For many, having a car is a necessity. Whether for work or family use, a car makes travelling more convenient. In cases such as travelling with an infant or young kids, or moving a lot of stuff to another area, public transportation may not be ideal and a car becomes a better option.
Nowadays, you will see a wide range of cars from almost 50 different car manufacturers. Obviously, there are so many types to choose from and finding the right one for you can be a challenge. To make the selection process easier, we’ve rounded up 10 of the cheapest cars in Australia at the moment.
Suzuki Alto ($11,790)
It may be small, but Suzuki Alto comes with a lot of features. With its 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine, you can expect 50kW of power and 90Nm of torque. It’s also one of the most fuel-efficient cars out in the market today, as it uses about 4.7L/100KM. It also includes Bluetooth, six airbags, central locking, and a multi-format six-speaker stereo. The downside? It can only accommodate four people.
Mitsubishi Mirage ($12,990)
Five-star ANCAP safety rating, three-cylinder engine that churns out 57kW of power and 100Nm of torque, fuel consumption of 4.6L/100KM, plus the standard inclusions of Bluetooth, eight airbags, a multi-format and user-friendly audio system – you really can’t go wrong with Mitsubishi Mirage. This compact vehicle is one of the most fuel-efficient new cars in the country, and it’s very affordable too! But wait – did we mention that it can seat five people?
Nissan Micra ($13,490)
If you’re looking for a new car that’s both affordable and fuel-efficient, you may want to consider Nissan Micra. Aside from the Bluetooth and eight airbags, it comes with keyless entry, electronic brake force distribution, and stability and traction control.
Holden Barina ($14,990)
This compact car continues to be one of the favorites of many Australians, and for good reasons. Holden Barina can seat five people and comes with the standard features. It has a five-star ANCAP safety rating and offers 85kW of power and 155Nm of torque with its 1.6-litre engine. The downside? Its fuel consumption is at 6.8L/100KM.
Holden Barina Spark ($12,490)
Catering to the younger market, Holden Barina Spark offers 59kW of power and 107Nm of torque, thanks to its 1.2-litre, four-cylinder engine. It may not have Bluetooth, but it comes with eight airbags for protection in case of a crash and central locking. It can accommodate five people.
Cherry J3 ($14,990)
It may be a newcomer in the cheap transportation category, but Chery J3 meets the requirements on power and affordability. With its 1.6-litre, four-cylinder engine, it can generate 93kW of power and 160Nm of torque. It’s also the largest car among the vehicles in this list.
Honda Jazz ($14,990)
This car is beautiful inside and out. From its 1.5-litre iVTEC four-cylinder engine generating 88kW of power and 145Nm of torque, fuel consumption of 6.2L/100KM, to flexible features like a touchscreen interface with a rear-view camera, and fold-down rear seats, it’s no wonder that Honda Jazz got a five-star ANCAP safety rating.
Kia Rio ($15,290)
This car comes with a higher price, but it excels in terms of fuel consumption which is at 5.7L/100KM. It also offers 79kW of power and 135Nm of torque. It also has a five-star ANCAP safety rating. However, it lacks features such as reverse camera, cruise control, and touchscreen interface. Also, its stereo only has four speakers, while you’ll find six in other cars.
Volkswagen Up! ($13,990)
Another popular addition to the micro-car segment is Volkswagen Up! It may be small but it certainly packs a punch. It has a five-star ANCAP safety rating, electronic diff lock with stability and traction control, and Crash Avoidance technology. While it can accommodate four people, it is known to offer one of the most enjoyable rides in its category.
Toyota Yaris ($14,990)
This five-seater car offers 63kW of power and 121Nm of torque, thanks to its 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine. It also has the standard features such as Bluetooth, voice recognition, trip computer, and nine airbags which help it earn a five-star ANCAP safety rating.
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