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Premium Medium Cars $45K-$60K: Gold Star Value Awards 2015

By James Whitbourn, 16 Sep 2015 Best Value Cars

Premium Medium Cars $45K-$60K: Gold Star Value Awards 2015

Volkswagen leads diverse field

Volkswagen leads diverse field.

VW Passat 118TSI

VW-Passat -118TSIWHERE once base-model money bought you a badge and not much else, the Volkswagen Passat proves you can get a cracking little donk and decent equipment for the money.

The 1.8-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder is responsive, smooth and characterful, and uses only 7.2L/100km, which is brilliant for a brisk 1500kg sedan (or wagon). Yet it’s the Passat’s reasonable purchase price combined with a decent 59 percent three-year resale figure that does the bulk of the money-saving.

Citroen DS5 DSport HDi

Citrone -DS5-DSport -HDiTHE DS5 stands up to Gold Star scrutiny with its efficient turbo-diesel engine, stout resale, conveniently long service interval and generous six-year warranty.

Infiniti Q50 GT 2.2d

Infiniti -Q50-GT-22dTHIS rear-wheel-drive Japanese sedan is not as polished as the Passat, but its 2.2-litre turbo-diesel is miserly (5.2L/100km) and Infiniti’s four-year warranty is better than most.

Premium Medium Cars $45K-$60K Volkswagen Passat 118TSI sedan Citroen DS5 DSport HDi Infiniti Q50 GT 2.2d
Purchase Price $38,990 $51,990 $51,900
Combined cycle fuel (L/100km) 7.2 6.1 5.2
Fuel RON (min. rec.) 95 D D
Three-year fuel cost $4376 $3687 $3143
Redbook resale (%) 58.6 58.1 53.4
Three-year depreciation $16,142 $21,784 $24,185
AAMI insurance premium $1023 $1207 $1202
Service interval (months) 12 12 12
Warranty (years) 3 6 4