FORD – RANGER XLT
Ford Ranger XLT
Viewed by many in the Ute world as the sole contender for the revered Toyota Hilux, the Ford Ranger XLT is an all-round tough tradie vehicle that is quiet and roomy enough it can double as an everyday car, even with a family. Of the major rivals, including Holden’s Colorado, Nissan Navara, Isuzu D-Max, the Volkswagen Amarok, and the Mitsubishi Triton, the Ford Ranger is the first to soar above and beyond when it comes to resilience, design, and engineering. Not to mention, this particular variation was developed by Ford Australia, a proud achievement for Aussies.
As far as utes go, the Ranger XLT is classy and roomy on the interior. In the dual cab, the B-pillars have been moved forward and the rear doors open almost to 90 degrees which means heaps of room getting in and out and a larger window space. The seat fabrics are classy and there are a few nice touches like padded door rests and seats, metal centre stack and door highlights.
The XLT is not lacking when it comes to features as it has most of the modern comforts expected of comparable sedans and SUVs including: Cruise control and voice controlled bluetooth with steering wheel mounted audio and a touch screen, ipod and MP3 system, regenerative charging on braking, motion sensors, and rain sensing wipers.
In terms of space, the XLT is as roomy as they come with a dual cab tub measuring 1549×1560 mm and a payload capacity of 1148kg. Passengers will enjoy cup holders in the centre console, doors, and fold down arm rests in the rear. There are storage compartments under the rear seats and an aircon vented console for cool drinks.
It has impressed many a test-driver when it comes to suspension, breaking, and refinement, and handles gravel roads and wet boat ramps so well you won’t get credit for your skilled driving any more.
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Engine:3.2 L 5-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, far beyond the competitor engines.
Power:147 kW and 470Nm torque and yet extremely quiet.
Transmission: Optional 6-speed automatic transmission with both normal and Sport modes.
Fuel Consumption and Carbon Emissions: claimed 9.2L/100km with automatic transmission. 80 L fuel capacity.
Towing: 3.35 Tonne braked towing capacity (measured with the 3.2 L diesel engine) and trailer sway control.
Safety: 5 Star Ancap rating (the hilux of the same year had only 4) and it comes with beyond standard features including: pretensioner seat belts, electronic stability control, traction control, ABS, adaptive load control, trailer sway and roll-over control, hill-descent control and start assist, plus rear-cameras and park assist. Again, this goes beyond much of the competition.
New: $55,390 for automatic transmission, $43,890 for manual transmission. This car definitely offers more than much of the rivals and is sitting up near the Hilux in terms of capabilities, but is certainly a pricier choice than most. Value for money in this vase.
used: If buying or selling a 2012 ford ranger XLT, the realistic asking prices vary greatly. Online private sales start around $10,000 and go up to more then $45,000 depending greatly on number of previous owners, documented service history, accident history, extra features, overall wear and tear, and kilometres driven.
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Some owners found that with the turbo its necessary to idle and let them cool down before switching the engine off otherwise there could be meltdown. There were also a few reports of engine issues post oil change if the dump is over ten minutes. Mechanics will need to know about this beforehand.
Some owners zip tied their lower radiator hose away from the engine as they have a tendency to rub and wear out.
During a test drive, if there are pulsations in the clutch pedal (manual only of course), things may be wearing out and are costly to fix.
With cars like this, they may have been driven heavily off-road so have an accredited mechanic check things over, no matter how good it looks on the outside. Unseen issues can be expensive and also dangerous.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Extremely powerful engine and road handling, towing capacity and extra safety features, very spacious, interior is stylish and refined, doubles as tradie car and family car.
Cons: More expensive than rival utes.
HOLDEN – COMMODORE VF
Holden Commodore VF
Since the ’70s when the Commodore celebrated it’s nation-wide popularity and booming sales, the Commodore’s rankings have steadily declined as drivers have moved towards SUVs and trendy upgrades. The release of the Holden Commodore VF in 2013 was a major move on Holden’s part to revamp it’s image and get back in the game. Not to mention, this model was the last to be made locally, so true die-hard Holden owner’s will be itching to get their hands on one.
The 8-inch colour touchscreen featuring Holden’s MyLink infotainment system sits nicely within the improved, more contemporary interior, where you can enjoy the new electric power steering. You can also enjoy up to 19-inch alloy wheels if you go for the Redline.
Safety-wise, the VF has an full 5-star ANCAP safety rating, 6-airbags, rain-sensing wipers, rear cameras and sensors front and back, improved front brakes and overall grip. There is also blind spot alert, auto park assistance, Hill start assist and hold control, plus reverse traffic alert. There are three ISOFIX anchor points for your child seats in the back row.
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Engine: The most common variant is the V6 with either a 3.0 or 3.6 litre for a bit more punch. The V8 has a 6.0 or 6.2 litre and has significantly more power.
Power:210kW and 350 Nm for the popular V6 option.
Acceleration:0-100kmh in 4.9 to 5 quick seconds.
Transmission: Option for manual or auto, both 6-speed.
Fuel Consumption and Carbon Emissions: From 8.3L/100km from the 3.0 litre engine up to 11.5L/100km for the V8 option.
New: The value is good and prices have actually been cut since previous models, from $5,000 and up to $10,000 depending on the particular variation.
You can tack on an extra $500 for the flashy spoiler, $550 for a metallic paint job, and $2,200 for the auto transmission option.
The most popular option in the range is the SV6, one step up from the entry-level evoke and still comes with a $6,000 price cut from its predecessor.
used: Private online sales vary massively with asking prices starting around $8,000 for entry-level variations going anywhere up to $40,000 or higher for the SSV Redline model.
When buying or selling a Commodore, keep in mind that the asking price is often negotiable and is reflective of the number of previous owners, documented service history, accident history, kilometres driven, extra features, and general wear and tear
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The VF has improved plastics and quality of interior materials since previous models, so they tend to be reliable in terms of withstanding years of use. Since they are often used as family vehicles, check out the interior for rips, spills, and stains as a starting point.
Whether the car has perfect service history or not, it’s important to listen for the rustling sound that may be heard when revving the engine. The V6 has had a few reports of timing chain wear-out so make sure it’s in good working order. If the previous owner hasn’t replaced it or hasn’t had regular services, it could be an expensive repair down the line.
There was also a recall of the wiper-motors that weren’t greased effectively and actually failed, so be aware of this as well.
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Rival vehicles are the Toyota Kluger, the Ford Falcon, and the Chrysler 300.
What our car experts think:
Pros and Cons: V8 is much punchier than the V6 but guzzles a lot more fuel. The V6 is still a solid option and is much more economical. The overall design provides slightly less space than some comparable models and the manual shifting is still a bit sticky. The timing belt could be more reliable, but overall a very trustworthy car to ensure the safety of your family.
TOYOTA HILUX SR5 4×4
Toyota Hilux SR5 4×4
Hilux lovers will claim that their beloved SR5s are the best utes on the Australian market, and it may be for good reason. For almost two decades the Toyota Hilux has ranked at the top well above comparable models made by Nissan, Mitsubishi, Ford, and Mazda. While it’s still number one, other car companies are doing their best to close the gap.
As far as utes go, the features are rather luxurious including a new stainless steel sports bar in the hub, 18-inch alloy wheels, new cross-members and header board on the tub since previous models, satellite navigation, air conditioning, fog lights, adjustable steering wheel, auto-levelling headlights, 7-inch touchscreen with voice recognition, bluetooth, and DAB+ digital radio.
In addition to the standard type of features, the SR5 also has a cool box that fits up to two 600ml bottles. There is a 220v outlet and 12v power socket for charging electronics, tools, phones etc. This version of the SR5 also has thicker and larger underbody protection plus more direct steering and much improved torsional rigidity so the drive is increasingly more elegant in a ute-like way.
Safety-wise, there are also two ISOFIX child seat anchorage spots in the rear seats, 7 airbags, reverse camera, hill-start assist, trailer sway and downhill control, electronic brake force distribution, anti-lock brakes and electronic rear differential lock. While the SR5 is hailed as the tradies dream, there is no reason it can’t double as a family car.
Rivals: The Hilux is definitely the top choice for anyone looking to buy a ute, but if there were to be a rival it would be the Ford Ranger, the Mitsubishi Triton, Nissan Navara and or the Mazda BT-50.
Engine: 2.8 litre, four-cylinder turbo diesel with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine makes 130 kW and 450 Nm.
