Weekend deals on wheels : 5th Dec

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It’s a competitive environment out there for Australia’s 60-plus car companies. As such, you can pick up some great deals without having to haggle. Here are just a few to consider if you’re out shopping over the weekend.

Volkswagen Polo 66TSI Trendline

Until December 31, you can get a Volkswagen Polo 66TSI Trendline for $15,990 drive-way, no more to pay, or an extra $2500 with a DSG automatic gearbox.

Our pick as the class leader, this is pretty sharp value. Standard features include a 1.2-litre turbocharged TSI engine, a 5.0-inch colour touchscreen display and Bluetooth phone connectivity, plus cruise control.

The Polo also comes with the three-year/unlimited kilometre warranty and six-years/90,000 of capped-price servicing, with dealer visits pegged at between $423 and $655 depending on which kilometre interval you’re up to. This is a little pricy, but the engine is higher-tech than some rivals.

See more info here.

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Ford Focus Sport

Ford is offering factory deals on its Focus range. Our pick is the Sport, which you can have for $26,990 drive-away before year’s end.

Up there with the class leaders, this version has a 125kW 2.0 GDI engine (albeit with a five-speed manual gearbox), and one of the best chassis in the class. It’s a hoot to drive.

The list of standard equipment is sharp for the price as well: 17-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, sports seats, SYNC connectivity with Bluetooth/USB/voice control, cruise control, satellite navigation, a reversing camera, five-inch display (not a class-leader by any stretch in terms of usability, we warn), auto wipers and headlights and dual-zone climate control.

Note, you can get the (somewhat underpowered) Focus Ambiente base model for $19,490 drive-away too, which is a steal.

See more info here.

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Toyota Camry RZ

Ok ok, those ads are naff, and a Camry with sporty bits slapped on is no paragon of cool. But a car this big and well-equipped (and made locally, for the parochial) for $28,990 drive-away is serious value.

The ‘sporty’ (we use that term loosely) RZ adds black 17-inch alloys, glossy black add-ons, sports exhaust, reverse camera and special floor mats (wow!). There’s also free metallic paint.

It will also cost you bugger all to run: the Camry is entitled to up to five standard scheduled services capped at $130 each for the first four-years or 75,000km (whichever occurs first). Service intervals on the Camry are every nine months or 15,000km (whichever occurs first).

See more info here.

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Nissan Juke ST

The polarising Nissan Juke is a love/hate proposition, but an ST manual for $22,976 drive-away is a deal with a sweetener and a half.

Even at base level it gets a 1.6-litre engine, USB and iPod connectivity and 17-inch alloy wheels. For $24,990 you can upgrade to a Juke Midnight edition with black alloys, a black roof spoiler and headlight finishes, special floor match and premium paint.

See more info here.


Kia Sportage Si

One step-up in terms of size from the Juke is the Kia Sportage, one of the funkiest and underrated SUV contenders.

At $26,990 drive-away ($28,990 with a six-speed auto), capped-price servicing and an industry leading seven-year warranty, you really won’t go wrong.

It’s not perfect but you won’t do better for the price, and we think it’s high time people stopped overlooking this brand in favour of higher-profile Hyundai.

See more info here.

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Mitsubishi Triton GLX+

Yeah, it’s as old as Methuselah. But the Triton, which will soon be replaced by a new model, is tried and true and comes with a five-year warranty.

At $31,990 drive-away, you get a no-nonsense ute with 16-inch alloy wheels and Bluetooth that we know from years of service won’t let you down, and comes many thousands cheaper than a HiLux.

Incidentally, this is Mitsubishi’s biggest seller, and dealers are likely to accept haggling to clear stocks. Have a good crack and see how you go.

See more info here.