What used small hatch should I buy?

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Toyota Corolla hatchback VII

Cameron McGavin

The Ford is an all-round performer, that has few

The dilemma

Tony is helping his choose her first car. want something with ANCAP safety and less 100,000 kilometres on the odometer won’t cost a fortune to They are trying to decide a Mini Clubman, Mercedes-Benz Subaru Impreza, Volkswagen and sports utility vehicles as Ford’s EcoSport/Kuga duo, Forester and VW’s Tiguan.

than $22,000.

The shortlist

might be trendy, but they to cost more, use more and require more expensive and tyres than an equivalent car.

If you really need an degree of practicality or mild ability, they are worth or, more specifically, ones truly fulfil both promises, such as the Forester.

A hatchback is a cheaper, thriftier and driving path to a similar although the Clubman and B-Class quite make it to the start given that neither is cheap to maintain by small-car

We will also wave to the Impreza, because there are mainstream hatches that it for space, driving appeal and

2011-on Ford Focus from $12,980*

This handles satisfyingly and has a nicely ride and very competitive petrol/diesel drivetrains.

Throw in functional qualities, a five-star rating and it is preferable to not only an but the previous generation’ Mazda3s and Corollas that fill price point.

It is also buying. You could get a mid-range Sport with less 10,000 kilometres at this or a less-glitzy Trend with than 1000 kilometres. If a petrol engine and manual are not issues, you could have a new Ambiente.

With all of them, you get portion of Ford’s seven-year, capped-price servicing regime, but expect standard-setting economy, sophistication or the cleanest, simplest design.

2013-on Kia Cerato

With the new Mazda3 too hot off the presses to be a at this budget, this Kia as a logical contender for the battle.

It is not a setter in any real area, but it clock competitive scores the board and is the only car here does not consign you to dual-clutch in automatic trim.

It is sharp buying too. The 2.0-litre mid-range Si models less than 1000 are sub-$20,000 prospects and, if you mind a 1.8-litre engine and some of the luxuries, a new base S is

2013-on Volkswagen Golf, $18,700*

This Volkswagen cede to a B-Class or Clubman for cred, but it is a less compromised, upmarket package.

It also access to a six-year, 90,000-kilometre servicing regime, bringing it league here with its

As for which Golf, you could your pick of the sixth-generation but that model’s reliability would have us tending a current model, although you have fewer toys and power than other would provide for similar

Drive recommends

The Golf its rivals for sheer talent and is not on the ownership front, at least the confines of its capped-price servicing but you would have to accept toys and grunt than you get elsewhere.

The Cerato is not a product like the Volkswagen. However, it everything well enough for needs, nothing badly, and capped-price servicing with the warranty of this group.

And the It’s not as polished as a Golf and not have an answer to the Kia’s warranty, but in proffering more and gear than the former, driving nous than the and a longer capped-price servicing than both, it takes a path we wouldn’t be able to up.

* Values are estimates provided by Guide . based on an example up to 20,000 kilometres a year and in a condition relevant to its age.

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45 comments so far

He for low cost,don’t think any Euro’s be as cheap/reliable as the Japanese or Korean did notice that all the cars he were going to be cars will cost more,I image might be important will cost.I certainly take a chance with any of his with 100.000kms and out of warranty. If he hope he gets a thorough inspection from NRMA or

Commenter Andrewbris Location Date and time May 10, 2014,

Let her go with a second-hand VW. It will be an expensive but invaluable lesson in not books by their good covers.

Commenter Mr Anderson Date and time May 12, 2014,

Ford Focus. You do not buy a car from that was nearly bankrupt the Focus development. Cost are evident everywhere.Poor uncle can not you a reach present.

Commenter Location Date and time May 12, 11:50AM

What on earth are you about?

Toyota Corolla hatchback VII

Ford was the ONLY manufacturer in the US that did NOT ask for, nor a Government bailout.

Commenter Location Bulimba Date and May 12, 2014, 5:26PM

I’m that’s what he meant by

Commenter Mr Anderson Location and time May 12, 2014, 5:40PM

received $600m in US govt guarantees.

Commenter john Date and time May 13, 2014,

To Tony,

The one that has been by the editors is the Hyundai i30. spanking new for that coin, or than a year old for an upmarket

How about the perennial female favorite, the Corolla? Why not? the same cost and has the reliability to go with it.

Golf VII’s are to return a few familiar issues DSG’s (circa 20K, 18K and 35K the last month so far). rate about half of the VI’s at the same time launch, but that still up to way too many to even be considered for daughter to be left to deal on her own. Primary safety with not breaking down. She need a car with sporting just basic reliable, transport. The DSG in the Golf will into MANY other objects before she gets to it so a check on basic panel costs should be factored the equation if this is the way you want to go. cars to drive on the open but ownership issues should put totally out of the question

Commenter The truth Location and time May 12, 2014, 2:37PM

may have asked for safe and and the i30 is definitely that, but his nominated suggest he wants something a bit a plasticky Korean flat automobile.

For mine, I’d my daughter be stuck on the side of the in a Golf, than driving in a perfectly functional i30 or Corolla.

Commenter Steve Location Date and time May 12, 2014,

@The truth, please on the failure rates of Golf VI to Golf VII. Im interested to where you get all of this insightful

Commenter Automeister Location and time May 12, 2014, 3:44PM

it appears you haven’t had a good look at the latest i30 with a like that.

Surely you be serious in your second

Commenter Sir Lunchalot Location and time May 12, 2014, 3:52PM

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