Fuel consumption is reported by Toyota as 8.5L/100kms but test drives often find it to be closer to 9.5 or 10 litres.
Towing capacity: up to 3.5 tonnes
Fuel Tank: 80L
Turning circle: 11.8m
At new, the SR5 goes for $55, 990. Asking price for private online sales generally starts around $38,000 and up to $50,000 or even higher depending on the exact addition or extra features an add-ons. This price is also heavily influenced by the number of previous owners, documented service history, kilometres driven, accident history and general wear and tear.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Australia’s best selling ute for good reason. The price matches the value and off-roading capabilities and standard features continue to improve with each new version.
Cons: A bit noisy at low speeds and better crossing tracks with a load in the back, as well as being less flashy aesthetically as the competition.
Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo
Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo
The Falcon XR6 Turbo isn’t necessarily the most aesthetically beautiful when it comes to interior design, nor are the ergonomics the most functional with a low set steering wheel and high driver’s seat, but the acceleration from start, and even at already high speeds, is what really makes your skin tingle. The powerful engine combined with a sports suspension and limited-slip differential on 18- (or 19-) inch alloy wheels really makes the XR6 an exciting ride.
Even though this car is definitely on the sportier side, it is still absolutely a roomy sedan that can serve as a family vehicle for scooting around down and going on long road trips to visit the grandparents. It’s got a full 5-star ANCAP safety rating, brake assist, stability control, and 6 air bags. There are also seat belts reminders, fatigue warning, rear camera and parking sensors and delayed lighting fade to make sure you get in the house safely.
As we said, this XR6 is a true sedan, and spaciousness is one of its best qualities. Three full-grown humans can fit in the rear seats with plenty of legroom and won’t have to duck there heads when going over speed bumps. There is also a 535L boot to fit heaps of shopping or suitcases or you can opt for a full-size alloy spare wheel and you’ll still get 505 litres of storage.
Aside from the powerful engine and roomy interior, XR6 owners will enjoy the standard features including climate control, 8-inch touchscreen, bluetooth connectivity etc. The only obvious fallback in inclusions is the lack of keyless entry and start which is a basic inclusion of other comparable cars on the market.
Engine: four litre, 6 cylinder, turbo charged engine that makes a down right impressive 270kW and 533Nm that allows it to punch out 0-100km/hr in roughly 5.6 seconds. Transmission is a 6-speed automatic and all versions are rear-wheel-drive.
Fuel consumption is reported at 11.7L/100km and emissions are 278g/km of Co2.
Warranty was the basic 3 year/100,000 kms with servicing ever 15,000kms or annually with a $360 cap.
As new, the XR6 Turbo costs $48, 235. Private used sales tend to start around the $15,000 mark and go up to $28,000 or so. The asking price depends greatly on number of owners, documented regular service history, kilometres driven, accident history, and general wear and tear. Extra features and add on packs may bring the price up as well.
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Despite the many favourable attributes of the XR6, there is still a particular weakness regarding the transmission. The transmission coolers seem to have a problem with coolant leaking and disrupting the transmission oil which may mean an entirely new transmission is needed, a costly job. Ford has endeavoured to fix this issue but it seems that it’s still popping up from time to time so best to have the transmission checked out whether you are buying or selling an XR6. Luckily, the engines seems to be sound and reliable.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Dreamy, sporty drive with incredible power and acceleration. The car is smooth on both highways and unsealed roads. It’s also incredibly roomy in true sedan style.
Cons: The aesthetics are a bit boring and cheap looking and the seat-to-wheel set up isn’t the most ergonomical. There is also the transmission issue to look out for.
Made in Thailand, designed by the Japanese, the 2016 Mitsubishi Triton arrived with new updates from its predecessors and a welcomed price cut. This fifth generation Triton is available in the GLS, GLX, and Exceed variations with increasing features and price-tags as you go up.
At entry, you get 16-inch alloys, seven air bags, heavy duty suspension, and the standard bluetooth, aircon, and a trip metre. Opting up a notch for the GLX you’ll get an extra in on your wheels, more than 6-inch touchscreen, standard suspension, dual-zone climate control, side steps, fog lights, and digital radio. The Exceed adds on paddle shifters, keyless entry and start, a bigger touch screen with satellite navigation, leather seats, and electronic differential lock.
In comparison to previous versions, the 2016 Triton has more legroom and general interior space, as well as comfier sits with better back support.
Safety: The Mitsubishi Triton received a full 5-star ANCAP rating.
Engine: 2.4 litre 4 cylinder turbo diesel engine with either a 6-speed manual transmission or the choice of a 5-speed automatic transmission. It makes 133kW and 430 Nm.
Fuel consumption is reported at 7.2L/100km for manual and 7.6L for automatics. Some test drives report higher rates but it depends on the drive mode and terrain.
Urban carbon emissions for urban tailpipe outputs are reported at 230 g/km.
Warranty is 5 years or 100,000 Kms with servicing at 15,000 or annually. Pricing is capped on servicing.
New models of the Mitsubishi Triton start at $32,490, not including on-road costs, and go up to $47,490, also excluding on-road costs. For single cabs, entry is as low as $24,490. Additional $550 added on for premium exterior colours.
The asking price for used, private sells starts around $11,000 and goes up to $40,000. The price greatly depends on the specific model, number of owners, documented service history, accident history, kilometres driven, extra features, and general wear and tear.
The 2016 Mitsubishi Triton is one of the newer utes that still requires a timing belt change. You should check with anyone selling a used Mitsubishi Triton to see when this has last been done. Other than that, well cared for Tritons are very reliable vehicles with a good history of owner satisfaction.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Price cut from previous models, roomier and more comfortable with upgraded audio systems. In general, handles city and off-road driving quite well with a better engine than predecessors.
Cons: Slightly low for some of the rougher terrains, can be slow on acceleration, and not the smoothest ride compared to competitors.
HOLDEN ASTRA R
Holden Astra R
For an entry-level hatch-back, the Holden Astra R is a welcomed refresh compared to it’s predecessors. It handles twists and turns and provides more than you would expect for a zippy city car with a sophisticated suspension and impressive noise suppression. It is lighter, yet roomier, than previous models and is generally a pleasure to drive.
Basics: Cruise Control/speed limiter, rear-view camera and beeping sensors, hill start assist, ISOFIX anchor points for car seats, two bottle cupholders on each side and a central cupholder. The interior is rather plain with black plastic and
The Astra R has a 5-Star ANCAP rating, Electronic stability control, traction control, and ABS, and there are six airbags. The optional driver assist pack includes a leather steering wheel, AEB, rain sensing wipers and more, at additional cost (see below).
Electronics/Media: The Holden MyLink operates on a 7-inch touchscreen with DAB+, bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
boot space: 360 Litres and up to 1210L with folded rear seats.
Comparable models: Mazda3, Volkswagen Golf 92TSI, Peugeot 308, Ford Focus Trend, Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport (all within $22-$24,000 entry).
Engine: 1.4 litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 110 kw in power and 240 NM in torque. The engine is competitive amongst rival models on the market, although it doesn’t have much grunt for speedy acceleration and Holden doesn’t list a 0-100km time. You have the option for a 6-speed automatic transmission, or a manual.
The combined fuel economy rating is 5.8L/100km (though some test drives reported closer to 8.2L/100km), which is generally better than other comparable cars, or only slightly less. At 135g/km of CO2, the emissions ratings are also quite impressive. The manual and automatic models have the same ratings.
There is a basic warranty of 3 years or 100,000km warranty.
Entry for a new 2017 Astra R starts at $21,990 for manual transmission and an extra $2,200 for the automatic. There is also an option for a $1000 Driver assist pack which will give you AEB, lane-changing assist, forward distance indicator with collision warning, and a heated steering wheel. Other than Red and White, body colours also cost an additional $550.
At this stage, used models run from $11,000 to $15,000 as a starting asking price for private sales. Asking price greatly depends on the number of owners, documented service history, kilometres driven, and overall wear and tear.
What to Know about a used Astra R:
At this stage, the Astra R hasn’t really been around long enough for there to be any major issues consistently reported. There haven’t been any recalls and most owners seem generally happy with their car if they’re just using it to zip around town. It is lacking a bit in safety features and it’s fuel economy hasn’t reportedly stood up to the manufacturer claims, but otherwise it’s a pretty solid choice.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Nice exterior design and a fun, sporty feel while driving. Roomier than the previous model with a lighter body for better handling.
