The question on the lips of new car buyers in Australia is increasingly becoming: What is the best new medium SUV 2020 on sale in Australia? Medium SUVs have gained popularity due to their optimal sizing between small and large SUVs. They are not intimidating to drive or park, yet have a great interior to exterior ratio.
Another reason they’re becoming popular is the increasing number of best new medium SUVs with 7 seats. These include the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-8, Nissan X-Trail and Mitsubishi Outlander. The latter of the two are due for replacement very soon. So if you are after the best medium SUV 2020 or best midsize SUV 2020 has to offer, look no further.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB mid 2020
A boxier and more traditional-style version of the GLA, the GLB lobs mid-year with an ace up it’s sleeve: seven seats. Using the same platform as the A-Class, B-Class, CLA and GLA, the GLB gives Merc a vehicle that its rivals do not have an answer for (unless you count the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer).
The Mexican-built SUV features a 10cm longer wheelbase than the GLA, but don’t expect it to accommodate professional basketballers that third row. Could this niche-busting German become the best new medium SUV to watch?
2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio facelift
Although not one of the best-selling premium mid-sized SUVs, the Stelvio is arguably one of the sexiest and passionate and all of the other Italian car cliches. An incoming facelifted version will improve active safety. This includes Level 2 autonomous vehicle status and a new 8.8-inch infotainment display will make it more competitive with rivals in that area.
Other minor updates and a new colour palette will freshen the Stelvio, while the fire-breathing Quadrofoglio will remain as exhilirating as before.
2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid/ RAV4 PHEV
After some hiccups with supply unable to keep up with demand, Toyota’s RAV4 hybrid is proving to be one of the most popular cars in its segment. Even the CX-5 is feeling the heat. At the time of publication, a solution is in the works that should come online around July.
An interesting variant of the RAV4 hybrid – the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) – is available overseas. Like the plug-in version of the Prius, it has not been confirmed for Australia at this stage. The RAV4 plug-in has an electric-only range of 62km, thanks to the ability to plug in at home. Performance is said to be superior to the 200kW RAV4 V6 sold a few generations ago.
If Toyota decides to give this one the green light, we’ll let you know immediately. Considering Mitsubishi and Ford are throwing their hats into the PHEV Medium SUV ring, it’s a strong possibility.
2021 Hyundai Tucson
A strong contender, hovering around 10-11% of market share, the Tucson is a compelling package with a five-year warranty, long standard equipment list and locally-tuned suspension. The upcoming next-gen Tucson promises far bolder styling and state-of-the-art technology. Things to expect include SmartStream engines, which could be the most efficient in their class and cutting-edge, semi-autonomous safety.
Expect the real McCoy to be revealed in coming months, with an early 2021 on-sale date. Image source.
2020 Ford Escape
A freshened new-gen Escape has just gone on sale from $35,990 before on-road costs as a tempting alternative to RAV4 and CX-5. A gutsy 183kW and 387Nm turbo 2.0-litr,e tied to an eight-speed automatic marks the Escape out as a real grunter of the segment.
There is also a plush Vignale model and a plug-in hybrid ST-Line at the top of the range, asking a reasonable $52,490. This could be a real dark horse in the race for sales supremacy.
2020 Nissan X-Trail
Nissan is putting the finishing touches on its next-gen X-Trail, which has been leaked on social media. Following the styling template set by the second-gen Juke, the striking front end hints at a more technically advanced vehicle. Nissan’s ProPilot semi-autonomous tech and updated infotainment systems are just the tip of the iceberg.
The new X-Trail will also form the basis of the next Renault Koleos and Mitsubishi Outlander – both of which are also undergoing testing.
2020 BMW X3 M Competition
If you have the family requirements for an SUV but don’t want to miss out on owning a peformance car, the BMW X3 M Competition might be the car for you. With a claimed 0-100km/h time of 4.1 seconds thanks to a 375kW turbocharged inline six, it certainly fits the bill in the go department.
2020 Maserati D-UV
As part of parent brand FCA’s revitalisation program, Maserati has a slew of new models in the pipeline. This includes a sub-Levante sized SUV, codenamed the D-UV, or D-segment SUV.
This places it in competition with the Audi Q5, Porsche Macan, Jaguar F-Pace and even the in-house Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Does this mean it could borrow a platform from its slinky compatriot? Either way things are hotting up under the FCA umbrella, with Jeep, Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo all launching new SUVs in coming years.
2020 MG HS
Dark horse MG has exploded in popularity, with triple the units moved in 2019 compared with the year before. The reason for this is cleverly priced, well-equipped and designed SUVs that seem to be resonating with buyers. Now the HS wants a stab at the Mazda CX-5.
It ticks all the boxes for safety and performance with a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. The interior is definitely an eye-opener, with some hints of BMW and even an Alfa-inspired steering-wheel starter button.
Another Chinese rival may come in the form of the LDV D60.
2021 Mahindra XUV500
After ten years on sale, the Indian XUV 500 will enter its second generation, collaborating with Ford.
Price will again be one of the XUV500’s strengths. Interestingly, Ford is developing a spin-off model as a cheaper alternative to the Escape for developing markets such as India. Will the XUV500 retain its mantle as Australia’s cheapest seven-seat SUV? Watch this space. Image source.