It’s often said that “in life you get what you pay for”, and that’s usually on the money, so to speak. However, the Australian car market likes to contradict that old saying by playing host to a ton of inexpensive, high-quality vehicles. Here’s a quick look at what you can buy brand-new for less than $15,000.
(i) The prices displayed are retail prices recommended to dealers, as supplied by the manufacturers. They do not include significant on-road costs such as dealer delivery fee, government stamp duty and registration. Nor do they include optional extras. Always check the final drive-away price of the car with your dealer, before agreeing to purchase.
MITSUBISHI MIRAGE - $11,990
The Mirage is not only one of the most popular vehicles in the small-car segment, but the least expensive new car to boast a 5-star ANCAP safety rating. Power comes from a punchy 1.2L four-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive fuel economy figure of 4.6L/100km. Despite its low price-tag, the car is loaded with creature comforts including six airbags, stability control, ABS, hill start assist, Bluetooth, air conditioning and more.
SUZUKI CELERIO - $12,990
A micro-car that’s not-so micro inside… The Suzuki Celerio will happily seat four adults while featuring a TARDIS-like 254-litre boot. The car’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine and sharp handling characteristics make it well-suited as a city runabout. The Celerio drinks just 4.7L/100km and is equipped with all the essential tech-goodies.
NISSAN MICRA - $13,490
The Nissan Micra has been universally lauded for its refined fit-and-finish. The car’s 1.2-litre three-cylinder motor allows for a comfortable and composed drive but is slightly thirstier than its competitors with a fuel consumption figure of 5.9/100km. The Micra is one of the most comprehensively-equipped cars of its kind with plenty of safety, entertainment and comfort features onboard.
HOLDEN SPARK - $13,990
The new pocket-sized Holden has undergone a major redesign from its predecessor, with new features, a sleeker look and a new name. The Spark is aimed at a younger audience and is designed to provide a ‘fuss-free’ city-driving experience with a spacious interior and class-leading tech. New for the Spark in 2016 is a 1.4-litre engine that provides a combined fuel economy figure of 5.2L/100km.
HONDA JAZZ - $14,990
The Jazz is a step up in exterior and interior size over many other cars in its price bracket. It’s also one of the most powerful. The Honda features a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine that burns 6.3L/100km. On the inside you’ll find a touch-screen display with a rear-view camera as standard, as well as clever folding rear seats that allow for a heap of extra luggage space.
HYUNDAI ACCENT - $14,990
The Hyundai Accent is all about cost-efficient functionality. The car has a 1.4-litre engine that consumes 5.7-litre/100km and produces adequate power for urban cruising. Luggage space is aplenty for a car of its size and all the essential technology you’d expect is onboard including a 5.0-inch touchscreen display. The interior is soft to the touch which keeps in line with the car’s forgiving suspension and steering feel.
MAZDA 2 - $14,990
The Mazda 2 really stands out from the crowd in terms of fun. Responsive performance, engaging steering and a zippy engine make it one of the most enjoyable city runabouts on the market. The car has a stylish exterior design and is easy on fuel. A 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine powers the little Mazda, producing a fuel consumption rating of just 4.9L/100km.
TOYOTA YARIS - $14,990
The longstanding light car from Toyota has deservedly developed a reputation for reliability and retained value. In fact, the Yaris is said to be the most reliable car in its segment. A 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine powers it and manages a fuel usage figure of 5.7L/100km. The little Toyota comes standard with air- con, a 6.1-inch touchscreen display with Bluetooth, six airbags, electronic stability control, power windows and power-adjusted door mirrors. It may not seem particularly well-equipped amongst its competitors, but the Yaris remains a very popular choice due to its strong reputation and low cost.
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Specifications and performance figures refer to entry-level, manual variants.