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5 affordable medium size SUVs for families

Jun 3, 2022 | Insights

If you’re looking for an SUV, you’re spoiled for choice! We compare five of the most affordable family SUVs in Australia.
SUVs have been a popular choice of family car for many years — and there’s good reason for it!
With all the benefits of a big 4WD but less bulk, an SUV is a great way to get around in the city and the country. For fuel economy, drivability, and performance, an SUV makes perfect sense for families. With the performance of a sedan, but added space for passengers and storage as well as off-road driving potential, it’s no wonder SUVs are such a popular choice.

Due to their popularity, there are a multitude of SUVs on the Australian market. With so many options available, knowing which model is right for your budget and your needs can be very confusing.

Whether you’re looking for a used or new car, to make it easier, we’ve put together a list of some of the best family cars in Australia. We highlight the most highly-recommended, affordable, medium-sized SUVs in Australia.

Best family cars

Toyota RAV-4

Source: 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid First Drive: Electric Boogaloo (motor1.com)
A family favourite, and the very first SUV introduced to Australia, the Toyota RAV4 is still a heavy hitter.
Toyota vehicles are famous for their ease of servicing, and this is true for the RAV4. This affordable SUV is a good size and spacious enough for a family.
RAV4 features:

  • Buyers have the option of Toyota’s petrol-electric hybrid engine technology, providing power and fuel efficiency.
  • Comes with front-wheel or all-wheel drivetrain.
  • 7″ Multi-Information Display and voice-activated infotainment.
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™

Hyundai Tucson

Another Aussie favourite, the Hyundai Tucson has been a big seller since its introduction in 2004. The Tucson heads off the competition by having one of the friendliest price tags and family-friendly features, while retaining excellent mechanical specs. It is also a famously roomy five-seater and has some of the best and latest safety tech in any SUV.

Tucson features:

  • Hyundai SmartSense™ monitors the driving environment to protect you and your family from hazards. It offers safety features such as braking, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors and adaptive cruise control.
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity.
  • Remote start.
  • Hill descent control.

Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is a relative newcomer to the affordable SUV market, but it has made a splash since its debut a few years ago. With petrol and diesel options, as well as a choice between two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the CX-5 has a model to suit all needs.

CX-5 features:

  • 5-star ANCAP safety rating.
  • 8″ colour touch infotainment screen.
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.
  • Forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, hill start assist, driver attention alert and many other advanced safety features.

Kia Sportage

One of the beefier looking SUVs, the Kia Sportage packs the muscle to match its looks. Its sturdy construction is complimented by thoughtful features like reclinable back seats and ample cup holders. The Sportage may have a little less cargo space than some other SUVs, but its style and performance make up for it.

Sportage features:

  • Unlimited kilometre seven-year warranty.
  • Lane departure warning with technology to keep the car in the centre of the lane, pedestrian detection with autonomous emergency braking, junction turning assist and other driving assistance features.
  • Forget the standard rear view camera; the Sportage has a surround-view monitor, using four cameras (front, side mirrors and rear) to offer a 360˚view which can be easily changed with the 3D function.
  • 12.3″ touch screen.

Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is another highly recommended SUV. This comfortable ride comes in five or seven-seat models. With the option of three rows of seats, it’s perfect for large families. One of the best SUVs for real-world performance, the CR-V is praised for good handling under any conditions. Newer models also have safety features such as fatigue awareness and crash protection.

CR-V features:

  • 5-star ANCAP safety rating,
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.
  • The automatic power tailgate with kick sensor lets you easily access the boot space when you’ve got a handful.
  • Wireless phone charging.

How to choose an affordable SUV

These affordable SUVs are all great options and will help you narrow down a shortlist. From there, it’s a matter of looking at availability, setting your budget and determining which type of car you will be most comfortable in.

Here are some other factors to consider:

  • Do you definitely need 4WD? Not all SUVs offer 4WD so keep this in mind.
  • How does fuel efficiency factor into your decision?
  • How easy is it to get to a service centre for your vehicle?
  • Does the SUV have room to accommodate your family?
  • What do expert reviewers say about this car?
  • What do reviews from members of the public say about this car?
  • Is an electric or hybrid engine important to you?
If you are buying an affordable SUV brand new, check the warranty with the dealer. For second hand, look at the car’s service history and ask your mechanic to check it over before you make an offer. Before you purchase a car, it’s always essential to take it for a test drive to look out for any red flags.
If you need to obtain finance for your used or new vehicle, make sure you shop around for the right car loan. At Finance One, we specialise in helping people with Car Loans for a bad credit history or no deposit access, for second hand and new cars.

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Disclaimer: The information above is of a general nature only and does not consider your personal objectives, financial situation or particular needs. You should consider seeking independent advice regarding your legal, financial, taxation or other needs, to check how the information relates to your particular circumstances. We do not accept responsibility for any loss arising from the use of, or reliance on, the information. All loan applications are subject to normal lending criteria. Fees and charges payable. Terms and conditions apply.

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Makala Elliott

Makala is the Marketing Manager at Finance One. She has worked in the Finance and Lending industry for over 10 years, gathering a wealth of experience. She is passionate about helping Australians get back on track with their finances by passing on her knowledge.

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