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It’s time for the latest instalment of Deals on Wheels, which this week looks at five factory-backed special offers for all you weekend shoppers.

This isn’t a promotional campaign, just us trying to offer you some interesting suggestions if you’re in the market for some new wheels.


Volvo XC90 D5 Momentum

The lauded Volvo XC90 is already the subject of factory-backed deals. The XC90 D5 Momentum (D5 denotes diesel, a 165kW/470Nm 2.0) is going for $89,888 drive-away, representing a saving of nearly $10,000 over the usual drive-away price.

That’s a pretty good deal for the seven-seat Swedish family SUV that is getting rave reviews from all over. We even recently added one to our CarAdvice Melbourne long-term fleet.

Volvo is also throwing in three years/45,000km of free servicing to sweeten the deal further. Well worth a look.

Read our Volvo XC90 reviews and comparisons page here. Read more information on the Volvo campaign here.

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Holden Astra VXR

Holden is throwing its performance-leading VXR hatch out the door at $37,990 drive-away (albeit for MY15 cars), given its regular RRP is $39,990, equating to an effective normal drive-away price of about $44k.

A $6000 saving on what is already a bright spot in Holden’s often average line-up is well worth a closer look. As you can read in our XVR reviews here, and our comparison here, we really rate this European offering.

And why not. A 206kW engine with six-speed manual gearbox, mechanical LSD, big Brembo brakes behind 20-inch rims, Nappa leather buckets, and a screen with sat-nav and DAB+. It’s a great package for bugger all coin.

Read our Holden Astra VXR reviews and comparisons page here. Read more information on the Holden campaign here.

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Mercedes-Benz AMG package deal

Right now, every Mercedes-Benz compact car based on its MFA architecture — meaning the A-Class, B-Class, CLA and GLA — comes with a free AMG Sports Package.

This means lowered suspension, twin exhaust outlets, AMG alloy wheels, AMG body styling and a more menacing grille. Some extra attitude for no charge.

Offer ends June 30.

Read our Mercedes-Benz reviews and comparisons page here. Read more information on the Mercedes-Benz campaign here.

2015 Kia Rio S 3 door.

Kia Rio S three-door

If I had a teenager, and was the sort of parent who wanted to buy their first car, this is what I’d go for.

Kia has been selling the three-door Rio for $13,990 drive-away for some time, but you can’t ignore the value here. This is ridiculously cheap for what is a pretty slick little three-door that comes with Bluetooth, six airbags and an industry best seven-year warranty.

Sure, it has a manual gearbox, but if you don’t mind shifting your own gears, it’s a steal. If you want auto, you’ll need to shell out another $2000.

Read our Kia Rio reviews and comparisons page here. Read more information on the Kia campaign here.

2015 Volkswagen Amarok Core

Volkswagen Amarok Core 4×4

The Amarok is a great 4×4 dual-cab ute for $39,990 drive-away. It undercuts the HiLux and Ranger at this price point, and easily competes with the Triton and D-Max.

As you can read in our hardcore desert adventure here, the Amarok Core 4Motion has proved its worth as a genuinely tough offering, even if that’s not what the VW is best known as.

The spec comes with the bigger TDI420 Biturbo diesel engine, a rear diff lock, 1020kg payload and ATR Pirelli off-road tyres. Better, you can have the eight-speed automatic for the same price as the six-speed manual (the manual gets a detuned TDI400 engine).

Approved finance customers also get an extended five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty.

Read our Volkswagen Amarok reviews and comparisons page here. Read more information on the Volkswagen campaign here.

Happy shopping. Go kick some tyres.