New year brings discounts
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.