Cons: Lacking in features and flare considering the price point, higher entry than the Cruze. It’s also somewhat slow on acceleration.
In my opinion, the Mazda CX-5 is one of the more attractive mid-size SUVs on the market. With its polished profile and sharp lines, it’s easy to see why it rates highly against its peers. Boasting ample space (boot size 442 litres) and generous legroom, it’s great to see they’ve retained the qualities of its predecessor that we’ve grown to love – 4 cup holders (front & back), centre console bin (who doesn’t love that), USB ports and more.
With fair pricing ($28,690 – $49,990) as well as it’s cylinder deactivation (making it more fuel efficient), the Mazda CX-5 wins the popular vote when it comes to value for money.
- Achieved the maximum five-star ANCAP rating
- 3-year kms unlimited warranty
- 1800kg braked towing capacity
- Engine Transmission: 2 petrols, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder as well as a 2.5-litre four-cylinder and a diesel 2.2-litre four-cylinder
What our car experts think:
Pros: Looks great with exceptional value.
Cons: Needs to keep up to speed with electronic advances (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto etc.)
Covering a lot of bases, this medium SUV is not only known for its lovely looks but is also packed with loads of value with prices starting at $29,990.
With sharp lines, smooth handling & delightful leather trim it’s easy to see why this car has become one of Australia’s most loved medium SUV’s. With 1487 litres of precious cargo space, you can pack up the entire family (and the neighbors) for a trip of a lifetime. Beyond the space, let’s talk features… 4 bottle holders, 4 cup holders as well as a center console bin (no more grubby kids tissues in the back). And for all the tech geeks out there (my hand is up), the air con climate control is a tray that can comfortably hold your smartphone as well as a USB port and two 12 volt outlets.
Specs: Active, Active X & Elite 4WD are offered with 2.0-litre four-cylinder GDI developing 121kW/203Nm with a choice of manual (6 speed) or automatic. Petrol engines are loaded with standard 91 RON unleaded with fuel tank capacity of 62 litres. Towing capacity is consistent across from Active to Highlander – with 1600kg braked and 750kg unbraked.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Looks stylish with uncompromising quality.
Cons: Interior can look a little cheap with the use of plastics.
Peugeot 3008 Allure
The 3008 allure is one of four trim levels available in Australia, accompanied by the Active, the GT Line and the GT. It was first showcased in France at the Paris Auto Show in 2008 and officially released the following year. While this French car manufacturer has had a bit of a rocky ride with the success of the 3008’s predecessors, the 208 and the 308, this mid-size SUV seems to be ticking boxes that were previously left empty and wanting.
Features and Differences.
The features include, but are certainly not limited to, an 8.0 inch touchscreen, sat nav, wireless phone charging, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, three 12 volt sockets, driver seat lumbar adjustment, 360 degree vision front and reversing cameras, bluetooth, and voice recognition. This model doesn’t have LED lights and AEB is available as an add-on. An extra $2,000 will gain you a panoramic sunroof, up to $1,050 for a premium paint job, $500 for the electric tailgate and a whopping $2,500 for the sexy black leather trim. Suddenly the entry-level price is moving farther and farther away.
Other than the absolute basics, the newer version of the 3008 actually differ quite dramatically from its predecessors. It now has a blacked out C-Pillar, multi material dash that adds style, sleek sheet-metal exterior, ample cupholders and phone storage spaces, a 591 L boot (1670 with seats folded down), and a much more user friendly i-cockpit.
Pleasant to drive, the 3008 has quiet engine and tyre sounds from the interior, smooth shifting and confident grip. The sport mode however makes movements a bit jerkier so perhaps the high-performance sporty drivers may want to seek other rides. Overall, the newest models get much higher ratings than their older cousins, reflected in the price section below. Have a peruse through the information below if you’re selling a car and get a feel for how yours might compare.
Price: From $35,490, drive-away at $46,712
Warranty: 3 years / 100,000 km warranty
Engine: 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Seats: 5 seats
Body Type: SUV
Wheels: 18” alloy with grip control option
Fuel Tank capacity: 53 Litres
Steering: Electric power steering
Consumption: 5.5-9.8 L/100km on a city cycle and as low as 4.4 L/100km on the highway.
CO2 emissions: from 124-165 g/km, more with grip control option.
Towing Capacity: 600kg
Peugeot has thought of it all when it comes to safety in the 3008 Allure. The 2017 model has everything from driver and distance alert systems to full length curtain airbags and self-levelling headlamps. The exterior temperature indicator includes an ice warning, the safety break has pedestrian detection and there is even an option for an active blind spot detection system. The grip control option gives drivers confidence taking on roads covered with mud and ice. Be warned however that many of the crucial safety features come along with an additional price tag. For instance, the Advanced Safety Pack with AEB, driver’s assist and more will run you $1500.
The 3008 launched in Australia has an entry point of $36,990 which puts it substantially above the base models of its Korean and Japanese competitors. The going rate for used models online various widely as a result of varying conditions, specs, and extra packages, but it’s important to get a ballpark of where you fit in if you’re selling a Peugeot or selling another car and looking to buy. Have a peruse of some examples of going rates for each of the 3008 Allure, and some related models, since it came into production.
2017 Peugeot 3008 Allure Auto 4cyl is selling for $44, 888.
2016 Peugeot 3008 Active Auto 2.0L Turbo Diesel is going for $20, 860.
2015 Peugeot 3008 Active 2.0L turbo diesel is selling for $21,500.
2014 Peugeot 3008 Allure 1.6L 4 cyl is selling for $17,990.
2013 Peugeot 3008 Allure Auto 1.6L 4cyl is going for $15,990.
2012 Peugeot 3008 Allure 1.6L 4 cyl is selling for $13,988.
2011 Peugeot 3008 XTE HDi Auto 2.0L turbo diesel is being sold for $12,960.
2010 Peugeot 3008 Allure turbo diesel is selling for $12, 500.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Stylish appearance, loaded with extras.
Cons: AEB needs improvement, new models have corporate headlights, clashing with the elegant design.
Audi A5 Cabriolet 2017
The Audi A5 was created to fill the void between the A4 and A6 models but instead it unveiled an incredibly diverse and innovative model that can provide for an expansive range of drivers. The A5 is now available in three different body styles and transmission selections alongside six different engines. You have a choice between the two-door coupe, the drop-top cabriolet and the four-door sportback.
Driver’s can also enjoy spreading out into a variety of personalities as well. Perhaps you’re sport-focused and thrive off of the purring supercharged 3.0 Litre V6 engine of the high-performance S5. Or maybe you enjoy a breezier cruise in the 2.0 TDI model coupe that’s pushing 4.7 Litres per 100km selling for $68,000 rather than the $135,900 of its sportier cousin.
In 2012 Audi decided that they could keep up with the fast-changing standards for better consumption rates without losing integrity in performance, or at least gives the driver the option. For example, an innovative efficiency system in lower spec cars allowed the driver to change modes in order to dull the throttle input while the electro-mechanical steering offers gains of 3.0 Litres per 100km in consumption. With both the A5 and S5, over two-thirds of all buyers tend to go for the diesel option, but the choice is there. If you’re buying or selling an Audi A5 it’s good to be in the know about this wide-ranging car. Are You Selling offers free car valuations and cash for cars, but it never hurts to be informed about a sale ahead of time.
Price: From $68,200
Warranty: 3 years / unlimited km warranty
Engine: 2.0-litre engine standard (see variants below)
Transmission: seven-speed automatic
Seats: 4 seats Coupe
Fuel economy: 4.4-6.7 litres per 100km depending on engine, tires, transmission etc.
Features and changes between versions
Now fully automatic acoustic hood that can be opened and closed with one-touch function while driving at speeds up to 50 km/hr. It takes 15 seconds to open and 18 seconds to close and is well insulated to ensure proper aeroacoustics.
The newer models are also 47mm longer, have a flatter rear window, a wider single-frame grille at the front, wave-shaped shoulder lines adding to the sporty appeal. While the new generation has possibly the stiffest and sturdiest body of all time, it also weighs in at 40 kilograms less than its predecessors.
The Cabriolet now comes equipped with partial leather seats, seat-belt microphones, xenon headlights, and options for virtual cockpit and various safety systems.
