Have test driven the XV and CX-5 and both are quite good.
Depends on you priorities really, if your wife wants a more spacious vehicle that handles well, has impressive steering, and sporty yet comfortable (ironic) suspension the CX-5 it is.
If your wife favours the added safety of several more airbags, AWD, and more compact exterior dimensions, the XV is it. To my butt, the XV's suspension is firmer and handles and steers well but I FELT (subjective) that the CX-5 is a tad better. The base XV is also cheaper now at 1.3m so thats 150k savings against the Mazda discounting the 3 years maintenance free ownership of the Mazda.
You can't go wrong with whichever you choose but if I may suggest I'd go for the one that your heart desires.
CX5 din. Type ko yun likod pero di masyado sa harap. Sakto to para sa mga misis. Pwede rin sportage or sorento..
Thanks for your responses bro.
We will test drive the XV and the CX-5 in a few days....
We will check out again the Sportage and Sorento....
CX-5 gets my vote as well. XV is too small and cramped for me.
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If you're considering diesels, there's really just the Sportage EX CRDi, Tucson GL CRDi, and Sorento LX CRDi
I'd cross out the Sorento because for a girl, it's a bit bulky to drive and is generally harder to park than the 2 CUVs. Unlike the Santa Fe, the extra size doesn't come with extra seating space. Also, you already have a GS when you need to carry people around, so unless you'll frequently use the humongous cargo area of the Sorento, I'd say it takes a backseat to the Sportage and Tucson.
Between the two twin CUVs, the Tucson actually looks more feminine. There's also the added security of 4WD, which could be useful on the highway in slippery conditions. I also find the Hyundai's interior to be more appealing than the simple design of the Kia. And while they're built on the same platform, the Tucson has noticeably more cargo room than the Sportage, because of the latter's sloping roofline. However, the Tucson also has fewer features, but personally the features aren't deal-breaking. Standard 60k discount on the Tucson actually makes it as cheap as the Sportage nowadays.
So while I'd personally get the Sportage, I think the Tucson is more suited for your wife.
If you're eyeing a gas-fed CUV, I'd really recommend the CX5. I initially dismissed it as a cramped mini-CUV ala XV or ASX, but when I drove it, it was certainly more spacious than the Tucson and Sportage. The ride was great as well, it's got minimal body roll in corners, but over bumps, it wasn't bone-jarring. While your wife won't appreciate its superb handling, she would appreciate the fuel-efficiency of its engine (the most efficient 2-liter on the market right now I think), as well as the simple but elegant interior treatment. I'd also say that the CX5's features aren't lacking either, though it is a bit expensive.
Not really particular about diesel or gasoline-fed. Just want a "decent" approx 8Km/L....
The CX-5 SA was claiming 11Km/L at least... Hhmmmm... talk-a-talk?
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