VOLVO – XC90
Volvo has certainly made a name for itself when it comes to safe, reliable, child friendly cars that are affordable for families and singles alike. So what business does it have jacking prices up to the 100K mark for the XC90 range? Well, Volvo has entered new territory it turns out and the XC90 models seem like they may indeed be competitors for long-standing luxury vehicles. We’re talking cars like the BMW X5, the Audi Q7, the Range Rover Sport and even the Porsche Cayenne. While the XC90 cars may not have the biggest engine of the bunch, they seem to carry their weight in other ways. If you’re selling or buying a Volvo XC90 then read on and get equipped with everything you’ll need to know.
Prices vary between the seven available combinations of the three engine types (D5 Diesel, T6 Petrol, and T8 hybrid petrol) and three trim levels (Momentum, Inscription and R-design) on offer.
The entry level model is the XC90 Momentum D5 costs $89,950.
For the Inscription model on the D5 it is an extra $7,000 costing $95,950.
Another $1,000 gets you the R-design at $97,950.
The T6 engine models add an extra $4,000 for each trim level so
The T6 Momentum costs $93, 950,
The T6 Inscription costs $100,950, and
The T6 R-design costs $101,950.
The T8 is only available in the R-design and tops out the range at $122,950.
All prices above are before on-road costs and there is a long list of extras you can choose from as well:
Heated front seats for $375 and rear seats for $400,
Three-sixty degree camera for a whopping $1,750,
A digital radio for only $500 or opt for the premium sound system for $4,500.
If you’ve got the D5 or T6 powertrains then you can also choose to pay $160 if you’re still using CDs!
If you want fancy leather upholstery or leather dash and door panels it will run you $2,950 and $2,500 respectively.
There is a driver support pack for $4,000 and an IntelliSafe Assist package for $2,600 that we’ll detail below.
Unique to the D5 and T6 is the panoramic sunroof option for $2,950 while the T8 alone offers a 22-inch alloy wheel option for $3,825.
How’s that for options! As long as you’ve got the cash to back it up, you can go as wild as you please on extras.
While you’ve had a little peek into specifications from the Pricing section, let’s see what is included for each model before things are added on. It can get a little complicated with all the various combinations but they do have some key differing factors that we will try to make clear. Distinctions in Engines and Transmissions are outlined a little further down.
The D5 and T6 both come in all three trim levels:
Connection for AUX/Bluetooth/Wifi, 12.3 inch display and 9 inch touchscreen, 19-inch alloy wheels, booster cushions, memory settings for electric front seats, four-zone climate control extending to third row, LED lights with active high beam.
This model includes all features of the Momentum plus several more of its own. Additions include: Nappa Leather Upholstery, colour-coordinated sills/bumpers and door handles with illumination, 20-inch alloy wheels, aluminium roof rails, leather-wrapped key and hands free entry. It also includes the Intellisafe SUrround details below in the Safety Section.
Perforated Nappa leather upholstery, carbon fibre inlays, silk metal side window surrounds and matte silver mirrors, personal power steering settings and 20-inch matt black diamond cut R-design alloy wheels. Of course, all of these are in addition to features in the above models.
The T8 only comes in R-design trim level:
The T8 Twin-engine R-design has the same features as the previous R-design with three additional items: Electric panoramic sunroof, Tyre repair kit and crystal gear lever. As noted above in the price section, you can opt to add on many of these features even if they aren’t included in your chosen model.
These models have from 692 to 721 Litres in cargo capacity and seem to be quite roomy right back to the seats in the third row. Space is definitely not a concern in this 5-door, 7-seat mid-size SUV.
The XC90 range has achieved its 5-star ANCAP rating but varies in individual safety features across the different models, as well as optional add-ons listed here.
The IntelliSafe Assist option ($2,600 extra) includes a speed limiter, a lane keeping and queue assist, distance alert an adaptive cruise control.
If you choose the Driver support pack ($4,000) you will get the above plus a head-up display and a 360 degree camera on top.
Below are safety features that are included in the original cost for each model:
Parking sensors and reverse view camera, rain-sensing wipers, cruise and driver alert control as well as lane change assist, electronic stability control, seven airbags, brake support and mitigation for pedestrian, cyclists and intersections.
This model includes the IntelliSafe surround with cross-traffic alert, rear-collision warning and blind-spot assist.
Same as above with options for extra packages.
Engine and Transmission
We’ve broken down the various specs on engines by the three powertrains below:
This one comes as a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine that makes 165kW and 470Nm. It has an 8-speed automatic transmission. It goes from 0-100km in 7.8 seconds.
This also has a 2.0L four-cylinder engine but as turbocharged or supercharged petrol option. It makes 235kW and 400 Nm and also has an 8-speed automatic transmission.It goes from 0-100km in 6.5 seconds.
This comes with a 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged and supercharged petrol engine with the addition of an electric motor. It makes 235kW plus an additional 65kW from the electric motor and makes 400Nm plus 240 Nm due to the electric motor. It goes from 0-100km in 5.6 seconds.
The engine and torque outputs of the XC90 range actually beat out the flashy BMW X5! That’s saying something for Volvo.
Fuel Consumption and Emissions
6.2L/100km combined fuel consumption rating
Roughly 160g/km C02 emissions.
8.5L/100km combined rating.
199g/Km C02 emissions.
2.1L/100km combined rating.
Roughly 59g/km in C02 emissions.
Volvo in general offers a generous 5-year or 100,000km warranty with regular maintenance.
What the Experts think:
Pros: This car has all the long-standing values of safe and efficient Volvo cars with the power and luxury of flashy high-end brands.
Cons: Price point up with high-end brands, large additional costs for features.
NISSAN – PATHFINDER
Since its Australian inception during the 1980s, the Nissan Pathfinder has undergone several redesigns of its body. It has moved from truck-based to car-based platforms and in turn become more spacious, comfortable and fuel-efficient. The latest models are aimed more at the urban market and can’t take you as far off the beaten path or tow as much as earlier versions.
If you’re looking for a powerful family car with three rows of seating and attractive interior finishes, the Pathfinder ticks the boxes. Buying a new car doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to splurge. Second hand Pathfinders have generally held up well. Rust can get into the lower corners of the door and the tailgate however it is uncommon, unless the vehicle has been driven along beaches.
