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Smart is no longer available in Australia, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still like the little guys. For 2017, Smart are offering greater personalisation choices and a full-electric drivetrain to help make the little city car more of a lifestyle accessory than urban runabout...

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2016 Suzuki Celerio Review
Rating: 710 /10
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2016 Suzuki Celerio Review

The Suzuki Celerio is one of the cheapest new cars in Australia, but is it being outclassed by newcomers to the micro-car segment...

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$12,990 - $13,990

2017 Nissan Micra to be built in France
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2017 Nissan Micra to be built in France

The next-generation Nissan Micra will be built in France. The Japanese brand's five-door Micra micro car is set to be built where its ally, Renault, currently assembles the European-market Clio and the cutesy Zoe electric car...


Abarth 595C v Volkswagen Polo GTI Comparison
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Abarth 595C v Volkswagen Polo GTI Comparison

The arrival of the new 2016 Abarth 595 has dropped the ownership doorway into Italy's famed scorpion shield from mid-$30k down to a basement-level $27,500 list price. Stripping back the frills, while liberally pilfering from the marque's go-fast parts bin, this 'regular 595' is the type of cut-priced sweet spot many buyers having been hankering for...


2016 Mitsubishi Mirage ES Walkaround
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2016 Mitsubishi Mirage ES Walkaround

Read the article here. The Mitsubishi Mirage is typically one of the best selling micro cars. But with a couple of new players, does it still stack up? Kia has just launched the Picanto in Australia, while Holden has released the new Spark. With a list price of $12,250, it’s one of the cheapest cars you can buy in Australia...


2016 Holden Spark LS Walkaround
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2016 Holden Spark LS Walkaround

Read the article here. The Holden Spark replaces the Holden Barina Spark and is an exciting new option in the micro car segment. It’s cheap and has something that’s hard to find in a car this size. The Spark range starts from $13,990 (before on-road costs) for the base model LS with a manual transmission...


Kia Picanto could see manual model added to Australian range
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Kia Picanto could see manual model added to Australian range

While the Kia Picanto has just recently launched with only an automatic transmission available, a manual option could be offered with the upcoming next-generation model. Damien Meredith, Kia Australia chief operating officer, told CarAdvice that the brand could consider a stick-shifting version of the sharply-priced Picanto...


2016 Mitsubishi Mirage ES Review
Rating: 6.510 /10
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2016 Mitsubishi Mirage ES Review

The 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage ES hatchback has seen some updates...

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$12,250 - $14,250

Cheap, efficient car sales on the slide
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Cheap, efficient car sales on the slide

Australians are shunning the smallest and cheapest new vehicles money can buy, despite the total market running at an all-time high. To the end of May, 469,571 new vehicles were sold, up 3.8 per cent on last year’s record. SUVs and light commercials alike are showing double-digit growth, offsetting the decline in conventional passenger cars (as classified by industry VFACTS data)...


2016 Holden Spark LS Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2016 Holden Spark LS Review

There are two things a first car must be good at, luckily, the all-new 2016 Holden Spark has them both covered...

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$13,990 - $15,690

2016 Suzuki Celerio Walkaround
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2016 Suzuki Celerio Walkaround

Read the article here. It’s the cheapest car in Australia when it comes to drive away pricing – but do you just get what you pay for? The Suzuki Celerio has its work cut out for it, with the micro car segment getting more and more competitive. The Kia Picanto has just arrived and the Holden Spark has been launched with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard...


2016 Kia Picanto Walkaround
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2016 Kia Picanto Walkaround

Read the article here. The Kia Picanto is a brand new arrival to the micro car segment. It’s only available in a single specification and on the road it feels quite mature for it’s size. The Picanto is quite an adorable looking micro car and it’s priced at $14,990 drive away. Your only option is this, one specification with an automatic transmission...


Renault Twingo GT: rear-drive city car gets Renault Sport boost
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Renault Twingo GT: rear-drive city car gets Renault Sport boost

The sporty-looking Renault Twingo GT has been unveiled, revealing a tricked up version of the rear-wheel-drive French micro car. Inspired by the uber-cool 235kW/380Nm V6-powered Renault Twin’Run concept car first seen back in 2013, the Renault Twingo GT continues with the standard model’s rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, but boasts Renault Sport-fettled performance upgrades...


Micro Car Comparison: Holden Spark v Kia Picanto v Mitsubishi Mirage v Suzuki Celerio v Hyundai Accent
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Micro Car Comparison: Holden Spark v Kia Picanto v Mitsubishi Mirage v Suzuki Celerio v Hyundai Accent

Australia’s Micro Car market has been a hive of activity lately. Two brand new models have arrived, the Holden Spark and Kia Picanto, while the Mitsubishi Mirage has been updated. Add to this list the 15-month old Suzuki Celerio, and you have a mean little quartet of bargain-basement offerings. Each of these baby cars bring something unique to the table...


CarAdvice Gen-Y test: five price-busting first cars
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CarAdvice Gen-Y test: five price-busting first cars

Read the article here. Today, you can buy more car for less money than any time in history. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a more affordable new car than one in the micro car segment. The segment may not be the most glamorous, but it’s crucially important. We’ve got five of the most popular choices here, and each pitches itself as the ideal My First Car...


2017 World Car of the Year will include ‘urban car’ category
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2017 World Car of the Year will include ‘urban car’ category

The World Car Awards organisation, which in March declared the Mazda MX-5 the all-round finest offering the market had to offer in 2016, has now added a new vehicle class to its growing list of judging categories. The World Car of the Year awards, which already include categories for overall winner, performance cars, luxury cars, green cars and automotive design, will next year include a new ‘urban car’ category...


Australia's cheapest new cars

Australia's cheapest new cars

Looking for a new car on a small budget? Here are eight of the cheapest new cars available Australia-wide, right now. As you would expect, they are all micro or light cars and, unless otherwise stated, the price excludes on-road costs like registration, stamp duty and CTP. If you shop around, though, you can find great drive-away deals and special offers...


2016 Kia Picanto pricing and specifications
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2016 Kia Picanto pricing and specifications

The 2016 Kia Picanto is the ideal offering for parents looking to buy their kids a first car, the company said this week at the micro car's Australian launch. The pint-sized Picanto is a rival for the Holden Spark and top-selling Mitsubishi Mirage at the smallest end of the market...


2016 Holden Spark 'a new benchmark', potential top-seller
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2016 Holden Spark 'a new benchmark', potential top-seller

The new 2016 Holden Spark has what it takes to go straight to the top of the declining micro-car sales charts, the company says. Said to bring a new sense of maturity, panache and technology to this uber price-sensitive segment, the Spark is also Holden’s first properly new car to launch in some time. It is, the brand claims, "a new benchmark"...


2016 Fiat 500 Review
Rating: 6.510 /10
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2016 Fiat 500 Review

Around since 2008, the iconic Fiat 500 has been updated once again, headlined by new tech and a revised line-up...

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$18,000 - $25,000