Please Suggest Car or SUV between $35,000 to $40,000

Hello OzBargainers.

I am looking for a car under 35K, can go upto 40K with at least 1.5 ltr turbo engine and reasonable boot size with safety features like Auto Emergency Braking, blind spot sensor, Electronic Stability Control, Lane-keeping assist & cruise control etc.

Couple of weeks back a dealership offered me Hyundai i30 N line premium for 35.5K but the deal fell through later. I did not wanted to pursue it further as the car did not have blind spot detection. I am looking at couple of cars right now like Kia Cerato GT, upcoming Honda Civic RS, Ford escape ST, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and upcoming RAV 4.

I am having hard time selecting the cars, guys please suggest. Thanks in advance.

UPDATE: So I went to Kia and Honda dealership today and test drove both cars again. The real life performance is pretty much same, although KIA looks better on paper.

So Honda dealer offered me new Civic RS for $33k including floor mats and exhaust finishor and Civic also had ongoing 7 years warranty and 7 years NRMA roadside assistance. So bought the car. Thanks for all your suggestions. Cheers!!

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  • +5 votes

    Kia Cerato GT

    I think this is the cheapest with all your required features, plus it's Kia with Kia reliability and warranty. Plus, it's effectively almost just a rebadged i30 N-line anyway.

    • +1 vote

      Kia looks great and has all the features, What do you think the resale value of KIA Cerato GT would be in lets say 5 years. What do you think about upcoming Mazda 3 GT, Thank you.

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        Don't know specifically about the upcoming Mazda 3 GT, but Mazdas still suffer from lagging behind tech-wise.

        As to the Kia's resale value, can't read the future but the fact it'll still be within factory warranty at that time should be a plus.

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        The Kia Cerato GT looked amazing. Good value . Did u test drive one?

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      Yeah but the i30N comes in manual and the Kia doesn't.

  • +6 votes

    Subaru Forester

  • +11 votes

    Is this where we all just list our favourite cars?

    • +8 votes

      yep

    • +4 votes

      Pretty much. And then act all indignant and offended when someone a) mentions an alternative, b) questions your suggestion.

      • +1 vote

        cant decide up for myself so need bit of a help, would be great if any alternative is offered.

        • +3 votes

          Eventually you're most likely going to buy the car that meets your needs and you like the most and you're probably only looking for people who like the same car as yourself only to boost up your confidence. :)

          At the end of the day, cars are simply personal choice. If you were to ask me, I'd say Kia Cerato GT. Kia have come long way in last 4 years!

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        But <mentions some random performance fact>!! Are you a noob or something? :)

  • +1 vote

    Toyota Corolla ZR Hybrid.

      • +1 vote

        I always felt turbo introduces a lag until the turbo kicks in. This is annoying to me in traffic. Also they need higher RON fuel, consume more fuel under load. My recommendation is go for the car that's best when you drive it. Sometimes the additional features look good on paper but you never really use them. Good luck!…

        • +3 votes

          How long has it been since you drove a turbo engine? Turbo engine these days are incredibly tractable and much nicer drive around town than a 2.0 non turbo because of the torque that's available from 1500-2000 rpm. Very little lag these days. Only downside can be more things to go wrong. Fuel is comparable usually if you drive mixed conditions.

          In reference to your original comment, auto emergency braking is hardly marketing, studies have shown it to save lives. Having had several work cars with it, theres no way I'd buy a new car without it.

        • +2 votes

          Wrong on all counts. You wouldn't even know most modern cars have turbos, they just feel like a bigger engine, but with better economy.

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          Turbo lag is a thing of the past. If you are referring to a turbo car 10 years ago, that may be.

          Nowadays, turbo kicks in earlier and feels heaps better than NA engine.

          My B250 with 2.0L turbo can drive from SYDNEY to Gold Coast in 1 tank. For inner city drive, I don’t have to fill up in 2-3 weeks with node rest driving. Fuel efficiency wise, new turbo cars are better than NA if you have the same Litre engine size.

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          2019 Mazda 6 GT, 2.5T engine,91RON fuel, no lag. In fact, they make so much bottom-end torque they are torque limited to prevent excessive wheelspin. Debunks pretty much your entire argument.

  • +1 vote

    Sounds like Honda CR-V VTI-L or VTI-LX is the SUV for you.

  • +7 votes

    2019 RAV4 Hybrid

    Will be the new player on the block in May, and besides Android Auto/Apple Carplay, will offer the most, especially safety features. BSM standard from entry level upwards, all other safety features standard. Expect 12m/15,000km servicing

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      looks like its gonna be. lets see how it drives. Thanks.

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      Android Auto/Apple Carplay

      Thought they won't come with ACP, and will not come with AA. As per what I've seen from YouTube.

      officially available from May 1st.
      won't go out to dealers till late April

      Does that mean it's on pre-sale from May? o_O

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        Does that mean it's on pre-sale from May? o_O

        No, it'll be on full sale from May lol cars will be at dealers.

        We're taking 'orders' now, subject to pricing. We know what we're getting in the first batch

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      and besides Android Auto/Apple Carplay, will offer the most

      Android Auto/Apple Carplay can always be added later for a pretty low price. I have both in my 2006 RAV4, the head unit + everything needed to install was about $450.

      • +1 vote

        Not that simple in new cars

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          pretty odd that a 2019 release doesn't have phone mirroring.

          priceguide low to high?

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          Why is that? Most of the features (bluetooth, carplay, android auto, usb, aux, microphone) are built into the head unit or plug directly in, so are simply replaced when you replace the head unit. The external accessories built into the car (reverse camera, steering controls, antenna) usually plug in with very little wiring or just use an adapter.

