June’s show­room blooms

The sea­son for bag­ging bar­gains has two weeks to run — here are the picks of the crop

Herald Sun - Motoring - - FEATURE - JOSHUA DOWL­ING NA­TIONAL MO­TOR­ING ED­I­TOR joshua.dowl­ing@news.com.au

JUNE is the big­gest month for new car sales, as deal­ers aim to close the books on a high note at the end of the fi­nan­cial year.

It’s also when busi­nesses big and small fol­low ac­coun­tants’ ad­vice to up­grade as­sets, which of­ten means buy­ing a new car, van or ute.

Lit­tle won­der show­rooms are flat out get­ting ve­hi­cles out the door.

There are plenty of “drive­away” deals, not all of them sharp. Here are our picks.

CARS

Holden has learned a tough les­son in the city-car class: the num­bers af­ter the dol­lar sign mean more to buy­ers than the im­prove­ments made to a new model.

The baby Holden Spark is now fi­nally where it should have been all along: $14,990 drive-away with auto, about $4300 off the full price that no one paid.

If you’re pre­pared to hag­gle, you can pick up the new Kia Pi­canto man­ual for a red-hot $13,990 drive-away and the auto for $15,690 drive-away. The Pi­canto comes with more stan­dard equip­ment than the Spark and an in­dus­try-lead­ing seven year/un­lim­ited kilo­me­tre war­ranty.

Creep up to $15,990 drive­away and get a slightly big­ger car in the Hyundai Ac­cent auto, with a five-year/un­lim­ited kilo­me­tre war­ranty.

The re­cently re­vised Toy­ota Yaris auto and new Kia Rio auto re­main good deals at $17,490 drive-away.

Suzuki has launched a new Swift, the GL auto priced at $17,990 drive-away. This is $2000 more than pre­vi­ously but it comes with built-in nav­i­ga­tion, Ap­ple Car Play, An­droid Auto, cruise con­trol and a rear view cam­era.

Toy­ota’s Corolla As­cent auto is $22,990 drive-away but if the bud­get al­lows, step up to the As­cent Sport ($23,990 drive­away) as it comes with al­loys, tinted rear glass, leather steer­ing wheel and fog lights.

Fancy a small sedan? The Hyundai Elantra has fi­nally come crash­ing back to earth af­ter launch­ing with fan­ci­ful pric­ing a year ago: it’s now $20,990 drive-away with auto.

Hyundai’s sis­ter brand Kia has the Cer­ato S with “AV” pack (Ap­ple Car Play, An­droid Auto and rear-view cam­era) for a low $20,490 drive-away with auto trans­mis­sion and seven-year war­ranty.

In ad­vance of an im­mi­nent model up­date, the Volk­swa­gen Golf 92TSI with seven-speed dual-clutch auto has been slashed to $23,490 drive-away once you deduct a $2000 “fac­tory bonus” from the al­ready dis­counted price.

Among medium sedans, the Toy­ota Camry is back up to $26,990 drive-away (still a sub­stan­tial $4000 off full re­tail but it was $25,990 ear­lier in the year). Go in pre­pared to ne­go­ti­ate — or wait for the price to get sharper in the leadup to the lo­cal fac­tory clos­ing in Oc­to­ber.

SUVS

Not every­one is a fan of the Holden Trax’s boxy looks but the city SUV is prac­ti­cal in­side and has a new lease on life thanks to the up­dated 1.4 turbo en­gine. The Trax LS auto is $24,990 drive-away — $2500 off — in­clud­ing five years’ war­ranty and free ser­vic­ing this week­end.

Nis­san’s drive-away deals aren’t su­per sharp but the Qashqai ST auto is close to the mark at $27,990 drive-away for a 2.0-litre petrol front-drive.

Our pick, though, re­mains the Mit­subishi ASX at $24,990 drive-away with auto (once you use a $1000 Eft­pos card to trim the price). This is about $4000 off the ASX’s launch price a few years ago.

Ford deals are cus­tom­ar­ily hard to come by and aren’t that gen­er­ous.

How­ever, the Es­cape Am­bi­ente auto (1.5 turbo front­drive) is worth a look at $29,990 drive-away, $2500 off.

Hyundai is push­ing its Santa Fe SUV hard — there is a mi­nor up­date in the next month or so and an all-new model is due next year.

But take a close look at what you can get for $39,990 drive­away — ei­ther an Ac­tive X V6 petrol ($5500 off ) or the four­cylin­der auto petrol ($6300 off ).

The diesel Santa Fe is just $1000 more at $40,990 drive­away ($8500 off ). All in­clude five years’ free ser­vic­ing to sweeten the deal un­til the end of this month.

Holden’s Trail­blazer has been off to slow start since its up­date a year ago. The LT is now priced to ap­peal at $45,990 drive-away with three years’ ser­vic­ing ($6900 off).

Mak­ing it a tough choice, the Mit­subishi Pa­jero Sport GLX (with five-year war­ranty) is $47,500 drive-away — or $46,000 neat drive-away us­ing the brand’s $1500 Eft­pos card to get a fur­ther dis­count.

Down to earth prices: Hyundai Elantra, main pic­ture; clock­wise, Toy­ota Corolla, Mit­subishi ASX, Kia Cer­ato and Ford Es­cape

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