Comparison: 2016 Luxury Family SUV Mega-test

and We All Know By Now That Australia Is A Nation Of SUV Lovers That Appealing Mixture Of Fashion And Function Was Just Pretty Hard To Ignore, But What, If You Want Just A Little Bit More With Plenty Of Space Beautiful Materials And The Latest Technology Full-size Premium SUVs Are Becoming Hot Property Not Just With Buyers, But With Manufacturers. So, We've Gathered Eight Of The Biggest Names Including One Fresh New One We'll Put Them To The Test To See Which One Is Australia's Best Premium Family SUV These Days An SUV Is More Likely Than Not To Form Part Of A Manufacturer's Lineup.

So, Who's In The Running The Current Sales Leader And Essentially Segment Benchmark The Bmw X5 The Recently Refreshed Mercedes-benz GLA The Car Whose Big Brother Essentially Started All Of This The Range Rover Sport One Of Only Two Seven Cedars Here On Test The New Audi Q7 The Other The Family Centric Seven Seat Volvo Xc90 We Jump Across To Japan For The Pretty Funky Lexus RX Now A Car Whose Having Its First Time On Test The All-new Jaguar F Pace And Of Course The Car That Puts A Capital S Into SUV The Porsche Cayenne Now Prices Start From Just Under $90,000 And Go To Just Over $100,000 For The Porsche Here Now Of Course That's Before Options And As We Know In This Segment Things Can Get Out Of Hand Pretty Quickly When You Start Checking Those Boxes Over The Next Few Days Under The Watchful Eye Of Kurt Here We're Going To Be Putting These Cars Through Both Performance And Dynamic Tests As Well As Assessing Their Overall Value And Packaging Curve What We Got In Store Going To Run These Cars Through A Series Of Road Lifts In A Variety Of Configurations Will Be Looking Equipment Levels And Options Prices As Well As Fuel Economy And Other Running Costs Along The Way We'll Be Assessing Functionality And Practicality The Cabinet's Plus We'll Be Looking At The Use Of Materials And Technologies And Being Prestige Or Premium Cars They Need To Offer A Real Sense Of Luxury And Dare. I Say A Sense Of Excitement For The Occupants Or Might Sounds Like You've Got Your Work Cut Out For You. I'll Let You Get Testing Let's Do It This Is The Range Rover Sport Tdv6 S Under The Bonnet Is A Three Liter Turbo Diesel V6 With 190 Kilowatts And 600 Newton Meters Of Torque Now That's Good For A 7.6 Spring To 100 Kilometers An Hour And Just Shy Of Seven Liters Per Hundred On A Combined Fuel Consumption Cycle The Car Starts At Around 90 Thousand Dollars And This One Here's Got About 10 Grands Worth Of Options On It At The Back There's A 784 Litre Boot, But The Coolest Thing Is You Might See It Sitting Pretty Low To The Ground The Range Rover Sport Comes With Standard Air Suspension.

So, Every Time You Get Out It Drops To Its Guts And. I Have To Say That's A Party Trick That Just Never Gets Off Kurt Oh The Lights Fading, But We're Still Out Here And We're Off The Road, But We're Not Really Skippy Ah We're Not Really Offroad Are We No That's Right You Know This Is The Typical Kind Of Environment Bit Of Dirt Gravel Kangaroos Kangaroos And It's The Kind Of Place That You'd You Know Ideally Go You Know With A Family To The Campsite On The Weekend It's. I Guess Not Really Testing The The Extreme Prowess Of These Cars Because As We Know Most Owners Won't Really Do It This Is A Country Road Kind Of Configuration Absolutely.

I Mean This Ranges Got A All The Off-road Modes, But Some Of These Cars Don't. So, We're Actually Driving Around In Regular Comfort Mode And Yeah Essentially Just Doing A Soft Learning Now You Mentioned We're In The Range Rover Sport Right Now Which Has Got Air Suspension Yep Is That Giving It To Any Kind Of Advantage In This Sort Of Condition It Really Is At The Moment The The Arranged E In The Audi Q7 Looking At Different Frontrunners For Various Kind Of Stuff And Mainly Because Of The Comfort Factor Well Let's Head Back Before The Sun Disappears Completely And We'll Keep More Of A Tire Up For Those Kangaroos This Is The 2017 Porsche Cayenne Diesel Which Starts At Around One Hundred And Seven Thousand Dollars. I Get Too Excited By Looking At This One Though It Has About A $30,000 Worth Of Optional Equipment On It Under The Bonnet Is A Three Liter Turbo Diesel V6 Running 193 Kilowatts And 580 Newton Meters Of Torque Which Porsche Say Is Good For Naught To 100 Spring Time Of Around Seven Point Three Seconds All While Returning 6.8 Liters Per Hundred Of Diesel Use Now It Runs Constant All-wheel Drive Has An 8-speed Automatic Transmission Seats Five And Has A 670 Litre Boot Behind A Power Tailgate Tony And Abortion Is Pretty Standard, But Tony Off-road.

