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.
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!
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.