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Best new car deals

Our top new EOFY car offers that deserve your attention
Neil Dowling
Contributing Journalist

28 May 2019 • 7 min read

It’s getting towards the mid-year tax break and perhaps today is the time to think positively about a tax return and a better deal on your next new car.

Today's car offers let you squeeze dealers for the best car finance deals in Australia ahead of the end of the financial year (EOFY). Here are our top new EOFY car offers on some sedans and an SUV or two that deserve attention. Good luck.

Everyone wants a BMW. Well, everyone wants the badge. There’s a great opportunity to make deals on one of the lower-priced BMWs with the X1 SUV now opening at $48,900 including drive-away costs, free metallic paint and the Comfort Pack that normally costs more than $2000.

The saving, compared with the retail price, is about $4000. The Comfort Pack has goodies including front seats with electric adjustment, lumbar support and heaters. The sDrive 18i is a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol with seven-speed automatic and front-wheel drive.

2018 BMW X1 (sDrive18i variant shown). 2018 BMW X1 (sDrive18i variant shown).

BMW claims a fuel average of 5.4 L/100km so, given its spacious cabin, becomes a comfortable and roomy family car.

Perhaps a four-door hatch is more your style. The BMW 1 Series has two versions on special, the 118i and 125i. The former has the same fuel-miserly engine as the X1 above, and is now $39,900 with on-road costs included. It is normally $38,990 plus on-road costs, so the saving is about $3000.

There’s also the 125i with the bigger 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine and automatic transmission for $49,900 drive-away, a saving of about $3500. 

During the EOFY car sales period, Mercedes-Benz also has some deals to slow BMW’s tide. The GLA 180, a hatch that is sold as an SUV, is now $49,990 including on-road costs.

There is a finance deal on this model’s Urban Edition version with an 8.19 per cent rate. The GLA 180, which has a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine and seven-speed automatic, is normally $44,700 plus on-road costs, which doesn’t appear as an especially generous offer.

Mercedes-Benz A250 Hatch. Mercedes-Benz A250 Hatch.

The A250 hatch with all-wheel drive (called 4Matic) is now $55,771 drive-away, normally $49,500 plus on-road costs. There’s also a finance offer at 8.39 per cent.

The larger GLC SUV now opens at $69,900 drive-away for the GLC 200 rear-drive model with automatic transmission.

Hyundai has embraced the lead-up to the end of the current financial year with its EOFY offerings on the practical and dynamic i30 hatch.

The deal includes the i30 Active automatic with the diesel engine that is now $29,766 drive-away plus a $500 factory bonus.

The car is usually $26,090 plus on-road costs so the deal is better than a showroom walk-up, but not by much. On the plus side, the i30 diesel is very economical and comes with satellite navigation, six-speaker audio with digital radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and 16-inch alloys.

Hyundai i30 Active. Hyundai i30 Active.

The petrol version is the i30 Active with a 2.0-litre engine. It has the same features - though a tad thirstier - and is now $24,990 for the automatic including on-road costs and a factory cheque for $500. It is normally $22,990 plus costs so it’s a better deal.

If the i30 is too small and you want something with a bit more room and class, consider the Hyundai Sonata. The upmarket Premium version is now $50,638 drive-away with a $1000 bonus cheque. It’s a top car and greatly underestimated by the market.

The deal is only on 2018-build versions. The current price without any deals is $51,233 plus costs. The Premium has a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine and eight-speed auto.

Time to get out of the small sedan and into something vaguely Australian? Time for a Commodore, then. Holden has some deals on its big car in liftback (sedan), wagon and Tourer (high-rise wagon) variants.

The prestigious Calais name is attached to an all-wheel drive Tourer that is rich in features and opens at $47,990 drive-away.

Holden Calaris Tourer. Holden Calaris Tourer.

To sweeten the deal, Holden has added three years (four services) of free scheduled servicing plus a cheque for $2000 because the car was built in 2018.

The Calais has a 3.6-litre petrol V6 and nine-speed automatic and AWD. Like all Commodores, it comes with a five-year warranty. Standard gear includes satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, digital radio and leather upholstery.

If the Calais is a bit expensive, there's the LT automatic Liftback that is now $35,990 drive-away. It is also a 2018 build so buyers get a $2000 rebate. It has a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine and nine-speed auto with front-wheel drive.

The Sportwagon version with the same drivetrain is $38,190 drive-away plus you can claim the bonus. For more cabin features, the Commodore RS grade comes as a Liftback for $38,990 and Sportswagon ($41,190). Prices include on-road costs and, again, the $2000 bonus and three years of free scheduled servicing.

Honda’s award-winning Civic sedan and hatch have lured buyers with style, economy and reliability and now thee’s a long warranty and drive-away pricing.

The 2019-build Civic VTi sedan and hatch are now $24,990 drive-away including a seven-year/unlimited kilometre warranty and a seven-year premium roadside assistance package.

Honda Civic RS hatch. Honda Civic RS hatch.

The price is the same as the 2018-build VTi but Honda has enticed buyers with a dealer-driven bonus that is up to the buyer to negotiate.

There is also 2019-built Civic RS versions in sedan ($35,958 drive-away) or hatch ($36,266 drive-away) that also come with the seven-year warranty and roadside pack. The RS has a sportier 1.5-litre turbo-petrol drivetrain while the VTi has a non-turbo 1.8-litre engine.

Will you be chasing any of these EOFY deals? Tell us what you think in the comments section below. 

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