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Australian 4WD & SUV Buyer's Guide April Issue#27 2016

4WD & SUV Buyer’s Guide purely focuses on the vehicles that are newly available on the Australian market. Each description identifies the car’s weaknesses and its strengths with no-holds barred, as well as detailed tables on prices, standard equipment, the cost of major options, performance, fuel consumption and much more. This Buyer’s Guide also shares with its readers the latest news and happenings from the exciting world of automotive mobility. Helping you choose the 4WD or SUV that works best for you, this magazine is perfect for any car enthusiast.

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2 Issues

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welcome to australian 4wd & suv buyers guide .

In this issue of the magazine, you will notice that some of the most recent models tested do not have a star rating from the Federal Government’s Green Vehicle Guide. That’s because somebody in the Department of Infrastructure and Transport decided at the end of 2015 to deny consumers access to a simple, efficient and accurate way of comparing the green credentials of new models, a retrograde move that is in nobody’s interests except those car makers who are dragging the chain on low emissions technology. We have kept the ratings for models that were tested prior to this decision, so you can at least make comparisons between some vehicles. I hope you enjoy the magazine and that it helps you to choose the 4WD, SUV or ute that works best for…

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JOSHUA DOWLING Australia’s premier motoring journalist, Joshua Dowling is the National Motoring Editor of News Corp Australia and a World Car of the Year judge. Joshua is renowned for his consumer-first approach and you can also find his roadtests on Carsguide.com.au, news stories on news.com.au or read his regular rants on Twitter: @JoshuaDowling JOHN CAREY One of Australia’s most accomplished motoring writers, John is a previous 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. PETER MCKAY Peter McKay has been writing about cars since 1976, for publications including Wheels and The Sydney Morning Herald. He has competed in seven Bathurst 1000s, the Nurburgring 24 Hours, Spa 24 Hours, Australian Safari and been a World Car…

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Our piggybank indicates a 4WD or SUV 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 such as standard equipment, safety, the way it drives, resale values and quality, it shapes up as a good deal. A capital S indicates a vehicle that scores five stars out of five for occupant protection in ANCAP crash tests. Go to www.ancap.com.au. for more information If you’re after a safe, practical wagon to carry the kids, look for this symbol. We’ve limited its use to vehicles that have an ANCAP score of at least four stars out of five and have six airbags plus stability control as standard or as affordable options. We’ve also taken into account the…

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• Prices are supplied by manufacturers and do not include on-road charges, which vary from state to state. Note that advertised prices must now include all on-road costs. • The best way to get a good deal on a new car is to do your research, test drive each of your shortlisted cars, then decide exactly the make, model, specification, colour and any options you require. Then you simply get a price from a few dealers on that car. If you have a trade in, you want what is called a changeover price. •Manufacturers change prices regularly and in some cases this will have occurred after our publication deadline. Check current prices and deals at www.carsales.com.au. Redbook future values in each test are average wholesale prices after three years/60,000km and five years/ 100,000km…

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bentley bentayga

The SUV is well on the way to becoming a universal staple of every car maker’s product lineup. The last SUV-free zone — uber luxury and performance brands — are now embracing the SUV because, well, they’re very profitable and a lot of their customers want one. Bentley’s new Bentayga is the first of the breed. Lamborghini’s Urus and Maserati’s Levante are not far away. Only Rolls Royce and Ferrari — the brands at the absolute pinnacle of luxury and performance — are still to commit to an SUV, but you wouldn’t bet your house against it happening in the future. The Bentayga is now on sale, for $423,600. The Bentayga First Edition, a limited-run special with Union Jack badging, 22-inch wheels and embroidered seats, is priced at $627,400. Bentley claims that the Bentayga is…

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jaguar f-pace

Jaguar’s first SUV, the F-Pace, arrives in July to take on Audi’s Q5, BMW’s X3, the Mercedes GLC and Land Rover’s Discovery Sport in this booming mid-size luxury wagon class. Based on Jaguar’s new aluminium-intensive modular architecture, which stipulates that at least 75 per cent of the vehicle’s structure should be aluminium alloy for lightness and strength, F-Pace is a five-seater. The F-Pace lineup includes turbodiesel and supercharged petrol drivetrains used in the XE and XF sedans. Turbodiesels open at $74,340 for the 20d Prestige, which features Jaguar’s 132kW 2.0-litre Ingenium turbodiesel — one of the smoothest, quietest turbodiesel fours we’ve driven — matched with an eight-speed automatic and permanent all-wheel drive in high range only. This engine also produces a healthy 430Nm of torque from just 1750rpm, which is more than enough to…