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April’s cooling weather may be the perfect time to take to the road in a new vehicle made for the long-haul holiday. There is a fresh crop of SUVs on the market and with it, a few great deals to sweeten the purchase. Here’s some deals to help you get out and explore.
Volvo has one of its XC60 variants on special with savings of about $8000 on the entry level Momentum D4 diesel. Extras now included in the $62,990 price are all on-road costs, premium paint (worth $1900 alone), the Lifestyle Pack - panoramic sunroof, heated front seats and privacy glass - plus a tow bar, cargo mat and roof rails. The Momentum version is hardly entry-level in equipment, driving out of the showroom with Volvo’s acclaimed safety kit - autonomous emergency braking, automated steering for parking, LED headlights, blind-spot detection and lane-keeping and lane-departure warning - plus a 10-speaker audio with CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite navigation, leather upholstery, electric tail gate and 19-inch alloy wheels. The D4 has a bi-turbo diesel driving all wheels on demand through an eight-speed automatic and claims 5.4 L/100km.
Running out models is always a certainty for saving bucks. Toyota is readying the RAV4 for its next generation and sweeping the showroom floor of the outgoing, 2018-built series. Prices now include on-road charges and the offer of a low-interest 2.9 per cent comparative interest rate. Some dealers are showing the 2WD GX petrol automatic version at $35,367 drive away which is not a large discount to its normal price. It’s moving up to the top-spec Cruiser where the real savings exist, with the all-wheel drive automatic Cruiser now $48,990 drive away and with the 2.9 per cent finance offer, down from its normal $49,742 price without on-road costs.
Also from Toyota and worthy of a look for budget buyers is the seven-seat Kluger range, opening with the GX front-drive at $45,990 drive away and with the offer of the low interest-rate finance. The GX is normally listed at $44,850 plus on-road costs. Spend more - like about $10,000 more - for the GXL front-drive with on-road costs and another $10,000 leap to the Grande. If you need all-wheel drive - and you probably don’t - you will have to factor in an extra $4000, making the Grande AWD a $70,990 proposition. Performance is the same across the board because the 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine is shared, as is the eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel consumption varies slightly between the front-drive and all-wheel drive and is claimed to be 9.1 L/100km (front-drive) but owners will report around 13 L/100km.
Always desirable and one of the SUVs that comprehensively crosses the road from luxury to adventure-ready capability, Land Rover just became a bit more attractive thanks to the inclusion of a five-year warranty and five years of free scheduled servicing. The deal covers the staggering 40 different variants of the Velar, starting with the D180 turbo-diesel at $79,567 drive away and up to the P380 SE V6 petrol at $120,645. More affordable and styled more in the spirit of off-road adventure, the Discovery now starts at $74,731 for the SD4 SE. Prices include the more lavish SD4 HSE at $81,830. Towards the rarified air is the Range Rover Sport at $119,328 for the SDV6 183kW SE and for pretty much the same vehicles but with the more potent 225kW engine, the price is $129,438. At the top is the SDV6 Autobiography Dynamic at $194,936 - on-road costs and the service and warranty deal inclusive.
Land Rover sister Jaguar won’t be left behind for deals. The mid-size F-Pace and compact E-Pace now also comes with drive-away pricing and the inclusion of a five-year warranty and five years of free scheduled servicing. Almost as complex as Land Rover, Jaguar has a daunting line-up of variants and it can be a hard brand to navigate. But as starters, the F-Pace 25d R-Sport and Portfolio open the range with prices of $102,741 and $103,816 respectively, both with the same AWD system and punchy 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine. There’s more mumbo with the 30d that is $101,748 for the Prestige and up to $117,537 for the “S” that all come with a 3.0-litre bi-turbo diesel and AWD. Among others in the F-Pace line up, the stand out is the 35t “S” for $120,364 with a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol heart. The five years of free servicing is the icing on the cake of this model. Want something with similar class but don’t need the dimensions? The smaller E-Pace starts at $54,180 for the P200. There’s eight P200 versions to choose from, all with a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine and a nine-speed automatic and AWD. Prices rise up to $79,781 for the full-house P200 R-Dynamic HSE. Prices include on-road costs and the service and long warranty.
The 4WD icon Jeep has a clutch of babies known as Renegade and ideal for the buyer wanting a city-friendly small SUV with off-road dreams. The four Renegade variants open with the Sport manual at $26,950 drive away, a saving of about $2500 on the retail price. Pay $30,450 for the automatic. The Sport has a 1.6-litre aspirated engine and either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. Note that the Renegades with the drive-away deal listed here are all 2017 builds. The Longitude automatic is $33,950 and the Limited automatic is at $36,950 drive away. Both these versions have a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine and six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. The Renegade Trailhawk is the most competent of the model range, with an all-wheel drive system and 2.4-litre petrol engine, a host of safety and multimedia features and a macho design theme. The 2017-plated version is now $40,950 drive away while the current price for a 2018-19 example is $40,290 plus on-road costs.