20 June 2009
X3 vs Q5 vs XC60 vs Freelander
For the May 2009 issue, NZ Autocar put these Euro SUVs head to head to find the best. This is how they ranked them:
Fourth: The biggest selling of them, the BMW X3 came dead last, easily. It was considered, too expensive, too small and ugly. Why would the X3 be so popular then? People buy a badge. They get ripped off but hey, a fool and his money is soon parted.
Third: The rest were closer but the Audi Q5 earned this spot. It was deemed as a good looker but what let it down was its steering and ride.
Second: Then came the Volvo XC60. The testers liked its interior very much but a poor engine was the main gripe.
First: The Land Rover Freelander (LR2) was first and unequivocally so. It was considered a great all round vehicle, with its powertrain, steering and ride all good and thus winning the contest. It was also the only one that could really go off road.
A fair result as German vehicles are totally overrated by just about everyone, it seems bar me, and those who know better. Volvo is working hard to succeed but suffers from not having a logo of Germanic origin. Likewise the Freelander. The Land Rover is very good value in NZ, easily undercutting the Euro competition on price, while also outperforming them to boot.