The last week­end

The Advertiser - Motoring - - MARKET PLACE - RICHARD BLACK­BURN­

THIS week­end is the last of this fi­nan­cial year and car mak­ers are ramp­ing up dis­counts to clear the books.

Holden has ex­tended last week’s four-day sale to June 30. The deal adds five-year war­ranty, five years’ road­side as­sis­tance, a “huge” fac­tory bonus (be­lieved to be $500) and three years’ free sched­uled ser­vic­ing.

Its baby Spark is the best value at $14,990 drive-away for the auto, al­though the Trax com­pact SUV auto is also good value at $24,990 drive-away.

Suzuki’s Vi­tara un­der­cuts that price, though, with a $23,990 sticker for the auto. Mit­subishi’s ASX is also good value at $25,990 plus a $1000 Eft­pos card.

Honda’s CR-V is $26,490 drive-away and Nis­san’s Qashqai is $27,990 drive-away. Toy­ota and Mazda aren’t do­ing deals on the C-HR and CX-3.

Hyundai has al­most cleared run-out ex­am­ples of the i30 but you can get still get an Ac­tive auto for $21,990 drive-away.

Volk­swa­gen is also in runout mode with the Golf and the price has dropped to $25,490 drive-away for the auto, with a $2000 fac­tory bonus thrown in. That makes it cheaper than a Ford Fo­cus or Holden As­tra.

Kia is still the brand for a red-hot deal on a small car. The Cer­ato S auto was al­ready in­cred­i­ble value at $19,990 drive-away but Kia has upped the ante by al­low­ing buy­ers to re­deem a $777 gift card if they buy one be­fore June 25.

Hyundai’s best deal is the Tuc­son mid-size SUV at $28,990 drive-away for an Ac­tive auto, while Honda is selling run-out mod­els of its CR-V for $29,990 drive-away. Un­til June 30, Honda is also match­ing Hyundai’s five-year war­ranty and adding road­side as­sis­tance for five years.

Ford’s Es­cape Am­bi­ente auto is $29,990 but with three­year war­ranty. If you need a mid-sizer with seven seats, the Mit­subishi Out­lander auto is $29,990 with $1000 Eft­pos card.

In the next size up, Hyundai has the V6 auto Santa Fe Ac­tive X (with leather ap­pointed seats) for $39,990 drive-away, a claimed sav­ing of $6000. For per­spec­tive, its main com­peti­tors are the Mazda CX-9 start­ing from about $47,000 and the Toy­ota Kluger from nearly $49,000. Even the Kia Sorento starts at about $44,500 at the mo­ment.

If you’re feel­ing nos­tal­gic Ford has 2016-plate Ter­ri­tory diesel au­tos for $40,990 drive­away with an ex­tended five year/100,000km war­ranty.

Mit­subishi and Holden have the most at­trac­tive deals on ute­based off-road seven-seat wag­ons. Mit­subishi’s Pa­jero Sport GLX is $47,500 drive­away with a $1500 Eft­pos card, while Holden’s Trail­blazer LT starts at $45,990 drive-away. From there it’s a big jump to Toy­ota’s For­tuner at $50,990 drive-away and a long climb to the sum­mit for a Ford Ever­est at roughly $58,000 drive-away.

Kia Cer­ato, main; Honda CR-V, left; Ford Es­cape, above, Holden Spark

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