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      It looks more rugged than refined. For that price point, you would expect both.

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    I wouldn't necessarily go hybrid unless you drive enough kilometers that the initial cost will be recouped in 3-5 years or so. Otherwise RAV4 Hybrid or Kia Cerato GT sounds like a good choice depending if you want an SUV or sedan/hatch

    • +4 votes

      $1500 premium for hybrid, savings depend on whether the car needs premium fuel or regular.

      On a Camry hybrid, 10,000kms/yr, you'd recoup that in about 3yrs @ 10,000km/yr (most people do more kms than that). I would expect the RAV4 to show similar fuel savings. Corolla hybrid, at 10,000kms/yr, would take about 6-6.5yrs to recoup.

      Hybrid also has more benefits. For 1 thing, in entry level models, you get keyless entry/start and climate control included. Brake pads last longer (not using them as much/the energy goes back into the battery). And they're generally smoother and quieter to drive.

      Servicing costs are no different to petrol.

      • +1 vote

        Good value, especially if you do the Ks.

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          Yeah can't wait for the hybrid RAV4 to hit the market, should be pretty popular!

          Once supply isn't an issue on the hybrid batteries (can't supply hybrid Camry currently), it should be an easy up-sell. I'd predict the majority of our sales next year to be hybrid, in the vehicles where we have a hybrid option

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        it also depends on what sort of driving you are doing though?
        hybrid cars won't save you as much if you commute on freeways a lot.
        is that right?

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          It'll still charge the battery from the petrol engine, then switch to battery when you're cruising. But you're right in a way, braking and decelerating charges the battery, hence suburban driving or stop-start driving actually helps a hybrid save fuel.

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          I've had a couple of Camry hybrids for work trips out to the country. They average ~6L/100km driven like a company car (quickish but not quick enough to draw attention to yourself).

          They are a really good car (and I'm not a fan of Toyotas) if the OEM Michelins haven't been downgraded to something cheap.

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      me neither, as RAV4 happily runs on 91, the savings wont be that much. But it looks like hybrid is gonna be more powerful though.

  • +3 votes

    A few weeks ago I negotiated a deal on a new Hyndai i30 Active Auto with SmartSense for $25K drive-away. I believe SmartSense has all those safety features. I used some bargaining tactics described here.

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      I used some bargaining tactics described here.

      What did you use, out of curiosity? :)

      • +1 vote

        at the dealership tell that you want a X car and describe your budget couple of grand less than the actual price, be unsure if you really wanna buy it, also talk about alternatives and suggest maybe if you wanna go with that one, then they might offer you a discount or give you extra perks.

        • +1 vote

          FYI I'm a Toyota salesman if you didn't already know ;)

          Was curious to see what uk3000 used


          Side note, we aim to find people the right car as salespeople, so if you said it wasn't the right one for you, we'd try to find the right one lol

          Easiest is really not to play games. Pick a car, colour etc, and negotiate. Be firm on your negotiation and if we can do it, we'll do it. We won't let you walk out if you're a committed buyer.

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        i bought a new honda a little while ago and one of the staff (the sales guy introduced us to another guy, possibly the business manager) and they said they would sell us the car at cost price. We were sceptical. Is this a real thing people do to sell cars (i.e., zero markup/margin) or are they just lying to make us feel like we're getting a deal? How do dealerships make money (sales, target volume bonus, accessories, servicing)?

        • +2 votes

          There's 2 forms of "cost price", one which the dealer pays for, and one that they sell for. In between is the dealer profit, which the salesperson and sales manager don't get, it's all internal profit.

          Definitely not uncommon for a manager to do a minimum deal though, at the lowest they can. Salesperson (depending on pay structure) will get about $100 for the deal, and maybe a % of the finance commission if you finance.

          So yeah, that's why the next time you go shopping around for quotes, go back to the guy that test drove you. It'll be a minimum deal, but at lease kinda pays for his time with you.

      • +1 vote

        @Spackbace, I contacted all the dealerships within the reasonable driving distance and asked for their drive-away price for this specific model - by e-mail. I did not ask for "the best price" and I specifically mentioned I prefer emails as I'm not available for phone calls during business hours. I used carsales.com.au for price guidance so I knew what to expect, more or less.

        Most of them replied by email with a quote, some tried to call me and left a message asking for a callback, I didn't get back to those. I used the best email quote to approach the other dealerships and asked if they could beat it. It took a few rounds, but eventually the person who initially offered the best price was the one who got my business.

    • +1 vote

      I did the same, I was given choice of i30 N line or N line premium for 30 and 35.5K driveaway respectively. I put $200 deposit and the finance department started asking a lot of documents and also asked to lower my credit limit, got pissed and canceled the deal. But I believe 35.5k was a good deal for N line premium with 8 years warranty though.

  • +5 votes

    Subaru XV

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      friend of mine has one, drove it but did not find t upto the mark accelerating wise.

      • +4 votes

        Acceleration is slightly sluggish but you'll be used to it in 1 day. It's sensational around corners compared to most SUVs though.

        Only con I can really think of is tight storage space, which would personally send me to look at the Honda HRV (if they have an AWD in Australia now)

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    Holden Astra RS or RS-V hatch ticks all the boxes and will come in way under your budget.

    2018 plate MY18.5 RS-V will be under $25k, the RS under $23k. It will be a bit of an orphan, depreciation will be way up there and Holden might not be around in 5 years time but $10k cheaper than the others is nothing to sneeze at.

    Before you buy anything get some insurance quotes.

    edit: Also check out the Skoda Fabia and Octavia 110

  • +1 vote

    Between 35-40k or under 35k, which is it?

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