Hey mate, I'd go with the Toyota Rav 4 myself (& I have...).
I got the old shape 5 door back in 2000 (99 model) and have done over 120,000 km's in mine all over OZ from city driving to light - moderate 4 wheeling, I can get mine where some of the bigger ones like the land cruisers and such cant go if I'm careful, you just need to be able to judge the ground you take. very economical too only addition I have on mine is a good set of driving lights, but she gets me where I want to go and as yet (touch wood...) have had no problems with it.
So I highly recommend the RAV.
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