Buy­ers, on your marks

The Advertiser - Motoring - - MARKET PLACE DEALS IN MAY - JOSHUA DOWL­ING NA­TIONAL MO­TOR­ING EDI­TOR

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.

CITY CARS

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.

FAM­ILY CARS

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.

UTES

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

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