Aiii...I was in the situation last year during the 0 GST/SST period. Wanted to trade in my 14 years old manual Wira that my wife was driving & pass her my 8years old Accent. A few choices tried & even discussed here in F&F. Had a good amount saved aside for DP also. Wanted to go for Outlander, Tucson, X-Trail & even 2nd hand Santa Fe. But learning that SUVs (especially 4WDs) are not that straightforward as a sedan made me think too much. Few outstation work trips later & time almost ran out. In the end decided & managed in time to buy my wife a New Persona CVT as a surprise gift for her birthday to ease her 'situation'.
Meanwhile I'm still driving my 9years old Accent with 270+K of mileage & kept the Wira as a back up car. I think I didn't buy a new car for me as my Accent was still driving fine. Yeah upkeep is getting expensive due to wear & tear but its no where near of the cost of buying & upkeep of a new Outlander or the others. The other reason was when it came to it, I was very reluctant to spend over RM130k on a vehicle even though I can afford it. Don't know why I can spend on good properties but not on my car..... Maybe because I come from a poor background so spending on a vehicle/liability is very difficult for me.
Well at least my wife was & is still happy driving something new, comfortable & much safer than the Wira. I still check on car/SUV news/offers regularly though. Still have DP money kept aside for sudden urge or change of mind.
But most probably I will trade in my Wira for something new in few years time & pass my Accent to my daughter when she gets her licence to drive.