Drive-away deals for Nissan Micra, Kia Rio and VW Polo

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15 January 2016 by Craig Duff · CarsGuide

The Nissan Micra, Kia Rio and VW Polo have drive-away deals for the keen buyer.

Now's the time for light car buyers to step up to the plate. Car companies are clearing out their 2015-plated models — some are even including 2016-badged vehicles — as they build momentum for what is tipped to be another record-breaking sales year.

Drive-away deals are the hook to tempt buyers into showrooms. Be aware though that the prices are generally for basic paint and choosing a metallic or premium finish will add to the cost.

Nissan Micra ST

Five-door manual hatch - $12,990 drive-away

Nissan's Micra five-door hatch is good value at $12,990 drive-away for the entry ST manual. Opting for the four-speed automatic lifts the cost to $15,290. That's a $500 saving off the list price with the dealer delivery and on-roads costs tossed in. ANCAP rates the Micra as a four-star car. It scored well in the crash tests but lost points for lacking seat belt reminders.

The Micra isn't exactly feature-laden but it does come with Bluetooth, audio streaming and cruise control. It is starting to show its age against the newer opposition but represents reliable, trouble-free city transport. The top-spec Ti version adds a 5.8-inch touchscreen with satnav, a reversing camera and alloy wheels and can be yours this month for $17,990.

Kia Rio S

Five-door manual hatch - $13,990 drive-away

The best deal in the segment right now seems to be the three-door Kia Rio S — and it can be had on 2016 model year vehicles. A $13,990 drive-away offer is $2000 less than its regular recommended retail price. It's a five-star performer in crash tests but does without the likes of cruise control, a reversing camera and some of the soft-touch plastics found in the more expensive versions.

Those who need the practicality of a five-door Rio will pay from $16,990 for the manual, meaning the company is absorbing the costs of putting your car on the road. Not many will buy the manual at the moment, though, as Kia is giving away the four-speed auto as a no-cost option.

VW Polo Trendline

Five-door manual hatch - $16,490 drive-away

Volkswagen is putting its base Polo Trendline on the road for $16,490, or $500 less than its list price. The seven-speed dual-clutch auto adds $2500.

The Polo is one of the best handling cars in the class and the default equipment includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and a reversing camera. The more powerful Comfortline model is $19,490 on-road, or $1000 more than its list price.

Coming soonKia Sportage

Compact SUV has more space and is a better ride than its predecessor. Price and standard equipment will be key to its success, given the Hyundai Tucson sister car starts at $27,990.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Mid-life refresh extends to softer suspension, improved engines and more standard tech. Satnav and blind-spot monitoring will be standard on all models.

Ford Mustang

The Pony Express has found instant traction with this year's allocation already sold out. The two-door coupe starts at $45,990 with a four-pot engine, rising to $66,490 for the V8.

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