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Performance Car Under $75K: Gold Star Value Awards 2014

By James Whitbourn, 16 Oct 2014 Best Value Cars

Peugeot 208 GTi

Peugeot's hot hatch turns the tables on Ford

Peugeot's hot hatch turns the tables on Ford

1. Peugeot 208 GTi
PUG’S return-to-form GTi may have bowed to Ford’s Fiesta ST at comparo time, but when it comes to number-crunching, the feisty French hot hatch turns the tables on its rival.

Despite costing $4000 more to buy, the 208 fights back with stronger resale, for starters, though whether this will be reflected in real-world used prices remains to be seen. Then there are the Pug’s 5.9L/100km official fuel use and $978 insurance premium, the best of any of the 25 performance cars considered. Only a good (but not great) three-year warranty stood between the reborn GTi and a Gold Star Awards clean-sweep.

2. Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo
ONLY 0.7 percentage points separated the 208 GTi and Hyundai’s quirky four-door coupe. The boosted Veloster boasts fine efficiency, superb resale, inexpensive insurance, a 12-month service interval and a five-year warranty.

3. Renault Clio RS200 EDC
RENAULT’S re-priced, fourth-gen hot Clio, now with turbo-assisted shove, moves firmly into the crosshairs for value-conscious buyers, narrowly ahead of another hi-po Korean coupe, the Kia Koup Turbo.

Perform. <$75k Purchase Price Comb. Fuel (L/100km) Fuel RON (min. rec.) 3-year fuel cost Redbook resale (%) 3-year deprec. AAMI insurance prem. Service interval (months) Warranty (years)
Peugeot 208 GTi $29,990 5.9 95 $3586 68 $9597 $978.87 12 3
Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo $31,990 6.8 91 $3881 65 $11,197 $992.02 12 5
Renault Clio RS200 EDC $29,290 6.3 95 $3829 60 $11,716 $1124.80 12 5

Notable classmates: Kia Cerato Koup Turbo, Ford Fiesta ST / Number of cars crunched: 25