Looking for a SUV That Comfortably Fits 5 for $20K - $25K or under

Wanting to know what do you guys think of the options listed below.

Most likely going to go with the Kia Sportage as it has the all the features that i'm looking for, which are:
1. Aircon Vents in the back
2. Android Auto
3. Dual Climate Control
4. reversing camera
5. 5 years warranty to go

We really like the Hyundai Tucson as well, but most 2017 models under 25k do not offer most of those features.

The cars that I'm looking at are:

https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/details/2017-kia-sportage-s...
https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/details/2017-kia-sportage-s...
https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/details/2017-mitsubishi-ecl...
https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/details/2018-mitsubishi-ecl...
https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/details/2017-honda-cr-v-vti...

********************************UPDATE******************************************

After having a look at all the above mentioned cars + a couple of wagons, we've ended up going with the sportage. Long story short, partner liked it the most.

We got a 2017 model that had a few tiny dings in it, 77000kms on the clock. $17499 inclusive of everything.

Thing to note: Kia's that are ex-commercial vehicles still have the 7 year warranty on them, but its only for 150,000kms. We doubt we'll drive the car that much in the next 5 years, so this was a good deal for us.

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    2017 Kia Sportage Si Auto Red
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    2017 Kia Sportage Si Auto Silver
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    2017 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross LS YA Auto White
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    2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross LS YA Auto White
  • 3
    2017 Honda CRV VTI Auto Modern Steel

Comments

  • +3 votes

    $20 to $25,000 is quite a wide range.

  • +1 vote

    Why do you need a SUV?

    • +3 votes

      We do a fair bit of camping / going to the beach. Thinking of getting a dog in a couple of months. Plus every year around Christmas we drive interstate with the car full of presents. The current hatchbacks aren't cutting it anymore, so want something bigger

      • +5 votes

        Fair enough.
        If boot space is your deciding factor, I would eliminate the Mitsubishi (341L), compared to the Kia Sportage (466L). With 5 in the car, you can't utilise the seats down anyway.

        But, a Kia Cerato apparently has 482L, just saying.

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          Don't even start on something like Octavia wagon:)

          Also, Ive test driven Tuscon 2l petrol recently - it is struggling to accelerate uphill badly.

  • +1 vote

    Wait for the Kia Seltos to launch. Will offer you more than what you are after !!

    • +2 votes

      Seltos is going to be smaller than the Sportage and given OP wants to fit 5 comfortably I don't think it'll fit the bill. Just looked at the Sportage, Mitsis, Tuscon etc a few weeks for a friend, Sportage was the most comfortable though I still wouldn't want to do long trips with 5 large adults. Subaru XV surprised me the most for rear seat space and is what she ended up buying though it still wouldn't be great for 5 large adults, 4 is surprisingly roomy but the boot is smaller than the Sportage.

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      I am actually really excited for the Seltos. Looks like a cheaper, smaller range rover, but we can't afford to wait for its release, let alone wait for it to come into the 2nd hand market (my ozbargain brain doesnt allow me to buy something that looses 20% of its value the moment its sold).

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    Check that Android Auto / Carplay is definitely installed on those two, on my 2016 model I had to take it in and get it added since the first QL's shipped before AA/Carplay became available. Should be fine if they are 2017 models though.
    Also you mention Dual Climate Control, but I'm pretty sure the two you've listed are basic manual control units.

    Sportage is a mid-size SUV, it isn't massive inside, but a step up from a hatchback. My mates Forester feels more spacious inside, and holds more in the boot, than my Sportage.

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      That's interesting… I have a 2014 Forester and the boot feels like it's just slightly too small for everything lol. Or does he have a 2019 Forester?

  • +1 vote

    Hi OP,

    (I'm going to be "that guy")

    I know you said SUV, but have you considered MPVs? They are so much more refined, spacious and comfortable compared to an SUV in a similar price point. If navigating difficult terrain is never going to be of use to you, then MPVs are worth considering.

    Of course, if you've already considered it, ignore me :)

  • +1 vote

    Have you considered an outlander? It has most of your requirements but not the vents at the back.

    For the high end of your budget. You can get the 7 seater,4wd and under 40,000km. The only problem is the lack of power.

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      Hadn't looked at them, so have no idea. Are they meant to be good cars? I thought it might get "too big" for parking around sydney…

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        Check it out. take one for a test drive, you might enjoy it.

        A lot of people complain about the transmission. Saying that it is too noisy & loud. I came from a manual so the engine revving isn't an issue.
        We purchased one and love it. I do have to repeat & say the engine lacks a lot of power.

        It only takes us a to b, we never wanted a high-performance car with all the gadgets. so it does the job for us.

  • +1 vote

    Golf wagon - has everything you want - get a demonstrator with 5 years warranty. It even has 610l boot - much more than just about any SUV

    Fits our family of 5 comfortably

    Might be a bit over budget though https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/details/2018-Volkswagen-Gol...

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      But it isn’t an SUV.

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        True. I thought SUV is the obvious option for everything that we're looking for, but looks like the wagon might do it all too. didn't even consider the option, will look into it.

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          Oh, you really should look at wagons as an option.
          Likely to be cheaper to run, with more space (which seems to be your decision point) than a lot of SUVs.

          Golf wagon is good.
          Someone will mention Skoda.

        • +1 vote

          Many of the SUVs you've linked to are two-wheel drive only. Station wagons like the Golf will perform about the same on dirt roads.

          You only actually need the ground clearance and 4WD capability if you're going onto designated 4WD tracks, which I would imagine to be exceptionally rare circumstances.

          If you do choose to get an SUV as a "just in case" option, you sacrifice driving dynamics and fuel economy as a result.

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      Thats actually not a bad suggestion. I will look into them

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    The Red One has it's left side repainted. Paint doesn't match between the elements.

    • +1 vote

      All I see is some parts reflecting the light differently. Need to inspect in person to really see it.

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        There is a reason for them reflecting the light differently. In the most cases if you see any difference then it's repainted. Was it a scratch or larger damage - that is the question for inspection.

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          Yea i think its the light too. Will have a closer look on inspection, salesman said it has not been in an accident.

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    A 2016 or 2017 Nissan X-TRAIL will have some, but not all, of these features. We are happy with ours.

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      Man, we've had bad experiences with other nissan cars (2012 patrol, 2014 micra) so keeping away from the brand

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    Eh, used Grand Cherokee.

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