I Don't Know, If We've Seen This Before Now Look Porsche You've Done An Exceptional Job With The K In And Of Late Thermicon They Really Are Superb On-road Vehicles, But How Do They Go Off-road Well Pretty Good It's Light It's Noisy In Here Though Like There's A Fair Bit Of Tyre Noise And The Advanced Coz Here There Are Quite Large There Tu-95 Says There's A Lot Of Too Big Rubber Footprint On The Road Yeah Yeah. So, You Are Gonna Get Tires, But As Far As Bump Compliance And The Way That This Porsche Sits On The Road Is Probably Better Than Most Of The Seven Other SUVs That We're Testing Got A Rule In Front Of Us Or Wallaby Is Another Time We Got Another Big One Down Here He's Eyeing You Off Yeah Not As Big As This Thing, But, But For Your Testing. I Guess We're More Used To Seeing You On A Race Circuit How Are You Finding Doing Doing This Back To Back To Back With The Different Cars And.

I Guess It's It's A Perfect Sort Of Soft Road Environment Yeah Look At Eye-opening None Of The Cars That We've Tested You Would You Would Mark As Flawed They All Have Slightly Better Facets Over Each Other And The Porsche You're Right The Porsche Is Probably One Of The Best On-road SUVs In The Market. I Was Going To Say You've Driven Everything There Everything. So, Any Surprises Look.

I've That The Most Comfortable Cars For Me In This Group Was Certainly The Audi Q7 Was A Big Surprise For Me Yep. I Know It's Fairly Pedestrian To Look At Fairly Cut And Dry And Square Yep And. I Would Normally Go For The More Stylized The F Pace Yeah, But.

I'm Really Impressed With That Q7. I Think It's A Very Comfortable Car Well It's A Let's Touch Base Again Tomorrow As The The Light Comes Back And We'll See How We Go On Road Yeah. I Can't Wait This Is The Audi Q7 And It's A Proper 7 Seater Behind The 3rd Row There's 295 Litres Of Luggage Space Fold It Down Into Five Seat Configuration And There's 770 Litres At Your Disposal Now This Model Starts At Around 96 Thousand Dollars, But The Car We Have Here Has About $15,000 Worth Of Options On It Under The Bonnet Is A Three Liter Turbo Diesel V6 With 160 Kilowatts And 500 Newton Meters Of Torque It's Not The Fastest Thing Out There With A Claim Of Around Seven Point Three For The Nought To 100 Sprint, But It Does Return 5.8 Liters Per Hundred On A Combined Fuel Consumption Cycle Which Is Pretty Impressive Particularly Given The Size Of The Car This Is The Mercedes-benz GLA 250 The Entry Point To Mercedes Is Very Successful Large SUV Liner Now It Normally Starts At Around 87 Thousand Dollars, But This One Features The AMG Body Styling Package And A Few Other Accessories Too Pushes The Price To Around 104 Thousand Under The Bonnet Is A 2.1 Liter Four-cylinder Turbo Diesel With 150 Kilowatts And 500 Newton Meters Of Torque That Smaller Size Allows The Mercedes To Return A Pretty Impressive Fuel Consumption Of Just Six Liters Per Hundred On A Combined Cycle There's A 9 Speed Automatic Transmission Comfortable Seating For Five A 650 Litre Boot And Of Course Being A Mercedes It's Chock Full Of All The Latest Safety Technology All Right Well A New Day Lovely Surrounds Here In The Southern Highlands And We're Out Back On The Road In The Mercedes With Mike Tell Us What We're Up To.

