Top 10 Best Large SUVs Under $70k in Australia

By Alexi Falson
Updated on 24 Oct 2023 First published 12 Jul 2022
image for Top 10 Best Large SUVs Under $70k in Australia SUVs have become one of the most popular types of car sold here in Australia, with large SUVs, in particular, proving themselves as a one-stop-shop for family-friendly practicality.

In light of their success, manufacturers are offering more large SUV options than ever before, which is excellent news for prospective buyers, though it does make shopping around more complicated.

With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at ten of the best large SUVs on sale here in Australia for less than $70,000 to help you hunt down a comfortable, safe and well-equipped large SUV.

Ford Everest

2023 ford everest

Starting from $53,290*

Since its overhaul, the Ford Everest has made for one of the most attractive options in the world of large SUVs priced under $70k here in Australia.

Everything from its rock-solid engine performance, strong braked towing capacity and the large, practical interior layout make it a heavy-hitter for families looking for a comfortable commuter that isn’t afraid to get its toes dirty on the weekend.

  • Engine: 2.0-litre bi-turbo four-cylinder (154kW/500Nm) 

  • Fuel Economy: 7.1-7.2L/100km

  • Seats: 5-7

  • ANCAP Safety Rating: Five-star 

  • Boot Space: 259L - 898L 

  • Braked Towing Capacity: 3500kg

Hyundai Santa Fe

2023 hyundai santa fe hybrid

Starting from $46,050*

Hyundai’s latest Santa Fe gives buyers some serious food for thought when shopping for a large SUV, with all members of the family priced at less than $70,000 here in Australia.

That means you’ve got the choice of a V6 petrol, turbo-diesel and even a hybrid at the top of the range, which drops fuel economy figures down from a thirsty 10.5L/100km to 6.0L/100km, with more than enough space for seven people inside the cabin.

  • Engine: V6 petrol, turbo-diesel & petrol-electric hybrid 

  • Fuel Economy: 10.5L - 6.0L/100km (hybrid) 

  • Seats: 7

  • ANCAP Safety Rating: Five-star   

  • Boot Space: 130-787L 

  • Braked Towing Capacity: 2500kg

Isuzu MU-X

2023 isuzu mu-x silver

Starting from $48,900*

Isuzu’s MU-X range makes for one of the most attractive value propositions within the large SUV segment, combining an attractive features list, large cabin layout and beefy turbo-diesel power makes it powerful and versatile.

For the money, the MU-X is hard to beat when it comes to off-road abilities and towing power, with a generous amount of space inside the cabin and the added bonus of all variants priced below $70k, meaning you can get your hands on all the bells-and-whistles under our budget.

  • Engine: 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel (140kW/450Nm) 

  • Fuel Economy: 7.8-8.3L/100km (4x2 & 4x4) 

  • Seats: 7

  • ANCAP Safety Rating: Five-star 

  • Boot Space: 311-1119L 

  • Braked Towing Capacity: 3500kg

Skoda Kodiaq

2023 skoda kodiaq

Starting from $51,490*

While it’s often overshadowed by its rivals, the Skoda Kodiaq remains a great and surprisingly well-priced large SUV package here in Australia, with two out of three total variants priced under $70k.

The Kodiaq is a great option for buyers in the market for a sleek and stylish European SUV without breaking the bank, and comes extremely well-equipped for the money you’re handing over for your seven-seat SUV.

  • Engine: 2.0-litre turbo petrol (132kW/320Nm) 

  • Fuel Economy: 8.2L/100km

  • Seats: 7

  • ANCAP Safety Rating: Five-star 

  • Boot Space: 270-630L 

  • Braked Towing Capacity: 2000kg

Kia Sorento

2023 kia sorento

Starting from $47,650*

Kia has been in the business of serving families exactly what they want for decades now, and the Sorento in its latest form is proof the company isn’t moving away from maintaining a healthy amount of choice and value in its large SUV lineup.

For $70k, you can get your hands on almost every member of the Sorento family, including the range-topping GT-Line with all the features you can dream of which comes powered by a fuel-efficient hybrid unit.

