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Medium SUV 7-seater: Australia’s Best Value Cars

By James Whitbourn, 18 Nov 2016 Best Value Cars

Medium SUV 7-seater: Australia’s Best Value Cars

An SUV that’s nimble enough to traverse the city-scape, but with added utility. Introducing the Kia Sorento, Mitsubishi Outlander and Hyundai Santa Fe.

An SUV that’s nimble enough to traverse the city-scape, but with added utility.

Kia Sorento Si FWD

The criteria of seven seats shakes up the Medium SUV ranks because some brands only offer seven-seaters in up-spec variants, while others don’t give you the option at all. Kia’s Sorento crests the value summit by giving buyers seven seats and big petrol power for entry-level front-drive money. Not having to fork out for a diesel saves cash up front, but you do pay for it over time, courtesy of the 3.3-litre V6’s 9.9L/100km consumption. But that’s about the only area in which the Kia costs more than the average rig to run. It has stout resale (54 percent), is inexpensive to insure, has a convenient 12-month service interval and a generous seven-year warranty.

Mitsubishi Outlander XLS

Mitsubishi -Outlander -7-seat -SUVThere’s no seven-seat version of the base Outlander, so the XLS 4WD is Mitsubishi’s opening bid. But at $36,490 it’s still much cheaper than the winning Kia.

Hyundai Santa Fe Active

Hyundai -Santa -Fe -Active -seven -seaterA smaller petrol four, better resale and bargain insurance help offset the all-wheel-drive Santa Fe’s slightly higher price and shorter warranty than the Sorento, though there’s not much in it.

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