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Small under $24K: Australia’s Best Value Cars 2017

By Wheels team, 16 Nov 2017 Best Value Cars

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The most popular models in the small car segment exist in this price bracket. So, what’s the best choice among the popular crowd?

The most popular models in the small car segment exist in this price bracket. So, what’s the best choice among the popular crowd?

1st: Kia Cerato S

While our light- and sub-light champs represent good driving and top value, in the small class the law of diminishing returns is yet to set in.

Yes it will cost more to own a Kia Cerato than a Picanto or Rio, but even compared with the littlest Kia, the step to the Cerato in terms of depreciation cost is only about $1000/year. Is the extra expense justified by a roomier body, perkier 2.0-litre engine, an available six-speed manual and extra features? We’ll let you decide.

Either way, you get Kia’s excellent seven-year warranty and a 12-month or 15,000km service interval, and it’s not as though the insurance premium goes through the roof in the upsize, at a very reasonable $635 per annum.

2nd: Hyundai i30 Active CRDi

The new-gen Hyundai i30 Active turbo-diesel six-speed manual pips its petrol sibling despite costing an extra $2500 up front, recouping the difference at the fuel bowser at a rate of about six dollars per week.

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3rd: Mitsubishi Lancer ES Sport

What the ancient Lancer lacks in freshness it makes up via cabin space, equipment for your dollar, and a five-year warranty to topple Japanese and most Euro (but not Korean) rivals.

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