZDA CX-5 MAXX $33,690

Just up­dated with best-in-class stan­dard safety tech. Made in Ja­pan qual­ity. 138kW 2.5-litre runs on reg­u­lar petrol. All­wheel driv­e­train.

SUBARU FORESTER 2.5I-L $33,240

Eye Sight safety tech isn’t avail­able on this vari­ant, which is a shame. Driv­e­train is 126kW 2.5-litre/CVT/AWD. A bit thirsty.

VW TIGUAN 110 TSI TRENDLINE $33,490

The brand seems to be do­ing its best to alien­ate cus­tomers but Tiguan should be on your test drive short­list. Runs a 110kW 1.4-litre turbo/six-speed dual-clutch auto.

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