If you’re selling your Pathfinder, expect a price from $3000 to $5000 for a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder Ti petrol; $9000 to $14,000 for a 2003 Ti petrol; $15,000 to $22,000 for a 2005 ST-L petrol; $26,000 to $35,000 for a 2009 ST diesel; $38,000 to $50,000 for a 2010 Ti diesel.
Let’s take a look at some of the details on a newer range of the Pathfinder so you can get an idea of how the car you’re selling may measure up. The 2017 Pathfinder comes as a three-tier range with different costs and features that make a difference to certain buyers and will likely change what an asking price can be for a used vehicle. If you’re simply shopping around for your next car after you sell your old Nissan, you might be interested in some of the nuances of this underrated model. Let’s take a look!
The entry level Pathfinder ST is the least expensive in the range but has a $500 increase on its predecessor, likely due to its cosmetic makeover and some extra features we’ll get into soon. The ST is available in three options of its own with varying price points.
The front-wheel-drive is the true base level option and starts you off at $41,990.
Upgrading to the four-wheel-drive version will increase the cost to $45,490.
There is also an in between option for a two-wheel-drive hybrid at $44,490.
The mid-range ST-L also has three options. We’ll get into more detail later but for now let’s look at the cost of new vehicles.
The two-wheel-drive model costs $53,690,
The four-wheel-drive goes up to $57,690,
And the Hybrid 4WD sits at $60,690
Keeping it consistent, you’ll have another three options when you get to the top of the range Ti.
The two-wheel-drive costs $62,190,
The four-wheel-drive costs $66,190,
The hybrid version tops out everything at $69,190.
Let’s remember that all prices listed above are for new vehicles and don’t represent the buying and selling costs once these babies have driven off the lot. The spread however does show you how the various models stack up so you can work out where you might fit in depending on your trim level.
Specifications and Features
The 2017 range represents somewhat of a make-over year for the Nissan Pathfinder as the company found that this model wasn’t receiving the attention it deserved. The upside to this is that there are some extra features now as a standard rather than an extra. Let’s have a closer look.
The entire range had a bit of a remodel so it looks a touch more modern with it’s redesign face as well as its new grille, LEDs, and turn signals. You’ve also got a choice now between seven different body colours! The main lacking point we can see across the range so far is the absence of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto capabilities so keep that in mind if these things are essential for you.
All models also have a bluetooth-connected sound system with an 8 inch touchscreen, cruise control, three-way climate control and 18-inch alloy wheels. Those with children might enjoy the privacy glass windows for the back two rows. There is leather detailed on the wheel for the entry-level ST but upholstery is still cloth.
If you opt for the mid-range ST-L you will naturally enjoy a few extras not included above. Perhaps the most noticeable add-ons are the panoramic sunroof and the leather seating but you’ll soon discover the beautiful Bose 13-speaker sound system, the handy satellite navigation, and even fog lights and heated mirrors.
Naturally, the top-tier Ti has just a little bit more on offer. Driver’s will love the memory settings on the electric seats while kids in the back can enjoy entertainment on the seatback screens. Wheels are now 20-inch alloys, side mirrors auto tilt on reverse, and auto-levelling headlights are now fitted with LEDs.
For those really in it for the space aspect for carrying loads of friends and family, it’s nice to know that passengers riding behind you will enjoy aux jacks, usb charging points, personal AC control and ample storage space. Check out the next section to see how roomy it really is back there.
This car is not make to be small, it’s made to fit lots of people and cargo inside. If that’s what you’re after then there are no problems here! If you’re looking for something compact that will fit in obscure parking spots, this is probably the wrong choice. The only real downside to the size of this mammoth is the 11.8 metre turning radius. Just make sure you know how to back out of tight spaces.
Boot space can be adapted by folding either the third row or both rear rows flat. Doing so will increase storage space from 453 to 1354 to 2260 litres respectively. The initial storage is perhaps smaller than expected for a vehicle of this size but it seems that passengers may be emphasised over cargo in this case. That said, the two row fold down option may be very handy if you’re camping or moving furniture and only need space for two passengers tor ride.
The cabin also features cupholders throughout plus bottle holders within the doors. The ingenious sliding second row seats means they can actually be adjusted to accommodate for passengers in the third row, which itself reclines! Climbing into the very back has been made incredibly easy thanks to the new “EZ flex” seat design which folds the second row seat back and base almost completely away creating a much easier gap to climb through.
Now this wouldn’t be a family vehicle without a good safety package would it? For starters, all models in the range earn the 5-star ANCAP rating which is really to be expected these days. With a few varying aspects between models, there are some standard safety features that you can rely on even with the entry-level ST. You’ll have Cruise control, six airbag system, parking sensors and reverse cameras, and ISOFIX anchor points for child seats.
The Top two models also have AEB, rear-cross traffic alert and forward collision warning as well as active cruise control.
Engine and Transmission
Within the three tiers there are only two engine options, the V6 petrol and the hybrid.
The V6 is a 3.5 Litre with a CVT auto transmission that makes 202kW and 340 Nm.
The electric motor-fitted hybrid engine is a 2.5 L four-cylinder with an electric motor at 15 kW. Together it makes 188kW and 330 Nm. It also has a CVT auto transmission.
Consumption and Emissions
With all this talk about size and space, it won’t be too surprising that the Pathfinder isn’t necessarily the most fuel efficient option out there. Consumption seems to vary from just under to just over 10L per 100km depending on whether you opt for two or four-wheel-drive. If you go for the hybrid you might take that down to about 8.6L/100km.
Emissions are reported between 230 and 234g/km for the petrol engines while the hybrid lowers the damage to about 200g/Km.
Warranty is pretty standard at 100,000 km or 3 years. If you’re buying a Nissan Pathfinder that is still within warranty then you’ll need to make sure to have annual servicing or at every 10,000 kms. Hybrids needs servicing twice a year or at 7,000 kms.
What our experts think
Pros: Lot’s of space, handles well, improved features.
