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Australian 4WD & SUV Buyer's Guide

May Issue #37 2021

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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the australian 4wd, suv & ute buyers guide.

As we emerge from the Covid plague, it’s interesting to note how it has changed the new vehicle market. Many companies shut plants around the world due to Covid restrictions, which meant that getting vehicles to sell in Australia has been very difficult. Combine this with people sourcing $20,000 cash from their super, accessing Job Keeper and the instant asset tax write off scheme, and you have a level of demand that has remained pretty strong. So the pre-Covid drive away discount deals are hard to find today, but that will change once normal supply returns. I hope you enjoy the magazine and that it helps you choose the 4WD, SUV or ute that works best for you. Feel free to get in touch at bill.mck10@gmail.com…

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JOSHUA DOWLING Joshua Dowling is the National Motoring Editor at caradvice.com.au and a World Car of the Year judge. Joshua is renowned for his consumer-first approach and you can also read his regular rants on Twitter: @JoshuaDowling. In this issue, he tests the GWM Cannon, Hyundai Kona, Isuzu D-Max and Land Rover Defender. JOHN CAREY John is a former 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, and covers new model launches for us from Europe. BYRON MATHIOUDAKIS Byron is a car tragic. He claims that a dream as a toddler of driving an Austin A35 sealed his fate. Byron writes for goauto.com.au and Wheels, where he is a judge on Car of the Year.…

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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 vehicle 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 vehicle to carry the kids,…

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• Prices are supplied by manufacturers and do not include on-road charges, which vary from state to state. Note that advertised prices must now include all on-road costs.• The best way to get a good deal on a new car is to do your research, test drive each of your shortlisted cars, then decide exactly the make, model, specification, colour and any options you require. Then you simply get a price from a few dealers on that car. If you have a trade in, you want what is called a changeover price.• Manufacturers change prices regularly and in some cases this will have occurred after our publication deadline. Check current prices and deals at carsales.com.au. Redbook future values in each test are average wholesale prices after three years/60,000km and five years/100,000km…

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porsche taycan cross turismo

Porsche’s revolutionary sports car, the Taycan, has now been joined by a pseudo SUV variant, the Taycan Cross Turismo, which is due to arrive in Australian showrooms by the end of this year. Two variants will be available, both using Porsche’s 800 volt architecture, with a 93.4kWh battery, an electric motor at each axle, all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension. An optional off road package increases ground clearance by up to 30mm, and gravel mode “improves the suitability of the new model for driving on rough terrain”, according to the press blurb. Not Landcruiser-style rough, we presume… Boot space is a generous 1200 litres. Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, priced at $201,000, generates 360kW of power and up to 420kW (plus up to 650Nm of torque) with launch control. It reaches 100km/h from rest in…

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hyundai ioniq 5

Hyundai was one of the first makers to offer Australians an affordable electric car with its Ioniq, priced from $48,970. Now, it is taking EV technology and design to another level again with the new Ioniq 5, due here in the next few months. A mid-size SUV, Ioniq 5 features a bespoke EV platform and a long 3000mm wheelbase, which allows for a flat cabin floor, under which the two battery options – 58kWh or 72.6kWh – are stored. Rear or all-wheel drive layouts are offered with both battery options; all-wheel drive adds a second electric motor at the front axles. The high capacity 72.6kWh battery/rear wheel drivetrain has a claimed range of 470-480km. It produces 160kW/350Nm and can power the car to 100km/h in 7.4 seconds. The all-wheel drive variant trades off range…