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Performance Cars under $75K: Gold Star Value Awards 2015

By James Whitbourn, 16 Sep 2015 Best Value Cars

Performance Cars under $75K: Gold Star Value Awards 2015

Better drive edges extra door

Better drive edges extra door.

Kia ProCeed GT

Kia -Proceed -GTKOREA’S first hot hatch is also its best value equation.

You won’t be at all surprised to know that Kia’s seven-year unlimited-kay warranty plays a big part in the result. It’s also pretty obvious that a $29,990 entry price is a good start in a class with a $75K ceiling, even though price itself isn’t scored, because instead the predicted three-year resale – a reasonable 57 percent – works on a very low starting point.

As well as being a better sports hatch/coupe – the multi-link rear suspension and Recaro seats are highlights – than its direct rival (in second place), the ProCeed GT is a better buy, despite being a bit thirstier.

Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo

Huindai -Veloster -SR-TurboIF THE Veloster had the same seven-year warranty it would edge out the ProCeed GT – it’s that close at the top. Instead, the Hyundai comes second, despite being superior in terms of dollars-per-door.

Toyota 86

Toyota -86TOYOTA’S 86 re-established the sports coupe genre and redefined value when it arrived three years ago, and little has changed since, despite a minor mechanical, cosmetic and equipment update.

The Subaru BRZ twin finishes sixth.

Performance Cars under $75K Kia ProCeed GT Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo man Toyota 86 GT man
Purchase Price $29,990 $29,990 $29,990
Combined cycle fuel (L/100km) 7.4 6.9 7.8
Fuel RON (min. rec.) 91 91 98
Three-year fuel cost $4224 $3938 $5009
Redbook resale (%) 57.0 59.6 63.5
Three-year depreciation $12,896 $12,116 $10,946
AAMI insurance premium $940 $945 $954
Service interval (months) 12 12 6
Warranty (years) 7 5 3