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The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Which Car? - JEEP GRAND CHERO­KEE FORD EVER­EST

The new CX-9, like its pre­de­ces­sor, tows only 2000kg. You don’t men­tion a bud­get or if you pre­fer petrol or diesel. The ve­hi­cles men­tioned range from $50,000 to al­most $90,000 Driv­e­line is a 3.0-litre, six­cylin­der turbo diesel (184kW/ 570Nm) tun­ing an eight-speed auto. It looks great, seats five and is a weapon off-road. The pre­mium for the diesel is $7000 but it brings bet­ter econ­omy and tows 3500kg. The petrol V6, rated at 2812kg, will do the job but will use con­sid­er­ably more fuel, es­pe­cially with a boatt on the back. Reli­a­bil­ity is an is­sue but so is ser­vic­ing ev­ery six months, cost­ing $3239 for three years/60,000km. It gets five safety stars. Thirst is 7.5L/100km and war­ranty is three years/100,000km. A proper 4WD that’s based on the pop­u­lar Ranger ute which in turn shares run­ning gear with the BT-50. Its 3.2-litre five­cylin­der turbo diesel (143kW/ 470Nm) is mated to a six-speed auto. It seats seven, has a lower tow rat­ing than the ute but at 3000kg is still more than ad­e­quate. The best buy is the mid-range at $60,990. Five-star safety and thirst is 8.5L/100km. War­ranty is three years/100,000km and ser­vic­ing costs $1470 for three years/ 45,000km. This one’s not cheap but it’s a classy con­tender and one of our Car of the Year fi­nal­ists. Its 2.0-litre four­cylin­der twin-turbo diesel (165kW/470Nm) drives an eight-speed auto. It lacks lowrange for se­ri­ous off-road work and the 2400kg tow rat­ing comes up short too. Thirst is 6.2L/100km and safety is fives­tar. War­ranty is three years/ un­lim­ited km and ser­vic­ing costs $1850 for three years/ 45,000km. This is one of the best — it tows 3500kg thanks to driv­e­train shared with Ever­est and will do ev­ery­thing you want and more, in­clud­ing drag­ging that boat to re­mote lo­ca­tions. Seats five but the rear is not as com­fort­able as in an SUV. It gets five stars forr safety and claimed thirst is 8.9L/100km. The two-year/ un­lim­ited km war­ranty can ex­tend to three years, de­pend­ing on dis­tance cov­ered.d. Ser­vic­ing costs $2014 for three years/45,000km. The Ever­est is the pick. You’re not asked to make any com­pro­mises with this one. It’s big, roomy with seven seats (a bonus), will be eco­nom­i­cal to run and will tow that boat eas­ily.

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