Buyers, on your marks
JUNE deals have started early as the big brands try to get a run-up to the biggest sales month of the year. As regular readers will know, drive-away prices don’t always equate to a sharp deal. However, given we watch price movements closely from month to month, we’ve got the current best buys.
The recently refreshed Toyota Yaris is cheaper now than it was a year ago: a rock bottom $17,490 drive-away with auto (metallic paint adds $450). Also good buying is the Suzuki Swift (now in run-out ahead of an allnew model next month) and the Hyundai Accent, both just $15,990 drive-away with auto.
Need something a little bigger? The Toyota Corolla hatch is down to a price it hasn’t been for a while: $20,950 driveaway with auto (save $3000).
There is still plenty of stock in dealerships of the just superseded Hyundai i30 hatch. The auto is $21,990 drive-away and comes with a $1000 “gift card” that can be taken off the price, to make it $20,990 driveaway. This is the second-best price for the i30 in the past 18 months (it got to $19,990 driveaway with auto several months in 2016) and is $4000 less than the just-released new model.
The Kia Cerato continues to ace the lot, though, at $19,990 drive-away with auto. The Kia’s seven-year warranty also helps; the only drawback on the Cerato is that there is no rearview camera at this price.
For those who fancy European flair, the Volkswagen Golf is back to its rock bottom $23,490 drive-away with auto (once a $2000 discount is applied) ahead of the arrival of an updated model next month.
The Toyota Camry is still Australia’s best value family sedan (and a favourite among Uber and taxi drivers) at $26,490 drive-away. Twist an arm and you may get another $500 off.
The Holden Trax LS compact SUV is $24,990 driveaway (with three years’ free servicing). Or step up to the Mitsubishi ASX at $24,990 drive-away with auto — once a $1000 gift card is applied.
Mitsubishi’s discounts are $1000 or $2000 “Eftpos cards” that can be taken off the price.
For something bigger, the Ford Escape base model is $29,990 drive-away (use some of the $2500 saving to add the $1300 safety and tech pack).
For more seats, the Mitsubishi Outlander sevenseater is good buying at $28,990 drive-away with $1000 gift card. An even larger seven-seater, Hyundai’s Santa Fe, is available for $39,990 drive-away with a V6 ($5500 off the full RRP) or with a thrifty 2.2-litre turbo diesel with auto for just $40,990 drive-away, an astonishing $8500 off the RRP. That price includes five years’ free servicing, a mega deal.
Mitsubishi has moved its discounts on to dearer Triton models, so the base model isn’t as much of a bargain as it was a few months ago. Get a top of the range Triton Exceed for $44,990 drive-away with auto, or about $6000 off full price.
Holden has slashed the topline Colorado LTZ crew cab by $5000 to $49,990 drive-away with auto (2016 or 2017 build plate) and thrown three years’ free servicing into the bargain.
Nissan’s updated Navara ST crew cab is $47,490 drive-away, about $1500 off RRP. It comes with $5000 in accessories this month but this can’t be converted to a $5000 discount .
The tightest battle among utes is between Toyota and Ford. Discounts are rare on these top sellers yet only $100 separates the HiLux SR5 4WD double cab auto ($56,390 drive-away) and the Ranger XLT 4WD double cab auto ($56,490 drive-away). The discounts equate to nearly $5000 off the respective RRPs.
City slickers: Toyota Yaris and, below, Hyundai i30