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Car Insurance: The Lowdown

4 August 2020 AutoMarket, Tips & Advice

Don’t judge a car by its size. While small cars may not grab your attention on the road, they can still pack quite the punch.  

Small cars are an increasingly popular choice for Australian motorists – both singles and families. This comes as no surprise, with their long list of advantages including practicality, fuel economy, price and maneuverability.

Are you thinking about getting your own? To narrow down your choice, we’ve created a list of Australia’s top 5 small cars on the market today.

5. Volkswagen Golf

Red Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen may be the most expensive small car on the list but its impressive features totally justify the price. This car appeals to a wide range of drivers because of its great gas mileage and cutting edge technology. Its safety features include blind spot indicators, a push-button handbrake, park assist and brake energy recycling technology. In addition, the Volkswagen Golf is equipped with a driver fatigue warning system which has the ability to monitor driving behavior and patterns.


  • Modern and fresh hatchback design
  • Compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Available in multiple trim levels with both standard and electric versions
  • Has a 5-star ANCAP safety rating


  • Backseats are a bit low
  • Steering is considered quite numb
  • Relatively higher price point

4. Honda Civic

Blue Honda Civic

One of the longest-standing car models in the world, the Honda Civic has a strong reputation for reliability and value for money. Its 2019 model is considered the best model yet, with its modern sports look, new and improved infotainment system, fuel efficiency and superb driving performance. Both the hatch and sedan version have the option of 104 kW i-VTEC engine or the 127 kW VTEC turbo engine.


  • High-quality interior
  • Strong turbocharged engine
  • Spacious cabin and cargo space
  • Excellent handling, precision steering and well-rounded braking


  • Less fuel efficient compared to its competitors
  • Turbo engines can get a little noisy

3. Toyota Corolla

White Toyota Corolla

A steady competitor in the small cars category, Toyota Corolla remains one of the most versatile cars in the market today. Over the years, it has undergone many changes and improvements. Up to this day, the Corolla still provides comfort, safety, and user-friendliness. It has a slightly higher price point than average but its advanced safety technology makes it worth every penny. Some of the car’s safety features include autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection systems, active cruise control, speed sign recognition, and lane departure warning features.


  • Loaded with outstanding safety features
  • Plenty of apps available on infotainment system
  • Massive front and rear windshields that offers good visibility
  • Affordable hybrid technology


  • Boot space is a bit small
  • The interior looks outdated

2. Hyundai i30

White Hyundai i30

The Hyundai i30 boasts superior style and good quality interior to match. Available in hatch and wagon, this car is the ideal choice for driving in the city and on suburban roads. The variant produces 120 kW of power and 203Nm of torque and comes in four different engine options – 1.8 petrol, 1.6L Diesel, 1.8L Petrol Elite and 2.0 Petrol Elite. 


  • Premium audio system
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Stylish exterior


  • Absence of rear air-vents
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking is not available

1. Mazda 3

Silver Mazda 3

During the Canstar’s Customer Satisfaction Survey, the Mazda 3 earned the highest accolade for reliability, driving performance, and customer overall satisfaction. That says a lot about this car which has rightfully earned the number one spot on our list. The new 2019 model is a complete redesign that comes with top-of-the-line technologies and a sleek yet curvaceous exterior. As with the Volkswagon Golf, the Mazda 3 also was awarded the 5-star ANCAP rating, thanks to its long list of advanced safety features such as autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, reversing camera, and blind spot monitoring system.


  • Equipped with the latest safety technology
  • MazdaConnect infotainment system
  • Comfortable seat for driving
  • Value for money


  • Less fuel efficient than its competitors
  • Space can be tight for passengers


These cars may be small in size, but they deliver big things. If you’re looking for practicality and convenience, then look no further.

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