Cars & Motorcycles
Australian New Car Buyer

Australian New Car Buyer

Issue #54 - December 2019

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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JOHN CAREY One of Australia’s most accomplished motoring writers, over three decades, John is a long-time 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 European models for us so we have the story by the time they go on sale here. John would rather question an engineer than a designer as an engineer’s answers tend to make a lot more sense. John rates a vehicle’s value, efficiency, user-friendliness and dependability as being much more important than the badge it wears. John’s tests in this issue include the Mercedes EQC and GLE. BYRON MATHIOUDAKIS Byron is a car tragic. His love affair with cars predates memory, but a dream as a toddler of driving an Austin A35 pretty…

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In our tests on the following pages and in the Showroom, we have used symbols to give you a quick indication of the strengths of each car, and star ratings to indicate in more detail how each car stacks up in its class. Here’s what the symbols and stars mean: 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…

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chevrolet corvette stingray

The home grown Holden V8 may be dead and buried, but General Motors’ US model catalogue from its blue collar Chevrolet brand offers some highly desirable replacements, albeit at much higher prices than the good old Aussie battler. The cheapest Chevy V8 you can buy here is the Camaro 2SS, priced from $86,990. The Camaro ZL1, tested on page 45, is $159,000. As of mid 2020, expect to pay at least that for the new C8 Corvette Stingray, the first model in the badge’s storied history to be offered with right hand drive ex-factory, and the first to use a mid engine layout. Powered by the 6.2-litre naturally-aspirated small block LT2 V8, with 369kW and 637Nm, matched with a Tremec eight-speed dual clutch transmission, Chevrolet claims a 0-100km/h time of “fewer than” three…

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volkswagen id.3

VW’s new electric car, the ID.3, launches next year in Europe. VW Australia reportedly claims that the lack of support from our governments for green cars, in the form of tax breaks or other taxpayer subsidised discounts, means it won’t bring the ID.3 here until 2022. VW has a couple of other electric models available in Europe, the e-up! and e-Golf, but neither is on the short term radar for Australia either. Whether or not government subsidies -- paid for in many cases by taxpayers who themselves cannot afford an electric car -- are introduced to encourage buyers, EVs ultimately need to stand on their own as a competitive proposition. When they do, people will buy them without a government handout. ID.3 prices will start at around $50,000 in Germany, which includes up…

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bmw 1 series

Arriving in showrooms now, BMW’s third generation 2020 1 Series replaces the previous models’ rear wheel drivetrains – the last rear drive hatchbacks on the market – with front wheel drive architecture, shared with the Mini, a brand also owned by BMW, plus all-wheel drive performance variants. Two models are available at launch, with more to come through 2020. The base 118i, at $42,990, runs a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo, with 103kW of power and 220Nm of torque, matched with an eight-speed automatic. M Sport bling, such as a leather steering wheel, sports seats, dark rooflining and 18 inch alloys are standard, as is a fully digital dash with a pair of 10.25 inch screens, one for infotainment -- which here is the latest Version 7 of BMW’s iDrive, including navigation, voice control and…

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hyundai veloster

It’s a bit like an answer to a question nobody asked, but Hyundai’s two doors on one side/one door on the other side mutant Veloster hatch is backing up for a second model, now on sale priced from $29,490. That buys you a 110kW/180Nm 2.0-litre atmo engine – as used in the i30 hatch – with a six speed manual; a six-speed auto adds $2300. Veloster Turbo is a much more interesting proposition, starting at $35,490 with the 150kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbo from the i30 N Line hatch, matched with six speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch (DCT) transmissions, the latter adding $3000. Veloster is now underpinned by locally tuned independent suspension at both ends, with a multilink setup at the rear replacing the previous model’s torsion beam. Quicker steering and torque vectoring also…