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Premium SUV/Crossover Under $75K

By James Whitbourn, 16 Oct 2014 Best Value Cars

Peugeot 3008

European walkover for crossover class

European walkover for crossover class

1. Peugeot 3008 Allure
THE definition of a crossover is difficult to pin down, but the Peugeot 3008 Allure’s value offer is black and white. A relatively efficient 115kW 1.6-litre turbo four delivers 7.8L/100km on premium fuel, which is as good as many and better than some. Redbook's three-year retained value is not brilliant, at 58 percent, but little in the segment betters it. However, the Pug’s insurance is more affordable at $1136, and its 12-monthly service requirement is as good as it gets. Steering and ride comfort are no selling points, but the Pug's design flair brings left-field appeal.

2. Audi Q5 2.0 TDI quattro
A STRONG 72 percent retained value reflects the Q5's atypical brand-of-the-moment cool, which, along with Audi’s miserly 2.0-litre turbo-diesel, does the bulk of the points-gathering.

3. Mini Cooper S Countryman FWD
JACKED-UP not-so-Mini is a consistent performer across the disciplines, bringing engine efficiency, sound resale, a condition-based service system and class-cheapest ($1097) insurance to the table.

Premium SUV / crossover <$75k Purchase Price Comb. Fuel (L/100km) Fuel RON (min. rec.) 3-year fuel cost Redbook resale (%) 3-year deprec. AAMI insurance prem. Service interval (months) Warranty (years)
Peugeot 3008 Allure $39,990 7.8 95 $4740 58 $16,796 $945.23 12 3
Audi Q5 2.0 TDI quattro S tronic $62,600 6.1 D $3687 72 $17,528 $1368.02 12 3
Mini Cooper S Countryman 2WD AT $44,900 7.5 98 $4816 60 $17,960 $1096.81 12 3

Notable classmates: Volvo XC60 D4 Kinetic, VW Passat Alltrack 130TDI / Number of cars crunched: 7