2.0 TFSI with 140 kW (190 hp)
2.0 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI quattro with 185 kW (252 hp)
2.0 TDI with 110 kW (150 hp)
2.0 TDI ultra with 140 kW (190 hp)
3.0 TDI and 3.0 TDI quattro with 160 kW (218 hp)
3.0 TDI quattro with 210 kW (286 hp)
6-speed manual transmission
7-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission
*drive-train technology available for all versions
What our car experts think:
Pros: Functional soft top, ample technology features, aesthetically pleasing.
Cons: Tight leg room at the back.
Price Ranges for used cars selling online
[Prices vary depending on condition and specs of each vehicle, these are just examples so you can work out where you may fit in if you’re selling your Audi. Contact us for a free car valuation.]
2018 Audi A5 sport auto- $101, 881 drive-away
2017 Audi A5 Sport Auto 2.0L 4 cyl- $83,990
2016 Audi A5 Auto Quattro – $57,500
2015 Audi A5 Auto Quattro- $59,990
2014 Audi A5 Auto 1.8L 4 cyl- $34,850
2013 Audi A5 quattro 2.0L Turbo petrol- $43,900
2012 Audi A5 Quattro 3.0L 6 cyl- $38,000
2010 Audi A5 Auto Quattro – $19,999
2011 Audi A5 Auto 2.0L 4 cyl- $23,500
2009 Audi A5 Auto Quattro 2.0L 4 cyl- $19,800
If you’re selling your Audi or looking at buying a new one, these figures offer a starting point to get your head around how your car fits into the overall picture. As always, you can contact Are You Selling for a free quote and car valuation and you’ll be on your way to cash for your car in no time.
Volkswagen Golf R 2017
The Volkswagen Golf R 2017 has stepped up from its predecessor. Aesthetically there may not be many changes, just a few upgrades to keep its finger on the pulse, but on the road you feel the difference. Driver’s that choose the Golf R tend to relish in the fact that they can switch from a cruisey city car to a high-performance rocket at the drop of a hat.
Sometimes the roll-out of a new model means drastic improvements to style and performance, but the Volkswagen Golf R follows more of the “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it rule”. That isn’t to say that the newest version isn’t a step up but rather a testament to the existing quality of this much-loved vehicle. If you’re selling a Volkswagen Golf or looking to buy, it’s helpful to know how it compares to older models and the going rates.
Features and Differentiating points
There are a few aesthetic updates including the new centre console and the active info display on the larger multimedia screen. The new LED lights, the 19-inch Spielberg rims and the improved bumper fascias offer a slightly more sophisticated look. The heated leather seats in the front can also be vertically adjusted to accommodate driver’s of various stature, and it will remember individual driver settings. You’ll also enjoy the gesture and voice controls, plus auto headlights and dual zone climate control.
As a standard, it comes with a 213kW 4 cyl turbocharged engine and an option for a seven-speed wet clutch DSG auto transmission. As for safety, it includes low and high speed AEB, seven airbags, and a driver fatigue detection system, but you’ll have to pay extra for a sunroof and the adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection.
In comparison to the popular GTI models, the R has a larger radiator, stronger cylinder head and hollow exhaust valves so it can make the most of its turbocharger. Overall the R is a punchier, although non-aggressive model and still offers the comfort of a five-door hatchback design.
Price: From $52,990, which hasn’t increased from it’s predecessor
Warranty: 3 years / unlimited km warranty
Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine, current models make 213kW
Transmission: six-speed manual
Seats: 5-door hatch
Fuel economy: 7.2 litres per 100km, combined rating
Fuel Capacity: 50 Litre tank
When looking at Selling a Volkswagen Golf R it may be useful to see how the entire Gold range compares. Depending on various version, engines and transmission, the current going rate is anywhere from $22,861 for the 110 TSI Hatchback, to $68,887 for the top of the line R Wolfsburg edition, with 26 models in between.
While we offer free car valuations and cash for cars, we’ve provided a list of some examples for used Golf R models that are on the market now so you can get an idea of where a car you’re selling may fit in. Prices reflect varying levels of condition and specs but it’s helpful to get a ballpark when you’re thinking about selling your car.
2018 Volkswagen Golf R 7.5 Auto is selling for $59,888 before government charges.
2017 Volkswagen Golf R 7 Manual is selling for $49,990.
2016 Volkswagen Golf R 7 is being sold for $40,000.
2015 Volkswagen Golf R 7 Auto is up for $38,990.
2014 Volkswagen Golf R 7 Auto is selling for $34, 990.
2013 Volkswagen Golf R 7 Auto is up for $31,990.
2012 Volkswagen Golf R VI Auto is being sold for $25,900.
2011 Volkswagen Golf R 7 Auto is selling for $29,690.
2010 Volkswagen Golf R VI Auto is on the market for $24,000.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Great value for money, spacious and comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, good performance.
Cons: Front bar too low (driveways may become a hazard), no tow bar due to placement of rear exhaust, extra charges for safety package and sunroof.
Hopefully you’ve got a better handle on how you’re car compares to what’s out on the market so you feel more confident in embarking on the “sell my car” journey. Get in touch with Are You Selling for a free car valuation and you’ll be on your way to getting quick cash for your car.
2017 HONDA CR-V VTI-LX (AWD)
2017 marked the year for a new, and certainly improved, generation of the long-loved Honda CR-V models, with new price tags to match. For the keen car observers, the improvements in the newer models will be observable at a glance, but for the rest of us we may need to look a bit closer to see why this vehicle truly is a step up from the old. What’s important to note is that the popular title of CR-V doesn’t actually represent a model in itself, but rather a group of five different cars. They do in fact vary in more ways than a few letters at the end of the name, including their cost and some other crucial features, but we’ll make all of that clear. THE VTi-LX is at the top of our list for the CRV family but we’ll lay out all the info and you can make that choice for yourself.
While the five models vary in costs and specifications, not all have gone up in price in this new generation. In fact, the top two models have actually decreased compared to their predecessors. Honda says the entire range has significantly added value when considering the extra specs now incorporated.
The base level VTi: Starts at $30,690 before on-roads ($900 increase)
VTi-S Front-wheel: starts at $33,290 and ($1,000 increase)
VTi-S All-wheel: starts at $35,490 ($200 increase)
VTi-L front-wheel 7-seater: $38,990 ($300 decrease)
VTi-Lx: $44,290 ($1,500 decrease)
The VTi: 17-inch alloys, dual-zone climate control, reverse camera, keyless entry, colour touch screen with Apple Play, Android Auto and active noise control, hill start assist, trailer stability assist and LED daytime running lights.
VTi-S Front-wheel and all-wheel: electric tailgate with height adjustment, 18-inch alloys, Sat Nav with live updates, dusk-sensing headlights and lane-watch cameras, front and rear sensors, leather steering wheel and electrically automated side mirrors.
VTi-L front-wheel 7-seater: leather trim, panoramic sunroof, lumbar support and position memory in the driver’s seat, rain-sensing wipers, heat front seats, and curtain airbags.
VTi-Lx: LED headlights, foglights and high-beam support, privacy glass, DAB+ radio, electronically adjustable driver’s seat, auto dimming rear view, heated front seats. Especially useful safety features include: adaptive cruise control, collision mediated braking system, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, low-speed follow, and forward collision mitigation.
Comparable Makes and models
Toyota RAV-4, Mazda CX-5, Nissan X-Trail, Hyundai Tuscon. The Honda CRV-LX is more spacious than all but the X-trail.
The car has switched from Halogen to LED headlights and fog lights (which also differs from the other CR-V models), as well as new tinted read windows.
While it is the most expensive out of 2017 CR-V models, it has decreased by $1,500 from previous version, while still adding value in specifications and performance. The new safety features outlined below and probably it’s biggest advantage.
Anyone slightly taller than average may find themselves hunched over in the second row of the VT-L model, while the LX seems to be roomy all around. The centre console can shape shift to accommodate all kinds of clutter, and there are ample cup holders as well as built in bottle holders in the doors. The boot holds up to 522 litres, in addition to the full-sized spare wheel, which makes it competitive with other SUVs on the market.
Engine, Transmission, Fuel
The 1.5 litre turbo-petrol 4-cylinder engine is a standard for all five CR-Vs, which is relatively small at 140 kW, yet enjoys the turbo boost. The CVT automatic transmission is less notable for sporty handling but more for it’s sensibility in the fuel economy. THe LX cruises on front-wheel drive but can launch into rear-wheel when needed for tighter turns or added traction. Combined consumption for the LX is 7.4L/100km which is only .1L more than the two-wheel drive alternative.
