As the clock strikes January 1 the word ‘deal’ gets emphasised within car dealerships that suddenly have year-old brand new stock to clear. Time for a bargain, then.
Affordability wise, and it all begins with one of our favourite hot hatches, the Ford Fiesta ST. It retails from $27,490 plus on-road costs, yet with production having ended and a new model imminent, several dealers are selling remaining STs for $24,990 driveaway.
Its Focus ST big brother is also clearing from $39,490 driveaway – or $500 above its recommended retail price (RRP). By comparison a Volkswagen Golf GTI is also on-sale, but for $42,990 driveaway – or exactly $1500 worth of on-roads above its RRP.
If you want Focus or Golf size, but without the heat turned up high, then a buyer can snare a Mazda3 SP25 for $25,990 driveaway, which means you’re paying just $300 for on-roads. Similarly, the enjoyable Holden Astra RS manual is advertised at $26,790 driveaway with three years’ free servicing, all for $550 above its pre-on-roads RRP.
By contrast the Hyundai i30 SR manual – RRP: $25,950 plus on-roads – shows up for a hefty $29,730 driveaway without any deal advertised…
Back to proper hot hatches, and the Peugeot 308 GTi 270’s previous $49,990 plus on-roads pricetag was cut to $45,990 plus on-roads recently, so consider its $50,534 driveaway pricetag essentially throwing $500 to on-roads. It earns its place here because three years’ servicing is thrown in for free with 2017-plate models.
By contrast there aren’t any deals to be had on Ford Focus RS, while a Volkswagen Golf R is advertised from a hefty $58,500 driveaway – making the Frenchie seem extra-special value.
Viewed another way, though, and it isn’t much of a stretch to a BMW M140i advertised from $64,900 driveaway. In a similar vein to the 308 GTi 270, the German hot hatch recently has its RRP culled by $5000 to $59,900 plus on-roads, so consider it a case of free on-roads.
By contrast Audi advertises its S3 Sportback quattro from a hefty $71,787 driveaway, although it will include a five-year warranty and five-year or 75,000km servicing for 2017-plate models. There aren’t any advertised deals for the Mercedes-Benz A250 Sport, either, which almost matches the M140i at $60,498 driveaway, despite being much slower.
Prefer a roadster to a hot hatch? Abarth has continued its $43,500 driveaway launch pricing on 124 Spider, up from its $41,990 plus on-roads RRP. By contrast Mazda isn’t doing deals on its MX-5 near-twin, the base 1.5-litre model of which lists at $37,251 driveaway.
Meanwhile, forget the premium Germans if you want an up-front bargain. Jaguar and Land Rover will throw in five years’ scheduled servicing and pay for all on-roads except dealer delivery charges across its range.
It gets even better for the likeable MY17 Jaguar XF 25t R-Sport large sedan, with the 2.0-litre turbo rear-drive sedan having its RRP of $89,515 plus on-road costs reduced to $79,200 driveaway. There is a catch, though: you’ll need to finance it at 6.99% over four years at $1457.21 per month, plus a $24,230 final payment to own the car and a 40,000km limit. But even then the total amount is $94,176.26 driveaway – or essentially $4661 for on-roads.
Note that a slower BMW 520i starts from $92,900 plus on-roads, without advertised deals, and the Commodore-sized Jaguar looks especially like good value.
It’s also a similar story for the brilliant Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrofoglio. Several dealers around the country have its RRP of $143,900 plus on-road costs listed as a driveaway deal. Former Alfa owners will get a further $1000 discount and all buyers can finance the super sports sedan with a 1.9% per-annum finance rate.
BMW may have snared headlines for cutting the price of its M3 to create the Pure Edition at $129,900 plus on-road costs, which would seem to undercut the Giulia QV. But without advertised deals, officially the M3 Pure costs $143,756 driveaway – lineball with the Alfa.