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Top 5 large SUVs for families

29/03/2019 1:12:00 PM

For a family with one or two kids, it is quite manageable to have a sedan or even a small SUV. But when the third or fourth comes along, it is time to opt for larger SUV alternatives that can fit the family, the outdoor gear and maybe even the grandparents. Finding a suitable family car is all about looking for the balance of safety, practicality, value for money and availability of family-friendly features. So which ones are the best for large families? In this article, we have picked 5 large SUVs on the market to help with the decision making process.

Hyundai Santa Fe


Hyundai Santa Fe made its debut in the market in 2000 and for the past two decades, the seven-seat car has served as Hyundai’s flagship SUV model. The interior of the Santa Fe is quite spacious with three rows of seats which are quite generously sized. The model from the Korean carmaker also features its own air vents and bottle holders in the second row of seats to make passengers a little more comfortable. Up front driver and the passenger find it comfortable with broad medium/firm seats.

The Santa Fe comes with a choice of two fuel efficient petrol engines and a torquey diesel. With three drive modes available (Eco, Normal and Sport), Santa Fe offers nice drives around towns and city roads. As for safety matters, Aussie parents can stay rest assured that Santa Fe range is well equipped with features like automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane change assist and lane departure standard.


Toyota Kluger


Toyota Kluger has been around since its debut in 2003. Together with Prado and Fortuner, Kluger is Toyota’s proud seven seat SUV line that is well loved by families. Featuring an upgraded 3.5-litre V6 engine that results in better fuel economy, power and torque, Toyota Kluger is a true family performer, not to mention that its suspension tune has been engineered for comfort around town and on the freeway.

Designed for modern families, the Toyota seven seat SUV is spacious inside, so allowing your cargo of people and luggage. Even the centre console box between the front seats is able to hold all family essentials. The quality of fit and finish also makes it worth the money spent. But it does not stop there. Parents will be more than happy to hear that The Kluger scored a five -star ANCAP safety rating in March 2014. Well equipped with seven airbags, ABS, stability and traction controls, reversing camera and rear parking sensors, Toyota Kluger makes you feel completely safe.


Ford Everest


If there was ever an SUV that perfectly fit the requirements of a caravanning adventure or towing a boat, the Ford Everest could be it. With an advanced 3.2L TDCi Duraotorq Diesel engine that delivers up to 143kW of power and 470Nm of peak torque and capacity of 3000 kg towing, the Everest offers ground clearance and real off-road ability, enabling you to enjoy your adventure at your best.

Say hello to its generous interior. This seven seat SUV can hold up to 5 children with a plenty of headroom and legroom. All seats in second and third rows are well designed to fold down easily, allowing easy entry. Parents will find ISOFIX baby seat mounts for the outside pair of second-row seats.

There are twin bottle holders in each of the doors, a pair of cup holders in three rows of seats. The Everest comes with a host of great safety features for your family, with seven airbags and ultra-high strength steel, AEB, lane keeping assistance, a rear view camera and sensors, adaptive cruise control and front collision warning system. They altogether contribute to a five-from-five ANCAP safety rating for the Everest.


Mazda CX-9


Do not let its incredible appeal fool you, Mazda CX-9 offers more than just a decent looking car.

Built for family in mind, this seven seat SUV offers generous space fit for your family. Three rows of seats offer great headroom and legroom, so that means your kids can sit comfortably behind the driving position. The CX-9 has a super-efficient 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with fuel consumption. Featuring 420Nm of torque and 170kW of power and G-Vectoring Control, this vehicle delivers ultimate performance and smooth drive.

There is nothing to complain about storage in the cabin featuring a large centre console bin, a smaller pocket in front of the shifter, more storage in the fold-down centre armrest in the back and little buckets in the third row. The All CX-9s also come with six cupholders and bottle holders in all the doors.

A maximum five-star ANCAP rated car, the CX-9 has a full range of safety kit using cutting edge technology, including: MRCC with Stop & Go, rear cross traffic and blind spot warning standard, smart city brake support with pedestrian recognition and adaptive LED headlamps.

Kia Sorento


With a classy look and style, Kia Sorento is one of the more attractive SUVs on the market and also very powerful. Whether you are heading off for a beach trip or a getaway to the mountains, Kia Sorento can accommodate everything your adventure requires and gives you a fantastic all round driving experience. Featuring a massive 1,662 litres of capacity with the 2nd & 3rd row seats folded down, Kia Sorento is roomy and flexible. Even tall adults feel comfortable with headroom and legroom across both front and second rows, not to mention that it is easy for entry from outside and into seats in the third row.

Storage in the cabin is excellent and moms can hide up their mid-size shopping bags in a whopping centre console bin. There are also six cupholders all up and large bottle holders in all doors.

The Sorento has a five-star ANCAP rating. Standard-fit safety is met with 360° camera view system, front and rear parking sensors, AEB, AEB, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and blind spot warning.


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