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5 affordable medium size SUVs for families

Jan 21, 2021 | Insights

There are so many SUVs to choose from these days. To make things easier, here are five of the most affordable SUVs in Australia in 2020/2021.

An affordable SUV is one of the best vehicles to own these days, especially for families.

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.

Thanks to their popularity though, there are a multitude of SUVs on the market. Unless you know a huge amount about cars, it can be very confusing to know which model is right for your budget and your needs.

To make it all easier, here’s a list of some of the most highly recommended affordable medium-sized SUVs in Australia as we enter 2021:



Toyota RAV-4

Toyota RAV4

A perennial favourite, and the very first SUV introduced to Australia, the Toyota RAV4 is still a heavy hitter.

Toyota vehicles are famous for their ease in servicing and this is true for the RAV4. This affordable SUV is a good size and spacious enough for a family.



Hyundai Tucson

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 while retaining excellent mechanical specs. It is also famously roomy and has some of the best and latest safety tech in any SUV.



Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX5

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.



Kia Sportage

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.



Honda CR-V

Honda CRV

The Honda CR-V is another highly recommended SUV. This comfortable ride comes in five or seven-seat models. 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.



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?

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.

If you need to obtain finance for your vehicle, make sure you shop around for the right car loan. Nowadays, it’s possible to get a car loan even if you have a bad credit history or no deposit.

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 legal, financial, taxation or other advice 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.

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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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