Have you noticed the recent spike in SUVs on the road in the last few years? You’re not alone -- SUVs sales are higher than ever before in Australia and more and more people are choosing to switch their current cars for small, medium or large SUVs.
Buying Habits Are Changing
One of the biggest changes is that SUVs aren’t simply for tradies or those going hard core off road anymore. Families and young professionals are jumping on the SUV bandwagon and now regularly choosing a small SUV over a typical sedan or station wagon.
SUVs themselves have changed – companies such as Toyota, Hyundai and Mazda are aware that there’s a market for those wanting spacious, safe and well-designed vehicles – in the form of SUVs. No longer just for off road adventuring or hardcore commercial work, SUVs are becoming more luxurious.
As other cars on the road continue to get bigger and stronger, people are wanting to make sure that they too feel safe and comfortable in their car. The SUV offers them just this.
The Highest Selling SUVs
SUVs have been selling pretty well in Australia in the last few years. Vehicles such as the Mazda CX5 and Hyundai Tucson are amongst the top sellers in Australia.
The Mazda CX5 is a supremely comfortable car with 403 litres of cargo capacity. It’s suitable for light off roading meaning you can use it for both daily use and weekend exploring.
The Hyundai Tucson has had a stylish redesign and there are numerous options to choose from if you want to customise your vehicle. There’s even a touch screen interface for all models.
If you live in a city or town and want something that’s easy to use every day and to park on busy streets, you may be looking for a small SUV. Top seller in this category is the Mitsubishi ASX which is brilliantly compact with top of the range features.
Medium SUVs are increasingly popular for those wanting the best of both worlds – a sturdy vehicle that you can take for long distances yet equally use for family day to day use. The Nissan X Trail is a great option here and can be fitted for either 5 or 7 seats.
For bigger SUVs there’s a huge range of choice. Toyotas are generally a very popular choice in this category with the Prado regularly topping charts and the Toyota Kluger coming close second. Fuel consumption is generally higher with these vehicles however their off-road features are impressive – enjoyed in the comfort of their spacious cabins.
Australians and SUVs in 2018
There doesn’t seem to be any sign of the SUV trend stopping any time soon. Australians of every age group are enjoying the versatility of these vehicles and enjoying the features that they offer. In turn, car manufacturers are keeping up with demand by offering new models and improved editions. Time to get on that (off) road!