Thanks to fierce competition between manufacturers, the new car market has become a great way to get a fantastic deal on the car of your dreams. Owning a new car may seem like an extravagant expense, but there are many new models which offer unbeatable value for money, even for first time car buyers. Here are 5 of the most affordable new car models available for the budget conscious buyer.
The Chery J1 is currently one of Australia’s cheapest cars to buy brand new, with the retail set at an impressive $9990 drive away. With a modern interior, power mirrors, keyless entry, electric windows, ABS, dual air bags, 6 speaker sound system with MP3 compatibility, central locking and fog lights, the J1 truly has it all. This nifty 1.3L hatch is also covered by a 3 year/100 000km warranty, and has great dealer support so you can relax and enjoy your brand new car with absolute peace of mind.
Voted by NRMA as the cheapest car to own and operate, the Alto comes in at $11990 but is worth the extra investment. The 3 cylinder 1.0L petrol engine is surprisingly zippy for its size, and delivers great fuel economy and low emissions. Fitted with Electronic Stability Control, ABS and an impressive 6 air bags, the Alto is serious on safety. It has all the features like power windows and keyless entry, but with a slightly better build quality than the Chinese made Chery J1.
With a 5 star ANCAP safety rating and famous Toyota quality, the Yaris is a great choice for people looking for an affordable new car that they can keep for many years. A benefit of the Yaris is the fact that Toyota’s hold their value, with higher resale prices than some of their close competitors. The Yaris has all the technology features you could want, with Bluetooth for hands-free calls as well as audio streaming, and the ZR models featuring a 6.1” touchscreen with SatNav and traffic avoidance to help you get home on time, every time. While a bit more expensive than some of the others, the Yaris is definitely value for money, and is a great investment for those who want a car to keep for many years to come.
Holden Barina Spark
The Spark stands out from the crowd with undeniably modern, sporty styling. For $13990 you will get a tidy package, including great storage capacity with fold-down rear seats, a technology laden interior, Traction Control, ABS, Electronic Stability Control, 6 air bags, and a 1.2L 4 cylinder for a smooth and agile drive.
The multi-award winning i20 is a great example of Hyundai’s dedication to constantly improving their range. Backed by a 5 year, unlimited kilometre warranty and the Hyundai iCare system, the i20 offers some of the most comprehensive after-sale support available. With sleek styling on the outside, and impressively modern trim on the inside, the i20 is surprisingly comfortable and roomy for such a small hatch. The 1.4L engine delivers great performance without compromising on fuel economy. It’s easy to be impressed by this great little hatch.
It’s hard to believe that such value-packed cars are not only stylish to look at, but great to drive as well. In such a competitive market, the prices of these great little cars has been driven down to the point that buying a used car is no longer the only option for budget conscious buyers. So go on, and treat yourself to a fantastic deal on a brand new car.
Written by Kobe Brooke
Kobe is a motor enthusiast who also works in car sales in Melbourne. He also organizes regular driver meet-up in his local area.