  • Engine: V6 petrol, turbo-diesel & petrol-electric hybrid 

  • Fuel Economy: 9.7 - 5.8L/100km (V6 petrol and hybrid) 

  • Seats: 7 

  • ANCAP Safety Rating: Five-star 

  • Boot Space: 187 - 616L 

  • Braked Towing Capacity: 2000kg

Toyota Kluger

2023 toyota kluger

Starting from $51,790*

Toyota’s family-friendly Kluger lineup has been updated with hybrid engines across each of the three trim levels available, with two out of the three priced under our $70k budget.

That means you can get your hands on the Kluger GX Hybrid and the GXL, the latter of which offers a handful of premium touches and family-friendly features into the mix for Toyota’s already impressive large SUV.

  • Engine: 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder & 2.5-litre four-cylinder hybrid 

  • Fuel Economy: 8.3 - 5.6L/100km 

  • Seats: 7 

  • ANCAP Safety Rating: Five-star 

  • Boot Space: 241 - 552L 

  • Braked Towing Capacity: 2000kg

Nissan Pathfinder

2023 nissan pathfinder australia

Nissan has given its largest SUV, the Pathfinder a massive overhaul in recent times, making for another super appealing option in the world of seven-seat SUVs.

There’s a total of five Pathfinder variants on offer, three of which are priced under $70k here in Australia, including the high-ranking Pathfinder Ti that picks up a bucket-load of premium touches that make for a sleek and sophisticated large SUV.

  • Engine: 3.5-litre V6 petrol (202kW/340Nm) 

  • Fuel Economy: 10 - 10.5L/100km 

  • Seats: Seven 

  • ANCAP Safety Rating: Five-star

  • Boot Space: 205L 

  • Braked Towing Capacity: 205 - 554L

Hyundai Palisade

2023 hyundai palisade highlander

Starting from $65,900*

For families looking for one of the most cost-effective VIP experiences in their large SUV, the Hyundai Palisade is hard to beat.

Inside, the Palisade offers acres of space for passengers, and comes extremely well-equipped - even in the base model - which makes it stand out in the world of large SUVs as one of the most attractively-priced premium SUV experiences that won’t break the bank.

Engine: 3.8-litre V6 & 2.2-litre turbo-diesel 

Fuel Economy: 10.7 - 7.3L/100km 

Seats: Seven 

ANCAP Safety Rating: Five-star 

Boot Space: 311 - 704L

Braked Towing Capacity: 2200kg

Subaru Outback

2023 subaru outback

Starting from $42,690*

While its looks might not fit the bill of a conventional large SUV package, the Subaru Outback is actually classified here in Australia as a large SUV, and it’s one seriously impressive and versatile package for buyers looking for a wagon.

Over a typical SUV, the Outback handles far better than its taller, bulkier SUV rivals, with a large, practical and comfortable interior layout that makes for a very welcoming five-seater with a spacious boot.

  • Engine: 2.5-litre four-cylinder & 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder

  • Fuel Economy: 7.3 - 9.0L/100km 

  • Seats: Five 

  • ANCAP Safety Rating: Five-star 

  • Boot Space: 522L 

  • Braked Towing Capacity: 2000kg (2400kg for XT Turbo)

Mazda CX-8

2023 mazda cx-8

Starting from $40,610*

While the CX-8 has been superseded by its next-gen successor, the CX-90, it remains a great value pick for buyers in the market for a large, comfortable, stylish and well-equipped SUV package - all of which are priced below $70k here in Australia.

Inside, the CX-8’s cabin offers a generous amount of space for either six or seven people, including the option of a pair of captain’s chairs in the second row that will surely keep the family happy, combined with Mazda’s class-leading interior designs.

  • Engine: 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol & 2.2-litre turbo-diesel 

  • Fuel Economy: 8.1 - 6.0L/100km 

  • Seats: 6-7 

  • ANCAP Safety Rating: Five-star 

  • Boot Space: 209 - 755L 

  • Braked Towing Capacity: 1800kg (petrol) - 2000kg (diesel)

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* Prices accurate at time of writing.


Alexi Falson

Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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