Australian New Car Buyer

Australian New Car Buyer Issue #56 - December 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.

Covid19 has upended lives and played havoc with businesses, not least the car business. The virus made the idea of travelling on public transport very unappealing, so many people went out and purchased a car. However a lot of those people were also operating on a tight budget, in large part because of Covid-related hits to their income, so they went shopping for a used car instead of a new one. Covid or no Covid, supply and demand inevitably applies, so the price of used cars has surged this year, by more than 30 percent. Motorcycle sales have also boomed, again because people are looking for affordable alternatives to public transport. If you’re thinking about buying a new car, and you have a car in good condition that you plan to offer as…


JOSHUA DOWLING Joshua Dowling is the National Motoring Editor at 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 Toyota Yaris, Toyota Yaris GR and Ford Puma. 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 au and Wheels, where he is a judge on Car of the Year. He…


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…

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 or buying…

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 Puma 33 Ford Fiesta ST 34 Ford Focus 35 Ford Mustang 36 Ford Endura GENESIS 37 Genesis G70 HONDA 38 Honda Jazz 39 Honda HR-V 40 Honda Civic 41 Honda Civic Type R 42 Honda CRV HYUNDAI 43 Hyundai i30 44 Hyundai i30N 45 Hyundai Ioniq 46 Hyundai Venue 47 Hyundai Kona 48 Hyundai Kona Electric 49 Hyundai Tucson 50 Hyundai Santa Fe 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 Seltos 59 Kia Sportage 60 Kia Sorento LAND ROVER 61 Discovery Sport LEXUS 62 Lexus IS 63 Lexus UX 64 Lexus NX 65…

alfa romeo giulia from $63,950

Alfa Romeo’s Giulia is aggressively priced and generously equipped. It deserves more attention against its German 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…