Australian New Car Buyer

Australian New Car Buyer No. 50


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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welcome to australian new car buyer.

Until recently, it was almost impossible to get an accurate estimate of the cost of servicing your new car, either for a specific service or over the long term, because individual dealers and independent workshops could basically charge whatever they liked. While that’s still true of independent workshops, most car makers now offer transparent servicing costs schedules and pricing, which you can view on their websites. These usually apply to scheduled services, performed by a dealer during the warranty period, but some makers’ service plans operate for longer. Pricing is usually given for individual services, but some makers, notably BMW and Mercedes, also offer an up-front payment plan that covers all servicing costs for the duration of the warranty. Capped price servicing (the generic term applied to these schemes) is a good thing…


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. In this issue, John tests the Audi RS5, BMW X3, Ferrari 812 Superfast, McLaren 720 and Volvo XC60. PHIL KING Phil King is Motoring Editor of The Australian. Since switching to motoring journalism 16 years ago, he has…


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…

the new model diary

JANUARY-JUNE 2018 ALFA ROMEO Alfa’s Stelvio SUV, based on the Giulia sedan and a mid-size rival to the likes of BMW’s X3 and Audi’s Q5, arrives in March, with 2.0-litre turbopetrol and 2.2-litre turbodiesel fours, teamed with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. Due later in the year, the hotrod Stelvio Quadrifoglio, with a 375kW twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6, joins the line-up. Prices will kick off at around $65,000. Lusso and Veloce option packages will allow you to tailor your Stelvio to luxury or sport specifications. ASTON MARTIN Aston’s DB11 picks up a 375kW 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine option — a Mercedes engine also used in the AMG GT — to complement the 447kW 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12. The DB11 Volante — Aston-speak for convertible — also arrives, with the V8 as standard. The DB11 V8 coupe costs $368,000;…

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…

abarth 124 spider from $41,990

Abarth takes its name from to Karl Abarth, an Austrian engineer who, in 1955, built his first car, the 750GT, and during the 1960s had much success with his Fiat rally cars. In 1971 his company was bought by Fiat. Karl Abarth died in 1979. The Abarth 124, which in its styling pays homage to legendary designer Pininfarina’s 1966 Fiat 124 roadster, is the product of a model-sharing arrangement between Fiat and Mazda. It’s a Mazda MX-5 — made on the same production line in Hiroshima — with a longer, wider body and a 125kW 1.4-litre fourcylinder turbopetrol engine from Fiat, matched with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions. It’s equipped with premium hardware too, including four-piston Brembo front-brake calipers, monotube Bilstein dampers, a preloaded mechanical limited slip differential and 17-inch…