What is the best small car under 20k?
We’ve compared four of Australia’s top-selling small cars under $20,000.
Gone are the days when small city runabouts were unsafe and unreliable. Many have the latest safety features and more than a few have earned five-star ANCAP safety ratings.
Many manufacturers now offer high-quality micro and light cars, but despite many buyers downsizing, sales in these two segments have dropped in recent years. Several car-makers have pulled out of the segment because they don’t make much profit on sub-$20,000 cars.
Well-known nameplates such as the Holden Barina, Nissan Micra, Suzuki Celerio and Mitsubishi Mirage sedan have all disappeared in the past couple of years. Even Ford has dropped regular versions of its Fiesta, opting instead to offer only the ST performance variant.
Despite the sales decline, there are still some seriously impressive micro and light cars priced at less than $20,000. Here are some of our top picks.
Don't forget: Micro and light cars are no longer the tinny, unsafe buzzboxes of the past. Manufacturers are placing greater emphasis on structural and active safety for even their smallest offerings. However, some older models may lack the latest technology, so check that your preferred city runabout has adequate safety equipment.
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