Cons: Massive turn radius, not as off-road capable as previous models, and isn’t very green
TOYOTA – TARAGO
When the Tarago was re-launched in 2006, it dominated the people mover market. Fast forward to 2016 and the Kia Carnival and Honda Odyssey both outsell the Tarago in Australia. But that’s not to say that it’s no longer a good family car option. Owners generally praise their Taragos, they like the flexibility of the interior seating, and they love its reliability – especially compared to the Kia Carnival. As a result a number have hung on to their cars for a long time and have racked up a lot of kilometres, but the good news is that they have done it without any serious trouble.
One thing to be aware of is the requirement to use Premium unleaded fuel in the V6, which will add to the running costs. Another thing some owners comment on is the toning of the interior trim, which marks easily – and that can bring down the resale value.That’s certainly something families with kids should be aware of, and something buyers should look out for.
If you are selling a Toyota Tarago, it can be helpful to see how some of the slightly newer models compare. In the Tarago family there are five different variations offered between the four-cylinder and V6 engine options. Let’s see how prices vary and what features and can be expected across the range.
Keep in mind that these prices reflect new vehicles. If you are buying or selling a Tarago its still useful to see how the various versions stack up and to have a base level price to start from. All prices below are before on-road costs. Something to note as well is that prices have dropped by roughly $1,500 across the board.
The four-cylinder engine in the GLi is the entry level option starting at $45,490.
If you opt for the V6 engine prices go up to $50, 490
With the four-cylinder engine this mid-range version starts at $47,990.
The V6 option will cost you $55,990.
The Ultima only comes with a V6 option and tops the range at $65,600.
Costs include a Glacier White or Ebony Black body colour but you can choose from five more colours for an additional $580. If you want to keep costs down, go four one of the more fuel-efficient four-cylinder options.
Specs and Features
This entire range enjoyed a bit of a refresh from its predecessors and now even the entry-level options come with a few extras like satellite navigation, 6.1 inch multimedia screen that corresponds to a reverse camera, and overall upgraded materials inside.
Looking at the GLi along, it still has cloth upholstery and 16-inch steel wheels, but now enjoys a push button start, bluetooth connection and multi zone climate control.
Moving up to the GLX you will have the addition of 17-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass for the kids in the back, roof rails, and very helpful parking sensors. If you go for the V6 it gets even juicier with synthetic leather and suede seats (the front ones heated), keyless entry, power sliding doors in the back and even adaptive headlights.
Opt for the top-of-the-range Ultima and you’ll experience two moonroofs, a Bluray capable entertainment system for passengers, and electrically folding third row seats.
As the Toyota Tarago is often sold as an ideal family vehicle, it’s important to know what the seating arrangement is like. In the four-cylinder options you will enjoy 8-seats with a standard second row bench. The V6 GLX and Ultima models include a second row centre console with two Captain’s Seats instead of the bench meaning you’ll only have room for seven passengers.
Cargo capacity starts at 549 Litres but can go up to 1780L with seats folded down.
As expected, the Tarago range gets a five-star ANCAP rating that you would hope to see in a car designed to carry your whole family and more. You’ll have airbags throughout the cabin including full-length curtain and driver’s knee airbags. There is ABS, ESC, rear-facing camera and parking sensors. There are also anti-skid brakes and stability control. The Tarago seems to be a bit lacking when compared to competitors as its lacking on emergency braking and collision alerts.
Engine and Transmission
Four cylinder option
The GLi and GLX options are 2.4L petrol engines and make 125 kW. They are equipped with a CVT automatic transmission.
The GLi, GLx and Ultima all come in a V6 variation. These have a 3.5L engine with a six-speed automatic transmission with torque-conversion.
Consumption and Emissions
The GLi and GLX versions have combined ratings of 8.9L per 100km consumption.
The GLi has a figure of 10.2L/100km while the GLX and Ultima have a claim of 10.3L/100km.
Combined Emissions hover around 207g/Km.
Toyota offers a fairly standard 3-year, 100,000km warranty with the Tarago range. You’ll have to get 6-month servicing but they are capped at $180 and you can view the proposed job before it’s done.
What our experts say
Pros: Spacious with entertainment options for passengers, lowered price from previous models and some updated features.
Cons: Can get pricey for families, lacking some modern safety comforts, not as flash looking as some competitors
SUBARU – FORESTER
The Subaru name has held onto its reputation during its years of slowly evolving from station wagon to mid-sized SUV. While the popular Forester looks remarkably different today, it retains its ability to swing between a rugged, country, off-road vehicle and a sensible every day car for around town. The 2016 range continues to have a reasonable pricing spread with some of the best information and support in servicing that is available.
If you’re selling a Subaru Forester, it’s important that you know the ins and outs of these cars and its various models so you know how your particular Forester compares and how the nuances may affect how much you can sell for. The same goes for buying. One of the most important things to do is simply get under the car and have a look at any damage. Foresters are known for their ground clearance that enables drivers to go off road. While this means that there is more room to spare down there, it also means the car is more likely to have faced some tougher terrain.
Make sure the clutch is still in good condition. The turbocharged models tend to be fitted with a sacrificial clutch so that it can be replaced instead of more valuable transmission parts. Also, of course, make sure the engine is still in good nic as used Forester’s tend to rack up thousands of kilometres with their keen owners more likely to take long road trips and cross-country drives.
Now that we’ve got the basics out of the way, let’s have a detailed look at the 2016 Forester to get a benchmark for buying and selling this popular car.
If you’re buying a Subaru Forester, keep some of these other models in mind as you’re perusing your options. These tend to fall into similar price brackets and have similar features.
If you’re buying or selling a Forester it’s important to remember that within this specific model there are several different variations depending on engine and transmission. We’ll list all of the as new prices for the 2016 range below with a rough estimate of current for-sale price in brackets. Keep in mind, when the 2016 family launched, Subaru kept prices the same!
Entry level 2.0i-L manual still starts at $29,990 ($23-28,000)
The 2.5i-L auto costs $32,990 ($24-32,000)
The 2.5i-S auto costs $39,490 ($26-43,000)
The 2.0D-L manual costs $33,490 ($26-38,000)
The 2.0D-L auto goes for $35,490 ($26-38,000)
The 2.0D-S manual costs $39,490 ($32-45,000)
The 2.0D-S auto costs $41,490 ($32-45,000)
The higher range 2.0XT auto costs $40,990 ($33-39,000)
THe top-of-the-line 2.0XT Premium auto caps out at $47,990 ($36-44,000)
Keep in mind that all new prices listed do not include on-road costs, and used prices listed are all inclusive and represent cars in good conditions that are listed for private sale.
