Australian New Car Buyer

Australian New Car Buyer December Issue#52 2018


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.

It’s that time of year again. Every other car magazine in town is handing out Car of the Year awards, so here’s our pick of the best from 2018. In small cars, VW’s new Polo is a cut above its rivals in most respects, as is the Golf, which still stands up as the best of the mid size hatchbacks, though the new Corolla and Ford Focus are good things too. Mazda’s 6 and the Toyota Camry Hybrid are the pick of the larger sedans and wagons, along with the Skoda Superb. In luxury territory, Alfa Romeo’s Giulia offers great value, while the Mercedes C300 is also up there. BMW’s 5 Series still wins the executive express class, and if money is no object then Porsche’s Panamera is a superb drive. Mazda’s MX5 and…


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 Nissan Leaf. PHIL KING Phil King is Motoring Editor of The Australian. Since switching to motoring journalism 18 years ago, he has driven almost everything the automotive industry has to offer, despite…

the new model diary january-june 2019

AUDI VW’s luxury brand aims to have 12 electric vehicles in showrooms by 2025. The first of those is the e-tron, an SUV that’s about the same size as the Q5 and goes up against Jaguar’s I-Pace and the Mercedes EQC, due in late 2019. Audi claims up to 300kW of power and 664Nm of torque from the e-tron, plus a range of up to 400km. Recharging — the problematic aspect of EVs — can take as little as half an hour at a fast charging DC station, but these are, as yet, not established in Australia. Audi will likely install them at a few of its dealers in capital cities. Home charging will take at least several hours, via regular 240-volt or 400-volt three-phase power and controlled via the myAudi phone…

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…

alfa romeo giulia from $59,895

Alfa Romeo’s Giulia is aggressively priced and generously equipped. It deserves to disrupt your Audi A4/BMW 3 Series/Mercedes C Class buying decision. Start money is $59,895 for the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbopetrol Giulia, with 147kW of power and an eight-speed automatic, in a rear-wheel drive layout. Giulia Super, with more fruit and the same drivetrain, is $64,195; with a 132kW 2.2-litre turbodiesel, it’s $65,895. Veloce, at $71,895, 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 top-of-the-range Quadrifoglio, priced at $143,900. Up against Audi’s…

alfa romeo stelvio from $65,900

Remember when there was no such thing as a beautiful SUV? SUVs were spacious, sure. And capable. Even occasionally sporty. But they were never, ever beautiful. But clearly something has changed, because we defy anyone to gaze upon Alfa Romeo’s new Stelvio and describe it as anything but stunning. The Italian brand’s first-ever SUV can be had with a choice of a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol-producing 149kW and 330Nm, or a 2.2-litre diesel that generates 154kW and 470Nm, both with an eight-speed auto and all-wheel drive. The 2.0T petrol model kicks off at $65,900 and the 2.0D turbodiesel at $67,900. Standard equipment includes leather, 19-inch alloys and a power tailgate. Stelvio Ti, priced at $78,900, runs a 206kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbopetrol, and adds a mechanical limited slip rear differential plus upgraded infotainment. The headline act is the thumping…