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Australian New Car Buyer

Issue #57 - June 2021

Australian New Car Buyer is the only magazine in Australia that covers every new car on the market. Inside you will find the ultimate reference for new car buyers. The magazine features information on developments at all levels of the industry and a comprehensive run-down of small, medium, family, coupes, sports and luxury cars that are available on the Australian market. New Car Buyer also shares with its readers the latest news, products and events of the automotive world. Perfect for any car enthusiast.

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in this issue

1 min
australian new car& suv buyer's guide

After lurking on the fringes for a couple of decades now, electric vehicles will, without doubt, become affordable, mainstream transport over the next few years. In this issue, we test several EVs, including the new MG ZS, which at $43,990 drive away is the cheapest EV model on the market. That will soon change, however, and within a few years you’ll be able to buy an EV for less than $30,000. One reason why EV sales have been slow in Australia is the absence of government financial incentives for buyers. In the UK, the government gives you a rebate of around $6000, and in Europe and the US EV buyers also get generous incentives. The ALP recently announced a rebate scheme for EVs if it wins the next federal election. However at state level,…

1 min

JOSHUA DOWLING Joshua Dowling is the National Motoring Editor at drive.com.au and a World Car of the Year judge. Joshua is renowned for his consumer-first approach and you can also read his regular rants on Twitter: @JoshuaDowling. In this issue, he tests the MG ZS EV and Toyota Yaris Cross. JOHN CAREY John is a former editor of Overlander, a contributor to Wheels magazine where he is a Car of the Year judge, and publications in the USA and UK. He lives in Bergamo, Italy, and covers new model launches for us from Europe. BYRON MATHIOUDAKIS Byron is a car tragic. He claims that a dream as a toddler of driving an Austin A35 sealed his fate. Byron writes for goauto.com. au and Wheels, where he is a judge on Car of the Year. He particularly…

2 min

Our piggybank indicates a car that we think represents good value for money against the others in its class. It may not necessarily be the cheapest, but taking into account factors like standard equipment, safety, the way it drives, resale values and quality, it shapes up as a good deal. A capital S indicates a car that scores five stars out of five for occupant protection in ANCAP crash tests and has stability control plus six airbags as standard or as reasonably priced options. You can get full details for individual cars, including recently introduced child-protection ratings for most models, at ancap.com.au If you’re after a safe, practical car in which to carry the kids, look for this symbol. We’ve taken into account things like its ANCAP score, safety features such as…

1 min
redbook valuations

In Australian New Car Buyer, we include trade-in values for every model in our Showroom section. These are provided to us by Redbook, Australia’s leading authority on used car values. Each model we test includes three- and five-year retained values, expressed as a percentage. These are based on what the wholesale price — ie, the price that a dealer would pay for the car — would be for a car in average condition with average kilometres for its age. You’ll find Redbook’s three- and five-year retained values in the Spex box. Typically, cars with the best retained values show 55%-60% after three years, and 40-something percent after five years. The cars nobody wants are worth that after three years, and 20-something percent after five. When you’re selling your car privately, trading it in…

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the showroom

ALFA ROMEO 8 Alfa Romeo Giulia 9 Alfa Romeo Stelvio ASTON MARTIN 10 Aston Martin Vantage AUDI 11 Audi A1 12 Audi A4 13 Audi A5/S5 14 Audi RS5 15 Audi A6 16 Audi Q3 17 Audi Q5 18 Audi Q7 19 Audi Q8 BENTLEY 20 Bentley Continental 21 Bentley Bentayga BMW 22 BMW 1 Series 23 BMW M2 24 BMW 3 Series 25 BMW 5 Series 26 BMW X1 27 BMW X3 28 BMW X5 29 BMW X7 FERRARI 30 Ferrari Roma 31 Ferrari 812 FORD 32 Ford Fiesta ST 33 Ford Focus 34 Ford Puma 35 Ford Escape 36 Ford Mustang GENESIS 37 Genesis G70 HONDA 38 Honda HR-V 39 Honda Civic 40 Honda Civic Type R 41 Honda CRV HYUNDAI 42 Hyundai i30 43 Hyundai i30N 44 Hyundai Ioniq 45 Hyundai Venue 46 Hyundai Kona 47 Hyundai Kona Electric 48 Hyundai Tucson 49 Hyundai Santa Fe 50 Hyundai Palisade JAGUAR 51 Jaguar I-Pace 52 Jaguar E-Pace 53 Jaguar F-Pace KIA 54 Kia Stinger 55 Kia Rio 56 Kia Cerato, Picanto 57 Kia Carnival 58 Kia Stonic 59 Kia Seltos 60 Kia Sportage 61 Kia Sorento LAND ROVER 62 Discovery Sport LEXUS 63 Lexus IS 64 Lexus UX 65…

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alfa romeo giulia from $63,950

Alfa Romeo’s Giulia is aggressively priced and generously equipped. It deserves rivals. Start money is $63,950 for the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbopetrol Giulia Sport, with 147kW of power and an eight-speed automatic, in a rear-wheel drive layout. Giulia Veloce, at $71,450, looks like the value/performance/equipment sweet spot in the Giulia line-up. It gets a 206kW version of the 2.0-litre turbopetrol engine, plus premium performance hardware including adjustable suspension, a limited slip rear differential and exquisite traditional Alfa five-hole 19-inch alloy wheels. Alfa also needs to make a heroic, forceful statement of intent with the Giulia, and that it certainly does with the Quadrifoglio, priced at $138,950. Up against Audi’s RS5, BMW’s M3 and the Mercedes AMG C 63 S, the Quadrifolglio (or four-leaf clover, Alfa’s historic racing symbol) boasts suitably ballistic numbers from a “Ferrari-inspired”…