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2018 7-Seat SUV Mega Test

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Hyundai Santa Fe v Kia Sorento v Mazda CX-Eight v Peugeot 5008 v Skoda Kodiaq v Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace: Six circa-$60,000 premium seven-seat SUVs in contrast aspect by aspect

Individuals-movers are fairly passé, which explains the continuous success of seven-seat crossover SUVs just like the group examined right here. We’ve assembled what we contemplate to be six of the perfect, with the added bonus that each one are both new fashions or at the very least lately upgraded.

There’s the Hyundai Santa Fe and its associated Kia Sorento cousin, the brand new Mazda CX-Eight, the left-field Peugeot 5008, stretched Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, and its Skoda Kodiaq twin-under-the-skin.

All of those are positioned as five-seaters with small, stowable third seating rows that may be pulled up and thrown into work on the drop of a hat. Many manufacturers have recognized this ‘5+2’ market as a candy spot.

We’ve examined all of those in high-end specification ranges, with the pricing as examined ranging between about $58,000 and $61,500 earlier than on-road prices. Naturally, all might be had for a lot much less when you’re prepared to forgo some luxuries.

Pricing and gear

Kicking issues off is the Kodiaq Sportline sporting an inventory worth of $52,990 earlier than on-road prices. Subsequent are the Tiguan Allspace Highline and 5008 GT at $54,490, Sorento GT-Line at $58,990 and Santa Fe Highlander at $60,500. The CX-Eight Asaki is the costliest at $61,490.

As you’d anticipate, all come completely loaded with gear, as our desk under exhibits in additional digestible element. Widespread options to all embrace 6–7 airbags (though the curtain luggage don’t absolutely cowl the third row in both the Kia or Hyundai), autonomous emergency braking and lively cruise management.

All moreover include 19-inch wheels, electrical tailgate, LED headlights, proximity key, touchscreen (various from 7.Zero-inch on the Mazda to 9.2-inch on the VW/Skoda), sat-nav, local weather management with rear vents, and leather-based or Alcantara (suede) seat trim.

All include blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert and lane help (extra-cost choices on the Skoda as a part of the Luxurious Pack, normal on the remaining), a 360-degree digital camera (elective on the VW/Skoda, normal on the remaining), heated seats (elective on the Peugeot and Skoda, commonplace on the remaining), and a sunroof (normal on the Hyundai, Kia and Mazda, choices on the others).

All bar the Mazda get Apple CarPlay/Android Auto telephone mirroring.

As you may even see already, the Skoda is the most cost effective automotive right here however misses a couple of issues, although at the very least you will get what you want via choices. The aforementioned $3600 Luxurious Pack has the security tech flagged, plus that 360-degree digital camera, seat heating, and three-zone AC.

Skoda’s $3400 Tech Pack provides you adjustable dampers to vary the journey high quality, auto parking, a hands-free tailgate, an off-roading mode and a boosted audio system. Tick these packing containers and it’s nonetheless not the priciest automotive right here. Redemption? Kind of.

Meantime, the Peugeot’s Premium Package deal provides heated Nappa leather-based seats (with driver therapeutic massage!) and a sunroof for $4000, whereas the VW’s $3000 Sound & Imaginative and prescient Package deal provides the coveted Lively Information Show full digital instrumentation, the 360-degree digital camera and a boosted sound system.

The opposite trio? Simply sparkly paint and, within the Hyundai’s case, a $295 impost for the darkish beige trim inside.

Briefly, you’re not going to stroll away from any of those on account of kit, as long as you store with care and spec your automotive proper. Commendations do go to the Korean twins and the Mazda for making all the things normal and retaining the choices minimal, which in a world dominated by finance-backed purchases streamlines issues drastically.

