QUICK GLANCE

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Front Page - Craig Duff

BMW X3 20d

PRICE $73,900-$77,900 drive-away

SAFETY 5 stars, 7 airbags, AEB, blind spot and lane de­par­ture warn­ing

EN­GINE 2.0-litre 4-cyl turbo diesel, 140kW/400Nm

TRANS 8-speed auto; AWD

THIRST 5.7L/100km the steer­ing lacks the feed­back found in the likes of a 3 Se­ries sedan. AL­TER­NA­TIVES

AUDI Q5 2.0 TDI $70,300-$76,100 DRIVE-AWAY

The De­sign ver­sion of the diesel Q5 matches the BMW for en­gine out­puts, uses less fuel and has sim­i­lar lev­els of stan­dard gear. It’s also just as good a drive as its Bavar­ian ri­val.

MERCEDES-BENZ GLC 250D $79,500-$82,900 DRIVE-AWAY

The Benz looks the most lux­u­ri­ous from be­hind the wheel and has the best per­for­mance of this group. It’s also ap­pre­cia­bly more ex­pen­sive — you get what you pay for.

LAND ROVER DIS­COV­ERY SPORT $70,300-$73,300

The high-out­put TD4 HSE isn’t as punchy as its ri­vals. The Disco Sport han­dles the rough­est roads and is the most ca­pa­ble off the bi­tu­men. Its in­te­rior is more un­der­stated.

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