Welcome to the next part of my small car analysis. I really believe that the small car segment will be the next automotive buying trend, once everyone who have been buying much larger SUVs realise what they are missing out on. I’ve researched the following list prices for all the popular small cars on sale in the Australian car  market. There are drive away specials on at the moment so they reflect they represent pricing for May 2017. Note that these are not micro cars or what PR markets as small cars, these are literally small cars…

Toyota Yaris: From $15,900 drive away for the manual base model to the top range $23,540.

Mazda2: From $16,990 excluding on road costs for the base manual to the top range $23,980.

Honda Jazz: From $16,490 drive away for the manual base model to the top range $25,834.

MINI Hatch: From $28,600 excluding on road costs for the base manual to the top range $41,350.

Holden Barina: From $14,990 drive away for the base manual to the top range $20,390.

Ford Fiesta: From $15,990 drive away for the base manual to the top range $27,490.

Suzuki Swift: From $15,990 drive away for the base manual to the top range $26,990.

Volkswagen Polo: $17,190 excluding on road costs for the base manual to the top range $30,190.

Peugeot 208: From $22,490 excluding on road costs for the base manual to the top range $29,990.

Conclusion most are all about the same starting price but there are of course different trim levels and options that raise the price especially if you’re considering a MINI or VW Polo. I also noted that there are genuine hot hatches in the mix, in particular the Fiesta ST, Polo GTi, Swift Sport, 208 GTi and so forth.  Some models clearly trade on perceived image like the MINI and Peugeot both of which do not have the reliability history to back up their starting prices.  You can easily see which models present the lowest price and alternately the best value for performance. I’ll be taking a look at each model over month as I’ve already written my notes on each of the models before I made my purchase.

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