SUV sales in Australia have reached record highs in 2015, according to recent reports. But with so much choice on offer to meet increased demand, the question is not should I buy an SUV, but instead, which one?
In fact, SUVs are so popular that earlier this year they accounted for 35% of all vehicle sales in Australia.
These sales may have been thanks to popular 4×4 features like versatility, raised driving position and load space. It may have also been because of the new free trade agreements between Australia and South Korea coming into effect over the past eight months.
For buyers keen to take advantage of improved savings and who are looking for family SUVs or vehicles that allow for active, outdoor lifestyles it makes more sense now than ever before to seriously consider what’s on offer from the South Korean manufacturers.
Buying your first SUV? Here’s where you should start.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, passenger motor vehicles have been the second biggest import from Korea in previous years.
As South Korean SUVs are becoming more popular, it’s important to understand the differences between their two major marques, Hyundai and Kia.
Whilst Hyundai and Kia are both operated under the same parent company – the Hyundai Kia Motor Group – the overall package offerings can sometimes be quite different.
Our Kia Sales Consultant, George, explains, “They’re both stylish, quality cars, but with Kias you’ll tend to find that they offer a price advantage on equipment.” Take for example Australia’s highest selling small SUV the Hyundai ix35 and the popular Kia Sportage.
Both SUVs sit atop a common platform, sharing engines and drivetrains, and both range-topping models have great features like 18” alloys, panoramic sunroof and leather trim seats, however the Sportage Platinum starts from $2,000 less than Hyundai’s ix35 Highlander, at $38,990.
And if these types of savings aren’t enough to sway a buyer, there’s also Kia’s unbeatable seven-year warranty with capped price servicing.
[Kia offer 7 year capped price servicing]
Kia makes two great SUVs – the Sorento and the aforementioned Sportage. For first-time buyers a small, more manageable unit like the Sportage will be more appealing, a preference reflected in the nation’s buying trends. According to June 2015 VFACTS:
Of all of the SUVs on offer the most attractive to many are small SUVs. June this year alone saw a 15.2% increase in sales for the under $40k price range.
The Sportage stands out as a great option for drivers needing to up-size due to expanding families or lifestyle requirements, but who aren’t after a gas-guzzler with all of the unwarranted, rugged off-road features. The large 564L of boot space means there’s room for the kids’ luggage on family holidays, whilst the impressive 1353L with the rear seats folded allows for surfboards, camping gear, bicycles and pets. It’s a car tuned to the needs of everyday Australians just as suitable for school runs and Sunday drives as it is city streets and peak hour traffic.
According to George from John Hughes Kia, the Sportage is the most popular of the Kia range of vehicles the company sells in Western Australia.
The introductory Si delivers on price from $26,990 for a petrol model with 16” alloys, six airbags standard and rear parking sensors, whilst the Si Premium ups the ante with rear view camera with mirror display and parking guidelines as well as roof rails.
There are plenty of options available across the fleet, including:
Please note that vehicle prices may change.
All vehicles have a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.
We’re confident that the Kia Sportage will meet most if not, all of your SUV needs. We also understand that you may have further questions that are best answered by one of our experienced Kia consultants.
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