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Medium SUV 7-seat under $60K: Gold Star Value Awards 2015

By James Whitbourn, 16 Sep 2015 Best Value Cars

Medium SUV 7-seat under $60K: Gold Star Value Awards 2015

Koreans prove impossible to beat

Koreans prove impossible to beat.

Kia Sorento Si

Kia -Sorento -SiYOU can buy any number of seven-seat SUVs for less than $40K, which makes them great value in terms of shifting bums on a budget. The Sorento is a tick more, at $40,990, so it’s resale doing the saving.

The Kia retains 64 percent of your initial outlay over the first three years. That’s a great figure, much better than its 9.9L/100km economy (though at least it’s on 91 octane). Some in class are closer to 8L/100km.

Elsewhere, the 12-monthly service frequency counts for convenience and the brand’s industry-leading seven-year warranty is as good as gold.

Hyundai Santa Fe Active

Hyundai -Santa -Fe -ActiveTHE Santa Fe could be considered the equal of the Sorento in terms of its broader value equation, but the Kia’s extra warranty remains a real advantage.

Holden Captiva 7 LS

Holden -Captiva -7-LSTHE fact the Captiva 7 is the least expensive seven-seater considered (tied with the Nissan X-Trail at $30,490) might make it the pick for budget-conscious families.

Medium SUV 7-seat under $60K Kia Sorento Si auto 3.3i Hyundai Santa Fe Active man 4x4 2.4i Holden Captiva 7 LS auto 2.4i
Purchase Price $40,990 $38,490 $30,490
Combined cycle fuel (L/100km) 9.9 9.0 9.5
Fuel RON (min. rec.) 91 91 91
Three-year fuel cost $5651 $5137 $5422
Redbook resale (%) 64.3 61.3 61.4
Three-year depreciation $14,633 $14,896 $11,769
AAMI insurance premium $967 $993 $916
Service interval (months) 12 12 9
Warranty (years) 7 5 3