Cabin design and area

Hyundai Santa Fe Kia Sorento Mazda CX-Eight Variant Highlander GT-Line Asaki Worth earlier than on-roads $60,500 $58,990 $61,490 Worth as examined $60,795 $59,585 $61,490 ANCAP score N/A 5/5 (2017) 5/5 (2018) Autonomous emergency braking Sure Sure Sure Blind-spot monitor Sure Sure Sure Rear cross-traffic alert Sure Sure Sure Lane-keeping help Sure Sure Sure Encompass-view Sure Sure Sure Lively cruise management Sure Sure Sure Airbags 6 6 6 Wheels 19-inch 19-inch 19-inch Spare wheel Full measurement Full measurement Short-term Tailgate Electrical Electrical Electrical Headlights LED LED LED Proximity key Sure Sure Sure Display Eight.Zero-inch Eight.Zero-inch 7.Zero-inch Head-up show Sure No Sure Sat-nav Sure Sure Sure Apple CarPlay Sure Sure No Android Auto Sure Sure No Local weather management Sure Sure Sure Rear vents Sure Sure Sure Seat trim Leather-based Leather-based Leather-based Seat heating/cooling Sure/Sure Sure/Sure Sure/No Sunroof Sure Sure Sure Peugeot 
5008 Skoda Kodiaq VW Tiguan Allspace Variant GT Sportline Highline Worth earlier than on-roads $54,490 $52,990 $54,490 Worth as examined $59,180 $59,690 $58,190 ANCAP score N/A 5/5 (2017) 5/5 (2016) Autonomous Emergency Braking Sure Sure Sure Blind spot monitor Sure Choice Sure Rear cross-traffic alert No Choice Sure Lane-keeping assist Sure Choice Sure Encompass-view Sure Choice Choice Lively cruise management Sure Sure Sure Airbags 6 7 7 Wheels 19-inch 19-inch 19-inch Spare wheel Patch package Full measurement Short-term Tailgate Electrical Electrical Electrical Headlights LED LED LED Proximity key Sure Sure Sure Display Eight.Zero-inch 9.2-inch 9.2-inch Head-up show No No No Sat-nav Sure Sure Sure Apple CarPlay Sure Sure Sure Android Auto Sure Sure Sure Local weather management Sure Sure Sure Rear vents Sure Sure Sure Seat trim Alcantara Alcantara Leather-based Seat heating/cooling Choice/no Choice/no Sure/no Sunroof Choice Choice Choice

Peugeot

The Peugeot 5008’s cabin has some parts which might be greatest referred to as avante-garde, others which are timeless stylish, however none which are passé. It’s simply pleasant to behold, although points do emerge.

A few of our favorite touches embrace the backlit blue piping, driver’s seat Cat’s Paw therapeutic massage choice, in-car perfume dispenser, the gray felt surfaces in all places and people splendidly mushy Nappa leather-based (non-compulsory) seats. It’s a minimalist masterpiece.

The ergonomics aren’t to all tastes, although. The dinner-plate-sized signature steering wheel feels nice in just a little automotive just like the 208, however one thing this huge? Polarising. And never all torso sizes are capable of peek over the rim to see the ‘floating’ instrument binnacle, although I had no points.

These digital devices include numerous totally different show modes to maintain issues fascinating, whereas the consumer interface on the centre display is usually intuitive, albeit its fuzzy low-res’ reversing digital camera disillusioned. Crucially, in contrast to the smaller 308, there are additionally bodily buttons for the AC (fairly than touchscreen-based submenus), which is a no brainer.

Match and end are usually okay, although there have been a number of minor inconsistencies we discovered the place panels didn’t meet completely. Clutching at straws? Sure. There’s not a heap of storage alongside the transmission tunnel, however the door bins are sizeable.

The place the 5008 is outmatched towards this very robust competitor set is middle-row seat area. On the plus aspect, its center row is the one one with three individually shifting seats (33:33:33) and three ISOFIX anchors, however it has the least leg room, and that sunroof actually eats into head room.

These seat-back tray tables are a pleasant concept, however they’re too low for anybody however youngsters. Like the opposite automobiles on check you get sunblinds alongside the home windows and rear vents/LED studying lights. In contrast to some on check there are not any rear USB factors, however there’s a 12V at the very least. Fellow decide Mandy praised the straightforward outward visibility by way of these massive aspect home windows.

The third row is clearly tight-ish, too. Mandy drew the brief straw as a result of she’s, nicely, shorter than I’m, and very sort. She stated “knee room is non-existent (have to sit on an angle), though head room is good and it has the biggest space to climb in and out”. So, it’s a combined bag on that rely.