As you can see from the price spread, there are at least nine possible options when it comes to choosing a Forester, and this doesn’t include any limited edition offers. While it’s not necessary to go into the precise differences between each and every version (most of that lies in the Engine and Transmission section below), it’s important to know what you can expect at least from the base model, plus a few notable extras.
To start with, what has changed from the equally-priced predecessors of the Forester? Not much at first glance, but there are definitely improvements. For starters, you’ll now have 18-inch alloy wheels and the front grille is entirely new. You’ll also notice a modified suspension and a thicker stabiliser bar with a steering ratio down to 14:1 from 15.5:1. Some models also feature steering responsive headlights and daytime running lights, and all models have thicker window glass to cut down on road noise.
While the interior is certainly not as flash as competitors, it appeals to the more functional owner who enjoys the combo of city and off-road experience rather than luxurious infotainment and expensive looking upholstery. Basically, it impresses more in its capabilities than its design finesse.
The Forester has definitely grown and the dimensions defend its place in the medium-sized SUV category. Boot capacity goes from 422L with seats up to 1481L with rear seats folded. The back seats are roomy enough for adults to ride comfortably and there is plenty of room for child seats.
From the outside, the Forester runs 4,610 mm lengthwise and 1,795 in width. The 1.735mm in height represent both its spaciousness as well as it’s off-ground clearance. Reports say that the floor is still low enough for your dog to easily hop in.
Lane departure alerts, forward collision warning and isofix attachment for child seats.
Lacking lane change assist, blind-spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert. Subaru’s other models like the Outback and the Liberty do include these updated safety features so you might consider looking at these if safety is your first priority when buying a Subaru.
Engine and Transmission
The CVT (continuously variable transmission) fitted to the entire Forester range signifies Subaru’s values to provide a car balanced in both performance and consumption standards. While it’s not terrible, it definitely makes for a noisy and slightly bumpier ride. It’s not a deal-breaker but it definitely makes you glad for the thicker window update in the 2016 range.
Consumption and Emissions
Below we’ve listed models from lowest consumption to highest:
2.0D-L, 2.0D-S manual both have a combined rating of 5.9L per 100km.
2.0D-L automatic has a combined rating of 6.3L/100km.
2.0D-S automatic has a combined rating of 6.4L/100km.
2.0i-L manual has a combined rating of 7.2L/100km.
2.5i-L, 2.5i-S auto has a combined rating of 8.1L per 100km.
The XT, XT Premium has a combined rating of 8.5L/100km.
Emissions range from 148 to 197g/km starting with the manual 2.0D and finishing with the XT turbo.
Basic warranty of 3 years or 36,000 miles. This includes 24-hour roadside assistance and they are also extremely transparent when it comes to servicing costs and informing the owner before work is done.
What our experts say:
Pros: Good consumption rating, spacious, happy balance between off-road and city car.
Cons: Noticeably lacking in pulling power, especially up hills or with a full car.
SUZUKI – KIZASHI
The journey of the Suzuki Kizashi in Australia started in 2010, peaked in 2011, then made a steady decline until it was eventually taken off the market in 2014. It’s not that the Kizashi wasn’t a good car, but it just couldn’t quite hold its own when facing off with competitors. The price point also seemed to be an issue in Australia considering that a new Kizashi was priced at upwards of $38,000, the same bracket as arguably superior competitors like the Mazda 6 and the Honda Accord Euro.
There was a peculiar problem that occurred in many models made anywhere between 2009 and 2012 when spider’s were found to be creating negative pressure within fuel tanks by weaving webs into the evaporative canister. To make matters worse, there was another major recall in 2010 when reports came out about the glove box flying open during crashes.
If you’re buying or selling a Suzuki Kizashi in Australia, it’s important to know these little details so you can make informed choices. The discontinuation is Kizashi isn’t necessarily a total downside if you’re selling as some buyers may be eager to get their hands on a now unavailable vehicle.
Let’s take a look at some details and pricing for Kizashis so you can get a feel for how a used one might compare and be aware of features that buyers might ask about.
Since Kizashis are no longer available to buy new in Australia, anyone looking to buy will need to opt for a used model. If you’re selling a Suzuki Kizashi then it’s good to have an idea about how much they sell for. We’ve put together a list of price estimates based on cars that are up for private sale on the internet to give you a ballpark.
2010 models start around $5,000 but can go up to anywhere around $8,000.
2011 models go for anywhere between $7,000-$15,000.
2012 Kizashis sell for $9,000-$17,000.
2013 models sell between $10,000 and $20,000.
2014 models range from roughly $13-24,000
Keep in mind that these numbers vary greatly depending on the condition of the car, kilometres, extra features and on-road costs. They also reflect asking prices for private sales as well as some fees of car-selling platforms.
Competitor vehicles in a similar price bracket include the Honda Accord Euro, the Subaru Liberty, and the Mazda 6.
While the Kizashi has stayed relatively true to its design over its short 6-year lifespan in Australia, some years do vary in terms of specs and features. We decided to focus on the features of the 2011 Kizashis as this was the year with the most sales in the country and will likely make up lot of the cars that are bought and sold used.
Something to keep in mind for those looking at buying or selling a red or grey version is that something about the paint composition means that they tend to chip rather easily. There hasn’t been any definitive explanation for this but it’s important for anyone who wants to maintain their car’s aesthetic.
For a car at this price-point, the features feel rather generous. The standard inclusions are push-button start and keyless entry with dual-zone climate control. Leather, heated, electrically powered seats are available in the Prestige version along with 10-speaker sound system, auto wipers and lights, cruise control, 18-inch alloys, bluetooth connectivity, type pressure monitoring system, and paddle shifts.
If you’re after a slightly sporier look with all-wheel-drive, chrome accents, and improvements on the grill and wheels, you’ll want to find yourself a Kizashi Sport.
