Buyers Guide: Finding best fit for family
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COMPETITIVE SUV MARKET BOON FOR BUYERS
Des is looking at buying a new or near-new mid- to large-size SUV.
He wants three rows of seats to accommodate a young family as well as extra floor space.
“I’m keen on the Holden Captiva 7 LS with the 2.4-litre petrol engine as it fits my budget, but am torn between whether to buy new or go for a used near-new model.
“Depreciation doesn’t overly worry me because our intention is long-term ownership.
“My dilemma is more about missing out on the latest in technology if I buy secondhand. Holden have just released a special edition Equipe model with some additional extras to the previous LS,” he says. The budget: $40,000
The SUV market is a hotbed of makes and models and because the competition is so intense, new vehicle distributors are not backward in coming forward with upgrades and new features.
If you intend to keep a vehicle long-term, consider whether any additional features are going to add any benefit to everyday driving needs.
With the Captiva Equipe, how often would you use a sunroof, foglamps or roof rails? However, larger wheels, leather trim and multi-stage electric driver’s seat adjustment may provide better comfort and road handling.
The great benefit for consumers with the competition between new vehicle distributors is: when vehicles are upgraded, the prices often don’t change or increases are slight.
The difference in the used car asking price in comparison to the all-new model needs to be significant.
Otherwise it’s not a bad idea to go for all the bells and whistles. It may help move the car on when it comes time to sell. Price is another obvious consideration. Often the retail price for a new vehicle is a starting point for negotiations; gaps between new and used prices can close if a dealer is in a position to offer a discounted price on a new vehicle.
Holden Captiva 7
Specifications are in keeping with its price and include reverse camera, hill-start assist, push-button start, rear spoiler and cruise control. Interior space-wise it may not quite match the Captiva. Claimed combined fuel consumption from the 2.5-litre engine is 8.1L/100km.
You could look for an older used seven-seat Toyota Highlander or a former demonstrator Mitsubishi Outlander if these options failed to meet your expectations.
In this price range a new seven-seat option is hard to find. Holden and Nissan have done a good job of capturing this slice of the market, particularly with the present preference for an SUV over a people-mover.