Mazda oiler pips classy Euros.
Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring diesel
ADJUSTING the category ceiling upwards by $10K this year served to capture premium SUVs that previously lived in the Premium/Crossover category, but the classy Euros struggled to match the value equation of this high-spec Japanese wagon.
At the Grand Touring level, the CX-5 is admirably well equipped with safety and convenience kit, and boasts all-wheel drive, a slick auto and the choice of petrol or diesel motivation.
The oiler costs an extra $3200 upfront, yet still wins the value stoush thanks to its 5.7L/100km economy (compared with 7.4 for the petrol) and rock-solid 68 percent resale.
Range Rover Evoque Pure
A TOP-spec Japanese SUV or an entry-level Brit? Our top two are very different wagons; the Evoque is a tad pricier, a bit more economical and cops a slightly bigger depreciation whack than the CX-5.
Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI Sport Quattro
LITTLE upstarts like the Q3 make it difficult for medium-size premium SUVs to win this category (see the Q5 in notable classmates) because they’re cheaper, so less depreciation.
|Compact SUV under $70K||Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.2D||Range Rover Evoque eD4 Pure 3dr man 2.2D||Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI quattro|
|Combined cycle fuel (L/100km)||5.7||4.9||6.7|
|Fuel RON (min. rec.)||D||D||95|
|Three-year fuel cost||$3445||$2961||$4072|
|Redbook resale (%)||68.1||66.1||66.8|
|AAMI insurance premium||$1,162||$1,167||$1,183|
|Service interval (months)||12||12||12|