Australian New Car Buyer

Australian New Car Buyer June Issue#51 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 .

Earlier this year, Ford Australia was hit with a record $10 million fine by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for “unconscionable conduct”. Briefly, when customers experienced problems with the troublesome”Powershift” transmission, fitted to models such as the Focus, Fiesta and Ecosport, and complained to Ford dealers, they were told that if they wanted a replacement vehicle, they had to pay. Despite knowing that the transmission had serious problems — it’s now been replaced on the Focus with a conventional automatic — Ford told customers that a refund or a replacement car at no extra charge, both of which are guaranteed consumer rights under the Australian Consumer Law, were not an option, and refused requests for either. Australia used to have some of the weakest consumer protection laws in the world.…


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 BMW X2, Ferrari Portofino, Jaguar E-Pace, Mercedes-Benz A Class and Renault Megane RS. PHIL KING Phil King is Motoring Editor of The Australian. Since switching to motoring journalism 16 years ago, he…

the new model diary july-december 2018

ASTON MARTIN The latest version of Aston’s most affordable car, the Vantage, arrives with new input from part-owner Daimler, including the Mercedes 4.0-litre twinturbo V8 that’s good for 375kW of power and a 0-100km/h claim of 3.4 seconds. An eight-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive and an electronic limited slip differential put it to the road, with torque vectoring across the rear axle as well. A lithe 1530kg, in part due to a bonded aluminium chassis derived from the DB11, makes it a legitimate rival to the Porsche 911 Turbo, as does the price, which will be close to $300,000. AUDI The second half of 2018 brings Audi’s RS5 Sportback and A6. The RS5 runs the same specification as the coupe, tested on page 21. Pricing hadn’t been announced as we went to press, but A5 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…

the showroom

ALFA ROMEO 13 Alfa Romeo Giulia 14 Alfa Romeo Stelvio ASTON MARTIN 15 Aston Martin DB11 AUDI 16 Audi TT17 Audi A118 Audi A319 Audi A420 Audi A5/S521 Audi RS522 Audi R823 Audi Q224 Audi Q325 Audi Q526 Audi Q7 BMW 27 BMW 1 Series28 BMW M140i, M240i29 BMW M230 BMW 3 Series31 BMW 4 Series32 BMW M3, M433 BMW 5 Series34 BMW M535 BMW X136 BMW X237 BMW X338 BMW X5 FERRARI 39 Ferrari Portofino40 Ferrari 48841 Ferrari 812 Superfast FIAT 42 Fiat 500 FORD 43 Ford Ecosport44 Ford Focus45 Ford Focus RS46 Ford Escape47 Ford Mustang HOLDEN 49 Holden Astra50 Holden Trax51 Holden Equinox52 Holden Commodore53 Holden Commodore V6 HONDA 54 Honda Jazz55 Honda HR-V56 Honda Civic57 Honda Civic Type R58 Honda Odyssey, Accord59 Honda CRV HYUNDAI 60 Hyundai Accent, Elantra61 Hyundai i3062 Hyundai i30N63 Hyundai Sonata, i4064 Hyundai Kona65 Hyundai Tucson INFINITI 66 Infiniti Q50, Q30 JAGUAR 67 Jaguar XE68 Jaguar…

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…