I am looking to buy a new car. Doesn't have to be brand new, but this is a car that I plan to keep at least for the next 10 years, and it would be nice to be the only owner and knowing the full history of the car and also getting the new car warranty on it. However, I am open minded to used cars if it makes sense financially.
Less than 40K - although this is not strict, I don't really want to spend much more as I would only be able to make an initial down payment of about 20K
Work/city commuter (Sydney heavy traffic), with occasional weekend road trips to go camping/off-roading (read, unpaved, muddy tracks, but not tracks where you need offroad experience).
Must be Automatic Transmission. Ideally it would be nice and quick and a fun drive.
Cars I've looked into:
Note I had not driven any of these cars before. I drive a small ultra light at the moment.
Subaru Forester/Outback - I'm leaning towards the Forester XT
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque - Love the look of this car
I am open to any and all car suggestions. I would like to stay away from luxury brands as I hear that the maintenance/service costs for them are outrageously high.
I'd love to hear what you guys think as I honestly don't know that much about cars as I haven't looked around that much.
Edit: Cars removed: WRX Sti - silly, Jeep Wrangler - poor feedback, RAV4 - not exciting.
Budget changed from <60 to <40K.