SUVS

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HOLDEN TRAX

It may not be the pret­tiesst­pret­ti­est onn on sale but it’s one of the rooomieest roomi­est and best equipped for the thee money. Now $23,990 drivedri­ive­away for the LS with freee free auto, autto, and $24,990 drive-away for the

Ac­tive with free autto. auto. BBoth Both are about $6000 off the full RRP.

FORD KUGA MKII

An un­sung hero of the com­pact SUV seg­ment, it’s good buy­ing at $29,790 drive-away­drive away (about $3000 off ). Don’t be put off by the 1.5-litre four-cylin­der in such a big car. It’s tur­bocharged, so it has plenty of oomph, and the smaller ca­pac­ity makes it more fuel ef­fi­cient. Only blot: no rear cam­era.

MIT­SUBISHI ASX

Re­cently up­dated, the ASX gets a sharp price: $25,000 drive­away for a man­ual or $27,500 drive-away for an auto. That price is for cash or via Mit­subishi’s own fi­nance deal — which has a catch. You must have a 20 per cent de­posit.

MAZDA CX-9

The CX-9 is near­ing the end of its model life. Its petrol V6 isn’t the most fuel-ef­fi­cient but this is the big­gest seven-seater for the money. The 2WD base model is a bar­gain at $39,990 drive-away (about $6000 off full price).

HOLDEN COLORADO7 LT

Want to get off the beaten track and don’t mind a bouncy ride around town? The Colorado7, nor­mally $47,490 plus on-roads (about $50,000 drive-away), is avail­able un­til June 30 from $43,990 drive-away, about $6000 off — with five-year war­ranty and three years’ free ser­vic­ing.

MIT­SUBISHI CHAL­LENGER

The Chal­lenger is fairly crude, even by heavy-duty 4WD stan­dards, and age­ing. Its re­place­ment is due within months — which is why the price is a su­per-sharp­su­per sharp $37,990 drive-away, about $10,000 off full price.

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