Trying to decide on a good SUV for camping and very light offroading (mainly when the roads to campsites are unsealed) as my current Mazda3 is too small and not well-equipped.
My budget is 20-25K and I've been looking at a 2011 Toyota Kluger or Hyundai Santa Fe, would like something of that size. I'll definitely be waiting until the COVID-tax is dropped from second hand cars before purchasing.
I would prefer one that is AWD/4WD as standard and I would like diesel but I would be using this as a daily car also and I don't do the long(ish) drives recommended for diesel engines. Maybe I'm being pedantic about it? I usually drive about 15 minutes to work and it's a mix of 80km/h and 60km/h with lights, would a diesel engine cope fine with this?
The downside of a Kluger is the thirsty V6 engine, AWD only coming in at the top of the line model and it being 'selective' AWD (only engages when front wheels begin slipping).
The downside of a Santa Fe is the diesel engine (potentially) and I personally prefer the look of the Kluger.
Are there other options I'm missing? I'm not keen on SUVs where they are dumping 2.0L turbo petrol engines.