This car is technically considered a mid-sized sedan but it would definitely be on the smaller side of the spectrum. Cargo capacity for this 5-seater is 378L, which isn’t terrible considering it’s 4,650 by 1,820 dimensions.
The 5-star ANCAP score reflects a 7 airbag system, covering the front, side, head, and knees, as well as the seat belt alert for the front seats. The standard model also includes antilock brakes, electronic stability control and brake distribution, and a three-point belt in the centre seat. While the Kizashi definitely ticks the minimum amount of boxes to fulfill the 5-star rating, it seems to be lacking in some newer technology like forward collision alarm, rear-cross traffic alerts, or lane-change assist.
Engine and Transmission
Suzuki kept things simple with the Kizashi range and offered a standard 2.4 Litre four-cylinder that made 131kW and 230Nm. A six-speed manual transmission was available for the front-wheel-drive XL and XLS, later the Touring and Prestige, while the others had the Continuously Variable Transmission, CVT. While the CVT is reported at making for better consumption ratings, it can mean a noisier ride with less punch, perhaps not an issue for a city-going vehicle like the Kizashi but worthy of taking note.
Consumption and Emissions
The combined consumption rating is reported at 8.1L/100km.
Emissions are reported at roughly 191g/km which isn’t really great or terrible when compared to similar vehicles.
All new Suzuki’s come with a 3-year or 100,000km warranty with regular servicing. Unfortunately, since the Kizashi was discontinued in Australia, it is unlikely that any used models will still be under warranty, unless an extended warranty was purchased previously.
Regular servicing usually costs around $400.
What our car experts say:
Pros: Affordable and comparatively powerful. Unique design next to rival vehicles.
Cons: Chipping paint, CVT can be noisy and create lag.
SUZUKI – LIANA
The Suzuki Liana, short for “Life in a new age”, unfortunately lived life to a rather young age instead. It launched in Australia in the early 2000’s but has been out of production worldwide since 2012 and didn’t receive much of a send off. Perhaps it seemed to be a rather ordinary vehicle with a small engine and dated looks, as most of them flew well under Australia’s radar. That said, its final years didn’t go entirely to waste as the last few editions offered a bit more punch, a roomy interior, and an entry at under $20,000.
Buying or Selling a Used Liana
Perhaps the biggest reason for its downfall lies in Suzuki’s well-regarded rival companies like Hyundai, Nissan, Mazda, and even Toyota. If that isn’t enough to be up against, a few Liana variations had some actual complain-worthy features that were reported. In 2007, the 1.6 and 1.8 litre engines with manual transmissions were recalled due to a gearshift that was faulty on lateral force. Suzuki fixed the issue but there were a few other minor problems such as glitches in the remote central locking system in the 2002 and 2003 models, clicking sounds in both the front brakes and the engine that required parts replacement, incorrect toe settings resulting in rear type wear, and windscreen washing spray that lacked enough force to be effective.
If you are buying or selling a Suzuki Liana, you’ll want to be aware of the above issues so you can make informed decisions. Many complaints can either be fixed, or the offering price can be adjusted to accommodate. Let’s have a look at the cost of Liana’s in Australia and get to know a few more details that would make this car a good option for the buyer.
Prices in Australia
In this country the Liana was available in gently evolving variations from 2001 to 2007, with most improvements in the later editions. If you’re selling a Liana you might want to check out the range of prices for used Liana’s on sale today. Keep in mind that these prices reflect private sales and vary depending on extra features, kilometres on the odometer, servicing history, plus possible fees from the selling platforms.
2001 Suzuki Lianas range from $2,000-$4,000; The 2002 cars go for just a smidge more.
2003 Lianas are offered for $2,600 up to $4,500 and the 2004 variations go for the same.
2005 and 2006 models span from $2,200 to $5,600, and 2007 Lianas have the highest range
from $3,000 to roughly $6,500.
New cars were priced with an entry of $18,990 in 2004 with a $2,000 option for automatic, $185 for metallic paint, and $675 for cruise control. More features are listed below.
Engine, Transmission and Fuel Consumption
The Liana may not be the most aggressive car (no longer) on the market, but it isn’t entirely hopeless if you’re just driving it around town. With five petrol engines of various capacities plus one diesel engine on offer, you’ve actually got a lot to choose from. Let’s have a look at the options. The gasoline engines are available in both 5-speed manual transmission and 4-speed automatic.
The 1.3 litre, four cylinder engine (5-speed manual only) makes 66kW and 119 Nm. Consumption has a combined rating of 6.7L/100km and emissions are reported at 163 g/km.
The 1.6 litre, four cylinder engine (option for 4-speed automatic) makes 78Kw and 144 Nm. Consumption has a combined rating of 7.9L/100km and emissions are reported at 192 g/km, while for manual it’s 6.9L/km and 192g/km respectively.
The 1.8 litre four cylinder engine (manual only) makes 92Kw and 169 Nm. Consumption has a combined rating of 7.4L/100km.
The 2.3 litre four cylinder engine (manual only) makes 115Kw and 206Nm. Consumption has a city rating of 9.4L/km and 7.6 on the highway.
The option for diesel engine is a 1.4 litre four-cylinder engine with a 5-speed manual transmission that makes 66Kw and 201 Nm. Consumption has a combined rating of 5.3L/100km and emissions are reported at 141 g/km.
As you can see, the entry level Liana is certainly not for a driver who likes a punchy start or aggressive handling, but the larger engines do start to give you a bit of bang for a very small buck.
For under $20,000 new, you wouldn’t want to get hopes up too high when it comes to luxury features, but the Liana is actually rather decent when it comes to non-essentials. You’ll enjoy keyless entry, driver seat adjustment, steering tilt, power steering and windows, and of course air conditioning and central locking. Some of the later variations had the add on of cruise control, fog lamps, alloy wheels, a seven-speaker sound system, and some audio controls conveniently located on the steering wheel.
The gear shift can get a touch rattley, and the front wheels tend to spin out when you’re heading towards 5000 rpms, but it’s got an independent suspension and improved chassis that make things better. One of the unexpected pleasantries is the full-sized spare tyre that isn’t usually included for smaller cars.
While this is a 5-door, 5-seater hatchback, keep in mind that the compact size might make visibility challenging for taller drivers.
