Which are the Best Consumer Cars in 2018?
Our guide to some of the best consumers cars
There have been some great consumer cars on the market in Australia in 2018. If you’re looking for the very best cars of 2018 you’ll be spoilt for choice in almost every category.
From small SUVs which are perfect for city driving as well weekend adventures to micro cars that are easy to park and nip around in – we’ve got it covered.
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Some of the best consumer cars on the market
We’ve included cars in a range of sizes and types to suit a variety of different needs, so check out which option will work best for you.
Kia Picanto S
This is a microcar, which is simply ideal for city driving. Its impressively low cost, starting at just $14,190 for manual transmission, makes it affordable and easy to get on the road. It’s also available in auto transmission but either option sees a smooth drive and it’s an agile vehicle especially at low speeds.
Despite its size, the designers have made the most of the interior space and the seats are comfortable even on longer journeys. It’s economical to run and repair costs should be minimal.
Mitsubishi Mirage ES
Another of the best consumer cars, the Mitsubishi Mirage ES again fits into the microcar category. It has exceptional fuel economy making running costs minimal yet it performs well especially in an urban setting.
With a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, it’s impressive that the price for the Mitsubishi Mirage ES still falls below $12,500. You can rely on this car for a good everyday run around, and the cabin space will allow for short weekend trips.
Mercedes-AMG A 45
If you’re after something sportier, sleeker and faster you could go for a premium sports car with the Mercedes AMG A45. It’s got a relatively good fuel economy as well as a whole host of impressive equipment – from heated power front seats and LED headlamps to keyless start and a high tech infotainment system.
Its safety is top class and this combined with its sleek design and style make it an attractive option for those who want the best of everything – including one of the most powerful production engines you’ll find.
There’s always a rush for the top spot in the light car category but Mazda seems to have won in 2018 with the Mazda2 Maxx model. It’s easy to drive and ideal for city driving with multiple controls that are easy to operate.
The noise-insulating windscreen avoids the noise issue seen in many light cars and the new engine and luggage compartment are insulated so the ride is comfortable and peaceful. A 5-star ANCAP safety rating makes this car an appealing option for those concerned about city driving.
VW Polo Comfortline
Bigger, safer, smarter – that’s the line the VW Polo comes with for 2018 making it an obvious choice for one of the best cars of 2018. This model has been popular for years and it’s easy to see why. Starting at around $19,490 for manual it’s good value for its premium quality.
There’s an 8 inch integrated touchscreen Infotainment system, as well as features such as power windows, tyre pressure monitoring, LED driving lights and a leather clad steering wheel. Safety features are similarly in abundance – including AEB, six airbags, anti-lock brakes amongst others.
Ford Focus Trend
This is one of the most familiar models on the market and has long been a favourite with people looking for a solid consumer car. One of the biggest selling points of the Ford Focus Trend is the power rating of 132kW which is the best you’ll find in the price bracket here. Coupled with an updated interior and high-quality touch screen infotainment system – there are lots to love.
Despite the impressive engine power, a ride in the Ford Focus Trend is quiet and comfortable – the 16-inch alloy wheels gripping well on most terrains. Interiors are well thought out and designed.
Hyundai i30 Active
This model feels like a luxury car and its exterior design gives a great first impression. Inside there’s excellent software and an easy to use control panel and touchscreen set up. Navigation and DAB radio comes as standard, a nice extra for those used to them always being expensive add-ons.
The 395-litre boot is perfect for trips away and there are three engine options to choose from depending on what you intend to use the car for. Great safety features will give you peace of mind when on the road.
Going up to the medium-size cars, the Volvo S60 falls within the more expensive of the models but is highly worth investing in. It demonstrates brilliant power as well as the ultimate precision in its handling around bends and tight corners – great for tricky city streets or exploring the country.
You’ll be benefiting from Volvo’s unblemished reputation for safety while enjoying the reasonable fuel consumption of this model. Endlessly impressive with their sleek design and quality interiors, there are also a number of luxury features and technology to make the driving experience enjoyable.
This family wagon is one of the best cars in 2018. It looks good (which many people movers don’t) and there’s a surprising amount of space. The sense of space is emphasised with the amount of glass on the vehicle – great for kids looking out the window and for a bright spacious feel.
The 2.4 litre four-cylinder engine gives you a powerful ride, and everyone will be comfortable whatever arrangement of seats you go for in the rear. Boot space is good at 330 litres, although it’ll vary depending on whether you use the back seats.
Hyundai Kona Active
If you love the active look of a 2WD SUV, you won’t beat the Hyundai Kona Active. The standard kit is impressive – from LED lights to 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear view camera and a full touchscreen infotainment system with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There are lots to love in this model – whether you’re using it for exploring at weekends or dropping the kids at school.
Safety is top class and steering is well weighted – this doesn’t feel like an SUV when you drive it which many consumers will enjoy.
Do you want to own one of the best consumer cars of 2018?
There are so many great cars out there and there’s no reason why you can’t own one of the best cars of 2018.
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