Best Small Cars for Australians 2016

You are thinking about it, but quite there yet. Buying a new car is a HUGE decision. You can do all the research you want, but what someone else has to say is not going to perfectly fit what you want.

In general, you want something small (yet roomy) and affordable. Maybe it is just for you, or maybe it is for you and your family. We have created a short list of the best small cars for Australians new to 2015.

What is is that makes a ‘best small car’ though? Everyone wants something different and uses their vehicle for different things. Some want an SUV, other’s want a typical small vehicle. We give you enough credit for knowing what you really want out of a car. For that reason, the information we cover is designed to help you make the best decision. We want you to feel like your vehicle was only made for YOU.

  1. Volkswagen Golf 103 TSI Highline

A perfect mix of family and fun, the VW Golf 103 TSI Highline combines the power and suspension of a sports car with the room and forgiveness of much larger vehicles. There are several customizable and enhancing modifications available to suit any use you may have.

  • Engine: BOOM! Power comes in the Turbo MPFI 1.4L engine.
  • Transmission: 7 Speed Automatic direct shift transmission.
  • Drive Away Cost: Starting as low as $28,400.
  • Fuel Type: Premium unleaded for maximum performance
  • Fuel Economy: 5.2L per 100km
  • Body Type: Hatchback
  • Seats: 5
  • Safety: Front and side airbags, pre-tensioner seatbelts
  • Warranty: 3 years or 999,000km

Safe, reliable, powerful, fuel-efficient. There is not much more that you can ask for from a small vehicle. If that’s not enough though, consider that VW will cover the cost of your service for the first year (up to 15,000km).

  1. Peugeot 308 Access

This is the champagne of the small car world. It is not for everyone, but the 308 Access was made with a supreme level of class. The interior of this beauty will make you feel like you are sitting next to a queen. If it does not, the ride surely will. It is rated one of the smoothest vehicle in 2015.

  • Engine: The Turbo MPFI 1.2L 3 cylinder engine that promises control.
  • Transmission: 6 Speed manual.
  • Drive Away Cost: Starting as low as $21,990
  • Fuel Type: Premium unleaded petrol recommended.
  • Fuel Economy: 4.6L per 100km
  • Body Type: Hatchback
  • Seats: 5
  • Safety: Front and side airbags, pre-tensioner seatbelts
  • Warranty: 3 years or 100,000km

This does not have as much power as the Golf, but can still get up and go. Its fuel efficiency and large 18” wheels make this vehicle perfect for an upscale, smooth and elegant ride.

  1. Mazda 3 MAXX

Made for the freeway driver who wants maximum control and an easy ride, the Mazda 3 Maxx boasts its transmission quality. They really thought of the tech junkies when building this ride. It is rated near the top in its tech and connect abilities.

  • Engine: MultiPoint Fuel Injected 2.0L engine for fantastic freeway control and power.
  • Transmission: 6 Speed Automatic that works perfectly with the engine.
  • Drive Away Cost: Starting as low as $20,440.
  • Fuel Type: Unleaded petrol
  • Fuel Economy: 5.7L per 100km
  • Body Type: Hatchback
  • Seats: 5
  • Safety: Front and side airbags, pre-tensioner seatbelts. Also comes with Mazda’s safety pack.
  • Warranty: 3 years or 100,000km

Have a decent work commute but still want power and style? This is for you. Mazda knows you spend a lot of time driving so they threw in some fun and useful tech options. Pandora and an easy to use navigation system will create an entertaining and confident journey.

  1. Hyundai i30 Active

Hyundai has been rapidly making its name in the automotive industry by creating quality and comfort at fantastic prices. The i30 Active is no exception. Its contentifying ride is smooth, fun, and completely driver friendly. You will not find value like this in too often.

  • Engine: MultiPoint Fuel Injected 1.8L engine great for control in town and freeway economy.
  • Transmission: 6 Speed Automatic that compliments engine control.
  • Drive Away Cost: Starting as low as $17,580
  • Fuel Type: Unleaded petrol
  • Fuel Economy: 7.1L per 100km
  • Body Type: Hatchback
  • Seats: 5
  • Safety: Front and side airbags, pre-tensioner seatbelts.

A small car with great comfort and TONS of room, the i30 was built for the city driver. Its engine, transmission, and superior luxury combine to make your endless stop and go route more than tolerable.

  1. Toyota Corolla Ascent

What kind of list would this be if we didn’t include the notorious reliability of a Toyota. This hatchback Corolla is supremely economical and comes with a very reasonable price tag. All the things we love about Toyota!

  • Engine: MultiPoint Fuel Injected 1.8L engine flawlessly designed for ‘green’ conscious drivers.
  • Transmission: 7 Speed Automatic CVT Sequential.
  • Drive Away Cost: Starting as low as $18,410
  • Fuel Type: Unleaded petrol
  • Fuel Economy: 6.6L per 100km
  • Body Type: Hatchback
  • Seats: 5
  • Safety: Front and side airbags, pre-tensioner seatbelts.

Engines with this size and power rarely come with an economical reputation. So you are looking for something that combines power, control, quality, safety, and comfort? You found it. The newly designed Corolla Ascent takes a piece from each of the best to give you a fantastic driving experience.

Final Thoughts

You are now well armed to make your big decision. Which options fits you the best? We have selected these for all driver types. You are going to sit behind the wheel behind one of these vehicles and wonder where it has been all your life. Let your car work for you the best way it knows how. Maybe that is why the cars we love are given names like, ‘Eleanor’. When something fits you so perfectly, you have to give it a unique name. Do not be shy, what are you going to name yours?

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