Becoming a member of Mandy and I on the check was Kez Casey, who discovered the Pug’s devices “interesting”, appreciated the three particular person center sliding seats, referred to as the centre console beneficiant, and praised “real upper-crust stuff with Boost and Relax cabin ambience settings with massage, ambient lighting and fragrance settings”.

He did, nevertheless, flag the shortage of a full blockout sunroof blind, the “tiny boot” with all three rows up, and the “upright row-two seat backrests, short seat base, but long slide adjustment”. His general abstract? “Quite successfully blurs the line between modern and luxe, but still some lower-quality plastics and alignment issues with trim pieces”.

Volkswagen

The Volkswagen has some elements which might be best-in-class, specifically the optionally available Lively Information Show, a digital instrument cluster trickled down from Audi that exhibits you navigation and extra. It additionally has a classy frameless rear-view mirror. By no means will get previous…

The massive centre display has novel gesture management (hand gestures management primary features just like the radio station menu), whereas in typical Volkswagen type the graphics on this slick, iPhone-esque set-up are very sombre and restrained compared to the extra vivacious Skoda’s. It’s the epitome of ‘business premium’.

Some observations embrace the unusual 360-degree digital camera show that takes some adjustment (the bizarre, blurry sides), the best way the fascia’s geometric shapes are a departure from VW’s homogeneity, the tank-like construct high quality and door thunks, and the superior flip-down roof cubbies that go some method to addressing the shortage of sunroof.

The seat trim is a pleasant leather-based, although we thought the Skoda’s leather-based/Alcantara combine was nicer nonetheless, and observed the more durable plastic trims within the rear than the entrance. Again occupants get airplane-style tables which might be extra strong and higher-mounted than the Peugeot’s, and also you additionally get a rear USB plug. These middle-row seat bases are very lengthy and supportive as properly.

Third-row tester Mandy famous one cupholder and two storage bins, discovered knee room “not great”, referred to as out the shortage of vents or audio system, and stated her head hit the roof. It’s very a lot aimed toward individuals beneath 160cm.

Kez famous within the third row that “my head is on the ceiling, my knees are up against the second row, and there’s no room for my feet! This is really pretty bad (worse even than the 5008) and there are no third-row vents”. He did mood it by including that the “boot is quite reasonable with three rows up, and the underfloor cargo blind storage is handy”.

Skoda

The Skoda clearly shares lots with its Tiguan Allspace platform-mate, although it doesn’t but get the Lively Information Show (it quickly will). It’s extra well-made and workmanlike than the final phrase in type, although the model’s signature ‘Simply Clever’ touches proliferate.

We’re referring to the double gloveboxes, umbrellas hidden within the entrance doorways, LED torch tucked away within the cargo space, parking ticket holder on the windscreen, cute little garbage bins within the doorways, and the pièce de résistance: spring-loaded plastic issues that forestall injury in the event you open the doorways onto the automotive parked subsequent door. Absolute genius.

“Seriously, this should be mandatory on everything,” Kez reckons.

That slick centre display works identical to the VW’s, however has a lot lairier and extra fascinating graphics and has ample processing energy, whereas the general look is hard, useful and minimalist. On the draw back, the plastics act as veritable mud magnets, the internal door deal with plastics are a bit creaky, and the plastic filler within the entrance seat headrest isn’t fitted very nicely.

Within the center row, there’s a heap of foot room, rear seat heating and temperature controls, a 12V enter, and whereas the one-piece entrance seats meant the (in any other case commonplace) cool iPad holders need to go, the middle-row seats’ headrests have little cushiony bits that pull outwards to supply neck help – a bit like these naff half-donut aircraft pillow issues.

Third-row canary within the coalmine Mandy stated “head room is better than the CX-8”, cited the studying lights, and located knee room tight. Within the boot, there are little levers to fold down the center seats as with the others on check, and there’s a cargo-blind nook beneath the ground.

She additionally beloved the heated again seat bases, whereas Kez favored the straightforward entry/egress into the third row and the very fact there was a contact extra head room than the VW regardless of the sunroof. He additionally favored the flocked door bins, and auto-up (one-touch) perform on all home windows.

