SUV Buying Guide 2017 ( 2017-05-11 )

SUV (Sport-utility vehicles) come in broad range of sizes and functionalities. SUV are slowly becoming Malaysian most favorite pick when purchasing a new ride. Reason being SUV have that sturdy looking exterior with huge cargo space and has plenty of features. Back in the days, SUV usually operate as carriage truck or family vehicle. In the modern days, there are many selections of SUV that come in different sizes that fit for different purposes. Here, MyCarsearch will recommend the best eight SUVs that fit your needs.

 

Take Note

1. Purpose

SUV come with 2 types, car based or truck based SUV. The car based SUV are often being built on an automobile platform, they are compact in size and lighter. Therefore, car based SUV have better handling and better fuel economy. They offer all-wheel drive and able to handle moderate off road situation. If one is looking for day-to-day city drive or a spacious family car, the car based SUV will be your pick. The truck based SUV refer to heavy and sturdy SUV, they are built with a body-on-frame platform (commonly found on pick-up). Truck based SUV are fitted with four-wheel drive capability and better equipped to tackle off road terrain, it is suitable for one that requires towing and heavy load carriage.

2. Size

SUV size range from small, compact, midsize to large. SUV come with either 5 seaters or 9 seaters and offer vast range of engine selections. The smaller size SUV offer smaller and fuel efficient engine. However, they are equipped with only 5 seaters and adequate boot space at a fairly affordable price tag. The midsize and full-size SUV have the most passenger and boot space, yet they are equipped with powerful engines. In addition, these SUV are often the people carrier as they offer 7 to 9 seaters.

3. Budget

Based on the above factors, one should be able to calculate the budget of their purchase. Car buyer should consider the long term maintenance expenses and repair cost for their SUV choice. Not to forget that larger SUV are fast fuel drinker compared to compact SUV.

Entry Level SUV 

Honda BR-V 

Practicality is one of the best selling points for these entry level SUV. The Honda BR-V is Honda's first entry level SUV. The BR-V is packed with various amazing utilities, especially the one touch tumble to enable quick access to the third row seats. The BR-V is packed with 1.5 litre i-VTEC engine which is responsive and fun to drive. BR-V is slowly making its way to become one of the best selling models with its bold looking front and practical utilities.

BR-V E - RM85,800

BR-V V- RM92,800

Ford EcoSport

The Ford EcoSport is compact and easy to drive. Being in the market for more than 3 years, the EcoSport is a hidden gem waiting to be found. We already know how the Fiesta perform on the road, and the EcoSport is a bulkier Fiesta. The EcoSport offers a brilliant mix of good driving dynamics, fuel economy engine and great features at a fair price. Thanks to the Ford suspension, the EcoSport tackles uneven road with ease. The EcoSport is an athletic looking SUV that you can drive to any occasions without giving up on your unique personalities.

EcoSport 1.5L Titanium - RM103,988

EcoSport 1.5L Trend - RM92,988

Mini SUV 

Honda HR-V

The mini SUV is the ‘IT’ thing now, we can easily spot plenty of Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 on the road without a doubt. You will definitely make a double take when you see a Honda HR-V. The HR-V is not rough and rugged looking, in fact the HR-V is stylish and premium across the range.  The HR-V offers plenty of functional kits, almost as much as what you would find in a CR-V. Not to mention the HR-V is roomy and comfortable, there are adequate of knee rooms. Driving the HR-V just makes you wish that the journey is longer.

HR-V 1.8L S - RM101,100

HR-V 1.8L E - RM110,700

HR-V 1.8L V - RM121,000

Mazda CX-3

The Mazda CX-3 is stunning looking, sturdy and sporty with the right tinge of sophistication.  The deftly handling of CX-3 almost as good as what we can find on the MX-5 roadster. The interior is exactly what you will find in a sporty sedan. The red stiches on the dash and door trim have greatly improved the aesthetic look of the CX-3. With that being said, the 2.0 SkyActiv engine offers plenty of torque, one can definitely go ‘Zoom Zoom’ with this ride in any road situation.

CX-3 - RM138,373

Compact SUV 

Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is looking remarkable in Soul Red. A great look does not promise a good car, but this time, the CX-5 has proven me wrong. The CX-5 is fun to drive with accurate steering and precise gear transition. The CX-5 offers the driver a commando view thanks to the high ground clearance, the dashboard is nicely carved with premium touch. The CX-5 is packed with the top tier safety features and maximum passenger space. Most reviewers are giving us feedback that the seats are very comfortable. I guess one should really try it out in order to believe. The CX-5 is a great SUV for young executive and it makes a perfect family car.

CX-5 2.0 2WD GL - RM132,672

CX-5 2.0G 2WD GLS - RM147,058

CX-5 2.5G 2WD GLS - RM159,815

CX-5 2.5G 4WD GLS - RM171,619

CX-5 FL 2.2 Diesel - RM166,735

Nissan X-Trail

The Nissan X-Trail has a long history in Malaysia, it is one of the earliest SUV that being sold in Malaysia. Yet, it is still remain as one of the best-selling SUV. The X-Trail comes in 2WD or 4WD, it is a rare find at a competitive price tag. With the newly added third row seats, the Nissan X-Trail is a perfect getaway ride for both on and off road. There are plenty of functional features packed in the X-Trail, the surround view reverse camera makes maneuvering the X-Trail easy. X-Trail is a fuel efficient SUV without compromising on space and looks, the streamline design is easy on the eye. Best believe the X-Trail is going to capture your heart just like how its predecessor did.

X-Trail 2.0 2WD - RM141,067

X-Trail 2.5 4WD - RM163,895

Mid-size SUV 

Isuzu MU-X

The Isuzu is well known for their pick-up. Their latest venture into SUV is proven a success. The MU-X is sturdy and rugged looking, being based on the D-Max (Pick-up), the MU-X is ready to take on any road conditions. The MU-X might look huge, but it has no excuse not to have fun in driving, the 2.5 litre VGS turbo diesel engine react fast when accelerate. The MU-X handles like a pick-up, it might not be the best SUV for tarmac road, but it is no doubt a grippy SUV for off road terrain. If one is looking for SUV for city driving, you better look away. Otherwise, the MU-X is best to drive in ‘Kampung’ as it promises comfort and stability when you steer away from tarmac to have a little fun.

MU-X Type S 2.5L 4x4 - RM181,840

MU-X 2.5L 4x2 - RM165,552

MU-X 2.5L 4x4 - RM178,578

Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento is eye catching with a bold looking front, there is nothing subtle about the Sorento. The massive grille and auto projector headlamps are here to make a statement. The Sorento is spotted with an upscale cabin, almost as big as the Grand Carnival, yet it seeks the perfect balance for one who wanting a comfortable MPV and a functional SUV. The Sorento interior is looking sleek and sophisticated, every button is neatly organized and easily accessible. The seats are roomy, the third row seats has a massive width gap with the second row seats. There are even dedicated blower for third row passengers. The Sorento is greatly improved in every way, which makes it the perfect people mover at great value.

Sorento 2.2 CRDi - RM155,888

Sorento 2.4 MS - RM160,388

Sorento 2.4 HS - RM170,388


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