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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australian new car &suv buyer’s guide.

We’re now well and truly on the way to the affordable, mass market electric car. It’s not quite with us yet. The cheapest EV in this issue, and the cheapest on the market in Australia, is the $44,990 Hyundai Ioniq, but within the next few years you’ll be able to buy a small hatchback style EV for around $25,000. So if you’re about to buy a new car, it’s probably worth waiting until your new car after that to go electric, because prices will come down, you’ll have many more models to choose from and the technology will be much more developed, with shorter recharging times and higher capacity batteries that can give you a greater range than the 200-300km that’s a realistic maximum now. By the end of this decade, the…


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…


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…

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…

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…

porsche taycan

Porsche has jumped its German rivals with the new Taycan EV, a mid size luxury four door due here in the second half of 2020. Taycan launches with two all-wheel drive models. The Turbo S – there’s no turbocharger involved in a pure electric powertrain, but let’s not quibble – generates up to 500kW of power, hits 100km/h in just 2.8 seconds en route to a top speed of 260km/h and has a claimed range of up to 412km. The Turbo increases this to 540km, but isn’t quite as quick, taking 3.2 seconds to reach 100km/h. Taycan’s 800 volt system offers the fastest recharging of any electric car for its 93.4kWh battery. Porsche claims it can take a charge of up to 270kW – 125kW is the upper limit for most EVS…