Possibly the most attractive addition of the LX, the safety package is extremely impressive and definitely a selling point. The new side cameras on the LX finally allow for comfortable viewing of the “blind spot” to keep your eyes forward on the road when lane changing. Other than AEB and the adaptive cruise control, the LX has forward collision control, lane keep assistance and departure warning.
Families will also note that these cars features two ISOFIX points and three top tether anchor points which meant child car seats are much more safely attached to the actual car structure rather than just the seats. A definite plus for those with little ones.
Warranty: 6 Year / 175,000km
What our car experts think:
Pros: Spacious, attractive, extremely safe and a great family car.
Cons: Yet to find one!
Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport AWD
Since it’s launch in 2012, the Mazda CX-5 has been a favourite among sensible SUV drivers, and it has only improved since. Don’t take our word for it though, it is more often than not the top seller amongst SUVs in Australia, and at least in the top ten from month to month. While the medium SUV market keep pumping out new rivals for the CX-5, Mazda seems to be holding its own. Let’s have a look at the details and see why this car makes for a very attractive sale, whether you are on the selling or buying end of the deal.
17-inch alloy wheels, auto headlights, rain sensing wipers, 7 inch Sat Nav screen, USB and Bluetooth, climate control, cruise control, and privacy glass. It has a rear view camera, and a leather steering wheel but no leather seats or full sized spare wheel. The MZD connect is Mazda’s own idrive system and allows the driver keyless start and rotary dial shortcuts that make busy mornings that much smoother. Road noise tends to be loud on highways and rougher roads but sound-cancelling technology has been much improved since the 2015 version.
The UX infotainment and 6-speaker system makes for relaxing road trips with the family or a more peaceful journey through traffic and rush hour.
The boot measures at 403 L but the middle seats can be folded down to accommodate 1560L. The second row seats have ample room for children and child-seat attachments but also comfortable seat two adults on their own.
$32,790 not including on-road costs a little over $1,000
Option for upgrade to the 2.5 L AWD for $3,000 and another $3,200 for the diesel engine.
Safety Features- Optional Package
While the CX-5 has already earned a Five-star ANCAP rating, $1,230 will give drivers a safety package that truly rivals those of competitors. The pack includes rear-cross traffic alert (incredible for backing out onto busy streets), blind-sport monitoring, auto dimming rear view mirror, and low-speed autonomous braking. It isn’t a self driving car but it sure makes the road a safer place, especially for those with little ones in the back seat. Speaking of children and longer car trips, ISOFIX anchors on the outward pews makes for worry-free car seat mounting, although the CX-5 it is lacking in rear air vents and USB inserts.
Engine and Fuel
2.0 Litre Skyactive engine similar to the ever-popular Mazda3 and makes 114 kW at 6000rpm. The light 1491kgs means we get a little more than the less than punchy engine might otherwise give. There is a $3,000 option to upgrade to the 2.5 Litre All-Wheel-Drive Maxx Sport which makes 138Kw and 250 Nm petrol engine. There is also an option for diesel engine for an additional $3,200. Any way you decide you’ll enjoy the elegant 6-speed auto gear box featuring and enjoyably zippy sports mode.
The 6.4L per 100km that is quoted would make it one of the best in it’s class, and some testers have managed to hit under 7L in their trials, still more economical than the direct competitors.
3 years, unlimited kilometres plus $68-84 in roadside assistance options.
Toyota RAV-4, Subaru Forester, Kia Sportage, Ford Kuga, Hyundai Tuscon. Mazda has enjoyed sitting comfortably at the top of the medium SUVs for decades but new flashy models from the competition are pushing the company to work a little harder for it’s ranking. For now, the CX-5 still beats out the others, but with less of a margin than it once enjoyed.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Excellent design, practicality and value for an SUV
Cons: The FWD is sufficient for around town but lacks punchiness of the AWD 2.5 L option.
Recommendation: Go for both the AWD upgrade and the awesome safety package for the most rewarding buy!
Subaru is one of the old tried-and-true car manufacturers that continues to pump out trustworthy, capable vehicles for city-goers and adventurers alike. The Subaru XV definitely lives up to the makes name, but has its own unique features that put it apart from previous models. It can be confusing researching the XV because there are actually four different cars that fit under this name. We’ll walk you through the differences in each version including specs and varying price options so you know what you’re working with! At a glance though, the XV settles in nicely with its predecessors, while making an attempt at contemporary design.
While Subaru has stopped making the manual version of the 2.0i, the XV is still available in four different versions, all with their own unique features and advantages.
2.0i automatic: 6.5 inch touchscreen, keyless entry and push button ignition, bluetooth, Apple Carplay and Android auto, CD player but no digital DAB, 6-speaker sound system, 17-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear windows, cloth seats and halogen lighting. It has the X-Mode traction system, stop-start engine, and both climate and cruise control. Weights 1462 kg.
2.0i-L: This features everything from the 2.0i but includes a larger, 8 inch touch screen, and dual zone climate control. It also has an upgraded cloth trim. This model features AEB and the Subaru Eyesight safety system.
2.0i premium: This version does include everything from the previous models but the extra cost allows for GPS and satellite navigation as well as an electric sunroof.
2.0i-S: This version has LED rather than halogen lights as well as daytime running lights, it has leather seats, alloy pedals, 18-inch alloy wheels, more inclusive Vision assist safety system. Weights 1484 kgs.
2.0i automatic: $27,990 (reduced fy $1,200 from previous retail price)
2.0i premium: $32,140
$3,000 will also get you the STI Enkei alloy wheels that some will argue have a much higher aesthetic.
$1,591.20 to add the Explorer Tow Bar kit, not included in any models.
While the boot has a significantly wider entrance that may allow for easier packing, the actual capacity is still roughly the same, and relatively small, as previous models at 310 Litres. One of the best improvements is not only the comfort of the back row seats, but the addition of leg room! Taller adults will now comfortably fit behind driver’s that also have a roomy seat position, and no issue overhead. The electric handbrake means the centre console is larger, and there are four of each for cup holders and bottle holders throughout the cabin. While the boot space doesn’t boast much, in-cabin comfort is definitely a plus in this case.
Engine and Fuel
All of the new versions of the XV feature the same 2.0L four-cylinder engine that runs on petrol. In comparison to previous models, these ones make 115kW and 196Nm torque, which is nearly the same as before. While all of the XV’s still have the same CVT there is now an AWD X-Mode that allows for greater off-road traction and we all know that Subaru owners at least like the idea of going off road! The combined fuel rating is 7.0L per 100km, which is comparable to rival models and was close to the rate of many testers who included off-road conditions.
Safety Features and Warranty
Warranty is three years with unlimited kilometres and can be serviced every twelve months as opposed to six like the previous models.
The newer XVs earned a stunning five-star ANCAP rating, making it one of the safest cars on the market. While the XV’s have the basic safety features of other cars in its market, they are also fitted with the unique “eyesight” system developed by Subaru. This system includes brake light recognition, lane-drifting detection and many others that compensate for tired drivers or dangerous conditions. There are front and side airbags as well as curtain and knee bags for the driver’s side.
For child seats there are two ISOFIX mounts and three top tether points.
If you opt for the high-range 2.0i-S you will also enjoy the ‘Vision Assist’ program that features blind-spot monitoring, adaptive high beams, lane change assistance, and AEB with rear cross traffic alerts.
Mazda CX-3, Toyota C-HR, Hyundai Kona, Honda HR-V and the Chevrolet Trax.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Great looking exterior, excellent alternative to the traditional smaller SUV, top of the line safety features for the higher end 2.0i-S.
Cons: The boot is small for storage and the engine could be updated but it is sufficient for the average driver’s needs, especially with the excellent safety features.
Hyundai Tuscon Elite
Hyundai has been silently gaining traction in the SUV market since 2004 with it’s first small SUV version of the Tucson, already a competitor with the fan favourites CX-5 and Rav-4. In 2016 the Tucson got a makeover and took a step up to the medium SUV category. The version we’re featuring, the Tucson Elite, is one of three engine variations for the Elite version, and one of nine in the overall Tucson spread. If you’re selling or buying a Hyundai Tuscon it’s easy to get lost in all the car lingo and various engine types and fuel rating, not the mention the range of specs. We’ve broken things down for you to get your head around so you can have confidence that you’re making the best decisions when it comes to your Hyundai. The short version: the Tucson makes for a steep rival in the medium SUV market with impressive handling and competitive fuel ratings as well as overall good value for its standard specifications and features. A great car for families, city slickers, as well as those with a little more adventure in their veins.