Kez will kill me for scripting this, however one other notice he despatched stated “The reversible centre console doodad makes sense on the side with cupholders/key holder, but flip it over and the shiny gripless tray side is rather pointless”. I feel I get it?

Kia

If there have been a phrase to sum up the Kia, it’d be ‘practical, spacious, well made, focused on utility and ease of use instead of mould-breaking style’. Wait, that’ll do… All the things is very useful, however the red-on-black digital air flow readout seems to be old fashioned and the grainy black plastics err in the direction of sombre.

That sunroof is completely large, with youngsters within the again positive to like spring days, whereas the console and door pockets are spacious, the digital devices are legible, the multi-angle parking digital camera crisp, and leather-based trim hard-wearing (and each heated and cooled up entrance, which could be very good). Household-focused all the best way.

The touchscreen is fairly slick and has the de rigueur telephone mirroring, however lacks a Qi wi-fi pad in contrast to the Santa Fe. This up to date mannequin has a slick new steering wheel and crisp digital devices that merely ape an analogue look.

The rear seats sport a flat center flooring, rear seat-base heating and vents plus 12V/USB inputs. One factor Mum or Dad up the entrance might need to be cautious of is the very fact rear occupants can regulate the entrance passenger seat, as a result of the automotive has a type of ‘limo mode’.

Mandy applauded the reclining middle-row seats and blinds, and stated the third row proved fairly spacious. It’s extra of a official seven-seater than, say, the VW or Peugeot. The rear USB plug charged up her telephone a further 18 per cent in simply 10 minutes.

Kez appreciated the “expansive knee and leg room in the second row” and the “full blockout sunblind” up entrance. “The third row has a very low seat base and low roof, leg and knee room are generous, but 165cm+ passengers won’t fit easily,” he stated.

“It falls behind on quality of materials looking more dated and utilitarian than others,” he added. However there’s completely no disgrace specializing in practicality and area, which the Kia does.

Mazda

Second on the rostrum within the cabin space is the Mazda, which justifies its premium pricing by being exceedingly luxurious inside. We love the softness of the brown Nappa leather-based, pretend wooden inserts, and crisp head-up show with digital speedo and nav’ instructions. It’s old-world luxurious with trendy tech.

Granted, the display is the smallest right here and the digital camera show is a bit of fuzzy, and whereas it has a slick little rotary dial to regulate the infotainment, it lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in contrast to the others right here. For those who’re a tech-head, the CX-Eight isn’t for you, in all probability.

Within the center row, the seats are mounted excessive, giving a commanding street view. Kez referred to as it “stadium seating”. We appreciated the double map pockets, rear temperature controls, and the continuation of leather-bound luxurious craftsmanship that doesn’t rip off passengers three–7.

Mandy cited the rear local weather management plus heated seats, and the pair of rear USB inputs. As for the third row? “Really comfy seats, deep storage and cupholders, speakers, no vents or connections, and knee room is good.”

Kez reckoned the center place of row two was very excessive, however stated the outboard seats have been virtually lounge-room chairs when it got here to consolation, and praised the “Quality feeling … everything from padded front and rear door cards, soft leather, nice stitching details etc,” including that the “Nappa leather and the rich colour scheme are very upmarket”.

Hyundai

However the most effective inside right here belongs to the youngest automotive on check, the Hyundai. It’s a bit extra upbeat, upmarket, modern and trendy than the Kia and Mazda, ergo it will get the sting.

We dig the blue digital devices, good pretend chrome inserts, cool leather-based sprint and door inserts, beautiful quilted graphite-coloured headlining, ambient cabin LEDs, Jaguar-aping wraparound cowling, Qi charger, ’Benz-style wavy speaker covers and fluffy sun shades holder. Hyundai has made a real effort on type in addition to perform, which it has not all the time carried out.

When it comes to area, my 201cm tall colleague Scott (not a typo) might sit behind me, at a relatively brief 193cm (6ft 3in), regardless of the panoramic sunroof. That’s good packaging. In a snippet? ‘Practical, attainable, yet thoughtfully premium’ sums it up.

