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# 205843 29-Nov-2016 14:34

Hi All,

So I am in the market for a economical SUV. I do roughly about 60-70 kms a day so needs to be fuel efficient.

The reason I am looking at a SUV for fuel economy as I have the need to tow / move things from one place to the other. Also having the extra boot space is always great.

I used the website: http://rightcar.govt.nz/

And it seems to suggest Mitsubishi Outlander as best fuel efficient (2012 - 2016 models). According to the Mitsubishi website there Outlander does 6.8L per 100 kms https://www.mmnz.co.nz/outlander/options/compare/

But that is for a new one I am hoping to pickup a second hand one

Not even sure if the right car website is correct in the year range as if you look at trademe the fuel efficiency it shows there is much higher for 2012 models (9L+).

Does anyone have any other websites they use to get a accurate read on the fuel efficiency?


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  # 1679481 29-Nov-2016 14:39
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Budget?

 

What things you wanna move/tow?





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  # 1679482 29-Nov-2016 14:39
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Current Outlander is a plug in hybrid, hence the lower fuel consumption figures.


 
 
 
 




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  # 1679485 29-Nov-2016 14:45

joker97:

Budget?


What things you wanna move/tow?



Budget Max 17k-20k
We doing home renovations so could be a variety of things.
Wife also likes to buy furniture etc so would be using it for that also.



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  # 1679486 29-Nov-2016 14:46

RunningMan:

Current Outlander is a plug in hybrid, hence the lower fuel consumption figures.



Ahhh that could be why.

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  # 1679487 29-Nov-2016 14:48
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Oriphix:
RunningMan:

 

Current Outlander is a plug in hybrid, hence the lower fuel consumption figures.

 



Ahhh that could be why.

 

There are still petrol/diesel Outlanders, as well as the PHEV. The hybrid has much lower fuel economy than what you reported from memory, something like 3-4l/100kms, so those figures are probably from the petrol or diesel version.


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  # 1679552 29-Nov-2016 15:30
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Maybe a RAV 4, my parents tow with one of the prevous generations (2008 model).  CX-5 is another option. They have just brought out a new model of the CX5 for next year, but it will be outside your budget.


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  # 1679568 29-Nov-2016 15:48
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I would pay attention on diesel Suzuki Grand Vitara. Neat looking, economical, has enough horse powers. I personally going to switch on it after my RAV4.1 


 
 
 
 


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  # 1679602 29-Nov-2016 16:36
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solival:

 

I would pay attention on diesel Suzuki Grand Vitara. Neat looking, economical, has enough horse powers. I personally going to switch on it after my RAV4.1 

 

 

 

 

The dog an lemon guide is a good source for choosing a car. It has done me well. It basically picked up all the defects I experienced with European cars I owned. I don't think diesels stack up these days for passenger cars, unless doing very large kms.




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  # 1679607 29-Nov-2016 16:49

I am not to keen on diesel either. Never owned one but from what people tell me in terms of service and road user charges seems like a hassle.

My mum did own a RAV4 previously and it drove well. Not sure how economical it was though as it was a 4WD which I think uses more in terms of the 2WD. I might explore that option nevertheless.

The CX-5 I would love to buy but yes its out of my budget sadly. I went on a test drive on the 2016 RAV4 and the CX-5 and it was amazing. Though the CX-5 has the eco mode where the engine cuts out on the red light....that will take some getting used to I would say.

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  # 1679608 29-Nov-2016 16:51
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RunningMan:

 

Current Outlander is a plug in hybrid, hence the lower fuel consumption figures.

 

 

Like someone said above, there are petrol/diesel versions of the Outlander. I tested out the PHEV and hybrid mode only gets you around 38km per full charge. Because I drive around 50-60km a day and only recharge every night, the fuel consumption figure was around 2-3L/100km per day.





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Oriphix: I am not to keen on diesel either. Never owned one but from what people tell me in terms of service and road user charges seems like a hassle.

My mum did own a RAV4 previously and it drove well. Not sure how economical it was though as it was a 4WD which I think uses more in terms of the 2WD. I might explore that option nevertheless.

The CX-5 I would love to buy but yes its out of my budget sadly. I went on a test drive on the 2016 RAV4 and the CX-5 and it was amazing. Though the CX-5 has the eco mode where the engine cuts out on the red light....that will take some getting used to I would say.

 

When I test drove the Mazda6 it also had this feature (called i-stop). It wasn't slow at all to restart and apart from the quietness (from the engine turning off), there really wasn't any difference apart from saving a bit of fuel.







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  # 1679614 29-Nov-2016 16:59

The PHEV is nice however don't think I can get one with my budget. The finance minister has given strict guidelines.

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When I test drove the Mazda6 it also had this feature (called i-stop). It wasn't slow at all to restart and apart from the quietness (from the engine turning off), there really wasn't any difference apart from saving a bit of fuel.

 

 

 

 

It can lag sometimes especially if you stop, then start straight away. You also can't turn it off permentaly, only on a trip per trip basis. But there are tricks to stop it enabling, such as only lightly pressing the brake or turning the steering wheel, or having the air conditioning on, which disables it. But I don't think it is enough of an annoyance not to go with it.

 

 

 

The RAV 4 previous gen has adaptive 4WD, so only enables it when it is needed. Or you can enable it manually, but I believe it only works are slower speeds. I don't think it is as economical as the current mazdas.


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  # 1679622 29-Nov-2016 17:17
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I'd like to point out that fuel efficient and SUV don't really go together ... I would buy what you like they're all about the same fuel consumption wise regardless of what is advertised.




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  # 1679668 29-Nov-2016 18:32
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Personally my choice would be Nissan I would never buy a Mitsubishi or rav4 . I have a xtrail petrol 2.5lt nz new. At the time, 2006, it had the best tow capacity in class. Its  chain driven so no cam belt to worry about.The backs seats fold down dead flat. You can put a bike in the back if your so inclined but I've carried all sorts of furniture in the back.At the time I bought the speedo was in the middle of the dash which annoyed some people,but its now, in the newer models, in the traditional place behind steering wheel. Its also has switching between 2 wheel, on demand 4 or always on 4, which is seriously not recommended for highway use.  


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