It’s just my wife and I now and we live in the city with a little driving in the surrounding areas of Melbourne and I want automatic. We previously had Hondas and liked them, but Honda connectivity without having an IPhone is almost enough to turn me off.
G'day Mick, if the Honda's multimedia system isn't working for you then avoid it. The HR-V is attractive and very roomy, but the Qashqai is better to drive and a more well-rounded car in general.
We'd choose the Ti petrol over the diesel, simply for its crisper performance and better refinement. You probably should be aware that the Ti's large 19-inch wheels don't particularly like potholes or road scars – the 17-inch-wheeled Qashqai ST is much better in this regard.
If we had to choose a left-field option for your $40K budget, a car we like immensely is the Citroen C4 Cactus. The turbo-petrol version is now available with automatic transmission and it’s a great car in terms of seat comfort, effortless performance, fuel efficiency, and driver appeal that if you agree with that opinion, it may be worth waiting for.
The Citroen features standard sat-nav, meaning you don't need an iPhone or Android Auto to gain that function.
And there's always the Citroen's relative under the skin, the likeable Peugeot 2008. It has just been facelifted with new front styling, fresh (and much better) engines, new six-speed automatic across the range - and while it's a bit more like a small wagon than a pure SUV, it hits the same highs as the Citroen. And you'd get a lavishly equipped one for well under $40K.
I hope all that helps!