Kez applauded the “very interesting (and complementary) mix of textures and finishes. The optional brown interior may not be to all tastes, but makes a nice change from basic black”.

“Real stitching on the dash and doors. Plenty of nice details and finishes, and the shelf ahead of the front seat passenger is a thoughtful touch. Trim quality exudes class, but still can’t match the Mazda,” he added.

He additionally stated that the intelligent push-button entry to the third row “couldn’t be simpler”, however added that the shortage of seat-return reminiscence is annoying. The third-row seat base could be very low, however each different dimension is sort of roomy for the category.

So…

For the extra smart parts, such because the totally different boot areas, the desk on the backside of the story with dimensions tells a story. Nevertheless, briefly, we determined to eschew the manufacturer-supplied figures (OEMs use a couple of totally different metrics) and simply measure their dimensions.

The most important-to-smallest cargo area lengths (which means the sting of the boot to the center seat-back, with the third row folded) have been so as: Mazda, Kia, Hyundai, Skoda, Volkswagen after which Peugeot. Apparently, the standard Peugeot’s cargo space was the tallest and widest between the wheel arches, although, belying its small footprint general.

So, to sum up, the Peugeot’s inside is très stylish, and in the event you’ve received a younger household, completely nice. To name it final is a disservice; it’s simply geared at a unique viewers. The Volkswagen and Skoda are clearly very shut, the previous edging the latter on tech, and the latter making up floor with its array of neat little touches.

The Kia could also be somewhat austere, however it’s huge, properly made and unashamedly household targeted, whereas the Mazda has a sort of mahogany bookshelf, crackling hearth and Previous Spice luxurious to it, although lags with its cabin shows. That’s why the spacious, sensible and but each trendy and trendy Hyundai takes the win. There are $100Okay luxurious automobiles with inferior interiors.

Drivetrain efficiency

We’ve opted to drive all of those with turbocharged diesel engines geared in the direction of weekend getaways. Engines operating on diesel are extra gasoline environment friendly, particularly in bigger automobiles, and have a pleasant dose of torque from low down within the rev band, giving them a relaxed really feel.

The engine with the bottom outputs right here is the Peugeot 5008’s. It’s a 2.Zero-litre making 133kW of peak energy and 400Nm and is rated to tow 1500kg. It’s matched with a six-speed automated transmission.

These ‘low’ outputs are in fact graded on a curve, and it’s value noting that the Pug can also be by some margin the lightest automotive on check (see desk under), which means the very important power-to-weight ratio comes again to the pack.

The driving expertise is nice. The engine is quiet from contained in the cabin, and it takes a really heavy proper foot to really feel vibrations by means of the wheel and seat.

The opposite main profit is the gasoline financial system, which was one of the best right here. On our combined-cycle check loop it averaged simply 5.four litres per 100km. That’s remarkably good. Hybrid-like.

Subsequent are the VW Group twins, the Tiguan Allspace and Skoda Kodiaq. Each use a 2.Zero-litre with 140kW/400Nm matched with a seven-speed DSG (dual-clutch automated transmission, which is extra environment friendly and quicker-shifting, however might be much less clean in visitors).

The engine in each is a bit clattery from outdoors at idle, however there’s loads of insulation to maintain occupants in serenity.

The DSG in every is extraordinarily decisive when you’re rolling, however its integration with the cease/begin system and the very fact it fits a extra progressive, quite than violent, pedal software imply you’ll discover the odd jerk or hesitancy when diving into gaps.

Displaying the significance of throttle tuning, the Volkswagen requires just a little extra pedal journey to get the identical end result because the Skoda.

This pair are below-average for kerb weight, with the Skoda the lighter of the pair. It was the fastest-accelerating on our check, and in addition barely extra environment friendly than the VW (we matched the manufacturing unit declare of 5.9L/100km).

Then again, the Tiguan tows 2500kg – 500kg greater than another on check. Volkswagen went to the difficulty of getting its manufacturing unit tow bar rated to this capability, and deserves a hat tip.

The Mazda is considered one of three automobiles on check operating a 2.2-litre engine, and in contrast to the others it has two variable-geometry turbochargers, which function both independently from each other or in tandem relying on engine speeds.

