Used luxury passenger vehicle
Sales of large luxury passenger vehicles have been steadily declining for some years. The likes of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series have been thoroughly supplanted by their SUV brethren.
The Jaguar XF never rose to any heady sales heights in Australia, but that actually helps its appeal as a used car bargain.
Sleek in its exterior styling and pampering within its leather-attired interior, the Jaguar XF is a traditional large saloon that drives enjoyably and comfortably.
Here we’re focussed on the second generation launched in Australia in December 2015. It came with a broad range of petrol and diesel engines but they were pared back over the years in the name of range simplification.
There was even a wagon, or XF Sportbrake, that was offered for only a couple years in Australia.
A comprehensive 2021 update brought with it a muscular styling update and an interior with new seats, infotainment system and digital instrument cluster.
According to Redbook, 2016 four-cylinder turbocharged XFs are available for less than $30,000. Of course, if you want a supercharged V6 then prepare to spend more.
Used large/medium passenger vehicle
Yes, it’s best to avoid the big brand names if you are after a used car gem. As Australia’s number two selling brand that hardly applies to Mazda.
But the Mazda6 sells in the medium/large passenger car segment, which has gone through a calamitous fall in buyer interest in recent years.
As a result the Mazda6 is one Mazda where demand is not outstripping supply, so prices have stayed under control.
The history of the Mazda6 actually dates back through three generations and 20 years. The current car actually dates all the way back to 2013, but it has been through a series of updates – minor and major - since then that have kept it fresh.
The Mazda6 is available as both a sedan and wagon and the latter is the pick if you want to maximise both style and space and you’re happy to pay a little extra.
A diverse powertrain choice includes staple naturally-aspirated and turbocharged petrol and economical turbo-diesel. Since 2013, all Mazda6s have been front-wheel drive with automatic transmissions.
Good looking, fun to drive and comfortable to ride in, the biggest thing the Mazda6 has going against it is it’s not an SUV.
That, of course, helps its used car pricing. A post-update 2018 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated Mazda6 sedan could start in the low $20K range according to Redbook.