So, We're Going To Tackle A Sequence Of Fairly Challenging Twisty Roads The Logic Being We Know That Most People Who Have These SUVs Do Tend To Stay In Every Surrounds, But It's Important That They're All At Least Capable, If They're Put Against More Challenging Roads And. I Suspect The Mercedes Is Going To Be About Middle Of The Pack Judging On The Form We Experienced Yesterday Well They're Nice Roads Very Pretty Roads, But There's A Variety Of Services We've Gone Through Some Nice Smooth Bits, But You Can See Along Here It's Reasonably Well Chopped Up There's Some Potholes And We Can Probably Hear A Bit Of The Noise Coming Through The Cabin Now What's This Teaching Us About A Car Like Obviously This One With Its Big Wheels And Its Sports Suspension What Are You Really Trying To Look For Here Well The Key Things For Me Are How Quiet Is It Obviously These Cars Are Supposed To Be A Serene Experience. So, How Old Does It Isolate You From Road Noise Tyre Noise And Wit Knows How Reassuring Is The Steering How Good Is The Body Control Doesn't Roll Around And, If It Does Does It Still Feel Relatively Safe How Sharp Doesn't Turn Into Corners How Responsive Is This Engine And How Quiet Is This Engine Just Like Sleek Its Gearbox It Doesn't Have To Be A Sports Car Expected To Be One, But It Does At Least Have To Give You Confidence And Inspire Confidence And Some Will Probably Be Better Than Others There's A Lot To Cover Anything Other Than The Porsche Obviously Anything You're Looking Forward To Driving On This Part Of The Testing Probably The Jag Yeah Jag Is Really Quite A Sporty SUV It's A Great Steering It's Got A Really Punchy Diesel Engine And Its Kind Of Made For These Roads And, If It Can Keep Up With The Porsche As.

I Hope It Will And It's Going To Be A Damn Good Thing These Days It Seems That Everybody Wants To Get In On The Large SUV Game This Is The Latest Contender Jaguar Stunning F Pace Under The Bonnet Is A 3 Liter Turbo Diesel V6 Which Is Good For 221 Kilowatts And 700 Newton Meters Of Torque And Jag Claim That'll Sprint This Thing To 100 Kilometers An Hour In Just 6.2 Seconds While Returning A 6 Liter Per Hundred For Consumption Cycle Now Prices Normally Start At Around 91 Thousand Dollars, But This One What's Kind Of Gone A Bit Crazy With The Options And Has Over 30,000 Dollars Worth Of Optional Accessories On It The F Pace Is A Five-seater Is All-wheel Drive And Has A 650 Litre Boot Behind A Power Tailgate How Good's This Tailgate That's A 650 Litre Boot By The Way This Is The Bmw X5 Which Essentially Is The Benchmark For Anyone Looking For A Premium Family SUV The 25 D We Have Here Has A 2-liter Four-cylinder Turbocharged Diesel Engine Under The Bonnet With 170 Kilowatts And 500 Newton Meters Of Torque It Can Run From Nought To 100 In 7.7 Seconds, But What's Really Impressive Is It Can Return Just 5.6 Liters Per Hundred On A Combined Fuel Cycle Now This Car Starts At Around 91 Thousand Dollars And As You See It Here With A Few Options On It Is Sitting Just Shy Of 100 Grand Right Welker Know Where We're Getting Through The Cars And We're Back In The Bmw X5 We Last Sort Of Experience This Thing Yesterday Off-road On The Gravel Tracks And Now We're On Road On Our Winding Mountain Trip How's It - How's It Going Pretty Good. I Think Up Until Now It's Sort Of Been The Anonymous SUV Of The Pack, But Probably Because It's In A Fairly On Aspect Summer-- Appearance Mods Head-up Display And Roof And. I Guess In In Form As In Function In That It's Fairly Anonymous To Drive In That It Doesn't Do Anything Particularly Badly It's Not Shining Yeah Anywhere Really Strongly, But It's Yeah Quaint And Cute And Cooperative Well The The Next Question.

I Guess Is Yeah We're Sort Of Over Over The Halfway Mark Of Running Through The Cars Anything That Has Surprised Or Delighted Today Or Anything That Is You Know Maybe Surprised For The Wrong Reasons. I Think Probably The Biggest Surprise Of This Pack Is That, If You've Got $90,000 And You Want A Premium SUV There's. So, Much Variety And.

So, Much Choice It Really Is A Motley Crew Of Cars And You've Got A Spoilt For Choice Because There Is. So, Much Variety Probably The One Surprise Again Is The Lexus Because It's A It's Pretty Much The Value Lightened Offering Here And That It's It Has Everything For The Money It's Kind Of Turning Into This Sort Of Japanese Army Knife Of Talents In The Areas Particularly Areas Like Off-road Where We Didn't Really Expect It Was Going To Be Sure It's. So, Good.