While the earlier models are limited to the features listed above, there were a few extra inclusions in the versions made after 2006. For those vehicles you’ll enjoy anti-lock braking, dual-front airbags, fog lights, engine immobiliser, electronic brake force distribution, and the now-standard pre-tensioner front seatbelts. While several other Suzuki models have 4 or 5 star ANCAP ratings, the Liana is no longer listed on the official site.
Consumption, Emissions and Warranty
The reported combined fuel consumption rating is 8.65L/100km which represents the average of city and highway driving.
Automatics have reported emissions of roughly 185g/km while manuals make roughly 167g/km.
Warranty is the stock standard three-year or 100,000km, whichever comes first. Due to the discontinuation of the Liana several years ago, a used Liana will not be under warranty today.
TOYOTA – HIACE
The Toyota Hiace has enjoyed a comfortable place as one of the leading medium van choices in Australia for many years. Whether they’re being used for carting large families around, transporting music equipment, or even for transforming into a living space, the HiAce has been well appreciated. The most recent models however, while staying true to their long-loved design, may be in risk of slipping further down the best-seller list if they don’t start modernising like some of their up and coming competitors. If you’re buying or selling a Toyota HiAce then you’ll want to know how yours measures up in the market. Some of the most popular rivals today are the Hyundai iLoad, the Renault Trafic, the Mercedes-Benz Vito, the Fiat Scudo, the Volkswagen Transporter, and the Ford Transit.
The HiAce is neither the cheapest or the most expensive of the bunch and all options vary in terms of specs. The HiAce does seem to be missing some key safety features in its earlier models, like electronic control of traction and stability, but it’s unique reversing camera gives it somewhat of a leg up for navigating city streets and tight parking spots. Let’s have a look at some of the details of this popular car so you’ll be well equipped when it comes to the sale process.
Price, Engine and Transmission
There are five main options when is comes to choosing a Toyota HiAce, and each one varies mainly by space and the resulting price. Let’s have a look at prices for new vehicles in the latest edition, with current used prices from 2011 included in brackets for a benchmark. The new prices do not include on-road coats or extras while the used prices include onroads but vary when it comes to specific features.
There has also been a shift in the market in the past decade with more drivers buying diesel HiAce vans each year. We’ve included the types of engine and transmission in the price list below as these options affect the price point.
The LWB entry-level car starts at $34,470 for the 2.7L petrol engine, 5-speed manual option. It goes up to $37,530 for both the 2.7L petrol engine 6-speed automatic, and the 3.0L Diesel engine with a 5-speed manual transmission. The LWB tops out at $40,000 for the auto variation of the diesel engine. (used prices from $18-$32,000).
The LWBs make up to 100Kw and 300Nm power and torque respectively.
The LWB crew costs $39, 570 for the 3.0L Diesel, 5-speed manual and $42,130 for the automatic option. They also make 100Kw and 300Nm. (Used prices from $16-32,000).
The SLWB starts at $45,690 for the 2.7L petrol engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 3.0L Diesel engine costs $49,260 with a 5-speed manual transmission or $48,440 for a 4-speed auto variation. (Used prices from $19-39,000). The SLWB has the same power and torque output as the LWBs.
These first three versions represent the “Commercial Vehicle” category while the following two are considered the HiAce’s “People Movers”.
The Commuter 12-seater only comes with a 3.0L Diesel engine and the option of either 5-speed manual or 4-speed auto transmissions that cost $59,660 and $62,210 respectively.
The regular Commuter (14-seats) starts at $59,460 for a 2.7L petrol engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 3.0L diesel engine costs $60,480 with a 5-speed manual transmission, or at $63,030 for the 4-speed auto variation which tops out the entire range. (Used prices range from $19-46,000). Both commuter variations also make 100Kw and 300Nm.
Features and Specs
To start with, its important to recognise the HiAce as a functional vehicle that is designed for commercial and utility use ultimately. If you’re looking at it as a luxury town car then you’re probably in for some disappointment and you’ll certainly be grumbling as you struggle to hoist yourself in and out of the thing several times a day. But take it for what it’s made for and you’ll be laughing.
As you can see from the latest price lists above, the range has had a bit of an upgrade to include a more powerful petrol engine option with a 6-speed automatic transmission, and it will have more updated safety features than its predecessors. A five seat crew van and a 12-seat version of the commuter have also been added to accommodate for the myriad uses of this popular van.
The main difference between the Commercial and the People-Mover categories is the number of seats. The Commercial generally only has two-seats (now an option for 5), to allow for more cargo room, while the People-Mover is obviously with more seating.
The window in the back sliding door doesn’t sound all that important, but in vans of this size it makes for much easier and safer maneuvering. It is also fitted with steering wheel audio controls, rear view mirror auto-dimming, and mobile phone/MP3 connectivity. The commercial vans only have a two-speaker as seats are only in the front of the vehicle, while the commuter has a four-speaker system. Perhaps some of it’s more important functional features can be seen below in the Safety section.
Four-Star Ancap rating. This puts it below the rivals Ford and Mercedes but on par or above many of the other similar vans.
And every new HiAce is also now equipped with the safety of electronic vehicle stability control (ESC), brake assist for greater stopping power in an emergency, hill-start assist control and an emergency stopping signal. You’ll enjoy cruise control, dual-front airbags, anti-lock braking, engine immobiliser, low fuel warning, reversing camera, hill hold, traction control, pre-tensioner seat belts, stability control, and a full-sized spare wheel.
It’s really important to know about any glitches that have occurred when you’re buying or selling a HiAce. 12,000 of the 2009 to 2012 models were recalled for a malfunctioning transmission that would get stuck in some positions, and 500 2015 to 2016 cars needed to be recalled to fix a door latch.
Consumption, Emissions, Warranty
Combined consumption rating is estimated at 8L/100km for all models with a reported 221g/km in C02 emissions.
Warranty is a standard 3 year/100,000km with regular servicing.
TOYOTA – COROLLA
Since 1967, the Toyota Corolla has been carrying passengers on Australian roads. It has earned its reputation for safety, but ultimately for trustworthiness. Despite lacking some of the more luxurious or sporty features from other makes, the Toyota has consistently been in the top selling small cars, if not number one itself. While the Corolla has slowly modernised in terms of looks and features, especially in its Hatch version, it maintains a rather traditional look that plays well for consumers who value reliability over fashion. Two of the Corolla’s main rivals are the Hyundai i30 and the Mazda3, both with updated design and features as well as competitive pricing, keeping the Corolla on its toes.
