New year brings dis­counts

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show­rooms. Be aware though that the prices are gen­er­ally for ba­sic paint and choos­ing a metal­lic or pre­mium fin­ish will add to the cost.

NIS­SAN MI­CRA ST

lost points for lack­ing seat belt re­minders.

The Mi­cra isn’t ex­actly fea­ture-laden but it does come with Blue­tooth, au­dio stream­ing and cruise con­trol. It is start­ing to show its age against the newer op­po­si­tion but rep­re­sents re­li­able, trou­ble­free city trans­port. The top-spec Ti ver­sion adds a 5.8-inch touch­screen with sat­nav, a re­vers­ing cam­era and al­loy wheels and can be yours this month for $17,990.

KIA RIO S

$13,990 drive-away The best deal in the seg­ment right now seems to be the three­door Kia Rio S — and it can be had on 2016 model year ve­hi­cles. A $13,990 drive-away of­fer is $2000 less than its reg­u­lar rec­om­mended retail price. It’s a five-star per­former in crash tests but does with­out the likes of cruise con­trol, a re­vers­ing cam­era and some of the soft-touch plas­tics found in the more ex­pen­sive ver­sions.

Those who need the practicality of a five-door Rio will pay from $16,990 for the man­ual, mean­ing the com­pany is ab­sorb­ing the costs of putting your car on the road. Not many will buy the man­ual at the mo­ment, though, as Kia is giv­ing away the four-speed auto as a no-cost op­tion.

VW POLO TREND­LINE

$16,490 drive-away Volk­swa­gen is putting its base Polo Trend­line on the road for $16,490, or $500 less than its list price. The seven-speed du­al­clutch auto adds $2500.

The Polo is one of the best han­dling cars in the class and the de­fault equip­ment in­cludes a 6.5-inch touch­screen with An­droid Auto, Ap­ple CarPlay and a re­vers­ing cam­era. The more pow­er­ful Com­fort­line model is $19,490 on-road, or $1000 more than its list price.

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