New cars are getting costlier. Once upon a time you possibly can financial institution on having the ability to bag a brand new set of wheels, full with a manufacturing facility guarantee, for lower than $20,000 drive-away.

On a good tighter finances? In 2013 you possibly can purchase a Chery J1 for $9990 drive-away, and as just lately as 10 months in the past you possibly can get your arms on a Mitsubishi Mirage for $17,990 drive-away.

In 2022 although, pickings are slim for finances consumers who desire a new automotive. Brands are shifting away from basic metropolis cars in the face of low demand, and a few of the metropolis cars that stay Down Under not meet Australian Design Rules.

Only two manufacturers supply a couple of automotive under the magic $25k mark in Australia: MG, and Kia.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the MG 3 and ZS are robust sellers in their respective lessons, providing a substitute for costlier Japanese, Korean, and German stalwarts.

While the Kia Rio is outsold by the MG 3, the Kia Picanto competes in a category of its personal. It’s crushed the micro automotive competitors since debuting Down Under. The Stonic narrowly sneaks in under $25k, though it’s manual-only at that worth.

The listing under has been collated utilizing a mixture of nationwide drive-away offers, and drive-away costs gleaned from producer web sites. All drive-away costs had been calculated utilizing the postcode for Melbourne.

Kia Picanto: $18,490 drive-away

The Picanto has a beginning worth of $18,490 drive-away round Australia, making it one among only a few new cars to sneak under the $20,000 marker in 2022.

Two engines are provided: a naturally-aspirated 1.25-litre four-cylinder engine with 62kW and 122Nm, mated to both a four-speed auto or five-speed guide, or a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine with 74kW and 172Nm, mated solely with a five-speed guide transmission.

Kia has monopolised the micro automotive phase in Australia. With 3192 offered up to now in 2022, it owns 73.9 per cent of its class – forward of the now-defunct Mitsubishi Mirage, and the Fiat 500.

MG 3: $18,990 drive-away

The MG 3 may be barely pricier than the Picanto, however the Chinese automotive has a leg-up on its Korean competitor. Where the Picanto’s discount basement beginning worth is for an retro guide, the MG 3 is an automated.

It’s out there with one powertrain: a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine producing 82kW of energy and 150Nm of torque, mated solely to a four-speed automated transmission.

The MG 3 is a powerful vendor in Australia. With a whopping 10,189 deliveries up to now in 2022, it owns 35.2 per cent of its phase, and has near double the gross sales of its nearest competitor.

Kia Rio: $21,490 drive-away

The Rio is the Picanto’s larger brother, and has lengthy been one among Australia’s least expensive cars.

Unlike a few of its rivals, it doesn’t have only one stripped-out variant priced under $25,000 drive-away – the entire line-up barring the range-topping GT-Line sneaks under our cut-off.

The Rio vary comes with a selection of two engines. The S, SX and Sport use a naturally-aspirated 1.4-litre four-cylinder with 74kW and 133Nm, mated to both a six-speed guide or six-speed automated transmission.

The range-topping Rio GT-Line has a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine with 74kW and 172Nm. It’s mated solely to a seven-speed dual-clutch automated transmission.

With 3201 gross sales up to now in Australia, the Rio is outsold by the cheaper MG 3. It additionally trails the Suzuki Swift, and is narrowly behind the Mazda 2.

MG ZS: $22,990 drive-away

The MG ZS is the most important automotive on our listing, and is the most affordable new SUV in the marketplace in Australia in the meanwhile.

It’s powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine producing 84kW of energy and 150Nm of torque, mated to a four-speed torque-converter automated transmission and front-wheel drive.

The ZS is a powerful vendor, though it’s value noting its figures are bundled in with the up to date ZST, and the electrical ZS EV on VFACTS.

Combined, the ZS vary has 13,072 deliveries up to now in 2022, good for 16.5 per cent of the hotly-contested small SUV phase.

Suzuki Ignis: $23,490 drive-away

The Suzuki Baleno is useless for Australia, and the Swift now prices greater than $25,000 drive-away. You can nonetheless get a Suzuki on a (relative) finances Down Under, although.

The Ignis metropolis SUV begins at $23,490 drive-away for the bottom GL guide. That’s up $3000 on the pricing introduced at first of 2022, however nonetheless low sufficient to make the Ignis one among Australia’s least expensive cars.

Powering the whole vary is a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder producing 66kW of energy and 120Nm of torque. It’s despatched to the entrance wheels by means of a selection of a five-speed guide or a continuously-variable transmission (CVT).

A complete of 1360 gross sales up to now in 2022 makes the Ignis one of many slower sellers in its phase, having outsold solely the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur.

Kia Stonic: $24,690 drive-away

Kia’s third entrant on the listing is the Stonic, a Rio-based metropolis SUV. The least expensive mannequin in the vary, the S guide, scrapes in under the $25,000 mark.

The Stonic S and Sport each use a naturally-aspirated 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol with 74kW of energy and 133Nm of torque, mated to both a six-speed guide or six-speed automated transmission.

The range-topping Rio GT-Line has a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with 74kW and 172Nm. It’s mated solely to a seven-speed dual-clutch automated transmission.

With 6130 gross sales up to now in 2022, the Stonic is the second-best promoting automotive in its class behind the Mazda CX-3. It outsells the Venue and Ignis that additionally characteristic on this listing.

Hyundai Venue: $24,990 drive-away

Hyundai’s least expensive automotive in Australia is not the Accent, it’s the Venue metropolis SUV. Only one mannequin in the vary sneaks in under the $25,000 marker; the bottom Venue guide.

Every Venue is powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine producing 90kW of energy and 151Nm of torque.

There’s a selection of six-speed guide or six-speed automated transmissions on the bottom and Active variants, with the flagship Elite coming solely as an auto.

With 5039 deliveries up to now in Australia, the Venue is narrowly outsold by the Stonic regionally.

Notable mentions

The Suzuki Baleno is not out there to order in Australia, however sellers nonetheless have inventory of the automotive at $19,990 drive-away. The remaining batch landed in Australia in May, so if you happen to’re eager to snap one up you’d finest be fast.

The entry-level Mazda 2 guide has a drive-away worth of $25,167, narrowly disqualifying it from this listing.

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