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Just growing up in stages, Living life in phases, Another season changes.

Life moves at a very quick pace. One day you’re attending your high school graduation, then in the blink of an eye, you are moving into your first rental apartment. Blink again and you’re walking down the aisle with the love of your life and before you know it its 7am and you’re trying to keep warm and dry while the kids are playing weekend sport.

When life changes, so do your needs. This includes the car that sits in your garage. Your beloved Golf R isn’t going to make the cut when it comes to family camping trips. So, what car should you get to help you through those life changes? The team at ProNovate has put together a guide to help you choose.

Young Professional

You’ve finished school, you’re heading out on your own and the future is looking bright. You’ve just landed a great job and it’s going well, all of a sudden your yellow Ford Laser just doesn’t match your profile. What car should you get? Take a look below:

Toyota Corolla

The ole faithful. Year on year Toyota can seem to do no wrong with the highest selling car in its category. Safe, reliable and very efficient to run. For those who are looking for something sensible to get you from point A to point B.

Mazda CX-3

The Mazda CX-3 has proven to be a successful venture for Mazda as they look to expand their presence in the SUV market. Sharing some similarities with the Mazda 3 hatchback, this car will provide you with ample space, sleek design and a large enough range to suit any budget

Hyundai Venue

This is the newest entry in this list. The Hyundai Venue is Hyundai’s offering for the light SUV segment. But don’t let that fool you, this car is packed with punch. Funky looks, colour options for days and a smooth, comfortable drive. The only downside is the 4 star ANCAP safety rating. This is because of the AEB system’s lack of cyclist detection and ISOFIX child-seat anchorage points.

Starting a Family

What’s that noise? Can you hear it? It’s getting louder! It’s the sound of wedding bells! Congratulations, you’re in love and you’re about to tie the knot. As you settle into married bliss you talk about the future. A big house, a new job perhaps and kids… You’re going to need a bigger car. Luckily with a constantly expanding mid-large car segment, there is plenty to choose from:

Mitsubishi ASX

The 10th highest selling car of 2019, the Mitsubishi ASX is a consistent provider of value and space. Arguably one of the best value for money small SUV’s in Australia. A recent facelift has given it a tougher look. Its fit for purpose is exactly that. Safe, reliable, comfortable and a good price point

Toyota RAV4

All hail the leader of the family SUV. If consistency, cheap servicing, and roomy interiors are your thing, then look no further. Toyota’s release of their new shape RAV4 was met with plenty of applauds. Known for safe and uninspiring exterior design, this is a shift from the norm. Enough space for prams and luggage in the boot. A hybrid option in all variants. This one ticks the boxes.

Mazda CX-5

Stylish, sleek and a crowd favorite. The new Mazda CX-5 gives you a well put together interior, a quiet drive and before the release of the RAV4 it was the highest selling medium SUV in the country. The standard equipment is very generous, a low lip boot and a flat floor makes loading and stacking a breeze.

The Family Uber

“Mum, Dad, what’s for dinner!”, “Can Tim come with us to basketball?”, “I’ll pick you up at 9pm sharp”. Welcome to the family Uber, an on-demand service where you don’t get paid and you can’t give your passengers 1 star. As a hard working professional with an aging family, the idea of space and comfort becomes a priority over fast, loud and flashy. So what is on offer to expand your family into:

Toyota Kluger

The Toyota Kluger has been a consistent workhorse for the past 6 years. It is known as the ‘large SUV for the Big Smoke’ the extraordinary success of the Toyota Kluger has cemented it’s place as a family favorite. Up to 7 roomy seats, 72 litres of fuel capacity and stylish looks, this is the perfect all rounder.

Mazda CX-9

Mazda’s largest SUV offering is the gift that keeps on giving. A recent refresh has seen it add a new safety kit as standard, ride and insulation enhanced and an impressive petrol engine. A spacious interior, 3rd row space to rival any competition. This is probably the best fit for purpose car in its segment.

Kia Carnival

Now we’re talking. This is the car for when you mean business. Captain chairs, legroom that feels like a first-class flight and enough space to stop the kids from fighting, the Kia Carnival is the bee’s knees. Coming in both Petrol and Diesel engine you get to choose the power. This is a genuine 8-seater option with a lovely cabin ambience. Ask anyone who has a Kia Carnival and they will tell you how much of a lifesaver it is.

Your Time

Finally, the house is quiet, and clean, the way you left it. The kids have moved out and they are off doing wonderful things. So why do you need that big car in the driveway now? Now is the time to treat yourself and get the car you’ve always wanted, not needed. This is the best time to get such a car and pay it down using pre-tax dollars. Especially if it is your last big purchase before you retire. So what should you get? These recommendations are from our team who have fantasised about this for a long time:

Ford Mustang

Loud, powerful, V8. A boyhood dream to most of us and ever since returning to Australian shores it has been in red hot demand. Convertible, fastback, white with blue racing stripes or yellow with black racing stripes. These will be the hardest decisions when picking a Ford Mustang. Imagine those long scenic drives.

Tesla Model S

If the Ford Mustang is a boyhood dream, the Tesla Model S is the adult dream of the office. Ever since we were lucky enough to receive a loan car from Tesla for a week, we have been in love. It has that WOW factor, futuristic design, beautiful cabin design and it’s good for the environment. BYO batteries.

Volvo XC60

Hear me out. The Volvo XC60 has always been a closeted favourite but I think it’s time we publicly declare our love for it. Smart, sophisticated, stylish and Swedish. Not only is it aesthetically beautiful, but it also rides like a dream. With innovative technology and safety always in mind, the Volvo XC60 embodies their famous phrase, Omtanke (consideration, care for others, thoughtfulness).

Did you have any other cars in mind for the precious life stages? Reach out to us, we would love to have a chat about it with you. Our Consultants are always on hand to talk about all things cars. They will happily provide proposals that are specific to your situation as well. Call us on 1300 000 PRO (776) or email at

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