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Light Cars Under $25k

Volkswagen Polo
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  • Interior quality far superior to competition; return of the manual gearbox; adaptive damping and Sport mode standard

  • Interior space is cramped; doesn't excel in any one area; can be tiring on longer drives; no navigation or parking sensors as standard equipment

Mazda 2
  • Neat styling; excellent presentation inside and out; ample equipment list; driving engagement; good comfort levels

  • Powertrain could be more responsive; cabin flawed in the details; basic row-two appointments; not the most spacious in class; tyre noise

Ford Fiesta
  • Punchy and flexible engine; Sport mode notably improves throttle and transmission response; good ride and impressive handling makes it almost as much fun as an ST… almost

  • Looking and feeling dated; still too expensive at list price; well short on standard equipment and technology compared with key segment rivals

Honda Jazz
  • A versatile and practical interior, efficient engine, strong safety feature list

  • Cumbersome infotainment, lacking advanced active safety features, out-classed warranty and servicing costs

Renault Clio
  • Supremely capable at speed; sharp and well weighted steering; sharp auto transmission action in Sports mode; premium styling; loaded with features

  • Automatic shifter a pain in regular commuting; no manual shifter on offer; interior let down by ordinary plastics and noticeable creaks; poor USB and Bluetooth connectivity

Light Cars Over $25k

Audi A1
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  • 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

MINI Cooper
  • Wide range of engines and trim grades to suit most buyers; 2.0-litre engine and eight-speed auto are an excellent combo; larger platform adds real flexibility

  • Ride errs on the side of firm, which some SUV buyers might not like; pricing is likely to creep up to just above $40k for the entry model; some of the interior is still quirky for quirky's sake

Citroen DS3
  • Style, style and style; those headlights are actually really cool; well equipped; faster and more nimble that you think; folding roof and zippy persona is a recipe for fun

  • Not as real world economical as it really should be; that boot is just silly; cabin storage and ergonomics not ideal; full-fold top obscures rear vision

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?