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Light Cars Under $25k

Volkswagen Polo
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  • Impressive powertrain; confidence-inspiring dynamics; comfortable interior; modern infotainment system; value of driving comfort package

  • Expensive servicing Sat-nav optional Sports package affects ride comfort; engine requires premium unleaded petrol

Mazda 2
  • AEB across the range; standout exterior and interior design; one of the more agile and fun-to-drive little offerings out there; no price increase

  • Not very spacious in the rear, even by class standards; no Apple CarPlay/Android Auto; Neo still lacks rear-view camera

Honda Jazz
  • Most versatile and spacious cabin in class; safety; good value at entry level

  • Outdated media system; too expensive in higher trim; not as enjoyable to drive as class leaders

Suzuki Swift
  • Familiar agile dynamics; radar cruise for less than $20k; optional turbo engine has character; good value, with one notable exception

  • No touchscreen on base GL manual; GLX Turbo is auto-only; AEB not on lower grade versions; cabin trims still cheap in places

Skoda Fabia
  • Packaging; dynamics; good steering and engine; customisation options; AEB; infotainment

  • Hesitant dual-clutch gearbox; lots of customisation options; small dealer network

Light Cars Over $25k

MINI Cooper
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  • So much fun to drive; fantastic engine and driveline; great handling and ride characteristics; solid and well built: feels like a bigger car; still looks cool

  • Option packages are confusing and expensive; Mini by name and mini by nature – there’s not much space in there; three-cylinder engine is thirsty

Audi A1
  • Improved drivability from the 1.4 S tronic power train; spirited performance; cabin presentation; improved value; fuel efficiency

  • Lacks proper premium equipment levels; sat-nav optional; no reverse-view camera available; ride can be terse

Peugeot 208
  • Good fun little engine and driving dynamics; quiet and comfy; excellent use of space; GT-Line treatment adds a smart splash of red – and everyone likes that

  • It’s pricey; very easy to blow those fuel consumption claims; some ergonomics are, how can we say it… French?