5 of the Best Small Cars

A lot of Australian car buyers are starting to look toward small cars. These compact vehicles are very fuel-efficient and affordable, but still spacious enough to transport children or cargo.

Even though the Australian market has seen a boom in SUVs and 4x4s, there is still a demand for small cars in Australia. If you are considering buying a new car, and considering a small car, then consider one of these amazing small cars below.

1) Mazda 3

The Mazda 3 has for many years been the top-selling small car segment in Australia. Although Mazda has since come out with other small models, the Mazda 3 remains a small car with the best value for money.

New car buyers won’t go wrong with the comfortable ride, quality technology and safety equipment on offer by the Mazda 3.

The standard model of the Mazda 3 starts at  $26,340, making it extremely budget-friendly For those wanting to splurge on hybrid technology, the X20 comes in at  $42,490.

All the Mazda 3 models come with standard safety equipment, a touchscreen infotainment system (with sat-nav and Android Auto) as well as LED headlights and alloy wheels.

The only downside of the Mazda 3 is the small cargo space and the cramped rear seats, however, if you don’t have frequent passengers, then this is not an issue.

2) Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is currently the top-selling small car in the world.

It is available as both a sedan and a hatchback, and buyers can choose either a petrol or petrol-electric hybrid engine. The Corolla comes with all the safety features one would desire in a car.

Coupled with a comfortable and stylish interior, affordable buying price and low service and maintenance costs – well, it is easy to see why the Toyota Corolla has stood the test of time and continues to be a favourite among small passenger cars.

The hatchback has a cramped boot, whereas the sedan offers a bit more space – although the sedan is not available as a hybrid version.

The price for the base-level Corolla starts at  $25,395, while the most expensive ZR Hatchback model costs  $34, 695.

3) Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf is a well-loved car in the small car category throughout Europe. The latest generation Golf is popular in Australia as well, because it has the feel of a luxury car contained within a compact body.

The high levels of technology used in the new Golf have pushed the price up, with prices starting at  $32,790 and going up to $50k and $60k for the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R respectively.

4) Audi A3

The Audi A3 is incredibly user-friendly and is affordable considering what you get with the car.

The 1.5-litre turbo-engine uses mild-hybrid technology and has excellent mileage. It is a luxury vehicle with a sleek exterior, comfortable, and stylish interior.

The Audi A3 comes optionally with safety and driver-assist features, like rear parking sensors, autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning.

If you prefer a more sporty drive, then the Audi A3 S3 and RS3 models are still small and compact, but pack a punch.

Pricing for the base-model Audi A3 starts at  $46,900, excluding on-road costs, while the RS3 will put you back $94,799. Although the Audi A3 is not as affordable as other cars on this list, it is a great, small family car.

5) Hyundai i30

The Hyundai i30 is consistently a favourite with drivers wanting a small car.

This vehicle is available with petrol, diesel or turbo engines and comes as either a sedan or a hatchback.

The Hyundai i30 has active safety equipment, LED daytime running lights, and dual-zone climate control. With these features, it is easy to understand the popularity of the Hyundai i30.

The i30 starts at an affordable $25,990 for the base model and $53,500 for the top-end N Limited Edition models.

Final Thoughts

The small car market has grown in leaps and bounds in the past few years, and it is easy to understand why Australians are turning their attention to these zippy, compact cars with great fuel efficiency and affordable prices. Their lower running cost and easy maintenance make these the obvious choice for solo drivers and small families.

These five cars listed above are all excellent choices if you are considering buying a smaller car.

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