Mid-range light cars come with creature comforts that initially cost more but help retain value.
Little cars are not as basic as they used to be, but it still makes sense to choose a mid-spec machine over a bare-bones base model. You’ll enjoy the car more with a few niceties, and it will make a more appealing second-hand proposition when it comes time to sell.
The Mazda 2, like its podium mates, sticks closely to the lower limit of the category at $17,690, and one of the things the extra $2700 buys is a slightly more powerful version of the 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine that actually makes the 2 slightly more economical.
A 52 percent Glass’s three-year retained value figure supports our theory that a specced-up hatch will be easier to move for a good price than a boggo special, at a percentage point better than the Mazda 2 Neo in the sub-$17K Light category.
So the Mazda 2 Maxx matches its less-costly sibling on many counts, uses less fuel, and counters its higher price with marginally superior resale – and you’ll enjoy it more along the way. Sounds like a winner to us.
Suzi’s sat-nav-equipped baby is certified Gold Star buying. The need for a bi-annual trip to the mechanic is more of a hassle than cause for extra expense, and of the podium players its 55 percent resale is as good as it gets.
This is not the first time and – spoiler-alert – neither is it the last that Kia’s seven-year warranty helps it to the silverware. Full marks to the Rio S Premium for being cost-effective to insure, at a paltry $576.01.
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