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    Default All rounder midsize SUV

    Anyone got hot tips on an all rounder midsize SUV? I'm keen on something that is good off road, all wheel drive, decent on road driving, mid sized, and good looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiordland Moose View Post
    Anyone got hot tips on an all rounder midsize SUV? I'm keen on something that is good off road, all wheel drive, decent on road driving, mid sized, and good looking.
    https://www.kia.co.nz/vehicles/sportage/

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    Good offroad and SUV don't really go together.
    Are you looking for new or used?

    I am looking at diesel X5's at the moment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiordland Moose View Post
    Anyone got hot tips on an all rounder midsize SUV? I'm keen on something that is good off road, all wheel drive, decent on road driving, mid sized, and good looking.
    No idea what they are like (beyond my pay grade), but the Subaru Forester offroad tests on youtube suggest they are pretty capable. And likely the Outback too.

    Disc: Own a 2006 legacy with the SOHC "grandma" engine option.

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    VW Touareg

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegreatestben View Post
    Good offroad and SUV don't really go together.
    Are you looking for new or used?

    I am looking at diesel X5's at the moment
    New or used - is there a price difference anymore ? I dont mind either way.
    I know ute's a bit better offroading but surely there are still some good offroad SUV's left?
    Those range rover sports manage to do it all - but you gotta pay $$$ and the brand is a bit pompus. Want to find an everyman's equivalent

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    Ford Everest perhaps - probably not seen as mid size though...

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    The Honda CRV is worth a look. Hondas generally are extremely reliable and troublefree; although most of the Jap and Korean brands are.

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    VW Touareg
    Yeah the 320kw diesel version - buy it before they ban it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddagg View Post
    Yeah the 320kw diesel version - buy it before they ban it.
    Expect to pay multiples of the purchase price to keep that V10 maintained.
    The only other option with the air suspension and rear difflock is the V8, and feeding that currently is looking expensive too.

    Have recently got a diesel Land Rover Discovery (09, very last of the model 3's off the line).
    Was comparable in price to a typical 90's Jap 4wd diesel (which are ridiculously overpriced for what they are), has half the k's and has been religiously dealer serviced since factory.
    Excellent on-road and off - very happy.
    Remains to be seen how maintenance costs go - mechanicals seem bulletproof - electricals may be a bit iffy in time ....

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