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Australia’s favourite small cars under $40K

Posted on: February 12, 2018 by Tim McClare

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Although SUVs were Australia’s top selling vehicles in 2017, the small car class remains one of the most sought-after and hotly-contested segments in the market. Whether you need a family car or a smaller sized runabout, there’s a huge range of options to choose from. Here are our top 5 under $40k.

Subaru Impreza

From $24,990 drive-away, the new Subaru Impreza offers improved space, drivability and better value-for-money than ever before. An extensive list of standard equipment headlines the Impreza’s proposition and is the only vehicle in its class to offer the security and sure-footedness of all-wheel drive. A choice of sedan and hatch are available and all come with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Stepping up to the 2.0i-L also brings Subaru’s advanced EyeSight® system, which adds adaptive cruise, lane departure warning and collision-avoidance assistance.

Hyundai i30

A multi award-winner and one of the strongest-selling vehicles on the market for good reason, the i30 has won the hearts of many buyers and kicks off from only $20,990 drive-away for the Go manual. A choice of three engines (including diesel) and two transmissions, as well as a broad range means there’s an i30 variant to suit everyone. Australian-developed ride and handling means a vehicle tuned to our conditions for improved drivability, whilst inclusions like Sat-Nav (Active variant up) ensure a relaxing drive every time. Five years warranty offers peace of mind.

Volkswagen Golf

Long considered the category benchmark with awards around the globe, the Golf is a perennial favourite. It can be had with a choice of body styles, engines and transmissions. The Golf is replete with excellent all-round capabilities across all areas and strong build quality. From $23,990 drive-away, the Golf offers a very polished and refined driving experience wrapped up in a European package, complete with an all-digital dash. Safety features such as autonomous city braking help to avoid accidents.

Honda Civic

Firing out of the blocks with bold and sporty styling, Honda’s all-new (and greatly-improved) Civic has shot up to the pointy end of the class. Opening from $24,990 drive-away, the Honda Civic offers a comfortable ride, plenty of equipment and a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty. Available as a hatch or sedan it’s a sure-fire winner for those who want to make a statement. Couple this with large cargo space and Honda’s legendary reliability and you have a car that’s hard to go past.

Holden Astra

The Astra marks a return to a European offering from Holden and represents excellent value for money. Opening at just $21,990 drive-away, the turbocharged Astra range can be had in stylish hatch, sedan and even wagon body styles. The latest Astra vaults up the desirability ladder, with accomplished driving dynamics and engines that stand out from the crowd. High quality and refinement see it become one of the highest-reviewed cars in its class. One for the enthusiast drivers out there.

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