Australian New Car Buyer

Australian New Car Buyer Issue #55 - June 2020


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.

As I write, Australia is basically in lockdown, like many other countries, as the world battles the Covid 19 pandemic. It’s causing carnage across the economy, not least in the car business where more than two years of slowing sales, plus the demise of Holden, had left many dealers in a pretty weak position even before Covid 19 came along. But life goes on and if you’re in the market for a new car, your timing is perfect. Dealer pain equals your gain. Given that many people can’t, or won’t, go to a dealership, many dealers are now willing to bring a car to your place for a test drive. When Covid19 is under control and the economy begins to recover, there will probably be fewer dealers in business, and you can be sure…


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 Aston Martin DB11 and Mercedes-Benz A Class. BYRON MATHIOUDAKIS Byron is a car tragic. His love affair with cars predates memory, but a dream as a toddler of driving an…


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

ALFA ROMEO As we went to press, the availability and pricing of Alfa’s limited edition hero Giulia variant, the Giulia GTA, were yet to be confirmed. There’s only 500 being made, to celebrate Alfa’s 110 year anniversary, and under the bonnet is the same 2.9-litre twin turbo V8 that powers the Quadrifoglio, with an extra 28kW of power, now up to 403kW at 6500rpm. Peak torque remains 600Nm from 2500-5500rpm. GTA stands for “Gran Turismo Alleggerita”, signifying a weight reduction of around 110kg, which also helps shave 0.2 seconds off the Quadrifoglio’s 0-100km/h time, to just 3.6 seconds. You get a titanium Akrapovic exhaust, 20-inch centre lock wheels and an aerodynamic kit developed by Sauber F1. The GTAm variant is basically a road legal race car, with two seats, internal roll cage and…

ultimate road trips australia

Keen to get your new set of wheels out on the road but can’t decide where you want to go? Or the best time to do it? Planning a post-Covid 19 celebratory road trip is now much easier thanks to this new guide to the best driving holidays in Australia. Ultimate Road Trips: Australia, by Lee Atkinson, highlights 40 of the best driving holidays around the country, from coastal routes and mountain drives to epic outback adventures and weekend jaunts around the country’s best food and wine regions. Bucket list trips include the Great Ocean Road, Red Centre, Gibb River Road and Across the Nullarbor, but there also plenty of lesser known routes that will help you explore hidden gems like the goldfields of Victoria, Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia and…

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…