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Top 5 most popular SUVs in 2017

By David Bonnici, 15 Jan 2018 Car Advice

Top 5 most popular SUVs in 2017

SUVs outsold passenger cars in Australia for the first time last year, led by these five popular models

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

Mazda CX-5 Range Review

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 

Hyundai Tucson Range Review

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

Toyota RAV4 Range Review

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

Mitsubishi ASX Range Review 

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

Nissan X-Trail Range Review