As mentioned above, the Elite does not stand as a version on its own when it comes to the Hyundai Tucson. While all nine version share the same name, they vary widely when it comes to engines, and naturally, when it comes to price.
Active 2.0 MPi 2WD manual $27,990
Active 2.0 MPi 2WD automatic $30,490
ActiveX 2.0 GDi 2WD manual: $30,490
ActiveX 2.0 GDi 2WD automatic: $32,990
Elite 2.0 MPi 2WD automatic $35,240
Elite 1.6 turbo AWD automatic:$38,240
Elite 2.0 CRDi diesel AWD automatic: $40,240
Highlander 1.6 turbo AWD automatic: $43,490
Highlander 2.0 CRDi diesel AWD automatic: $45,490
The Elite variations of the Tucson go from mid to upper range in terms of cost and come with a choice of petrol, turbo, or diesel engine, all version are automatic transmission.
While there are technically nine variations on the Tucson, when it comes to specs we can basically break it down into three categories; the Active, the Elite, and the Highlander. All share some key standard features, but vary in their own unique ways. Let’s take a closer look.
The Active: This is the Entry-level Tucson, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in finesse. This leather-seated interior also features a 7-inch display screen with bluetooth, Apple Carplay and Android auto as well as a multi-modality steering wheel that controls audio as well as cruise control. There is a rear camera and parking sensors, projector beam and dusk-sensing headlights, as well as 18-inch alloy wheels. It comes as either a manual or automatic two-wheel-drive with further engine variations.
The Elite: The Elite is a step up in price point which, for the most part, reflects it’s additional features excluding the cloth trim and the 17-inch alloy wheels. There is a one inch larger touch screen, privacy glass, rain-sensing wipers, a ten-direction electric driver’s seat, dual climate control, electric parking brake, auto wipers and powered tailgate. It also has roof rails and the handy keyless unlocking system plus all of the standard features of the Active as well. It comes as either a petrol two-wheel drive or a turbo or diesel all-wheel-drive.
The Highlander: This is the top end model for the Tucson and does indeed provide additional specs. In addition to the features of the Active and the Elite, the highlander offers six-direction passenger seat positioning, front parking sensors, panoramic sunroof, LED tail lamps and leather seating. It also has an impressive safety package detailed below. It comes as a turbo or diesel all-wheel-drive.
The boot fits 488 Litres in normal position, and up to 1478 with adjustment of the rear seats. True to its name as a medium-size SUV, it is neither too spacious or cramped, but it is slightly smaller than the rival versions of the Mazda and Toyota.
As a major improvement from earlier models, all Tucson’s made after 2015 now receive a 5-star ANCAP rating as opposed to four-star. Whlie all models feature the three top tether anchor points and two ISOFIX fittings for child seats, the Highlander definitely has the most comprehensive safety package. It has an autonomous emergency braking system, lane keeping assistance, blind spot detection for lane change assistance, rear cross traffic assistance, as well as it’s front and rear parking sensors. This is one of the downsides of the lower level Tucson’s, such as the featured Elite, which makes for a weak point when comparing to entry-level variations of its competitors that feature many of these safety specs as a standard.
Engine, Emissions, Warranty
There are a few engine variations but most are 2.0L, 4 cylinder petrol engines with 6-speed automatic transmission. There are two manual options in the Active range, also 6-speed, that make 121kW and 203Nm. The 1.6 L, 4-cylinder turbo petrol has a 7-speed automatic transmission and makes 130kW and 265Nm. The diesel option makes 136kW and 400 Nm.
In terms of emissions, Hyundai’s report is a combined rate of 7.7L per 100km. Several testers came within close range of the estimation and the standards are competitive for medium size SUVs.
In terms of warranty, Hyundai provides and impressive 5 year/unlimited kilometres agreement. Servicing is required every six months or every 7,500 Kms.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Attractive exterior, smooth handling, superb four-cylinder engine and options for manual transmission. Great safety features on the Highlander.
Cons: Dual clutch a little stiff, safety features lacking in the lower-end models considering the price and competition.
Land Rover Freelander 2
Landrover had an underwhelming rollout with their first version of the Freelander which was apparently lacking in the quintessential Land Rover abilities to bring city folk off the beaten path. While the Freelander 2 was an immediate remedy for it’s under par predecessor, it has steadily improved over the years from it’s first unveiling. Most importantly, it doesn’t resemble the first Freelander, and it does handle off-road conditions. Let’s have a closer look.
In terms of cabin space, the Freelander 2 has increased legroom and height as well as boot space, which is still relatively small for a vehicle of its size. Better for packing people than bags. The original 6 cylinder engine has also seen its share of variations. It was later replaced with a 2.0 L turbo and 2.2L turbo diesel engine, making 171kW. The diesel was the more popular option as it provided more handling power true to the name of Range Rover. The six-speed automatic was joined by a manual option in 2011 to cater to the more technical, hands on drivers that enjoy adventure. Eventually, the petrol chewing 6-cylinder was replaced for a more economical four-cylinder, which we see in the Freelander 2 today.
While Freelander 2 owners were generally enthusiastic about it’s handling abilities, this Rover wasn’t made to be the most durable off-road vehicle. If you’re buying or selling a Landrover Freelander 2, it’s important to be aware of possible wear and tear under the car and on the body from more aggressive off-road driving.
Price, Engine, and Transmission
As a reflection of the seven versions and various specifications offered in the Freelander 2, prices vary widely from an entry-level $28,710 up to $56,100. It can get a little complicated sifting through all of the options so we’ve done our best to break it down into TD4’s, Si4’s, and SD4’s with engine options and corresponding price ranges. If you are selling a Landrover Freelander 2 you can also get in touch with areyouselling.com.au and we’ll walk you through the car selling process.
The lower range TD4’s offer both manual and automatic variations, unlike the upper level options. They are all 2.2L, 6-speed, diesel engines.
TD4 manual ranges from the lowest price of $28,710 to $34,650
TDA automatic ranges from $30,360 to $36,520.
TD4 SE automatic ranges from $35,750 to $42,570.
The Si4 SE mid range is a 4×4 6-speed auto with a 2.0 L PULP engine and ranges from $38,720 to $45,540.
The SD4 top-range comes as 2.2L Diesel engines with 6-speed automatic transmission and vary between the HSE, the HSE Luxury and the SE.
SE ranges from $37,840 to $44,550 depending on specs.
HSE ranges from $45,540 to $59,910.
HSE Luxury ranges from $48,840 to the top of the line $56,100
When it comes to features, Landrover is the absolute champion for base-level inclusions. The list goes on and on but we’ll highlight the basics so you can get a feel for what is on offer with these luxury cars.
The entry-level cars include, but are not limited to: 19-inch alloy wheels, body coloured exterior door handles and mirrors and wood grain trim, tilt and telescope steering wheel, automatic climate control with dust and pollen filters, multifunctional centre console and additional cup holders, 12 Volt power outlet, leather steering wheel and seats, 11-speaker sound system, and xenon headlight. It also has all contemporary control screen features with various audio and phone connectivity.
The Luxury HSE SD4 also comes with a 17-speaker option and an anti-theft alarm system.
Along with a crucial 5-star ANCAP rating, the Freelander has as many, if not more, safety features than it does specs. For the average driver this is important but not top priority, but Landrover drivers need to know their vehicle can take them wherever they need to go, no matter the conditions. Some of the most impressive safety features are included below and reflect even base level options.
With a Freelander 2 you can expect to enjoy: Brake assist, corner control and anti-lock braking, cruise control, exterior mirrors with heating, tilt on reverse and puddle lighting, dusk sensing headlights. Dual front and head airbags as well as driver knee bags, hill descent control, headlight wiper system, parking distance control in front and rear, power steering, windows and mirrors, auto dimming of the rear view mirror, full-size alloy spare wheel, vehicle trailer stability control and traction control system as well as a tool box!
Emissions and Warranty
While emission ratings vary between various models, manual or automatic, and overall driving conditions, the Freelander 2 emission standards are reported to be roughly 7.7L/100km. This is an impressive achievement for a car of this caliber and is due to efficiency improvements in the more recent models.
Warranty is a standard 3-year and slightly substandard 100,000 kms.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Attractive & Comfortable, able to handle most off-road conditions. Excellent base-level safety features.
