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Most Affordable Sports Cars
Here are 10 of the most affordable sports cars that you will find in Australia. Who said sports cars had to be expensive?
1. Ford Fiesta ST
Have you ever heard of the Ford Fiesta ST? This small but powerful car will get you grinning in no time. The most recent release of the Ford Fiesta ST will be sold for $29,000, making this sports car very affordable and good value for money.
The engine boats a fuel efficient 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine, with a six-speed manual that produces 134kW and 240 Nm – an enormous amount of power for a car this size.
Cornering is a breeze and not surprising because the car has a balanced and tuned chassis with a direct sharp steering at the centre.
Apart from a very nice sporty body kit and interior, the Fiesta ST packs Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Keeping technology, adjustable speed-limiter, six airbags, blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, rear camera and parking sensors.
The last release of the model was in 2017 but it will be out again in March of 2019.
2. Mini Cooper 2016
One of the most iconic cars in the world, the Mini Cooper (2016) makes this list. Some of you are probably thinking it doesn’t fall into the “affordable” category but there are ways to get smart about buying it. First of all, choosing its manual transmission over the automatic could save you around $2000. You need to hold back on the personalization options for the armrest and others because the Mini is still great without those. But if you don’t mind spending big, remember that the starting price for it is $27,000 – $29,000.
Some complain that its 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo with an output of 100 kW and 220 Nm craves fuel. But one quality that sets it apart is its unmatched suspension. Despite being named “Mini” the space inside isn’t cramped, and it has ample storage. The dual frontal, side chest, and head airbags are standard. Same goes for the Electronic Brake Distribution and Autonomous Emergency Braking.
3. Mazda MX–5
In 1989 the Mazda MX-5 was released. After 29 years and more than a million units later, it still prevails. It has had four generations that are all designed to allow everyone to feel the wind on their face with its open top option. The newest model allows you to pick from a soft or hard roof. There are two options for the engine size, a 1.5-litre variant that produces 96 kW and 150 Nm and a 2-litre one with 118 kW and 200 Nm available in manual or automatic.
This sports car is easy to handle because it only weighs 1167 kg. It also has a five-star ANCAP rating with dual front airbag package, anti-lock braking, seatbelts pretensioners and engine immobilizer.
The starting price is at $30,000.
4. Kia Cerato Koup Turbo
The Kia Cerato Koup gives buyers a choice between a manual 2-litre engine and an automatic 1.6-litre turbo one that produces 150 kW and 265 Nm. It’s known for being one of the most affordable and sporty cars on the market. Corners are easy and when you get a torsion beam rear end, it’ll make you feel like you’re driving a hot hatch as you push it.
Drivers can put the Koup to the test because it has a five-star ANCAP rating that assures you’ll have an accident-free ride. Along with that, it has ABS, EBD, stability control, dual front, side and curtain airbags. It has a capped price servicing plan and a five-year warranty that makes its $30,490 price tag very reasonable.
5. Volkswagen Polo GTI
It was revealed that the most recent Polo GTI will no longer have a six-speed engine and it will be replaced with a three-pedal version. It isn’t sold globally yet, so some manual units that are 1.8-litre six-speed with 141kW and 320 Nm might still be sold in Australia. The automatic engine will have 2-litres with an output of 40Nm that lets out 147 kW and 320 Nm.
Sports cars usually turn heads with their exterior looks but the tartan fabric on its seats is simply fantastic. The festive colour combination is paired with reliable safety features such as front assist emergency brake, pedestrian monitoring, tire pressure warning and a camera at the rear. This German car is sold for $30,900.
6. Toyota 86
The 86 is a rear-wheel drive known for being a favourite of drivers who love cornering. It has precision braking and the handling is more responsive than previous versions. This Toyota classic has a 2-litre six-speed auto-sequential engine that produces 212Nm and 152kW.
It’s a four-seater coupe that’s underestimated by some but it consistently performs way beyond its $ 31,380 price. It comes with standard safety features like dual-front, side front and head airbags, Anti-lock Braking System, seatbelts-pretensioner front seats, central locking remote control and engine immobilizer.
7. Ford Focus ST
The Focus ST has been considered one of the best sports cars for 2015 and 2016. Not very surprising to find it in this list, too. It has a six-speed transmission manual engine with 184kW and 360 Nm output. There were upgrades made since 2015 to address complaints about the suspension and steering. Picking up speed becomes more enjoyable with its snug Recaro sports seats.
Ford doesn’t neglect safety that’s why the Focus ST has a five-star ANCAP rating along with the whole range. It has six airbags, traction and stability controls, rear camera, sensors, dusk-sensing headlights and a tire pressure monitor. If you opt for the technology pack, you get autonomous emergency braking and blind spot monitoring. This sports car is for $38,990 excluding the three-year warranty not included.
8. Hyundai i30N
Released early this year, the Hyundai i30 N makes drivers feel like a boss. Its 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine can produce 202kW and 353Nm with an over boost that adds 25Nm. Though most of its development happened in Europe, Hyundai Australia made sure it’s fit for roads down under and gave it special spring and damper calibrations. Sweeping corners and switchbacks are easily handled by its multi-adjustable electronically controlled suspension, slip differential, and 19-inch tires.
The i30 N is very user-friendly with its major and minor controls right at the driver’s fingertips. For those that don’t want to maintain a low profile, it has a rev-matching mode that produces head-turning sounds from its exhaust. This Hyundai sports car has always been on the list of best value for money with it’s starting price of $39,000.
9. Subaru WRX
The 90s was a good time when the WRX was launched. But it experienced a lull in its popularity. Once new generation models were released, it was considered one of the most affordable sports cars that looked expensive. These are available in a manual that’s sold for $39,240 and an automatic transmission that costs $42,420.
Its 2-litre engine can produce 197 kW and 350 Nm while the 2.5-litre has quite a leap with 221kW and 407 Nm. This sports car has a strong grip and great steering that are helped by its bolstered seats. Despite being affordable, it still goes beyond the $30,000 mark so it’s safety features are more packed compared to others on this list. It has AEB, pedestrian avoidance, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, stereo cameras, blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, rear cross traffic, and high beam assist.
10. Abarth 124 Spider
Some say the Abarth 124 Spider is not getting the attention it deserves. It has a 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol with an output of 125 kW and 250 Nm. It’s available in manual or automatic transmission. Drivers love it for its great handling thanks to its balanced rear-drive chassis, lowered suspension, and Brembo brakes that allows it to get through corners fast.
Like many sports car models, it has a reversing camera and a sensitive blind spot monitoring as safety features. The seats can be heated to provide the driver and the passenger some comfort. It’s starting price is $41,990 and you have a choice between a manual soft top or an automatic retractable fastback for cool points. The car’s warranty is for three years and clients get roadside assistance in that period as well.
Be a smart buyer
Now you know how much additional accessories can affect the price of your sports car. Here’s an idea, write down what you need and want in your vehicle. Choose carefully to avoid paying for accessories you won’t use and think about what would work best if you plan to trade-in your car someday.
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