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Premium compact under $50K: Australia’s Best Value Cars 2017

By Wheels staff, 21 Nov 2017 Best Value Cars

Premium compact under 50k Australia’s Best Value Cars 2017

Audi, Mini and BMW complete the podium of small, stylish and economical luxury hatches

Audi, Mini and BMW complete the podium of small, stylish and economical luxury hatches.

1st: Audi A1 Sporrtback 1.0 TFSI

Just as downsizers stepping from big early-century homes in the suburbs are choosing flash inner-city apartments and townhouses, those stepping from medium and large cars are opting for designer babies such as the Audi A1 Sportback rather than pedestrian small hatches.

With a chirpy 1.0-litre turbo triple, Ingolstadt’s smallest model uses just 4.2L/100km which makes it the least costly to fuel of any Gold Star Value award recipient. The insurance cost is reasonable for a premium hatch at $776, while the 12-month service interval will save hassle and a few bucks.

2nd: Mini Cooper

Condition-based servicing means the cheeky three-door Cooper will tell you when it needs a trip to see the spannerman, and it could go up to two years between visits, according to Mini. 


3rd: BMW 118i Sport Line

The $36,990 BMW 118i will hold 57 percent of its new value after three years, compared with 46 percent for the $9500-cheaper Mini Cooper – a depreciation difference of just $360/year.