It produces 140kW and 450Nm, the very best peak torque determine right here, and is matched to a six-speed automated of the torque-converter sort. Our gasoline learn was 10 per cent above the declare at a middling 6.6L/100km.

Regardless of weighing in extra of 200kg greater than the Skoda, the CX-Eight was the second-fastest automotive on check to 100km/h. It’s additionally extraordinarily quiet and refined underneath load. To offer you one instance of why, the timing of gasoline injection and subsequent combustion may be mapped out in order to not overlap factors the place elements that resonate are at their least clean frequency. Nerd out.

The engine with the very best energy determine is used within the Korean twins, the Santa Fe and Sorento. This long-lived however long-refined R-Collection 2.2-litre makes 147kW plus torque of 440Nm (Hyundai) or 441Nm (Kia, which clearly makes use of a special dynamometer). Each get an in-house eight-speed automated transmission.

These are the 2 heaviest automobiles on check, nudging two tonnes earlier than you load them up, so naturally there’s a efficiency influence. It’s additionally much less refined than the Mazda’s engine. Nevertheless, it’s a strong, robust and muscular unit that chugs fortunately alongside in most conditions.

Each the official manufacturing unit fuel-use claims and our check outcomes have been greater than the others on check, averaging out at 7L/100km. That’s nonetheless superb for such huge automobiles, we’d counter. Each are rated to tow 2000kg, although the Hyundai’s 150kg downball score is 50kg larger than Kia’s.

All up, we’re very impressed with the Mazda’s diesel, and may see why the corporate introduced this automotive right here as a counterpoint to the petrol-only CX-9. It’s tremendous refined, and balances efficiency with effectivity nicely. It’s also possible to argue that six gears is a lot.

None of those lack refinement or punch, although. Shelve these old-world preconceptions about what a diesel is like, as a result of there’s nonetheless a spot for it at this finish of the market.

Journey consolation and dealing with

I do know it sounds a bit like a cop-out to say, however no huge automotive firm makes urban-biased SUVs which might be notably dangerous to drive right now. There are just too many comparable (typically shared) elements and an excessive amount of engineering cash for that to occur.

The Peugeot is a slight outlier in that it’s the one automotive with out all-wheel drive (AWD). In case you, like most individuals, by no means go off the trail nicely travelled, you gained’t thoughts overly. However for some it’ll be a problem.

Think about the very fact we lined all six automobiles up at a slippery grass hill like chances are you’ll discover at any picnic spot. It was the one automotive that battled for traction, given the opposite 5 automobiles merely directed some engine torque to the rear wheels to assist them clamber up.

It’s additionally the one automotive and not using a spare wheel, both full measurement (just like the Korean twins and the Skoda) or momentary speed- and distance-limited (Mazda/Volkswagen). As an alternative it has a restore/patch package. Peugeot does supply 5 years of roadside help, nevertheless.

Past this, although, it’s a doddle, with an honest turning circle and good outward visibility. That tiny steering wheel feels somewhat unusual in such an enormous automotive, however lends a weirdly sporty vibe.

We did discover that extra tyre roar emanated into the cabin than the category common, particularly on typical Australian coarse-chip street surfaces. The experience proved barely stiff, with a agency damper tune, which means it might get ‘busy’ and struggles over sharply corrugated surfaces in comparison with the perfect in school.

The Skoda seems to be sensational on the large wheels, however the trade-off is slim low-profile rubber, which makes it arduous to tune out street noise and the odd brittleness to the experience over potholes and the like. And that’s within the automotive’s cushiest mode setting. Then once more, it’s referred to as Sportline, so we should always anticipate a sporty journey!

The steering really feel appeared rather less direct than the darty Peugeot’s. Another observations have been the marginally dopey radar cruise management that took some time to rise up and going as soon as a niche shaped forward, and the brilliantly seamless AWD torque switch.

The automotive can also be fitted with a sound enhancer that enhances the quantity of dialog between the seat rows, however it could sound just a little ‘echo-y’ as when you’re talking by means of a PA speaker. Change it off, we reckon.

The overwhelming impression all of us obtained within the Kia was that it simply felt large, regardless of not being the most important automotive right here. Perhaps it’s the driving place? You are feeling as should you’re commanding the street.