I Guess Well We'll Head Back Down The Mountain Here In The The Beamer And Switch Cars Again And See How We Go What Do You Reckon The Front Kind Of Looks Like Salvador Dali's Mustache Anyway This Is A Lexus Rx350 Export Under The Bonnet Is A Three And A Half Litre Petrol V6 With 221 Kilowatts And 370 Newton Meters Of Torque Now That's Good For A 9.2 Second Naught 100 Sprint Time Which Isn't All That Fast It's Also Good For A Nine Point Six Liter Per Hundred Fuel Consumption Figure Which Isn't All That Frugal However It Starts At Around Ninety-two Thousand Dollars And Finishes At Around Ninety-two Thousand Dollars This Car Has No Options On It Because It Basically Comes Fully Equipped From Factory Which Includes An 8-speed Automatic Transmission Comfortable Seating For Five And A Four Hundred And Fifty Three Litre Boot Volvo Call That Running Like The Hammer Of Thor Who Is That This Is The Volvo Xc90 V5 Inscription And It Starts At Around Ninety Seven Thousand Dollars This Guy Here's Got About Ten Grands Worth Of Options On It Under The Bonnet Is A 2-liter Four-cylinder Turbo Diesel With 165 Kilowatts And 470 Newton Meters Of Torque It'll Do A Nought To 100 Sprint In Just Under Eight Seconds And Return Just Over Six Liters Per Hundred On A Combined Cycle, But The Big Call Out Of This Car Is Its Interior It's A Proper Seven Seater With Third Row Room For Adults Even Behind That Third Row You Get Over 400 Litres Of Luggage Space Fold It Down Into A Five Seed Mode Is Over A Thousand Litres Back There Now The Guys Are Going Through That The Cabins Of The Cars In Pretty Good Detail Because There's Quite A Lot To Cover In These Things And Some Pretty Cool Features To Boot Check This Out The A DQ 7up Has Powered Third Row Seats You Can Fold Them Up Fold Them Down By Just Hitting These, Buttons Here On The Inside Of The Boot It's A Great Way To Do It Makes It Really Easy And A Little Bit Fun Now One Of The Most Anticipated Features Of The New Jaguar FPS Is This Its Jaguars New Infotainment Software Called In Control Touch Pro And As You Can See It Takes Up The Full Width Of The Panel Here Unlike In The Range Rover Sport Which Is The Older System And Has, Buttons Down Either Side Now This Is A Touch Screen Here You Can Swipe Through To Some Of The Functions You Can Even Set Up A Personalized Page There Should They Want To Be Some Shortcuts That You Want To Add To It Now The Vision Is Actually Really Nice And Clear, If You Have A Look On The Camera Here When It Goes It's A Relatively High Resolution Screen And It's Definitely A Massive Step Forward For The Jaguar Infotainment That Has Needed To Come A Long Way Over The Last Few Years It's Just One Part Of The Interior Of The F Pace. So, You Can See There's Some Really Cool Lighting, But Sadly We Thought It Was Let Down By Some Of Its Features Who Got Plastic Paddles Here On The Side Of The Steering Column To Change Gears Which To Be Honest Is A Bit Low-rent For A Car Of This Caliber Now While We've Got This One Free Check Out The Inside Of The Lexus This Is The Rx 350 F Sport And You've Got These Stunning Red Sports Seats Which Are Terrifically Comfortable And Have Really Really Modern Stylized Into It Now One Of The Other Things The Lexus Is Chock-full Of Technology That All Comes Standard This Car Gets All The Driver Assists Infotainment And Other Luxury Appointment Features As Part Of The Standard Packaging All Of Which Is The Sort Of Stuff That Tends To Be An Option On Some Of The Other Cars Well The Sun Is Setting On What's Been On A Massive Few Days Of Testing, But We're Finally Here With A Victor The Winner Of Australia's Best Premium Family SUV Is The Audi Q7 Kurt This Was A Car That Was Well Its Success Was Measured Not By What It Did Right, But By The Fact That It Did Well Nothing Wrong That's Right There's. So, Many Cars Here That Were Competent At A Lot Of Things That This Audi Was Actually Outstanding At Everything And It Was Voted As The Car That You'd Put Your Kids In And You Could Drive Over Any Surface And It Just Nails The Brief Well It's One Of The Newest Cars Here It Is A A Proper Seven Seater Which Kind Of Helps With That Practicality In Terms Of Packaging And It Is Chock Full Of Technology.

So, It Is A Well Would You Say A Worthy Winner Absolutely It's Just Quiet Refined It Has The Tag It's Got The Bling Absolutely Solid Paper Excellent Well There You Have It The Winner Of Our Inaugural Australia's Best Premium Family SUV Is The Audi Q7 Now For All The Information And Including Individual Reviews Of All The Cars Plus The Full Details Of The Comparison Check Out Care Advice Calm You.

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