This gives Australian buyers a huge number of options when it comes to buying a large SUV under $70k, but it can be difficult to pick a winner from a crowded lineup.
Not to mention the fact that as the size of the SUV grows, so do the features lists for entertainment and safety technologies and luxurious fixtures and leather upholstery, which means that large SUVs can get pretty expensive rather quickly.
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With that in mind, let’s take a look at ten of the best large SUVs priced under $70,000 here in Australia to help you out in your search.
We’ll kick off our list with a family-favourite here in Australia, the Toyota Kluger range, which comes with a seven-seat configuration for growing Australian families.
The Kluger range kicks off from $47,650, while the cheapest GX hybrid comes priced at $54,150, while the mid-spec GXL hybrid can be purchased for under our price marker at $63,350 before on-road costs.
The Kluger’s cabin is designed to eat up large families and their belongings, and while the interior lacks a certain degree of excitement, the user-friendly package offers a heap of features and space for the money.
Better still, hybrid versions of the Kluger have a fuel economy rating of 5.6L/100km, which is impressive for a family vehicle and helps to lower the ownership costs over time.
Standard features in the mid-spec GXL hybrid include heated seats, a powered boot lift, vegan leather upholstery, 18-inch alloys, LED head and tail lights, as well as an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
2. Mazda CX-9
Mazda’s flagship SUV, the CX-9 is an impressive entrant to the world of large family-friendly SUVs, with the entry-level CX-9 Sport priced from $45,990, which means you can squeeze yourself into the premium CX-9 GT SP all-wheel drive for under $70,000.
Mazda’s approach to interior designs and practical elements in the cabin means that the CX-9’s platform is not only large, comfortable and more than capable of eating up school bags and sports equipment, it also looks great.
With 230L of boot space with three rows of seats standing up, the CX-9 is a large and practical SUV for seven people, which can expand its boot space to 810L with the rear seats folded for some added flexibility.
Standard equipment on the CX-9 GT SP includes 20-inch alloys, leather upholstery, heated seats, a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, wireless smartphone charging and a large 10.25-inch infotainment system packed with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, atop a generous heaping of active safety features.
The Hyundai Palisade sits at the top of Hyundai’s SUV ladder, and marks the largest, most comfortable and premium large SUV you’ll find in the range without receiving the more premium Genesis badge.
Priced from $55,700 for the entry-level 3.8 GDi, Australian buyers can move up into the range and opt for the 2.2 CRDi all-wheel drive for under our price marker.
While the Palisade range has received some price increases since its introduction, overall, prices remain impressively low for the amount of space, comfort and the number of features available in the Palisade platform.
The interior offers acres of space for the first and second rows of the cabin, with a heap of storage options and easily-accessible ISOFIX anchors for those needing to transport young children, while the soft suspension provides a silky-smooth ride on Australian roads.
While often an afterthought in other SUVs, the third row of the Palisade’s cabin is accessible for passengers and impressively spacious, making it perfect for transporting a family of seven in comfort and style.
4. Kia Sorento
Kia has expanded its Sorento lineup in recent months, adding a conventional hybrid as well as a plug-in hybrid powertrain option for its family-friendly SUV range.
The Sorento lineup kicks off from $47,650 for the entry-level Sorento S, with the GT-Line hybrid EV priced just below our price threshold at $69,750, which receives a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor producing 169kW of power and 350Nm of torque.
This clever engine offers drivers more than enough power for family duties and daily commutes while sipping just 5.3L per 100km on a combined cycle, which helps to lower running costs over time.
The Sorento’s cabin is spacious and exceptionally practical, with a heap of storage options around the cabin, acres of head and legroom for passengers and the driver, as well as a comfortable platform for up to seven people.
Standard equipment for the GT-Line hybrid includes 19-inch alloys, a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display, panoramic sunroof, Nappa leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, surround-view camera as well as a BOSE sound system and a 10.25-inch infotainment system.
Best of all, the Sorento comes packaged with a heap of safety equipment as standard, as well as Kia’s seven-year, unlimited KM warranty to give buyers added confidence in their purchase.
5. Ford Everest
Ford has also given its large SUV, the Everest a makeover and update for the calendar year, which comes packing your choice of a five and seven-seat layout for growing families.
Priced from $52,990 for the entry-level Everest Ambient, the high-range Everest Sport 4x4 is your best option within the range under our price marker, which comes powered by a V6 turbo-diesel producing 184kW of power and 600Nm of torque, giving the Everest some impressive performance.
Power is put to the ground via a smooth ten-speed automatic transmission, and with a full-time four-wheel drive system at your disposal, the Everest isn’t afraid to get its toes dirty with some off-road driving and towing heavy objects.
Standard equipment on the Everest Sport includes 20-inch alloys, a hands-free boot lift, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, LED head and tail lights, digital instrument cluster and a 12-inch infotainment system atop a heap of safety equipment.
