Australian New Car Buyer

Australian New Car Buyer No. 49


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.

In this issue of Australian New Car Buyer, our newmodel coverage includes everything from Hyundai’s cheap and very cheerful i30 to Lamborghini’s million-dollar (really, by the time you get it on the road, that’s pretty close to what it costs) Lamborghini Aventador S supercar. No matter what car you’re buying or how much you’re spending, the deal is the same. If a manufacturer or dealer advertises a price on a new car, that price must be drive-away. This has been the law for several years now, and is designed to stop dealers and manufacturers advertising attractive prices, then adding extra charges to inflate the final figure that you pay. The law does not apply to the prices quoted in this magazine. Manufacturers are allowed to list a price that excludes dealer and government…


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 or what the neighbours think of it. In this issue, John tests the BMW 5 Series, Lexus LC500 and Mini Countryman. PHIL KING Phil King is Motoring Editor of The Australian. Since switching to motoring journalism 16 years…

the new model diary

ALFA ROMEO Alfa’s new BMW 3 Series rival, the Giulia, spawns the Stelvio SUV, which gets here late in the year, or early in 2018. As with the Giulia, Stelvio runs 2.0-litre turbopetrol and turbodiesel fours, plus a 375kW 2.9-litre V6 turbopetrol. Prices should kick off around $70–$80K. AUDI Audi’s new Q5 has just gone on sale. It’s more of the same for the market’s favourite midsize prestige family freighter, though it’s got serious competition now from the Mercedes-Benz GLC and Jaguar’s F-Pace. Its 2.0-litre TDi and TFSi engines produce 140kW and 185kW respectively and a sevenspeed S tronic transmission is standard. The base TDi Design is $65,990, the Sport is $70,700 and the TFSi Sport is $73,500. A new quattro drivetrain sees the Q5 operate as a front-wheel drive, with torque sent to the…

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 per cent after three years, and 40-something per cent after five years. The cars nobody wants are worth that after three years, and 20-something per cent after five. When you’re selling your car…

abarth 124 spider from $41,990

Abarth is a name you may not have heard of. It belongs to Karl Abarth, an Austrian engineer who, in 1955, built his first car, the 750GT, and during the 1960s had much success with his Fiat 500-based 595 rally cars. In 1971 his company was bought by Fiat, which still owns it today. Karl Abarth died in 1979. The Abarth 124, which in its styling pays homage to legendary designer Pininfarina’s 1966 Fiat 124 roadster, is the product of a model-sharing arrangement between Fiat and Mazda. It’s a Mazda MX-5 — made on the same production line in Hiroshima — with a longer, wider body and a 125kW 1.4-litre fourcylinder turbopetrol engine from Fiat, matched with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions. It’s equipped with premium hardware too, including four-piston…

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 BMW’s…