LAST year will go down as the one in which the rise of the SUV became complete. It all started in February, when the number of SUVs sold nationally narrowly outstripped the number of traditional pasenger cars, bolsterd by the arrival of fresh-faced metal including the all-new Toyota C-HR and the secon-generation Mazda CX-5.
Here are the top five high-riding best-sellers from last year.
Mazda CX-5: 25,831 sales
Mazda’s popular medium SUV is the Japanese brand’s second-biggest seller after the Mazda 3. The second-generation CX-5 launched early in 2017 and improved on its popular formula with more room, quiter ride and enhanced handling. Of note, too, was a bigger boot.
Price range: $28,690-$49,990
Standard features: 7.0-inch touchscreen, LED headlights, reversing camera, rear cross traffic alert, auto braking, blind spot monotoring
Boot space: 442 litres
Warranty: 3 years, unlimited km
Hyundai Tucson: 23,828 sales
Second only to the i30 in Hyundai showrooms, the Tucson is a good looking, well-equipped and comfortable medium SUV that offers a diverse engine range including a powerful diesel and a smooth and swift turbocharged petrol. It also has the best warranty here.
Price range: $28,590-$47,450
Standard features: 7.0-inch touchscreen, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, LED daytime running lights, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, roof rails, hill-start assist, full-size spare alloy wheel
Boot space: 488 litres
Warranty: 5 years, unlimited km
Toyota RAV4: 21,077 sales
Toyota’s biggest-selling SUV is credited with kicking off the whole city-focused SUV craze, and it has grown into a mid-sizer that rides nicely, corners well, has great front seats, huge boot, and now comes with automatic emergency braking as standard.
Price range: $29,450-$50,500
Standard features: 6.1-inch touchscreen, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, active cruise control, auto braking, lane departure alert, auto high beam, LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, roof rails, hill-start assist.
Boot space: 577 litres
Warranty: 3 years, 100,000km
Mitsubishi ASX: 19,403 sales
The Mitsubishi ASX is one of Australia’s biggest-selling small SUVs down largely to its sharp pricing and one of the roomiest cabins in its class. It drives nicely on country roads, and has plenty of power – especially in diesel form.
Price range: $25,000-$37,500
Standard features: 7.0-inch touch screen, reversing camera, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, LED daytime running lights, roof rails, hill-start assist.
Boot space: 393 litres
Warranty: 5 years, 100,000km
Nissan X-Trail: 18,955 sales
Nissan’s most popular model has a roomy cabin with adjustable rear seats for better load versatility. It has one of the biggest boots in its class, and is one of the few medium SUVs with a seven-seat option.
Price range: $27,990-$47,290
Standard features: 5.0-inch touchscreen, reversing camera, smart-key entry, LED daytime running lights, hill-start assist, Intelligent Ride Control, auto braking.
Boot space: 565 litres
Warranty: 3 years, 100,000km