New Car around $20k - VW Polo?

Looking at spending $20k, maybe couple more $k

Had my eye set on Polo Comfortline but seems like no one would budge under $23k, any experience on prices? Auto, Mats, tint as standard. Have a Tiguan and like VWs and the way they drive / look which is why the preference.

Other considerations:

Renault Clio- like the look but will probably avoid due French reliability
Mazda 2 Maxx but no CarPlay?
Suzuki swift turbo- not sure what people have paid? Not sold on the look
Kia Rio GT line- what do these go for?
Yaris - don’t like look plus once you move up from base becomes a bit expensive?
Skoda Fabia- probably avoid due to poor resale value?

Pls don’t say buy second hand as already decided we want new, it’s just a second car but for some reason I am still picky on looks. Open to demo I guess but how much haircut should I aim for.

In Sydney

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  • +1 vote

    Just go in saying you have 20k cash and will buy it now to VW. If they don't move walk out and try another. Even better do it over the phone. They'll get you in and they double back and say best we can do is $23k. Hold on $20k. If they still don't move. Leave details and tell them to get back to you when they can sell it to you for $20 or you'll go to another brand.

  • +6 votes

    Yeah, I still say Corolla used.

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    Helped the missus negotiate a launch edition ($1k premium over Comfortline) last year to $23k with mats.

    Just call around. Don't offer a cent over base price (so no dealer fees). Eventually found a dealer that had a white one in stock who wanted to get it out at the end of the month, who chucked in free mats and first servicing.

    If you're looking at city cars, I'd avoid Mazda 2 and Yaris, they're both very long in tooth. I'd cross-shop with the Kia Rio and non-turbo Suzuki Swift.

  • +3 votes

    None of those tiny little buzz boxes, go a class up and get a Mazda 3/i30/Golf/308 etc, much more comfortable.

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    As others have said, keep trying with different dealers or leave your details with them. They might get desperate for a sale, with the recent news reports of low new car sales. I have a polo that's a couple years old and I really love it. The newer ones have so much more space too it's pretty incredible. Good luck :)

  • +1 vote

    Mazda 3 - Same quality and maintenance is cheaper

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    We have a 2019 polo comfortline. I’d thoroughly recommend the driver assistance package as you get so much safety equipment including front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise, blind spot and reverse cross traffic etc. It also adds auto folding mirrors.

    Ours is manual so we got it really cheap - is manual an option for you?

    Otherwise looking at Carsales it appears 21.5k will be the rock bottom price you’ll need to pay for an auto, or 23k if you want one with DAP (throughly recommended)

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    Also, for mats just use fitmycar as they’re as good if not better than dealer mats. And get your own tint later.

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    Thanks don’t think I need DAP, we have a Tiguan already with everything this is just a daycare and for small work commutes

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    My sister just bought a new runout 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer ES Sport CF Auto MY17 for under 17.5k driveaway. Cheap price for a brand new car and has fairly good reputation and 5yr warranty. As runout, only stock is what dealers have, but seems to be a few around still.

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      Lancer is great but out of date and pretty soon there is no more lancers in Australia.

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        Already pointed that out. Depends on price point but for level of options, size of car and 5yr warranty & japanese brand, price is hard to beat. Also benefit of vehicle around long time. so bugs out of model & easy to get parts.

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    New car sales are down the gurgler so don't accept anything but a bargain

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    I bought a Golf Trendline with DAP for $23k a few months ago. This is in Melbourne though, but hey, that's only 8 hours drive from Sydney ;P

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    Renault Clio- like the look but will probably avoid due French reliability
    Mazda 2 Maxx but no CarPlay?
    Suzuki swift turbo- not sure what people have paid? Not sold on the look
    Kia Rio GT line- what do these go for?
    Yaris - don’t like look plus once you move up from base becomes a bit expensive?
    Skoda Fabia- probably avoid due to poor resale value?

    • +1 vote

      The 3rd gen Yaris's platform has been unchanged since 2011. Newer safety features like AEB aren't even standard. Very dated interior with no Android Auto or Carplay, but you do get CD player (yay?)

      Mazda 2 is slightly better, but also no phone mirroring, interior is very cramped, boot space is nonexistent, and it has the worst NVH of any car I've sat in.

      There's benefits to big known brands, but blindly picking brand instead of the car is how Toyota can still sell a living fossil like the Yaris for a decade at $20,000.

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    Remember to flog it when the Warranty expires…For over 10 years, our 20yo VW Golf has been recycling most plastics as we drive it (Door pulls, armrest, glove box mechanism, mirror selector knob, antenna, engine air-ducts and the scariest of all…the headlight wiring insulation crumbles if touched).

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    You'd be better off with a Suzuki. They last years if you service them, are cheap on parts/consumables, and are really honest cars without to rely on image. You won't get the polo at $20K, not even $22K, plus they're typically German in that all the good stuff is in the options.

    Mazda aren't long term ownership cars. Toyotas are long in the tooth. Skoda, only if you don't sell if for years, and they're cut price Audi's.

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    I would mention that dealer demo are used cars as well. I reckon something like a corolla (2014 to 2019) or a Mazda 3 (2013-2018) which is the 3rd generation (BM or BN) would suffice.

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    2018 Polo Comfortline with DAP demo for $22,360

    https://camberwellvolkswagen.com.au/stock/details/402873/201...

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