OTH­ERS TO CON­SIDER

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Cover Story -

VW POLO

FROM $16,990 THE LOW­DOWN It’s been around for al­most four years. VW got the ba­sics spot-on and that al­lows the Polo to con­tinue at the top — thanks also to a sharp start­ing price. Our Car of the Year win­ner for 2010 is ro­bust, good to drive (es­pe­cially in win­ning 1.2-litre turbo form), eco­nom­i­cal and safe. Oth­ers come and go, rise and fall, but the Polo is still the tar­get.

RENAULT CLIO

FROM $16,790 THE LOW­DOWN A low-key ar­rival but a stand­out suc­cess in a big field of new­com­ers in 2013. The Clio looks chic in a typ­i­cally French way but the way it drives — cushy and re­lax­ing — makes it a favourite. The hatch­back clo­sure is rub­bish and we won­der about the lack of rear airbags but the Re­naultS­port model is a hoot.

KIA RIO

PRICE From $16,290 (five-door) THE LOW­DOWN A Korean car that’s bet­ter in al­most ev­ery way than Ja­panese stan­dards in­clud­ing the Honda Jazz and Mazda2. It’s a sen­si­ble car that’s built into an at­trac­tive pack­age, thanks to lo­cal sus­pen­sion tun­ing, five-year war­ranty and capped-price ser­vic­ing. It’s the car I rec­om­mend to non-car peo­ple.

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