It’s time for a com­mer­cial

The Advertiser - Motoring - - NEWS - RE­NAULT KANGOO JOSHUA DOWLING NA­TIONAL MO­TOR­ING ED­I­TOR VW CADDY TOY­OTA HILUX SR5 MIT­SUBISHI TRI­TON CITROEN BERLINGO

JUNE is the big­gest month of the year for ute and van sales, as ac­coun­tants across Aus­tralia tell tradies and small busi­nesses to spend some money to lower their tax­able in­come and claim some new de­duc­tions.

Mean­while deal­ers are keen to close off their fi­nan­cial year on a high, so the prices be­come sharper.

The chal­lenge is be­ing able to take de­liv­ery on in-de­mand mod­els. To be sure the dealer can de­liver, sign the con­tract with a note nom­i­nat­ing a de­liv­ery date, oth­er­wise the deal is null and void and your de­posit is re­funded in full. Get some­one se­nior at the deal­er­ship to coun­ter­sign.

Here are the best buys Car­suide found.

VANS

If you need a small city run­about, there are sev­eral good op­tions.

The Re­nault Kangoo starts at a low $21,990 drive-away for a five-speed man­ual 1.6-litre petrol. It has dual slid­ing doors, 650kg pay­load, air­con and Blue­tooth. This month there is also a five year/200,000km war­ranty thrown in. Au­to­matic is avail­able at a steep $3000.

One blot: the base Kangoo only has two airbags. Side airbags (bring­ing the tally to four) are an op­tional ex­tra.

The Volk­swa­gen Caddy is $23,990 drive-away for a 1.2litre turbo petrol with fivespeed man­ual. Pay $29,990 drive-away for an auto (ouch!) but that comes with the 1.4-litre turbo petrol from the Golf. The Caddy has a three year/ un­lim­ited km war­ranty, and has had four airbags since Novem­ber. But it has only one slid­ing door.

The Citroen Berlingo is the dear­est of the lit­tlies at $26,500 drive-away but it comes with a 1.6-litre turbo diesel with five-speed man­ual, rear-view cam­era, Ap­ple Car Play and dual slid­ing doors. It has the least war­ranty cov­er­age of the trio: three years/100,000km. And it only has one airbag, for the driver. Pas­sen­ger and side airbags are op­tional.

Avail­able in limited num­bers, the pre-facelift Berlingo diesel (with­out rear cam­era or Ap­ple CarPlay) is $23,990 drive-away.

UTES

At the af­ford­able end of the ute mar­ket, the Mit­subishi Tri­ton GLX+ re­mains the one to beat. On top of the stan­dard fare of seven airbags, rear cam­era, al­loy wheels and five-year fac­tory war­ranty, Mit­subishi is in­clud­ing au­to­matic trans­mis­sion in the al­ready­dis­counted $36,990 drive-away price. This is about $6000 off the full RRP.

In­cred­i­bly, Toy­ota is dis­count­ing cer­tain mod­els in the HiLux range less than 12 months af­ter the ar­rival of the first all-new model in 10 years.

The top-end HiLux SR5 ac­counts for more than half of dou­ble-cab 4WD de­mand but there are mega deals on the Work­mate and SR mod­els. They are dis­tin­guished by their black steel wheels but are far from bare-bones propo­si­tions.

The Work­mate has a 2.4litre turbo diesel (rather than the SR and SR5’s 2.8), vinyl floor­ing and grey bumpers but also gets seven airbags, rear cam­era, 3000kg tow­ing and a 955kg pay­load (fig­ures for auto model).

It costs $41,990 drive-away for a man­ual and $43,990 drive­away for an auto. Both are about $6000 off the full RRP. Metal­lic paint adds $550.

Step up to the HiLux SR dual-cab 4WD for $46,990 drive-away for a man­ual ($48,990 drive-away auto), both about $4300 off the full RRP.

Want to treat your­self ? Mit­subishi’s top-of-the-range Tri­ton Ex­ceed au­to­matic with the works is also worth a look at $46,990 drive-away, about $4000 off the full RRP.

The Tri­ton may lack the HiLux’s street cred but at this price it rep­re­sents the most me­tal and most equip­ment for the money in the ute class.

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