Mitsubishi’s platform update for the Outlander has dramatically increased its attractiveness in the world of large SUVs.
While its predecessor was limited on space, the latest Outlander has received a brand-new platform that increases interior space and provides buyers with a seriously attractive value proposition within the large SUV market.
It’s so competitively priced that you can step into the range-topping Outlander Exceed Tourer for just $51,490, making it perhaps the most affordable entrant to our list.
The flagship Outlander comes powered by a 2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder producing 135kW of power and 245Nm of torque, which is paired with a CVT automatic transmission for a smooth, user-friendly driving dynamic.
Mitsubishi says the Outlander can carry up to 478L of cargo with all three rows of seats standing, which is an impressive amount of luggage space for a seven-seat SUV, while this expands to 1,471L with the third row folded.
Standard equipment on the range-topping Exceed includes a digital instrument cluster, panoramic sunroof, quilted leather upholstery, massaging front seats, surround-view camera and a 9.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
Best of all, the Outlander comes packaged with Mitsubishi’s market-leading ten-year warranty program, making for an undeniably cost-effective entrant to the world of large SUVs under $70k here in Australia.
7. Skoda Kodiaq
The Skoda Kodiaq is an often-forgotten but nonetheless impressive large SUV that offers Australian buyers a slice of premium European motoring for the family without an excessive price tag.
Priced from $52,990 for the 4x4 base model or $57,990 for the Sportline 4x4 variant, the Kodiaq offers buyers a comfortable and spacious seven-seat layout that is perfect for families while sweetening the deal with a generous entertainment and safety equipment list.
It comes powered by a meaty 2.0-litre four-cylinder producing 132kW of power and 320Nm of torque, powering all four wheels with the help of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Standard equipment on the Sportline 4x4 includes 20-inch alloys, Matrix LED headlights, a mix of alcantara and leather for the upholstery, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, powered boot lift and a 9.2-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, atop a stylish sports bodykit.
For those interested in a Hyundai but not wanting to break the bank, the almighty Santa Fe is a feature-packed, safe and comfortable seven-seat SUV that is priced from $45,550.
The lineup stretches out to $66,050 for the range-topping Santa Fe Highlander CRDi, which packs a 148kW/440Nm punch from its turbo-diesel engine that is no doubt the best engine option within the lineup for power and fuel economy.
While it might not have as much space as some the other entrants on our list, the Santa Fe’s clever interior packaging design makes the most of its space and remains a comfortable and practical option for large families.
Standard equipment on the range-topping Santa Fe includes LED projector headlights, Nappa leather upholstery, heated seats front and rear, a surround-view camera, head-up display, panoramic sunroof as well as a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display and 10.25-inch infotainment system.
On the safety front, all members of the Santa Fe family receive autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane-keep assistance, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors and curtain airbags around the cabin.
For those looking for a more American approach to family-friendly motoring, the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s large stature and comfortable platform lends itself perfectly to the needs of Australian families.
Priced from $59,950, the entry-level Cherokee Night Eagle petrol is a great place to jump into the range, while the Cherokee S-Limited and Trailhawk diesel V6 variants squeeze into our list with their price tags of $72,950 and $75,950 respectively.
Those higher-spec variants receive a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel producing an impressive 184kW of power and massive 570Nm of torque, powering all four wheels via an eight-speed torque-converter automatic that offers all-wheel drive stability and a heap of towing potential for holiday road trips.
The diesel options are particularly attractive within Jeep’s lineup of thirsty petrol engines, reducing the equivalent fuel economy from 10L/100km in the V6 petrol to 7.5L/100km on a combined cycle.
The S-Limited comes riding on 20-inch alloys while the Trailhawk receives off-road focused 18-inch alloys with all-terrain tyres, atop Nappa leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, LED headlights, a powered boot lift, semi-autonomous parking and an 8.4-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
The final entrant to our list of the best large SUVs priced under $70k here in Australia comes in the form of the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace.
The recipe of the Allspace is quite simple, with Volkswagen taking the Tiguan’s already impressive platform and stretching it out to accommodate a pair of extra seats, making for a seven-seat layout that benefits from VW’s typically-high attention to detail and driving comfort.
The Tiguan Allspace lineup kicks off from $44,590 and stretches out to $61,990 for the range-topping Allspace 147TDI R-Line, which receives a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine pushing out 147kW of power and 400Nm of torque for a perky and smooth driving experience thanks to the dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive system.
Cargo space is rated at 230L with all three rows standing, which increases to 700L with the third row folded, or to a total of 1,775L with all rows folded for transporting bulky items and sports equipment.
Standard equipment for the range-topping Allspace 147TDI R-Line includes 20-inch alloys, Vienna leather upholstery, Matrix LED head & tail lights, heated and ventilated seats, adaptive chassis control, a 10.25-inch digital driver’s display and an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
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