The medium SUV market in Australia is as diverse as it is popular—and as the largest segment of the Australian car market, it’s immensely popular! For the top performers, let’s take a look at the models that lead the field in key areas of performance, comfort and safety.
Best medium SUVs in 2020 and 2021 for safety
Not only a clear Aussie favourite, the Toyota RAV4 also leads the medium SUV pack in safety, scoring an ANCAP Overall Score of 88.6%. Later models include autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring.
The Tiguan takes safety seriously with multi-angle reversing cameras, lane assist, auto parking and driver fatigue monitoring features plus side, front and curtain airbags. Look out for optioned-up models that boast add-ons like the Driver Assistance pack with 360-degree cameras and blind-spot monitoring.
Best luxury medium SUVs in 2020 and 2021
While the BMW X7 dominates the large SUV segment, the X5 doesn’t skimp on luxury and technology. Cocooned in four-zone climate control under a panoramic sunroof, it boasts a heads-up display and infotainment system. Its amazing park assist technology can reverse 50 m automatically and manoeuvre into the parking spot you drove past.
The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport has redesigned around 70% of its parts from previous models. Even so, earlier versions are superbly appointed too, with colour touchscreens and satellite navigation, plus Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. They’re even equipped with an infra-red-absorbing windscreen for optimal clarity in harsh sunlight.
It drives as beautifully as it looks standing still. The Macan is the little brother of the equally illustrious Porsche Cayenne and it’s a joy to drive on sweeping turns and long stretches of open road. As an SUV, it delivers great agility and power—though it’s not as quick as the Jaguar F-Pace.
Best practical 2020 and 2021 medium SUVs
The latest Forester models have modern features like facial recognition that monitors driver fatigue and active safety technologies, building on a heritage of practicality and versatility. Add Subaru’s AWD X-Mode, also available in the Subaru XV, and you’ll have lots of fun off the beaten track.
Much like the Jeep Cherokee, the Pajero Sport handles itself splendidly in the dirt and dust. Off-Road Terrain Control, high clearance and the ability to cross rivers up to 70-m deep make it fun to drive in many conditions. Plus, it has Mitsubishi’s well-earned reputation for reliability to call upon when you’re off-road.
The medium SUV can take you almost anywhere you want to go, from the school run to the bush track. Find the right SUV for your next adventure on Gumtree Australia.