AT A GLANCE
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.
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.