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Australian 4WD & SUV Buyer's Guide September Issue#30 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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1 min

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. BYRON MATHIOUDAKIS Byron is a complete car tragic. He claims that a dream as a toddler of driving an Austin A35 pretty much sealed his fate. Byron writes for goauto.com. au, The Australian and Wheels, where he is a judge on…

3 min

In our tests on the following pages we have used symbols to give you a quick indication of the strengths of each vehicle and star ratings to indicate in more detail how each stacks up in its class. Here’s what the symbols and stars mean: 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…

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jaguar e pace

Jaguar’s mid-size SUV, the F-Pace, tested on page 65, has been a big hit. As a result, the company is now having a crack at the compact luxury class with the E-Pace, which goes on sale here in the second quarter of 2018 to take on Audi’s Q3, the BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA. E-Pace with be available in S, SE and HSE grades, plus the blinged-up R Dynamic range topper, with similar Jaguar Land Rover “Ingenium” drivetrains to the Range Rover Evoque and new Velar. This includes 2.0-litre turbopetrol and turbodiesel engines, with a nine-speed automatic as standard. All-wheel drivetrains include Active Driveline, which operates as a front-wheel drive in normal conditions but can send torque on demand to the rear wheels, and a permanent all-wheel drivetrain on premium models. The 2.0-litre…

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mercedes x class

Mercedes becomes a player in the onetonner ute market in April, 2018, with the launch of the X Class range. It’s not a Mercedes from the wheels up, though. In fact, apart from the front-end styling, the dash, suspension tuning and the 3.0-litre V6 engine in the top-spec variant, X Class is a rebadged Nissan Navara. Initially, X Class will be offered only as a dual-cab pickup. Nissan’s 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel will power the volume-selling variants and will be available with 120kW in the X220d or 140kW in the X250d, with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic. Nissan’s part-time, dualrange four-wheel drivetrain, with an optional rear diff lock, is fitted. A full-time, high-rangeonly all-wheel drivetrain will follow mid-year, with Mercedes’ 190kW/550Nm 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel/seven-speed automatic in the X350d. X Class inherits Navara’s suspension…

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bmw x3

BMW’s third-generation X3 mid-size SUV is due in early 2018, and if it’s able to replicate the current model, it should be one of the best-handling SUVs on the road. It introduces BMW’s first X3 to wear the M badge, in the shape of the M40i, which will top the range. Powered by a BMW signature 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six, with 265kW of power and 500Nm of torque, the M40i will reach 100km/h in a claimed 4.8 seconds. It includes the M Aerodynamics package and M Sport exhaust, brakes, variable ratio steering, 20-inch alloys and suspension. Adaptive M suspension will be optional. Like the rest of the X3 range, the M40i has an eight-speed automatic as standard, with the addition of launch control. Its xDrive all-wheel drive system has a more rear…

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range rover velar

This shapely creature is the new Range Rover Velar, due to arrive by the end of 2017 in a mind-boggling array of specification and trim levels, with prices starting at $70,950 and rising to $136,050. It’s basically a Jaguar FPace wrapped in Range Rover sheetmetal and with upgraded off-road capability thanks to Land Rover’s Terrain Response system. Jaguar and Land Rover are part of the same group, owned by Indian conglomerate Tata. So the Velar shares its body structure, running gear and drivetrains with the Jaguar. This means it’s powered by 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel Ingenium engines, with 132kW in the base model, then 177kW. Ingenium 2.0-litre turbopetrols produce 184kW and 221kW. The top-spec petrol model runs Jaguar’s 280kW supercharged V6 that drives it to 100km/h in 5.7 seconds. There’s also a 3.0-litre…