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Performance cars under $75K: Australia's Best Value Cars

By Wheels team, 27 Nov 2017 Best Value Cars

Performance cars under 75K Australias best value cars

Performance cars aren’t often known for being good value for money, but there’s a surprising array of athletic n’ affordable autos on the market.

Performance cars aren’t often known for being good value for money, but there’s a surprising array of athletic n’ affordable autos on the market.

1st: Mazda MX-5

The broad ‘performance’ categories typically see a variety of machines battling in the value arena and Gold Star Value 2017 was no different, with Mazda’s MX-5 holding back a gaggle of turbo hot hatches and a Japanese coupe with a penchant for drifting (Toyota 86). The one thing they had in common was a circa-$30K price tag. However it was MX-5’s 65 percent three-year resale that effectively gave it the win from the outset, helping it hold onto between $2K and $4K more than key rivals over the first few years. The 1.5’s 6.1L/100km combined cycle was about average and the MX-5’s taste for premium fuel typical. The Mazda, like most, calls for a 12-monthly service, and the $826 insurance premium is between $67 and $159 more than key rivals – no deal breaker. Hiroshima’s evergreen sports roadster is a star.

2nd: Volkswagen Polo GTI

The Polo GTI is a polished and capable junior hot hatch and the all-rounder among the top trio. Less costly to buy and more practical than the two-seat Mazda, the Volkswagen is also cheap to insure at $759.


3rd: Abarth 595

The Abarth version of Fiat’s retro-inspired baby is a rorty little bulldog of a hot hatch that’s also good at saving bucks, on the back of good economy and
low-cost insurance.

 

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