Our review compares SUVs on customer satisfaction, so you can find out what other Aussies think about the compared brands before you go ahead with a purchase. Think of it as like asking hundreds of your closest mates which SUV they think is best!
Canstar Blue surveyed 761 Australians for their feedback on the new SUV(s) they’ve purchased in the last five years.
The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.
Find more detailed information on our Most Satisfied Customer methodology.
Offering the Crosstrak, Solterra, Forester and Outback models, Japanese brand Subaru has expanded its SUV line-up, with hybrid and electric models available in select ranges. The entry-level Forester has an engine output of 136kW, along with AWD, 17inch alloy wheels, brake assist, electronic parking brake, reverse camera, Lane Change Assist, LED daytime running lights, two USB ports, push button start, infotainment unit and leather steering wheel.
The Subaru Outback is available as a standard model, alongside the Sport or Touring models, all of which come equipped with AWD, 4-cylinder petrol engine, 138kW output, 18inch wheels, 2-tonne towing capacity, anti-lock braking system, reverse camera, distraction warning, heated door mirrors, rear privacy glass, paddle shifters, 4.2inch cluster display as well as rear USB ports.
SUV stands for ‘sport utility vehicle’, and is essentially the middle ground between a sedan and a larger 4WD, although there’s no commonly agreed upon definition amongst car manufacturers. Rising in popularity over recent years, SUV is a broad term that covers a wide range of vehicle makes, from small SUVs to mid-size SUVs through to larger SUVs, with the features and functionality of each SUV dependent on each manufacturer and model.
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Site Editor, Dean Heckscher. He’s our resident expert on all things automotive, health & fitness, streaming and more. Dean is also one of Canstar Blue’s customer research report producers, helping to turn complicated subjects into easily-digestible information for our readers. He’s passionate about helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services.
Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.
Here are the past winners from Canstar Blue’s SUV ratings:
Best-Rated Car Servicing Chains - April 20th
They are two iconic car tyre brands, but which one comes out on top? Read our review of Bob Jane and Goodyear at Canstar Blue.– Read more
Best-Rated Car Tyre Retailers - March 19th
Compare two of the world’s leading tyre manufacturers, Dunlop and Goodyear. Which offers the best value? Find out at Canstar Blue.– Read more
^By clicking on a shop online, compare now, buy online, more details or check latest prices button, you may leave Canstar Blue and be taken to a referral partner to compare. Canstar Blue may be paid for this referral. You agree that Canstar Blue’s terms and conditions apply to this referral. If you click on a brand that is not a referral partner, you will be taken to a brand page on Canstar Blue.
Canstar Blue may earn a fee for referrals from its website tables, and from sponsorship of certain products. Fees payable by product providers for referrals and sponsorship may vary between providers. Generally, sponsorship fees are payable in addition to referral fees. Sponsored products are clearly disclosed as such on website pages. They may appear in a number of areas of the website such as in comparison tables, on hub pages and in articles. Sponsored products may be displayed in a fixed position in a table, regardless of the product's rating, price or other attributes. The table position of a Sponsored product does not indicate any ranking or rating by Canstar. The table position of a Sponsored product does not change when a consumer changes the sort order of the table. For more information please see How Are We Funded.
*Prices correct as of publication date.