Cons: Small boot for the size of the vehicle and expensive even at mid-level options.
Land Rover Discovery Landmark
The Land Rover Discovery has remained an almost un-improvable crowd favourite over it’s long and successful history. The British company knows better than to alter a near-perfect design and has faithfully kept providing the design its driver’s know and love. When the flashy new versions of discovery were unveiled in 2016, some Discovery die-hards may have taken pause, but it seems the new kids on the block only differ cosmetically and have the addition of a few extra specs, plus the new and improved price tag. This limited edition Landmark, and it’s partner, the Graphite, serve as a delectable interim between the Discovery 4, and the Discovery 5 that was still on the horizon. If you’re buying or selling a Land Rover Discovery Landmark, we’ll run through the basics to get your head around and go over what makes it different from the Graphite. Let’s have a look.
Price and Evolution from Predecessors
The price tag on this fancy limited edition vehicle may seem a tad pretentious, but we’ll show you the spread of versions starting with the entry-level Discovery 4 and heading up so you can get an idea of how it compares to the original model.
All are 3.0L V6 engines with 8-speed automatic transmissions but they vary between super-charged (SC), sequential diesel/turbo (SD), and turbo diesel. All of the various acronyms can get confusing, we know. When you see SE it just means Standard Specifications, while HSE means High specification equipment. Now that we’re clear as mud on letters, let’s look at some numbers.
The TDV6 (Diesel engine) ranges from $59,950-$68,860
The SDV6 SE (Diesel engine) ranges from $73,150- $84,040
The SDV6 HSE (diesel engine) ranges from $82,940- $95,370
The SCV6 SE (PULP) ranges from $73,150- $84,040
The SCV6 HSE (PULP) ranges from $82,940-$95,370
Along with the limited edition Landmark we also have the new Graphite, slightly more entry-level if you can call it that at this range. Basically it corresponds to either the TDV6 option and runs for $70,780 or the SDV6 $89,900. You can see how these compare to the Discovery 4 prices above but are slightly more expensive to account for the exterior and interior improvements and probably also it’s “limited-ness”.
Our Landmark rolls in at a steep $106,690, but jumps off from the SCV6 HSE model and has a bunch of extras, but we’ll have a look at all the specs in the next section.
If the vehicles aren’t enough for you as they are, you can tack on some extras for equally special prices. The options are: Digital TV for $1,580, Alpine Sunroof for $3,860, tinted glass for $1,100, rear traffic and blind spot alerts for $700, wade sensing for $340, and active rear locking for $1,060.
The Graphite definitely caters to those who like choice. You can pick between nine body colours and three interior colours while the wheels, grille, and fender vents all enjoy sleek, dark gloss gray finish. It’s rolls around on 19-inch, 7-split spoke alloy wheels plus keyless entry, HDD nav, and a console cooler box if you choose the SDV6.
The Landmark has fender vents, grille, and mirror caps all finished in black and a choice of a humble five body colours. The roof is fitted with brightly finished rails, and the wheels are 20-inch, 5-split-spoke, alloy. You can choose between three colours for the leather interior but leather trimming, dash, and door casings. It’s very flash. The centre console cooler is included along with heated front and rear seats and even a heated steering wheel. Another truly unique feature is the 825W surround sound system that beats out all other Discovery models.
The boot is split with the top half folding up practically into a roof while the bottom comes down flat and can be used to sit on or cook on if you’re out in the bush. Along the the mini-fridge console up front, this makes planning for long day trips or overnights really easy.
The Landmark comes with the impressive Vision Assist pack with automatic high beams, 5-camera surround surveillance, and adaptive Xenon headlights in addition to all of the basic features of the Discovery 4.
The downside is that it doesn’t have an ANCAP rating but it’s got the same specs as the Discovery 3 which scored a four out of five. Room for improvement here.
Engine and Transmission
We’ve covered engines up in the price section but as a reminder for the two limited edition models:
The Graphite comes in either the TDV6 model making 155kW, or the SDV6 with 188kW. The
Landmark comes in either SDV6 or SCV6 HSE making 183kW at 4000 rpm. These both have one more turbo charger compared to the TDV6 models and have a lot more power available for acceleration. All models are 3.0L, 8-speed automatics.
The car feels extremely spacious as a result of the somewhat less attractive design that has harsher edges and less flow. Even tall passengers won’t feel cramped by ceiling space and even though it gets a little cramped by the time you get to the third row, it’s not too bad for a seven-seater SUV. With all this room for people, the boot space is unsurprisingly very small. The good thing is, if you don’t have all three rows filled up you can put down the back seats and have roughly 1260 Litres of space, which is a lot. If you really want to make a little home out of it, the second row also folds down flat and it get incredibly roomy in there. There are also cup holders, bottle holders, and even storage boxes fitted throughout the cabin.
Fuel, Emissions and Warranty
The Landmark’s combined rating has been placed at 8.8L/100kms which is pretty darn good for an off-road SUV weighing 2558kg empty. It also has an estimated 230g/km CO2 emissions average.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Great transmission & engine. Elegant interior, impressive features and extras.
Cons: Older safety & car tech, somewhat of a lag on turbochargers when accelerating.
Ford Focus RS
Let’s get behind the wheel of the 2016 Ford Focus RS. Whether you’re buying or selling a Ford Focus, you’ll want to know how your car measures up with similar vehicles in its range as well as against models of other brands. Some car buyers value luxury features while others value a solid safety package, and some are more concerned with price and fuel consumption. Whatever your connection to the selling and buying of the Ford Focus, we’re here to equip you with all the info you need to make smart decisions. Hop in and let’s see what we can find out.
While the 2016 Ford Focus range has three distinct versions on offer, all share the same 1.5 litre turbo petrol ecoboost engine detailed in sections below. While the base-level Ambiente model is no longer available in the 2016 range, the Trend is now the cheapest entry making Ford less competitive with similar versions in the Volkswagen Golf range, which is almost a grand less. It’s almost more than $3,000 on top of the previous Trend model.
The Trend: Options for the Hatch Manual at $23,390 or either the Hatch or Sedan Auto at $24,390.
The Sport: Options for the Hatch Manual at $26, 490 or the Hatch Auto for $27,490.
Titanium: Options for the Hatch or Sedan, both auto, at $32,690.
ST: Options for the Hatch manual at $38,990.
The Focus RS comes out at the top of the range with an initial cost of $50,990 which doesn’t include on road costs. You can opt for the 19-inch gloss black alloys and the Michelin Sport Cup tyres for an additional $2,500. While this might seem like quite a leap from the ST version below, it’s actually $9,000 than the RS in the previous run. If you’re not into the base colour, white, then you’ll need to tack on an extra $450 to get the Shadow Black, Nitrous Blue, or Magnetic Grey.
What makes this cost of the RS attractive is it’s comparison to competitors with similar output and features. While it may not have the same flashy connotations as Audi, Mercedes, and BMW, it knocks off as little as $12,000 and as much as $27,000 when looking at models with similar specs.
There is reason that the Ford Focus RS sits at the top of the price mark for the Focus range. Not only has it switched from front to all-wheel-drive, but the engine (detailed below) is much punchier and sportier. Two-thirds of the torque is sent to the back-wheels as part of the electronic all-wheel-drive monitoring system that updates almost twice a second, so this vehicle can handle some serious turns and quick maneuvering. It’s pretty clear why this is considered a performance vehicle, along with the Fiesta and Focus ST, the Falcons XR6 and XR8, and the Mustang V8.
What’s the experience like on the inside? Well you’ve got voice control allowing you to change climate, media, phone calls, and even navigation without moving a finger. You can also leave keys in your pocket with keyless entry and push button start. There is an 8-inch high-res colour touch screen if you like doing thing manually, and driver and passengers alike can enjoy the 9-speaker sound system that corresponds to bluetooth as well as USB and RCA inputs.
Function definitely doesn’t mean skimping on style though as you’ll have 19-inch alloy wheels, a special body kit and fascia made just for the RS, and Recaro shell seats with partial leather interior.
Engine and Transmission
The impressive 2.3L 257kW/440nM ecoboost four-cylinder turbo engine puts it above competitive models Volkswagen Golf R and Mercedes Benz A45 AMG that top out at 206 kW and 265kW respectively. Acceleration from 0-100km is 4.7 seconds, not too shabby.