If you’re buying or selling a Toyota Corolla there’s no reason that you shouldn’t feel confident on either end of the sale. Corollas have proven themselves to stand the test of time and it seems that Australia trusts in them whether new or used. The only recall reported in the Corollas long history was in 2012 models in which the switch on the driver’s side window stopped working on some cars. While most of the affected cars would have been fixed at the time of the switch malfunction, it’s possible that some of them were missed. When you are checking on the general servicing history in the owner’s manual, you should also be able to check whether this issue was addressed as this may affect the selling price.
Let’s have a closer look at the newer, but not newest, models to get a feel for pricing on used Corollas as well as the difference between the Hatch and the Sedan and the various engine options within each category. It’s important to know how the Corolla you’re buying or selling measures up in terms of specs and features, so it’s a good idea to get a feel for the whole range. Let’s check it out.
Price, Engine and Transmission
The price for used Corollas varies depending on not only condition and kilometres, but the type of engine and transmission. The Sedan and the Hatch are the two main body kit categories with several spec choices within each. Below are current used price ranges for the 2017 model, just to give you a benchmark.
The entry level car is the Ascent with a 1.8L petrol engine that ranges from $16-24,000 for the CVT auto transmission, and $18-21,000 for the 6-speed manual. The Ascent sport has the same engine and transmission option and ranges from $19,500-24,000 for the auto and $18-21,000 for the manual.
The next level up is the Hybrid which has a 1.8L Hybrid/petrol engine that comes only with a CVT automatic transmission and ranges from $23,600-27,500.
Moving right along we have the popular Corolla SX which has the same engine and auto transmission as the others and ranges from $21,800-26,000.
Top the of line ZR also has a 1.8L petrol engine with CVT auto transmission and ranges between $27,000-32,000.
Entry-level for the Hatch is also the Ascent with a 1.8L petrol engine with an option for a CVT auto for $16-24,000, and a 6-speed manual for $18-21,000. This is roughly the same as the Ascent Sedan. The Hatch does not have an option for the Ascent Sport.
The Hatch SX comes as either CVT auto or the 6-speed manual, both going for roughly $21,800-26,000.
The ZR tops out at $27,000-32,000 and comes only with a CVT auto transmission.
As all models share the 1.8L petrol engine, the all have an output of 103kW (at 6400 rpm) and 173 Nm torque (at 4000 rpm).
The glacier white options are cost free while the other seven colours you might come across costs an extra $450.
It’s also good to keep in mind that all Corollas are Front-wheel-drive and there is no option for 4×4 or all-wheel here.
While the size and shape of the Sedan and Hatch vary drastically (noted below), the actual interior features are much the same. The 7.0 inch touchscreen and sat nav are a standard for all models (except the Ascent Sport where navigation is optional), as well as USB, Aux, and Bluetooth connectivity. All models have AC, cruise control, power windows, six-speaker sound system, and halogen projector headlights. The hatch as 16-inch steel wheels while the Sedan’s are 15 inch, but add on an inch for both when you upgrade to the SX. Unfortunately, none of the Corolla options come with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
The Corolla is considered a small-car and so not valued especially for its cargo capacity, but it isn’t too squishy once inside. The Sedan is certainly the larger vehicle when it comes to actual measurements as it’s almost 300mm longer and 15mm wider. That said, the Hatch is quite a bit taller which is more pleasant for passengers who value headroom, and although the boot is 110 litres smaller than the Sedan’s, its a boxy shape with a wider entry and is actually easier to pack.
There are also ample cup holders and door-bottle holders in both variations, as well as a roomy centre console for extra storage.
In the pricier models the “Safety Sense” package is included in the price, but it costs and extra $750- $1,500 in the base level options. The package includes Lane-departure warnings, automatic high beams, and autonomous emergency braking.
The standard inclusions for all Corollas are: ABS brakes with brake force distribution, emergency brake signal, reversing camera, stability and traction control, seven airbag system, hill-start assistance and parking sensors in the rear. You’ll also get parking sensors on the front plus fog lamps in the SX.
Warranty, Consumption and Emissions
The reported combined fuel consumption rating is 6.1L/100km in the hatch and 6.7 in the sedan but the number goes up with the 6-speed manual transmission. If you really want fuel saving then go for the Hybrid option that scores roughly 4.1L/100km.
Emissions are usually 159g/km for used vehicles.
Corolla has a pretty standard 3-year/100,00 km warranty with recommended 6 month/10,000km services. They cap fees at $140 for regular servicing. When you’re buying a used Corolla you might also find some that have extended warranties by one, two, or even three years that you will inherit when you buy the car.
VOLKSWAGEN – JETTA
2015 Volkswagen Jetta
The new generation of the Volkswagen Jetta in 2015 came out with not only upgraded features and an additional sport option, but a new price tag as well. Buyers will be pleased to know that the price change actually makes the entry level option $3,700 cheaper. If this rather spacious small-car wasn’t already generous enough, it is now.
If you’re buying or selling a Jetta, it’s important to know about the various specs and engine options as well as different features offered for different versions. As a seller it’s important to keep an up-to-date owner’s manual with all servicing or recall information, and as a buyer you’ll want to check this out before agreeing on the sale price.
Let’s have a look at the new and used prices of the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta and get familiar with the many variations so you can see how your car measures up.
At the moment, all Jettas are made with Sedan body kits, but there are still six different price points to become accustomed with. Below are the prices for new 2015 vehicles before on-road costs with used price range estimate in brackets.
Trendline Manual costs $22,790 ($13,000-16,000 used).
Trendline DSG auto costs $25,290 ($13,000-21,000 used).
Comfortline DSG auto costs $29,990 ($15,000-23,000 used).
Highline DSG auto costs $33,990 ($20-21,000 used).
This engine comes only in the Highline spec with DSG auto transmission for $36,490 ($20-26,000 used).
This engine comes only in the Highline Sport spec with a DSG auto transmission and tops out the range at $39,990 ($21-29,000 used).