Prime to backside: Peugeot, Kia, Mazda

Just like the Hyundai it will get its personal suspension tune native to Australia, and designed to go well with our unusually numerous community of roads and tracks. Korean-market tunes are typically too floaty and numb for our tastes, so that is all the time a great coverage.

Many individuals will love the Kia’s softness, and the best way it dispatches potholes and corrugations with disdain, although it’s not as quiet because the class-leaders.

In some ways it’s higher than the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, and in others not. The VW’s lively security tech is nice, with a really well-tuned system that steers you between street strains (and tells you to place your palms again on the wheel, the place they belong). Ditto the superb radar cruise-control tune.

The experience high quality is what you’d name ‘Germanic soft’, which suggests there’s an underlying firmness and fewer journey earlier than you hit the stops on compression. Wouldn’t need to run the danger of the physique management getting awry… It’s additionally extraordinarily quiet, reflecting its upmarket positioning.

Prime to backside: Hyundai, Volkswagen, Skoda. 

Given it’s half a era forward of the Kia, it’s to be anticipated that the Hyundai Santa Fe is a bit of comfier. Which it’s. It feels supremely composed and cosseting, and in typical Hyundai trend is a superb all-rounder, able to a bit extra spirited driving. It additionally backs up that luxurious cabin by being hushed at highways speeds.

Splitting the Hyundai and Mazda is hard. As a lot as we’re ready for the latter to slide up, the CX-Eight is definitely a very well-sorted machine, with passenger consolation clear on the forefront of its improvement.

I all the time give it some thought like there’s an additional layer of froth between you and the street – you continue to really feel bumps, however much less so than within the others. This opinion was shared throughout the group, and it actually amplified (paradoxically) the vibe given off by the quiet engine.

On the draw back, it’s not geared low sufficient for delicate off-roading, given it spun its wheels the entire approach up the grassy hill greater than any AWD rival.

Nevertheless, that basically relaxed and cozy experience makes it settled and quiet over uneven roads. The steering is direct with out being nervous or darty off centre, and there are very low ranges of wind and street noise.

Servicing prices, guarantee

Volkswagen is toying with a five-year guarantee, however on the time of writing its official coverage remained three-year/limitless distance. Service intervals are each 12 months or 15,000km (whichever comes first), with three years on the present capped fee to value you $1513.

Narrowly the costliest automotive to service should you don’t drive numerous miles is the Peugeot, with three providers capped at $1650. Nevertheless, the annual intervals additionally permit 20,000km between visits, longer than the others. The guarantee is 5 years with no distance restrict.

The Mazda comes with a five-year/unlimited-kilometre guarantee now, and three providers is a really affordable $1028 – with a catch. The intervals are each 12 months or 10,000km, so should you drive longer than that in a yr you’ll have to squeeze in one other service.

Each the Skoda and Hyundai have five-year warranties with no distance restrict, and repair intervals of both 12 months or 15,000km. The previous sells a pack that prices simply $950 for 3 providers, whereas the Hyundai prices $1197.

Kia has the equal-best guarantee out there, seven years with no distance ceiling. It has the identical service intervals because the Hyundai, which ought to shock no one, with three years to value $1184.

For these not throughout this stuff intimately, warranties and capped service plans are transferable to the subsequent purchaser when you promote up.

Every of those capped service visits is topic to vary, often linked to inflation or foreign money flows, however every OEM should publish this on its web site, and sellers can’t exceed the said quantity. Sadly, there may be some additional expenses, given not the whole lot is roofed. There are Ts and Cs on every firm’s web site.

VERDICT

You can throw a really small blanket over this area. Our judges weren’t unanimous of their ideas. There’s nothing that stands out for the flawed causes, which makes our process more durable, but ought to depart consumers feeling extra reassured.

The Peugeot 5008 seems stylish outdoors and lovely inside, and has a sure appeal. However one thing has to complete final, and its reasonably tighter cabin, lack of AWD and fewer polished street manners seal the deal.

The Kia Sorento is completely wonderful, maybe the decide for household consumers after an enormous, spacious and sharp-looking choice with an unbeatable guarantee. It’s simply that the opposite Korean various edges it.

