If you’re dropping near $50,000 on a brand new household SUV, you need to be certain that it has the most recent expertise.

Earlier this 12 months, we took the best-selling mid-sized SUVs in Australia and put them by way of their paces off-road. The Subaru Forester got here up trumps.

This take a look at is a bit totally different. We’ve examined out every automobile’s infotainment system to see:

  • Which one begins up quickest, and lets you shortly enter an handle
  • Which presents the most effective Bluetooth name high quality
  • Which has the most effective reversing digicam
  • Which has the most effective smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

The following automobiles had been examined:

  • Ford Escape Vignale AWD: $48,090
  • Haval H6 Ultra AWD:  $42,990 D/A
  • Honda CR-V VTi LX AWD: $53,600 D/A
  • Hyundai Tucson Highlander 2.0D AWD: $52,400
  • Jeep Compass Trailhawk: $52,650
  • Kia Sportage GT-Line 2.0D AWD: $52,370
  • Mazda CX-5 Akera 2.5T AWD: $53,480
  • Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed AWD: $49,990
  • Nissan X-Trail Ti 4×4: $50,125 D/A
  • Subaru Forester 2.5i-S AWD: $46,340
  • Toyota RAV4 Edge AWD Hybrid: $52,700
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 162TSI R-Line: $56,390

Prices exclude on-road prices except specified D/A

You can watch the video under, or learn on for extra. Check out our off-road take a look at with these same cars here.

All the specs, laid out

Check out our tables under for a breakdown of what every automobile options, as examined at our mid-sized SUV off-road megatest.

Touchscreen Instruments
Ford Escape 8.0-inch 12.0-inch
Haval H6 12.3-inch 10.25-inch
Honda CR-V 7.0-inch 7.0-inch
Hyundai Tucson 10.25-inch 10.25-inch
Jeep Compass 10.1-inch 10.25-inch
Kia Sportage 12.3-inch 12.3-inch
Mazda CX-5 10.25-inch (non-touch) 7.0-inch
Mitsubishi Outlander 9.0-inch 7.0-inch
Nissan X-Trail 7.0-inch 5.0-inch
Subaru Forester 8.0-inch 6.3-inch + 4.2-inch
Toyota RAV4 8.0-inch 7.0-inch
Volkswagen Tiguan 9.2-inch 10.25-inch

We’ve settled on these automobiles as a result of they belong to the best-selling section, and are of most relevance to the most individuals.

There are a couple of lacking rivals, such because the MG HS and Renault Koleos, which weren’t accessible to us on the time of testing.

Test 1: Startup and vacation spot entry

Our first take a look at is an easy one. Having walked as much as the automobile and unlocked it, we turned it on and tried to enter Melbourne Airport into the manufacturing facility satellite tv for pc navigation system.

The winner was the Hyundai Tucson, which accomplished the duty in simply 18 seconds. It was 10 seconds away from its Korean stablemate, the Kia Sportage, which got here second with a results of 28 seconds.

Rounding out the rostrum was the Jeep Compass, which booted and allowed us to enter Melbourne Airport in 31 seconds.

Bringing up the rear had been the Volkswagen Tiguan, which snuck in earlier than the one-minute mark, and the Ford Escape at 64 seconds.

The Haval H6 didn’t function, because it doesn’t have manufacturing facility satellite tv for pc navigation.

Test 2: Bluetooth telephone name high quality

All of those automobiles carried out properly within the Bluetooth telephone high quality problem, though there have been some variations.

The Subaru Forester and Mitsubishi Outlander each lagged marginally behind the remainder of the sphere with barely muffled sound at a standstill, whereas the Haval H6 struggled to ship a transparent name on the transfer.

Have a hearken to the video and tell us which you suppose was the sharpest.

Test 3: Smartphone mirroring

Smartphone mirroring is a key a part of the expertise suite in any new automobile, however not all Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integrations are created equal.

Below is a desk outlining whether or not you’ll must plug in to make use of CarPlay or Android Auto, or whether or not you may go away your telephone in your pocket/purse.

Apple CarPlay Android Auto
Ford Escape Wired Wired
Haval H6 Wired Wired
Honda CR-V Wired Wired
Hyundai Tucson Wired Wired
Jeep Compass Wireless Wireless
Kia Sportage Wired Wired
Mazda CX-5 Wired Wired
Mitsubishi Outlander Wireless Wired
Nissan X-Trail Wired Wired
Subaru Forester Wired Wired
Toyota RAV4 Wired Wired
Volkswagen Tiguan Wireless Wireless

Test 4: Camera high quality

The shock package deal on this take a look at was the Haval H6, which has crystal clear reversing and surround-view cameras. They take up the entire display screen, and are backed by a variety of parking aids.

The Mazda CX-5, Volkswagen Tiguan, Kia Sportage, and Hyundai Tucson additionally carried out properly, whereas the Toyota RAV4 was middling, and the Honda CR-V disappointing.

Some of the automobiles which struggled within the startup take a look at carried out higher right here, just like the Mitsubishi Outlander with its clear, widescreen reversing digicam.

Reversing digicam Surround-view digicam
Ford Escape Yes No
Haval H6 Yes Yes
Honda CR-V Yes No
Hyundai Tucson Yes Yes
Jeep Compass Yes Yes
Kia Sportage Yes Yes
Mazda CX-5 Yes Yes
Mitsubishi Outlander Yes Yes
Nissan X-Trail Yes Yes
Subaru Forester Yes No
Toyota RAV4 Yes Yes
Volkswagen Tiguan Yes Yes

Let us know your ideas within the feedback under!

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