Rare deals add to pres­tige

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway - By JOSHUA DOWL­ING

THIS is not quite lux­ury on a beer bud­get but you may be sur­prised just how sharp some of the cur­rent deals are in the pres­tige seg­ment.

As more buy­ers em­brace SUVS, sales of lux­ury sedans and hatches have taken a hit, so there are a lot of high-end cars in show­rooms with un­prece­dented dis­counts.

Pre­mium play­ers cus­tom­ar­ily find it crass to talk openly about price but they now have to be more bold with their deals or risk get­ting stuck with old stock.

If you walked into a pres­tige deal­er­ship and asked about a sedan they’d pretty much shackle you, so low has been the in­quiry rate.

Some brands – such as Audi, Jaguar and Land Rover – are still try­ing the ap­proach of “come in and see us for out­stand­ing sav­ings and free on-road costs” with­out pub­lish­ing their sharper prices.

How­ever, other brands are be­ing more trans­par­ent with their dis­counts, even in­tro­duc­ing spe­cial mod­els to help move metal.

Here are the picks of the deals so far in the lead-up to June 30. BMW

Fancy a BMW for the price of a top-end Volk­swa­gen Golf?

It’s pos­si­ble now the 118i has been slashed to $39,900 drive-away, about $5000 off full price.

Power comes from a 1.5-litre three-cylin­der turbo – ac­tu­ally no slouch and su­per fru­gal – and it looks the part with the M Sport kit thrown into the deal.

Want more grunt? There’s a 125i with the M Sport pack for $49,900 drive-away.

That’s also about $5000 off full price but there may be fur­ther wrig­gle room, so aim for a slightly sharper deal.

Here’s a sur­prise: BMW is start­ing to do deals on the M140 hot hatch.

Pow­ered by a 3.0-litre six-cylin­der turbo, it can be had for the same price as a Golf R with the works: $64,900 drive-away, about $5000 off full price.

The 3 Se­ries also has two ‘shadow’ edi­tions: the 320i is $58,900 drive-away (about $6000 off) while the po­tent 330i is $67,900 driveaway (about $8000 off ). LEXUS

Want to clear your con­science and save on fuel while you’re sav­ing the planet? The Toy­ota Prius-based Lexus CT200H has come off the boil big time so the com­pany has loaded it with ex­tra equip­ment rather than slash the price.

The stylish F-sport pack worth $7800 is now thrown in free on the base model, which on the on­line cal­cu­la­tor is listed at $46,600 driveaway. How­ever, we’re re­li­ably in­formed you can pitch a lower price: aim for another $2000 off the price or an ex­tra $2000 on your trade-in.

Same deal on the IS300 sedan, pow­ered by a 2.0-litre four-cylin­der turbo. The F-sport pack is in­cluded and the price is $66,695 drive-away, with the works.

Given the sharp deals – circa $60,000 – on the 3 Se­ries and Mercedes C-class (see be­low), don’t be shy about hag­gling down from the IS300’S start­ing point. MERCEDES-BENZ

It’s rare for there to be a deal on the top-seller, yet that’s the case with the C-class. A limited edi­tion C200 has been in­tro­duced ahead of a mi­nor facelift in the com­ing months.

For $60,900 drive-away, the Edi­tion C comes stan­dard with 19-inch al­loy wheels, sun­roof, Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto.

It also gets the Amg-style front bumper. Changes to the up­dated model are mi­nor, so this is a dead­set bar­gain, about $6000 off full price. VOLVO

Volvo cars are usu­ally a touch over­priced com­pared to the Ger­man coun­ter­parts so it’s re­fresh­ing to see some deals emerge for the Swedish brand’s hatches.

The V40 can be had for the same price as a top-end Toy­ota Corolla: $35,888 drive-away. The T3 is pow­ered by a 1.5-litre four-cylin­der turbo matched to a six-speed auto.

If you need a lit­tle more zip, there is the T4 with a 2.0-litre turbo for $43,888 drive-away, while the sporty flag­ship T5 – with a 180kw/350nm ver­sion of the 2.0 – can be had for $49,888 drive-away.

High-end bar­gains... the BMW M140 (above) is about $5000 off full price. Be­low from left... The Mercedes C Class Edi­tion C; The Lexus CT200H; Volvo V40 T3.

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