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Compact SUVs under $70K: Gold Star Value Awards 2015

By James Whitbourn, 16 Sep 2015 Best Value Cars

Compact SUVs under $70K: Gold Star Value Awards 2015

Mazda oiler pips classy Euros

Mazda oiler pips classy Euros.

Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring diesel

Mazda -CX5-Grand -Touring -DieselADJUSTING 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

Range -Rover -Evoque -PureA 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

Audi -Q3-blue -side-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
Purchase Price $46,590 $51,495 $52,300
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
Three-year depreciation $14,862 $17,457 $17,364
AAMI insurance premium $1,162 $1,167 $1,183
Service interval (months) 12 12 12
Warranty (years) 3 3 3