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Brighten up your winter with some of the best new car deals of the year on offer today at your local dealer.

The best car offers of 2019 come as the new car market slips a bit from 2018 highs and makes dealers keener to sell their cars.

Some come with factory bonuses, some with extended service programs including free maintenance, and others have all drive-away prices included.

Now is the time to act. There are new models and upgrades coming through to the end of the year so prices may rise. Do any of these suit your wallet?

Kia has added some juicy incentives to its very capable seven-seat Sorento SUV, including petrol and diesel, all-wheel drive (AWD) and front-wheel drive (FWD) versions.

The biggest lure is that Kia has thrown in three years of free scheduled service costs, a saving, depending on the variant, of up to about $1500.

 The GT-line Sorento (in V6, FWD guise) is currently $55,490.

That’s not all, because buyers have the opportunity to get low-interest rate finance, and if that isn’t enough, a free entertainment pack that’ll really help the kids enjoy the ride.

The pack is a bundle of high-end gear including two Apple iPad 32GB wi-fi units, two iPad cradles so the kids in the back can safely mount the screens, and two JBL wireless headphones so Mum and Dad won’t hear a thing. Just silence.

Prices include on-road costs, so all up, the saving is around $6000 for each model.

The Kia Sorento offer starts on the Si grade, powered by a 3.5-litre petrol V6, with eight-speed automatic, front-wheel drive and seven seats. It now costs $43,990 drive-away, usually $42,990 plus on-road costs and all the goodies.  It’s a great buy.

More features are in the Sport that is $46,490 (V6 FWD) and $49,990 (diesel AWD) drive-away. Move up to the SLi that is $49,490 (V6 FWD) and $52,990 (diesel, AWD).

Want more features in your SUV? The top-spec GT-Line is now $55,490 (V6 FWD) and $58,990 (diesel AWD). This diesel is usually $61,490 so the total saving on this particular wagon is nearly $7500. Get in quick!

Volvo has some European appeal with its excellent XC60 SUV now discounted and with a host of options thrown in.

The XC60 T5 Momentum is now $67,990 including on-road costs, metallic paint and the ‘Volvo Lifestyle Pack’.

This pack includes a panoramic sunroof, rear privacy glass, bright decor side window surrounds and a Harmon Kardon premium audio with 14 speakers.

 The discounted XC60 T5 Momentum is now discounted and comes with the ‘Volvo Lifestyle Pack’. (2018 T6 R Design model shown)

These items are normally about $7200 when ordered separately. The metallic paint is $1462 and the on-road costs are about $4500, so the total saving is about $13,000.

The T5 has a potent 187kW 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, eight-speed automatic and AWD. Have a look this weekend.

Hyundai is giving $1000 factory bonuses on its Tucson range, opening up with the Tucson Go version with manual transmission that is $27,990 drive-away, plus the cash.

The automatic is $29,990. There are more features in the Active X – including bigger 18-inch alloys, eight-speaker audio, heated and folding side mirrors and lumbar support for the driver – that is now $30,990 including on-road costs for the manual, FWD version. The automatic is $32,990.

 The Tucson’s exterior hasn’t changed much since last year’s model. (image credit: Dean McCartney)

Buyers can also choose the diesel engine with AWD for $38,290. Hyundai also has the mid-spec Elite Tucson on special from $42,145, and the Highlander from $51,824.

Families love big seven-seat SUVs and the Toyota Kluger seems to hit the mark, especially when it comes with an attractive deal. All Klugers have the same engine and transmission with a 3.5-litre petrol V6 and an eight-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard and AWD is optional.

The entry-level Kluger GX is now $44,990 drive-away and comes with free metallic paint (usually $675) and a $1000 factory bonus.  The saving is almost $6000 so it’s an attractive deal.

 The Kluger GXL coems with free metallic paint and a $1000 factory bonus.

The same bonus, paint offer and drive-away cost inclusions are on the rest of the Kluger range. The GX AWD, for example, is now $48,990, and the next grade up, the GXL, is $55,990 as a FWD or $59,990 with AWD. The premium Grande is $65,990 (FWD) and $69,990 AWD. All these are 2019 built vehicles.

Fiat’s sports division Abarth is slicing about $6000 off the price of its 124 Spider sports car, reducing the price and including on-road costs.

The 124 Spider is built alongside the Mazda MX-5 by Mazda in Japan, differing in some body panels and the drivetrain. The Abarth gets a 125kW 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine and with the manual transmission, is now $38,750 drive-away.

 The Abarth 124 Spider fitted with a manual gearbox is now $38,750 drive-away.

It is normally $41,990 plus on-road costs. There is an automatic version that is now $40,700 including on-road costs, also a saving of about $6000. The equivalent Mazda MX-5 1.5 is $39,520 drive-away with a 97kW engine.

Abarth also has its sports-oriented 595 model on sale. Based on the Fiat 500, the pocket rocket two-door squeezes 107kW from its 1.4-litre turbo engine – a detuned version of the 124 Spider’s – and now costs $28,950 drive-away, a saving of about $2000.

 Currently, the Abarth 595 Competizone costs $33,950.

There are similar savings on the convertible version at $31,950 and the more potent 132kW Competizione at $33,950 for the hard top, and $40,354 for the convertible.

Save money on servicing and get a good deal on Holden’s 4WD Colorado dual-cab range with the LS automatic now $42,990 drive-away, and the manual variant at $40,990.

The deal includes three years of scheduled servicing, saving about $1200, plus another $3500-$4500 on the cost of putting the ute on the road.

 Holden has drive-away pricing on its recently introduced Colorado LSX grade.

The 4WD LTZ dual-cab automatic is now $49,990 with the service and on-road costs included and the top-spec Z71 is $54,990.

Holden also has drive-away pricing (but no free service deal) on its recently introduced Colorado LSX grade that is now $44,990 drive-away with the manual transmission and $46,990 for the automatic.

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August 14, 2019 1:49 pm Published by