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Australian 4WD & SUV Buyer's Guide April Issue#29 2017

4WD & SUV Buyer’s Guide purely focuses on the vehicles that are newly available on the Australian market. Each description identifies the car’s weaknesses and its strengths with no-holds barred, as well as detailed tables on prices, standard equipment, the cost of major options, performance, fuel consumption and much more. This Buyer’s Guide also shares with its readers the latest news and happenings from the exciting world of automotive mobility. Helping you choose the 4WD or SUV that works best for you, this magazine is perfect for any car enthusiast.

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welcome to australian 4wd & suv buyers guide .

Right now, a revolution is taking place in the Australian new vehicle market. For the first — but certainly not the last — time in history, 4WD and SUV sales will exceed those of cars in 2017, as Australians of all ages and family circumstances turn to the space, versatility and value of wagons large and small. One-tonner utes, especially double-cab variants, are also enjoying unprecedented popularity, particularly among tradies, who use them as one size fits all work, play and family transport, and grey nomads, who appreciate their affordability, diesel economy and suitability for towing. I hope you enjoy the magazine and that it helps you choose the 4WD, SUV or ute that works best for you. Your comments are always welcome. Email me at info@4wdmag.com.au.…

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JOSHUA DOWLING Australia’s premier motoring journalist, Joshua Dowling is the National Motoring Editor of News Corp Australia and a World Car of the Year judge. Joshua is renowned for his consumer-first approach and you can also find his roadtests on Carsguide.com.au, news stories on news.com.au or read his regular rants on Twitter: @JoshuaDowling JOHN CAREY One of Australia’s most accomplished motoring writers, John is a previous editor of Overlander, a contributor to Wheels magazine where he is a Car of the Year judge, and publications in the USA and UK. He lives in Bergamo, Italy. PETER MCKAY Peter McKay has been writing about cars since 1976, for publications including Wheels and The Sydney Morning Herald. He has competed in seven Bathurst 1000s, the Nurburgring 24 Hours, Spa 24 Hours, Australian Safari and been a World Car…

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Our piggybank indicates a 4WD or SUV that we think represents good value for money against the others in its class. It may not necessarily be the cheapest, but taking into account factors such as standard equipment, safety, the way it drives, resale values and quality, it shapes up as a good deal. A capital S indicates a vehicle that scores five stars out of five for occupant protection in ANCAP crash tests. Go to www.ancap.com. au. for more information If you’re after a safe, practical wagon to carry the kids, look for this symbol. We’ve limited its use to vehicles that have an ANCAP score of at least four stars out of five and have six airbags plus stability control as standard or as affordable options. We’ve also taken into account…

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land rover discovery

It started life as a simple, utilitarian 4x4 wagon in 1991. Now, the fifth generation Land Rover Discovery, which arrives in Australia in July, has morphed into a sophisticated, high-tech luxury wagon, still with its signature 4x4 capability that differentiates Discovery from its German rivals. As with the current model, Discovery is a seven-seater, with the two back seats folding flat to form the load floor. Each seat has an ISOFIX anchor, so you can fit up to four restraints in total. Rows two and three can be folded and raised via the 10-inch infotainment touchscreen or, if you’re away from the vehicle and want to change the layout when you return, via an app on your smartphone. There’s a huge load area in five-seater mode, and connectivity for all with up…

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alfa romeo stelvio

Alfa Romeo has just launched a full-on challenge to Audi, BMW and Mercedes as it attempts, once again, to become a major global player in the luxury car business. It’s gone straight in at the deep end with the Giulia, a mid-size sedan designed to take on Audi’s A4, BMW’s 3 Series and the Mercedes C Class. Using the same architecture, mechanicals, electronics and many other components, Alfa will launch the Giulia-based Stelvio SUV in Australia in early 2018. The name comes from a legendary mountain pass in the Italian Alps, which is one of the great drives of Europe — as long as you get to it early in the morning, before the crowds of other eager petrolheads who want to have a crack at it too. It climbs for…

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audi q5

Audi’s second-generation Q5 arrives in the third quarter of 2017. It’s slightly bigger than the original, but weight-saving measures have reduced its mass by up to 90kg. The rear seat is a 40/20/40 split layout, while the cargo area volume with all seats in use is up only marginally to 550–610 litres; with the rear seat completely folded, there are 1550 litres to fill. Audi’s virtual cockpit features customisable digital instruments on a 12.3-inch screen, including a full-width navigation display that’s right in your line of sight. Audi’s voice control is also included. It’s one of the most sophisticated in the business and it speaks flawless English. Engine choices for Australia have not yet been finalised, but we will get a 2.0-litre turbodiesel with 140kW of power, and a 185kW 2.0-litre turbopetrol,…