The amount of torque means only manual transmission will be available for the RS, which contains a 6-speed manual gearbox, staying true to the more classic manual designs. The Focus RS also has a new and unique “drift mode” that allows drivers to oversteer without losing control, for a bit of fun. Professional rally driver Ken Block made the RS famous for this whirling drift mode by sending it into sliding circles, smoke pouring from the tyres. You don’t need to pull any stunts like this but it’s cool to tell people that you can.
While we often think of sports cars as having tiny little compartments we have to squish ourselves into, let’s not forget that the RS is still a hatchback. We’ve got five doors and about 260 litres of cargo space. That isn’t too bad but it’s almost 60 L less than earlier models. If you’re not too tall, you’ll enjoy the comfy seats, but you won’t get any vertical adjustment in this car.
This is probably the biggest area lacking in the Focus RS (other than the gigantic 11.8 metre turning radius). It unfortunately does not have AEB, rear cross traffic monitoring, lane keep and lane departure assistance or auto high beam headlamps. It does have rear view cameras and six airbags as well as the SYNC2 system that connects to emergency services but these would seem to be the very basics when it comes to some safety packages.
Ford claim that combined consumption is around 7.7L per 100kM but several independent tests found it to be much higher, especially if you’re doing donuts in the carpark.
3 years and 100,000kms basic warranty.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Well priced and extremely powerful.
Cons: Lacking in safety features, huge turning radius, and very stiff tracking.
Kia Cerato Si
The 2016 Kia Cerato Si is one of four in this safe and incredibly affordable range. If you’re selling or buying any versions of the Kia Cerato, it’s important to know what sets them apart from each other as well as competitor vehicles. We’ve laid out the varying prices and features so you’ll get a good idea of where the Cerato Si sits in its family. If you’re selling a Kia and you know you want someone else to deal with the hassle, make an enquiry with us today. We offer cash for cars so that selling a Kia doesn’t come with an instruction manual!
The Cerato Si may not be the cheapest of the line up but there are definitely benefits that come with the upper range models. We’ll talk about specs shortly but for now let’s see what kind of cash you’d need for the brand new vehicles.
Kia Cerato S, the entry level model and driveaway cost is $19,990, add $500 to get extra specs
Kia Cerato S premium is the next step up with driveaway set at $24,990.
Kia Cerato Si is second to the top and will cost $28,990.
Kia Cerato SLi is top of the range at a driveaway cost of $32,490.
If we compare with a few competitor models you’d measure up with a Mazda 3 at $20,490, the Hyundai i30 at $18,990, or the Toyota Corolla at $19,790, all entry-level prices. The Kia Cerato S sits in the middle, roughly the same as the Corolla. The Cerato Si might be matched with the Mazda 3 Touring which costs $29,005, or the VW Golf Comfortline at $29,990.
The Cerato Si is in the upper middle range for good reason. While even the base level enjoys 16-inch alloy wheels, 3.5 inch touch screen display, keyless entry and parking sensors, the Si goes a bit further. The Si interior is generally more upscale with leather trim, navigation, dusk-sensing headlights and Android Auto connected to the 7-inch multimedia unit. While it may not have all the bells and whistles of more luxurious makes, it does pretty well for its price tag.
We mentioned some of its comparable rivals in its price range above, but considering these specs you could also size it up against the Holden Cruze, Subaru Impreza, or even the Nissan Pulsar.
The boot holds from 385 to 657 litres depending on whether the read seats are up or down and the whole body is 4350 by 1780mm. There are front and back cup holders as well as bottle holders fitted into doors. It feels rather spacious as a passenger without cramping the leg space or looming to low overhead. Some drivers do find however that the seats were set just a little too high.
All Kia Cerato models have achieved the full 5-star ANCAP rating, staying true to their growing reputation as a safe vehicle. However, some reviewers found that the safety package was lacking in comparison to come rival vehicles. For instance, there is no AEB included and even the mid-range models do not come with a rear camera.
If you do have an Si then you’ll also enjoy rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot detection. If you splurge on the top of the range SLi then you will also receive forward collision and lane-departure warning systems. While this line may seem to be slightly underwhelming, the high ANCAP rating reassures us that the extras may just be luxury items and that Kia has provided all we really need.
Engine and Transmission
If the engine is your main concern as a driver then you won’t have to look beyond the entry level Cerato S. All four vehicles in the range now come with the standard 2.0L 4cyl petrol engine, only in front wheel drive. It makes 112 kW and 192 nM. All come with a 6-speed auto transmission except the S which also has a manual edition for the same price.
Consumption and Emissions
While the Cerato Si has the standard engine, it is set up with a 6-speed automatic transmission with a torque converter. Driving this around gives a combined fuel rating of 7.1L per 100km according to Kia. C02 emissions are listed at 168g/km.
Cerato’s require annual servicing, or every 15,000kms, which has capped costs of $2,734. Seems a little high? Well the total represents a warranty covering seven years! This is one area where Kia shines as most drivers of rival models won’t get above three years.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Safe and affordable.
Cons: Old tech engine lacks efficiency, no AEB.
ALFA ROMEO – 4C SPIDER
The Alfa Romeo 4c coupe was already a star amongst italian muscle car enthusiasts. Along comes the Spider and drivers are losing their… hats. Seriously though, you can go top down in this one. While some rate it as expensive, others say it’s quite the deal with the power and handling you get. In fact, some drivers say the only sin may be making a car with this much punch and giving it an automatic transmission! If you’re buying or selling an Alfa Romeo, have a scroll and see how the Coupe and Spider match up, as well as some of the rivals. We offer cash for cars too so once you’ve equipped yourself with all you need to know about selling an Alfa Romeo, don’t hesitate to call, we’ll make it easy for you.
Pricing is pretty simple. The Coupe starts at $89,000 and the Spider comes in at $99,000.
If the Spider isn’t sporty enough for you then you can tack on another ten grand for the Race pack which gives it bigger wheels and stiffer suspension. Is this a pricey ride? Check out the specs below and decide for yourself.
Some driver’s are all about luxury features and entertainment systems that make driving easy and pass the time. The Spider isn’t a car for those drivers. The Spider is a car for diver’s that enjoy the drive itself. It’s definitely a thrills over frills kind of vehicle. For instance, you’ve got to like the contact of turning and actual key in the ignition rather than the push button many of us are getting used to. You’ve also got to enjoy the growls and roars of the engine as noise cancelling isn’t a valued feature here.
While it may be basic in terms of extras, it isn’t archaic by any means. You’ll still enjoy leather trim sporty seats, bluetooth connectivity with a four-speaker system, rear parking sensors and 17 to 18 inch wheels from front to back. As noted in the price section, if you opt in for the Race pack then wheels are 18 to 19 inch alloys from front to back and you’ll have a more robust exhaust system and stiffer suspension.
Other than the removable soft top and the slightly smoother design, it’s hard to find any big differences between the Coupe and the Spider on paper. Except for the ten thousand dollars of course.
Let’s just say we wouldn’t exactly call this a family vehicle. There’s a squishy two-seater cabin with a true racecar feel and an even tinier 110 litre boot. Not the car for camping style road trips but perfect for flying down the highway with swimmers and sunnies and not much else.
The Carbon fibre structure is recognised as a safe option but you’ll only get airbags in the front seats. Other than cruise control it’s hard to make out any real safety package with the Spider. Perhaps that’s why we don’t see an ANCAP rating yet. Again, probably not your best pick for a growing family.
Engine and Transmission
The Spider has a 1.7 litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic only transmission option. This rear-wheel-drive makes 177kW at 6000 rpm and 350 nM around 3000 rpm give or take. Between 3000 to 5000 rpms is the sweet spot as it tends to wane once you get up to the 6500 area where you might notice some turbo lag.
For those imagining themselves on the racetrack, you can go from zero to 100 km in 4.5 seconds. Not bad.
Consumption and Emissions
The official claim is 6.8L per 100km. Not so terrible for a punchy sports vehicle but also not great if you’re trying to be economical. There is a reported combined carbon dioxide emissions of 161g/km.
Warranty is a standard 3 years or 150,000 kms with servicing annually or every 20,000 kms.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Seamless paddle shift, stellar brakes, nice aesthetic. Extremely fun for the sporty driver who doesn’t care about luxury features and is more into the thrill of driving.
Cons: No satellite navigation, touchscreen, or voice controls. Lengthy process to remove the roof. No option for manual transmission and no safety package.