Engine and Transmission
Let’s break down the engine options to make it clear for anyone who isn’t familiar with the intricate code of number and letters.
This engine is a 1.4L, four-cylinder, twin-charged petrol engine and it makes 118 Kw and 240 Nm. It comes in three specifications; the Trendline, the Comfortline and the Highline. The Trendline comes with the option of a 6-speed Manual transmission or the 7-Speed DSG automatic transmission, while the other two come only as auto.
This engine is a 2.0L, four-cylinder, turbo diesel engine and make 103 Kw and 320 Nm. It only comes with a DSG automatic transmission.
155 TSI sport
This engine is a 2.0L, four-cylinder, turbo petrol engine that makes 155 Kw and 280 Nm and also comes only with a 6-speed DSG auto transmission. This is the most powerful engine and also the most expensive option for a Jetta.
Acceleration time is clocked at 8.3 seconds from zero to 100 km.
Other than it’s rather luxurious size (in more detail below), the Jetta is rather basic in its standard inclusions. You’ll have the expected AC, power windows, central locking, cruise control, bluetooth connectivity and 16-inch alloy wheels. The base models is unfortunately lacking reverse cameras and parking sensors and maybe most notably, a touch screen for media. You do have a radio/CD player with an 8-speaker sound system but the multimedia inclusions are definitely dated. The Trendline has a leather-wrapped steering wheel but cloth upholstery.
The Comfortline has quite a few extras including lumbar adjustment in the front seats, attractive woodgrain trim and a chrome grille, 17-inch alloys, rain-sensing wipers, SD card input, a reversing camera and a type pressure sensor.
The Highline has partial leather seats, push-button start, electric and heated sport seats in the front, headlamp washers and fog lights as well as a storage compartment under the front passenger seat. If you want to go all out for the Highline Sport edition then you’ll get 18-inch alloy wheels, Bi-xenon headlights, paddle shifters, a chrome exhaust tip, and LED running lights and tail lights.
One of the defining features of the Jetta is its mutability between the medium and small car categories. Still with a price point in the small-car area, its measurements make it the roomiest of all when it comes to competition. The Jetta has an exceptionally large booth measuring 510L which puts it at least 40 litres larger than its nearest competitor make. It’s measurements are 4 659 mm in length, 1,778 mm in width, and 1,453 mm in height. These generous dimensions are only really rivaled by Volkswagen’s own Skoda Octavia, part of its budget line.
The base-level safety features include anti-lock braking, dual front airbag system as well as head airbags, pre-tensioner front seatbelts, and an engine immobiliser for added security. It earned a 5-star ANCAP rating. Driver’s will also enjoy hill-holder, traction control and electronic stability, as well as Electronic Brake Force distribution.
Warranty, Consumption, Emissions
6.2L/100km very competitive with rivals, but this goes up with the bigger engines.
Emissions are 144g/km which is pretty good.
Warranty is a standard 3-year/100,000 kms with annual or 15,000kms servicing.
TOYOTA – AURION Sportivo
Considered by many to be simply a more expensive Version of the Toyota Camry, the Toyota Aurion has wedged its way into the ranks of the well-known Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon. If you’re considering buying or selling a Toyota Aurion Sportivo, it may be helpful to see how your vehicle measures up to new vehicles in the range. Have a read through the details and consider where your vehicle’s value may be affected, whether its a car you’re looking to purchase, or one you would like to put up for sale.
The 2015 Aurion line has dropped the Prodigy and ZR-6 variants and made slight price increases to the remaining vehicles while the sister car Camry has seen major price cuts, even up to $5,000.
AT-X: $36,490 before on road costs ($10,000 more than entry level Camry Altise), with $450 option for metallic paint.
Sportivo: $40,990 before on road costs (similar to the SX6 of the previous range), also with $450 option for metallic paint.
Presara: $50,440 ($450 price increase)
Engine and Transmission
The entire range shares a 3.5 litre V6 quad-cam engine that makes 200kW and 336 Nm and has a 6-speed automatic transmission. They have added a pre-load differential that is claimed to improve stability at high speeds as well as low-speed agility and control. The front-wheel-drive configuration is somewhat of a downside for some drivers that like more punch, but the car is still a pleasure to drive.
Specs and Features
The entry level AT-X comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, a 6.1 inch display screen with bluetooth and USB connectivity plus the ToyotaLink media set up. It has dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, cruise control, a sports grille, reverse cameras and parking sensors.
The Sportivo has all the inclusion of the AT-X plus 18-inch alloy wheels in gloss black, electric seats and sunshades, sports mesh, upholstery, interior trim, and front seats. It also has sports suspension, wheel-mounted paddleshifters and front fog lights.
If you make the step up to the Presara, you’ll get everything in the AT-X as well as a premium sound system with a 7 inch touch screen, 10 speakers, digital radio and satellite navigation. It has auto-dipping side mirrors, driver’s seat memory, leather-accented upholstery and wood grain interior trim.
The Aurion Sportivo sits in the large-vehicle range and most closely matches the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon, models also discontinued in Australia.
The Aurion is considered a slightly fancier, sister car to the much-loved Toyota Camry.
The Toyota Aurion range received the full 5-star ANCAP rating that is really anticipated of new cars these days, but still important to note. There is a rear-cross traffic alert system as well as blind spot warnings, plus two ISOFIX anchor points and three top-tether points for securing child seats in the back row.
The Presara also has lane-departure alerts, rain-sensing wipers and auto highbeams.
The Sportivo is 4855mm long making it 20mm longer than both the Presara and the AT-X due to the inclusion of sports bumpers.
The Sportivo also has a whopping 515 L in boot space which gives 50 litres more than the rival Commodore. Rear leg room is reportedly spacious and there are plenty of cup and bottles holders scattered throughout the cabin.
Consumption, Emissions and Warranty
Toyota claims a combined consumption rating of 9.3 litres per 100 kilometres, while a more aggressive test-driver found it to be closer to 13L/100km.
Combined tailpipe carbon emissions are reported at 215g/km.
Toyota offers the standard 3-year/100,000 km warranty with servicing done either ever $15,000 or every nine months. One upside is that all services in the first four-years are capped at $140 per.