The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace can also be shaded by its funkier platform-mate, however it’s a refined, stylish providing with actual model fairness and plenty of intelligent touches however, and will please many household consumers.

The Mazda CX-Eight might look just a little frumpy and its infotainment is under par, however its cabin high quality and luxury really feel a minimize above – matching its premium pricing – and its twin-turbo diesel engine is probably the most effective right here.

The Skoda Kodiaq makes a robust case for ending second, and its intelligent, useful and but high-tech inside, sharp design, good refinement and Euro cool imply its place on the rostrum feels assured.

The Hyundai Santa Fe stands out as one of the best all-rounder, although.

Not solely is it sensible inside, properly made, brimming with options and cozy from behind the wheel, however there’s additionally some actual design nous and a spotlight to element that units it aside from the Kia.

Given it’s newer, that is exactly what we’d have anticipated, and Hyundai hasn’t allow us to down.

Hyundai Santa Fe Kia Sorento Mazda CX-Eight Variant Highlander GT-Line Asaki Worth earlier than on-roads $60,500 $58,990 $61,490 Worth as examined with choices $60,795 $59,585 $61,490 Engine 2.2 turbo diesel 2.2 turbo diesel 2.2 twin-turbo diesel Energy/torque 147kW/440Nm 147kW/441Nm 140kW/450Nm Transmission Eight-speed auto Eight-speed auto 6-speed auto Drive All-wheel drive All-wheel drive All-wheel drive Gasoline financial system declare 7.5L/100km 7.2L/100km 6.0L/100km Gasoline financial system actual world^ 7.1L/100km 6.9L/100km 6.6L/100km Towing, downball score (kg) 2000/150 2000/100 2000/100 Weight (kg) 1995 1985 1957 Size (mm) 4770 4780 4900 Width (mm) 1890 1890 1840 Peak (mm) 1705 1685 1725 Wheelbase (mm) 2765 2780 2930 Seats 7 7 7 Boot l/w/h mm* 1100/1050/780 1150/1050/780 1200/1010/730 Spare wheel Full measurement Full measurement Short-term Origin South Korea South Korea Japan ANCAP score N/A 5/5 (2017) 5/5 (2018) Choices fitted – Darkish beige interiorTOTAL: $295 – Metallic paintTOTAL: $595  None
Peugeot 5008 Skoda Kodiaq VW Tiguan Allspace Variant GT Sportline Highline Worth earlier than on-roads $54,490 $52,990 $54,490 Worth as examined with choices $59,180 $59,690 $58,190 Engine 2.Zero turbo diesel 2.Zero turbo diesel 2.Zero turbo diesel Energy/torque 133kW/400Nm 140kW/400Nm 140kW/400Nm Transmission 6-speed auto 7-speed DSG auto 7-speed DSG auto Drive Entrance-wheel drive All-wheel drive All-wheel drive Gasoline financial system declare four.8L/100km 5.9L/100km 6L/100km Gasoline financial system actual world^ 5.4L/100km 5.9L/100km 6.1L/100km Towing, downball score (kg) 1500 2000/80 2500/250 Weight (kg) 1575 1730 1822 Size (mm) 4641 4699 4701 Width (mm) 2098 1882 1839 Peak (mm) 1646 1683 1665 Wheelbase (mm) 2840 2791 2790 Seats 7 7 7 Boot l/w/h mm* 910/1170/800 1080/1000/720 1050/990/720 Spare wheel Patch package Full measurement Momentary Origin France Czech Republic Mexico ANCAP score N/A 5/5 (2017) 5/5 (2016) Choices fitted – Premium pack– Metallic paint

TOTAL: $4690

– Luxurious pack– Tech pack

– Metallic paint

TOTAL: $6700

– Sound + Imaginative and prescient pack– Metallic paint

TOTAL: $3700

 

^Our gasoline financial system check run had common velocity ~ 60km/h, combined-cycle, three passengers  

*Boot dimensions: third seat row folded down, width between wheel arches, size the again of second-row chairs to tailgate lip, peak is the opening aperture.

(caradvice.com.au, https://bit.ly/2OeBYmJ)

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