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Announcing Carsales’ Best Off-Road SUV for 2022 | Queensland country life

In a hotly contested category, a born-again 4×4 icon tops a list of 12 of Australia’s best off-road 4×4 wagons to win Carsales’ Best Off-Road SUV for 2022.

The Australian automotive website recently judged the 12 best off-road SUVs available in Australia in seven key rating areas.

These included safety, technology, comfort and convenience, driving performance, off-road performance, payload and towing, and cost of ownership.

Large off-road SUVs are among Australia’s most practical and popular vehicles, offering roomy and versatile space and seating for all types of families and their cargo, while matching the towing capacity of the best double cab utility 4x4s and upgrading many of them. for off-road capability.

This makes it the ideal solution for a wide variety of automotive consumers, including weekend adventure warriors, families and gray nomads going on “the big ride”, and those who need up to with seven seats and the ability to tow a heavy trailer boat, a caravan. or horse-drawn carriage.

From 15 applicants, car sales experts narrowed the field to 12 – two are about to be dropped (Haval H9 and Mitsubishi Pajero) so were left out – and one was unsuccessful. : the Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series.

“It’s an admirable off-roader, but far from a great family all-rounder,” carsales said.

The final 12 were then evaluated on over 110 individual criteria to name just one winner.

Faced with Ford Everest, Isuzu MU-X, Mitsubishi Pajero, Nissan Patrol and LandCruiser Prado and 300 Series, it was ultimately the Land Rover Defender that attracted the most points.

This was thanks to its wide range of capabilities, including “impeccable” handling, “outstanding” off-road and towing capabilities, “top-notch” safety and technology, strong comfort/convenience features and “generous” after-sales provisions.

The Land Rover Defender 110 P300 being tested.

Carsales editor Marton Pettendy said that after more than 70 years of development, the reborn Land Rover Defender was not just another retro redesign.

“[It’s] a top-to-bottom redesign that retains the go-anywhere ability of the original while adding refinement and on-road performance to match and improve on some of the best in class,” said Mr. Pettendy.

“Combine that with effortless towing prowess, an exceptional arsenal of safety and technology, above-average comfort and convenience credentials – even at entry-level – and surprisingly reasonable costs of ownership, and it’s easy understand why the Land Rover Defender [won].”

Listed at less than $82,000, the Land Rover Defender 110 P300 is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine developing 221 kW / 400 Nm mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

It consumes 10.1 L/100 km and has a five-star safety rating according to the latest ANCAP test protocol.

Jaguar Land Rover Australia managing director Scott Maynard said the company was “delighted” to see the Defender awarded.

“[It’s] a great honor in a hotly contested class that speaks to the deep passion Australian riders have for the great outdoors,” said Mr Maynard.

“Our customers rely on what top Australian automotive media has to say about our vehicles. We are honored to see car sales recognizing the Defender as Australia’s best off-road SUV.”

Carsales The best contenders for the 2022 off-road SUV

  • Ford Everest 3.2D 4×4 Atmosphere
  • Isuzu MU-X 3.0D 4×4 LS-M
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 3.6P Night Eagle
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.6P 4×4 Night Eagle
  • Land Rover Defender 110 2.0P P300
  • LDV D90 2.0P 4×4 Executive
  • Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2.4D 4×4 GLX
  • Nissan Patrol 5.6P Ti
  • SsangYong Rexton 2.2D ELX
  • Toyota Fortuner 2.8D GX
  • Toyota LandCruiser Prado 2.8D GX
  • Toyota LandCruiser 300 3.3D GX

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