Some potential bargains for your Saturday car shopping
It’s time for the latest instalment of Deals on Wheels, which this week looks at 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.
Haggle hard, and happy shopping. If you spot any deals, let us know in the comments.
Hyundai Sonata Active - $27,990 drive-away and free servicing
If you've been looking at a Camry - and you aren't eligible for Toyota's crazy fleet discounts - then the slow-selling MY16 stock Hyundai Sonata is a bargain at $27,990 drive-away.
The Sonata has Commodore-matching rear legroom, Australian-tuned suspension that gives a plush ride, standard 17-inch alloys and a touchscreen with reversing camera.
Hyundai is also throwing in five years or 75,000km of free servicing, saving you a few grand more. Drive Uber? You could do much worse than this.
Mitsubishi Outlander LS seven-seat auto - $29,990 drive-away
It's about as exciting as crochet, but the 5+2 seater Outlander LS is an absolute steal at $30k.
You get a new touchscreen with Display Audio (Apple/Android), reversing camera, alloys, dual-zone climate control and a third row of seats for occasional use.
There's also a five-year/100k warranty, four years of roadside assistance and three years of capped servicing prices.
Cheap, reliable and practical cars are what Mitsubishi does particularly well, and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend one to a person with those priorities.
Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 140 TDI - $49,990 drive-away
The Passat Alltrack is a criminally underrated medium SUV alternative and Subaru Outback rival. And, at $50k drive-away, it's a few grand cheaper than the retail price at the moment.
You get a potent 140kW/400Nm diesel engine, six-speed DSG, on-demand AWD system with off-road software, 8.0-inch Discover Pro screen with sat-nav and App Connect etc etc.
At this price, it's undercutting the regular Passat with the same diesel engine and FWD. No-brainer.
Abarth 595 - $28,000 drive-away
Let's be blunt: the Abarth 595 hatch actually isn't a very good car. We should know, we have one on our company fleet at the moment.
But if you asked me right now to pinch the car from our garage that would infect me with a peculiar brand of lunacy, then it's the Abarth I'd walk to.
It looks like a jelly bean and has cabin ergonomics designed for a different species, but its little 1.4 turbo with manual 'box punches along. There's really nothing else like it, and and least FCA has the decency to make it kinda cheap. Ish.
Citroen DS 3 - $24,990 drive-away
Wait, we might have erred. There is another weird, low-selling Euro warm hatch out there at a bargain price.
The DS 3 has a RRP of $34k, but its battling importer is moving remaining stock for $24,990 drive-away.
It's chic, has a 121kW turbo engine and manual 'box, AEB, LED headlights, rear-view camera, sat-nav, 17-inch alloys and a six-year warranty.
You know what... I'd have one. PS, the Cactus crossover is also going for $26,990 drive-away... Low sales = cut prices.
Isuzu D-Max LS-U 4x4 - $44,990 drive-away
Old mate Isuzu Ute is never shy on doing deals. The just-updated D-Max LS-U dual-cab at $45k drive-away is the sweet spot.
The uprated Euro 5 3.0 diesel engine now has 430Nm and has proven almost impossible to break, and gets the de rigeur 3.5t towing capacity.
This upper-grade model also gets 17-inch alloys, a new touchscreen that's less horrible than the old one, sat-nav, a USB point, reversing camera and a helluva price saving over a Ranger XLT or HiLux SR5.
The D-Max isn't fashionable, but for a tough truck it ticks the boxes. The MY17 version is a step up in cabin design too. The LS-M that loses sat-nav and a few other mod cons, but keeps most of the core stuff, is there for $40,990, by the way. Pretty good buying.
Ram 2500 Laramie - $129,990 drive-away
If you've been considering trumping your mates in mere Rangers and HiLuxes by jumping into the Australian-(re)engineered Ram 2500 Laramie, now's the time to push the button.
Without devolving into advertorial, Ram's importer and right-hand-drive converter, Melbourne's American Special Vehicles, has slashed thousands to clear stocks of cars made in 2016, down from a MSRP of $140k before on-road costs, to $130k drive-away.
The Ram 2500 has six seats, a 6.7-litre Cummins diesel with a stump-pulling 1084Nm of torque, and is RHD-enabled by Walkinshaw on a custom line that we explored last year. So far its joint venture with Ateco has yielded an impressive 394 sales.